https://chronicle.com/article/How-Science-Literate-Are-You-/229753/ This appeared in my news feed on the old Facebook, and my interest was piqued. Upon taking the quiz myself, I discovered a few noteworthy things. First of all, to my surprise, I was reported to have missed one of the eleven questions. It was question number five. Am I incorrect to have believed that the universe did not begin with a "huge explosion," but rather an infinitesimal expansion? Perhaps it's a trivial difference, as I can see how a 'big explosion' would be easier to teach to the general, non-scientific public. Thoughts? Second, the reported percentage of Americans who answered each question correctly shocked and terrified me, although I've spent the last six years of my life surrounded by (for the most part) fairly intelligent (or at least semi-well educated) folks. Clearly the public school system has failed. Yet on the ACT/SAT or other standardized tests, we have schools parading their collective scores, acting as if they've accomplished something. Clearly this means nothing, as most people are still incapable of answering some of the most basic questions of the world we live in. Also, I invite you and ask you to share your thoughts. I would love to hear what PF has to say about this article.