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SELF-TEST: WHAT IS COMMON KNOWLEDGE?

As you read each item in the list below, ask yourself this: is this item common knowledge? Click on yes or no.

Yes   No 1. Barack Obama defeated his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, to win a second term in office.
Yes   No 2. World War II began in 1939 and ended in 1945.
Yes   No 3. Research from the Human Genome Project estimates that human beings have approximately 50,000 genes.
Yes   No 4. Currently, the fastest growing group of Web users is comprised of women over the age of 55.
Yes   No 5. Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States of America.
Yes   No 6. Many literary critics believe that the novelist Virginia Woolf drew extensively from her own experiences for the central character in her novel Mrs.Dalloway.
Yes   No 7. In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice takes place on June 21st.
Yes   No 8. There are 5,283 hospice programs in the United States.
Yes   No 9. The freezing point of water is 32 degrees Fahrenheit or 0 degrees Centigrade.
Yes   No 10. The teen pregnancy rate in the United States fell 8 percent from 1995 to 1997.