Hans Rosling's Factfulness Test From His New Book

I just started reading this book (released today) by the late Hans Rosling, known best for his animated ted talks about Global Health.

In his own words:

"This book is about the world and how to understand it."

In the first chapter he decides it's best for you to test your own knowledge, so he can set you up with a framework on thinking more accurately in future. You'll soon realise that humans of all demographics get most of these questions wrong, even more so than random chance would suggest!

I've replicated those questions below to spread the word.

Test your knowledge about the world using these 13 questions:

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

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

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

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

5. There are 2 billion children in the world today aged 0-15 years old, how many children will there be in year 2100 according to the United Nations?
A. 4 billion
B. 3 billion
or
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 15-74
or
C. There will be more very old people aged 75 and older?

7. How did the number of deaths per year from natural disasters change over the last 100 years?
A. More than doubled
B. Remained about the same
or
C. Decreased to less than half?

8. There are roughly 7 billion people in the world today, which options more accurately represents where they live?
A. 1 billion in Europe, 4 billion in Asia, 1 billion in Africa and 1 billion in America.
B. 1 billion in Europe, 3 billion in Asia, 2 billion in Africa and 1 billion in America
or
C. 1 billion in Europe, 3 billion in Asia, 1 billion in Africa and 2 billion in America?

9. How many of the world's 1 year old children today have been vaccinated against some diseases?
A. 20%
B. 50%
or
C. 80%?

10. Worldwide, 30 year old men have spent 10 years in school on average, how many years have women of the same age spent in school?
A. 9 years
B. 6 years
or
C. 3 years?

11. In 1996 tigers, giant pandas and black rhinos were all listed as endangered, how many of these three species are critically endangered today?
A. 2 of them
B. 1 of them
or
C. none of them?

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

13. Global climate experts believe that over the next 100 years the average temperature will on average?
A. get warmer
B. remain the same
or
C. get colder?

 

Answers

Give yourself 1 point for each correct answer and tally up your total score.

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

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

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

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

5. There are 2 billion children in the world today aged 0-15 years old, how many children will there be in year 2100 according to the United Nations?
A. 4 billion
B. 3 billion
or
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 15-74
or
C. There will be more very old people aged 75 and older

7. How did the number of deaths per year from natural disasters change over the last 100 years?
A. More than doubled
B. Remained about the same
or
C. Decreased to less than half

8. There are roughly 7 billion people in the world today, which options more accurately represents where they live?
A. 1 billion in Europe, 4 billion in Asia, 1 billion in Africa and 1 billion in America.
B. 1 billion in Europe, 3 billion in Asia, 2 billion in Africa and 1 billion in America
or
C. 1 billion in Europe, 3 billion in Asia, 1 billion in Africa and 2 billion in America?
Note: This is why Hans refers to 1114 as the world’s pin code (going west to east)

9. How many of the world's 1 year old children today have been vaccinated against some diseases?
A. 20%
B. 50%
or
C. 80%

10. Worldwide, 30 year old men have spent 10 years in school on average, how many years have women of the same age spent in school?
A. 9 years
B. 6 years
or
C. 3 years

11. In 1996 tigers, giant pandas and Black Rhinos were all listed as endangered, how many of these three species are critically endangered today?
A. 2 of them
B. 1 of them
or
C. none of them

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

13. Global climate experts believe that over the next 100 years the average temperature will on average?
A. get warmer
B. remain the same
or
C. get colder

How did you do? Did you get a lot wrong? Did you feel you were doing a lot of guessing?

If you read his book, you will do a lot better!

Google 'Factfulness Book' to find where you can buy it, and support the good work Hans did.

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