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Twenty Questions: Social Justice Quiz 2008

September 16th, 2008 by Dave · No Comments

I just came across this social justice quiz. It not only has some thought provoking questions, but also provides references for the answers. It is posted over at, a site full of global issues related news articles. Below, I’ve posted some of the questions that I am planning to use with my global issues ESL class. For the answers, check out the original quiz.

The questions are fairly US-centric, and the quiz is clearly promoting a certain point of view, but I still think many of the questions (and answers) could be used to prompt discussion of a variety of issues.

  • How many deaths are there worldwide each year due to acts of terrorism?
  • How many deaths are there worldwide each day due to poverty and malnutrition?
  • In 1965, CEOs in major companies made 24 times more than the average worker. In 1980, CEOs made 40 times more than the average worker. In 2007, CEOs earned how many times more than the average worker?
  • True or false? People in the United States spend nearly twice as much on pet food as the US government spends on aid to help foreign countries.
  • How many people in the world live on $2 a day or less?
  • How many people in the world do not have electricity?
  • Over the 28-year history of the Berlin Wall, 287 people perished trying to cross it. How many people have died in the last four years trying to cross the border between Arizona and Mexico?
  • India is ranked second in the world in gun ownership with four guns per 100 people. China is third with three firearms per 100 people. Which country is first and how widespread is gun ownership?
  • What country leads the world in the incarceration of its citizens?


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