Who Is the 99 Percent?: Occupy Wall Street Quiz


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On Sept. 17, 2011, between 1,000 and 2,000 activists took to the streets of Lower Manhattan's financial district to protest wealth inequality in the United States. Test your knowledge of how the Occupy Wall Street protests work.

Which magazine helped spark the Occupy Wall Street movement?

The Canadian anti-consumerist magazine Adbusters urged people to "Occupy Wall Street" in the same way Egyptian protesters flooded Tahrir Square, successfully demanding the ouster of dictatorial President Hosni Mubarak.


Occupy Wall Street protesters refer to New York's Zuccotti Park as what?

The protesters have reclaimed the Financial District park's original name, "Liberty Plaza Park," which is now Zuccotti Park, after real estate investor John E. Zuccotti.


The Sept. 17, 2011 Occupy Wall Street march in Lower Manhattan was also referred to as what?

The Sept. 17 march was nicknamed the U.S. Day of Rage as a nod to Egypt's "Day of Rage" on Jan. 25, 2011, when people first occupied Tahrir Square.


The Occupy Wall Street slogan, which started as a Tumblr blog title, claims to support the financial interests of what percentage of the American public?

In a reference to the concentration of wealth among the richest 1 percent of the population, Occupy Wall Street adopted "We Are the 99 Percent" as its slogan.


The conservative, anti-Occupy Wall Street slogan claims to represent what percentage of the American public?

Conservative blogger Erick Erickson started "We Are the 53 Percent," in reference to the percentage of Americans who pay federal income tax.


Occupy Wall Street in New York has reportedly earned how much in donations?

In order to help feed and shelter protesters in Zuccotti Park, people around the country have donated more than $500,000 to the New York cause.


What was the second major American city that protesters occupied?

Occupy Wall Street quickly spread to other cities around the nation and the world, and Chicago was the first to catch the protest fever.


Occupy Wall Street protesters effectively shut down what port for a day?

Occupy Oakland launched a general city strike on Nov. 3, 2011, and effectively shut down the Port of Oakland, the fifth-largest business port in the U.S., for a day.


Occupy Wall Street's "people's assembly" tactics are borrowed from similar anti-government protests in what country?

The New York Occupy Wall Street protest operates on “people’s assembly” principles enacted by Spanish activists known as <i>indignados</i>.


Occupy Wall Street protesters signal their agreement by waving hands above their heads, in a gesture called:

General assemblies of Occupy activists communicate their approval by quietly “twinkling” their fingers above their heads.


True or false: Occupy Wall Street claims no leadership.

Occupy Wall Street is an intentionally leaderless movement that functions around collective thinking and decision-making.


When Occupy Wall Street got underway in late September 2011, how many people were unemployed in the United States?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 14 million were unemployed at the start of the protests.


What percentage of protesters occupying Zuccotti Park have full-time jobs?

According to data gathered from Occupy Wall Street-related Web sites, 45 percent of the protesters have full-time employment.


Food costs Occupy Wall Street about how much per day?

Daily food costs in Zuccotti Park average between $2,000 and $3,000.


How much has the New York City government spent on Occupy-related law enforcement?

Police overtime doesn't come cheap; the New York City munipical government has spent more than $3 million for protest-related police patrols.


Occupy protesters must take a group-wide vote to approve any expenses totalling more than how much?

For any expenses more than $100, Occupy activists have to put the purchase to a vote.


Which political group is most vocally opposed to Occupy Wall Street?

Although the Tea Party started similarly as a grassroots people-powered movement, it has taken hard-line stance against Occupy Wall Street and its principles.


True or false: The Occupy Wall Street movement had a higher approval rating than Congress.

An October 2011 CBS/New York Times poll found that 43 percent of Americans approve of Occupy Wall Street goals, whereas only 9 percent approved of Congressional performance.


Which of the following is a common characteristic among Occupy Wall Street protesters?

An estimated 60.7 percent of Occupy activists hold a college degree.


As of Oct. 18, 2011, Occupy Wall Street had spread to roughly how many countries around the world?

By Oct. 18, Occupy Wall Street protests had sprung up in more than 80 countries.


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