How bad is the world? - a quiz

Discussion in 'World Events' started by DaveC426913, May 9, 2021.

  1. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

    only 3 answers so far thats not much data to work with
    so i will add mine

    1. C
    2. C
    3. C
    4. C
    5. B
    6. B
    7. B
    8. C
    9. B
    10. B
    11. C

    i googled 1 part question which influenced 1 answer but would not have changed the outcome based on a change in my opinion on the same answer once i stopped to think about it more deeply

    then googled another after posting
    i spent approximately 1 minute reading(5 to 10 seconds) & 1 minute thinking on each question
    Last edited: May 13, 2021
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  3. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

    Here are the answers:

    1. In all low-income countries across the world, how many girls finish primary school?
    A: 20%
    B: 40%
    C: 60%

    2. Where does the majority of the world population live?
    A: Low-income countries
    B: Middle-income countries
    C: High-income countries

    3. In the last 20 years, the proportion of the world population liviing in extreme poverty has ...
    A: almost doubled.
    B: remained more or less the same.
    C: almost halved.

    4. What is the life expectancy of the world today?
    A: 50 years
    B: 60 years
    C: 70 years

    5. There are 2 billion children in the world today, aged 0 to 15 years. How many children will there be in the year 2100? A: 4 billion
    B: 3 billion
    C: 2 billion

    6. The UN predicts that, by 2100, the world population will have increased by another 4 billion people. What is the main reason?
    A: There will be more children (aged below 15)
    B: There will be more adults (aged 15 to 74)
    C: There will be more very old people (age 75 and older)

    7. How did the number of deaths per year from natural disasters change over the last hundred years?
    A: More than doubled
    B: Remained about the same
    C: Decreased to less than half

    8. How many of the world's 1-year-old children today have been vaccinated against some disease?
    A: 20%
    B: 50%
    C: 80%

    9. Worldwide, 30-year-old men have spent ten years in school on average. How many years have women of the same age spent in school?
    A: 9 years
    B: 6 years
    C: 3 years

    10. In 1996, tigers, giant pandas and black rhinos were all listed as endangered. How many of these three species are more critically endangered today?
    A: Two of them
    B: One of them
    C: None of them

    11. How many people in the world have some access to electricity?
    A: 20%
    B: 50%
    C: 80%

    The correct answer to almost every question was the most optimistic answer provided.


    Me 0
    Virginia 0
    Rich 0
    James R 0
    Joan 9.1%
    Garry P. 27.3%
    Marianne 27.3%
    (A monkey 33.3%)
    Clueless 54.5%
    Rainbow 54.5%
    Sarkus 100%
    Seattle 100%

    The average score was 34%.

    This is almost the same score that a monkey would get if he were throwing bananas at a board with three options on it (33.3%).

    Here's the kicker: the low answers to this test do not reveal ignorance - what they reveal is a conscious pessimisim. Generally, people think the world is much worse than it really is.

    The answers provided may well have been true 30 years ago, but the world has changed - and changed a lot - in the last few decades. (I think the most stunning fact is that women of age 30 have received statistically almost the same number of years of education as men.)

    This is awesome news for us idealists, who still think the world can be a good place to live.

    If this interests you, read the book Factfulness:

    and browse the data at
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  5. Seattle Valued Senior Member

    I actually got question 10 wrong.
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  7. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

    Yes you did. Oops.
  8. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

    Not surprized at my grate score;;; i have never failed a test.!!!
  9. Seattle Valued Senior Member

    Congratulations, you scored in the 50's.
  10. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

    is china, india & brazil high income middle income or low income countrys?
    each one ...
    china ?
    india ?
    brazil ?
  11. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

    i like that number

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    when life serves you bananas, dont throw them away

    sounds a bit like
    couching your potatoes to make potato salad for the ass kissers of those whom hold all the power
    upper class ego guilt splain booboo bandages
    in a quiz ...
    splaining how optimism is the best cure for poverty

    im not buying
    but thanks for offering
  12. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

    Interesting, DaveC.

    I figured that with 1 billion people in India and another significant number in China, that would tend to skew the results towards poverty, lack of education and so on, especially once we add in some other large low-income nations. But maybe if we put all of them together, maybe we're still only talking about 2/7 to 3/7 of the world's total population. So I guess there's more people overall who live in middle to high income nations.

    Also, as you say, there has been some progress over recent decades. China, in particular, has raised a portion of its population out of poverty.
  13. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

    Rounding to sevenths, 4/7ths of the population live in Asia.

    But 90% of those populations do not live in extreme poverty (vertical dotted line):

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