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Quiz: Can you recognize the shape of inequality in America? Most can’t

We wrote on Monday about some new research showing how woefully confused most people are about inequality, not just in the U.S. but around the world. People tend to be very, very bad at accurately answering questions about the shape of the income distribution in their country, the share of people living in poverty, and the typical incomes made by workers at the top and bottom.

If you read all of that and felt for sure that the researchers' diagnosis — "widespread ignorance and misperceptions of inequality" — applies to everyone but you, this quiz is for you. We welcome presidential candidates to take it, too.