Marxist IQ: Happy Labor Day!

BY:Communist Party USA| September 7, 2020
Marxist IQ: Happy Labor Day!


This IQ is offered in honor of labor unions. This quiz may be too easy for some, but relax, it’s Labor Day, after all!

1.  The Economic Policy Institute has demonstrated that income inequality has risen as union membership has declined, highlighting the importance of unions. In what year did union membership peak at 33.4%?

a. 1955
b. 1945
c. 1970
d. 1980
e. None of the above


2. In the 1790s, skilled workers converted their mutual aid societies into trade unions to prevent employers from lowering their wages. Which group of workers formed the first trade union in 1792?

a. Cordwainers
b. Printers
c. Carpenters
d. Sailors


3. The Share Croppers’ Union, organized by Communists in Alabama, formed in which year?

a. 1929
b. 1938
c. 1931
d. 1922


4. The largest strikes in U.S. history have occurred in which industries?

a. Railroads
b. Postal Service
c. Steel
d. Textile
e. All of the above


5. During the 2018–19 wave of “Red for Ed” teacher strikes, picketers often wore red shirts. Why was the color red chosen to represent the strikes? (Hint: there is more than  one answer.)

a. Public schools are in the red, instead of being in the black, or fiscally sound.
b. Historically, teachers have been communists or socialists.
c. Many strikes occurred in Republican-led or “red” states.
d. Red expresses solidarity.
e. All of the above.


6. Who said this? “Labor in the white skin can never free itself as long as labor in the black skin is branded.”

a. Frederick Douglass
b. W. E. B. Du Bois
c. Karl Marx
d. Abraham Lincoln

Answers here.


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