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Over at the Mother Jones mother ship today, you can find a handy quiz I put together for the latest issue challenging your ability to distinguish between rappers and libertarians. Can you tell the gun-and-gold-loving, tax-hating libertarians from the gun-and-gold-loving, tax-hating rappers?

It’s a tough exercise. How’d you do? Feel free to post your score in comments. Here are a few questions that didn’t make the final cut, but are almost as challenging:

Q: Lists “The Case for Gold” among signature works.
A: Libertarian—Ron Paul.

Q: This recent contestant on “Dancing With the Stars” owes almost $1 million in state and federal tax liens in California, New York and New Jersey.
A. Rapper—Lil’ Kim.

While we’re at it, who can forget J-Zone’s 2002 classic “Pimps Don’t Pay Taxes.” And here’s a list of the top 10 tax-evading rappers.

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