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Is Bill Hader of ‘SNL’ a political wonk? He takes a quiz to find out

Bill Hader, earning political-wonk extra credit by hanging out with Rahm Emanuel at the Bloomberg/Vanity Fair White House Correspondents' Dinner after-party. (Andrew Harrer/BLOOMBERG)

In an effort to determine how politically inclined some of this weekend’s famous partygoers were, I created a five-question political-wonk quiz. Bill Hader of “Saturday Night Live” and such films as “Paul” and “Superbad” agreed to give it a shot, despite his initial confusion about exactly what he had agreed to do.

“What’s a wonk?” Hader asked. A political geek, I explained. “Oh, I’m not a political geek,” he said. We’ll see about that.

(Joe Mazzello of “The Social Network” also took the quiz; his results will be published tomorrow.)

1. Do you use the term “majority whip” in sentences on a regular basis?

Hader: When I worked in a whip store. [Editor’s note: It’s not clear that Hader ever worked in a whip store.]

2. Do you ever DVR C-Span’s morning programming so you can watch when you get home from work?

Hader: I DVR C-Span in the morning so I can watch in the middle of the night.

Do you really?

Hader: No.

Could you identify Rep. John Boehner in a crowd?

Hader: Yeah, because of his tan.

When someone mentions that you should bring beach reading on vacation, do you immediately think of your back issues of the Atlantic and National Journal?

Hader: I don’t know what that means. [Laughs]

Last question. Is what you know about American government based mostly on: A. what you learned in history class; B. what you read now regarding current events; or C. “Schoolhouse Rock”?

Hader: “Schoolhouse Rock.” It’s filled with all that stuff.

Hader’s grade: Not very wonky. But honestly, we prefer him that way.

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.


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