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How Well Do You Know the US Government?
by Isadora Teich

Picture a giant octopus with its tentacles wiggling their way into every facet of your life. Now picture that octopus wearing a suit (or military uniform) and handing your tax bills, government subsidies and appeals for your vote. You've got a pretty fair picture of the U.S. government. But how much do you really know about the mega-corporation that runs our country?

We all know there are three branches of the government, but what are they called? And which department handles what issue? If you've got a nuclear waste dump making your garden tomatoes glow in the dark, who you gonna call? If you think your gas tax is too high, but instead of having it lowered you just want to make sure it gets spent the way you want it (on bunnies for kids in hospitals), where would you go to plead your case?

Just about everything we do every day is touched in some way by the U.S. government. Like it or not, our president, courts, legislators, and other functionaries provide vital (and sometimes annoying) services we use daily. Of course, they also demand we pay for those services, and they'll get their pound of flesh one way or another.

How well can you navigate the halls of power? Crack open your civics book and tackle this quiz!

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