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"General Assembly Police Chief Jeff Weaver testified to a murmur of disbelief among the many lawyers attending the Wake County District Court hearing that his 18-officer department had people in this region they labeled 'anarchists' and collected intelligence on them. ... the chief at the helm of the law enforcement agency that arrested more than 930 people this past summer testified that his officers had scanned the many 'Moral Monday' rallies with eyes trained for 'anarchists.' —The News & Observer

Anarchists walk among us. They're your neighbors. They stand in line behind you at the grocery, their baskets full of shade-grown coffee, kale and nutritional yeast. They ride in bike lanes and pass idling SUVs. In fact, you may be an anarchist. This test, based loosely on the SAT, will reveal who the real anarchists are.


If Capitol police arrest 80 Moral Monday protesters, and each protester requires an average of 3 square feet of personal space, how many people will fit in a 50-square-foot jail cell?

a. 100

b. 10, plus room for the elderly woman in the wheelchair

c. 15

d. Jail bars are imaginary; we can't be confined


The Anarchist Cookbook is a seminal text for the movement. What recipe is most likely to be found in the book?

a. Pork medallions with balsamic vinegar and capers

b. How to get free postage if you're not in Congress

c. Cheese sandwiches from the Panera dumpster

d. Fois gras with caramelized apples

Bedtime can be tough for your toddler anarchists-in-waiting. Which book will you read to the tykes to get them to sleep?

a. The Lorax

b. War and Peace

c. Anything by Noam Chomsky

d. Killing Jesus


In The Sex Pistols' 1976 single "Anarchy in the U.K.," Johnny Rotten sings about "Your future dream." What is that dream?

a. Ice cream

b. A cold mountain stream

c. Higher self-esteem

d. A shopping scheme


Match the quote with the person who said it:

1. "Anarchy is democracy taken seriously."

2. "At one time in the world there were woods that no one owned."

3. "We're not going to bow to tea party anarchists."

4. "We must talk about poverty, because people insulated by their own comfort lose sight of it."

5. "Solutions are not the answer."

a. Dorothy Day

b. Richard Nixon

c. Cormac McCarthy

d. Harry Reid

e. Edward Abbey

Extra credit

Discuss how Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience and the Dead Kennedys' "Let's Lynch the Landlord" represent two anarchist schools of thought.



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