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Child rights and the United States


1. Who won the 2008 US presidential election?

A: Baram Obacka
B: Bumok Obarra
C: Barack Obama


2. The United States is the only country, along with Somalia, not to have...

A: ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child?
B: won the World Figure Skating Championship?
C: developed an emergency flood response for poor people?


3. What is the difference between signing and ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child?

A: They are basically the same, but ratifying has to be done by the head of state
B: Signing demonstrates a country's support for the Convention, ratifying means the country is legally bound by it
C: The type of pen used


4. How does ratification of the CRC affect a particular country's laws on children's rights?

A: It has no effect in reality
B: It automatically means the CRC takes precedence over national laws
C: It depends on the country's legislative system


5. When asked if he would ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child before the election, what did Barack Obama say?

A: 'What is the Convention on the Rights of the Child?'
B: 'Absolutely. American fears about children's rights are completely unfounded.'
C: 'It is embarrassing to find ourselves in the company of Somalia, a lawless land. I will review this.'


6. When asked if he would ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child before the election, what did presidential candidate John McCain say?

A: 'What is a convention?'
B: 'No, because it will destroy families, create terrorists, stop people from going to church and encourage witchcraft.'
C: 'I strongly support the goal of this treaty. I'm proud of America's record and I'll stand by it.'


7. If the US ratifies the Convention, who or what will the government have to report to, in order to show that it is being implemented?

A: The United Nations Security Council
B: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
C: The Committee on the Rights of the Child


8. When did the US sign the Convention on the Rights of the Child?

A: 1995
B: 1998
C: 2001


9. Which of the following international agreements has the United States ratified?

A: The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
B: The Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict
C: The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


10. Complete the quote from outgoing President George W.Bush: "You teach a child to read, and...

A: ...he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.
B: ...it will be the best and fullest means in which way to fulfil its rights.
C: ...he, she or it will grow into a true non-terrorist.