On Friday, March 25th, the YAL chapter at Bethany College set up a table in the library with supplies for the recruitment drive. We wanted to make our table and chapter more interactive, so we chose to create a simple questionnaire that consisted of fifteen questions relating to U.S. history and its government.
We had gone around campus for the days leading up to the set up in the library asking random students throughout campus our questions. We thought the questions we were asking were simple, but apparently we were wrong. One question we had asked was “Who bombed Pearl Harbor?” One student looked at us and said “Iraq”. When we had told her the correct answer, she looked confused and stated, “Well, I forgot who Japan was.” Another question we had asked was “What is a difference between liberals and conservatives?” One student had answered, “I don’t know. I just know that liberals are better.”
We had used this questionnaire as part of our recruitment drive to show the importance of education in topics such as U.S. history and government and why being involved in a club such as YAL will help people learn the fundamental information about government and simple history. People that stopped by our table were surprised to hear our results from the questionnaire. We had calculated that from everyone we had asked, the average percentage of questions answered correctly was 63%.