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Essential or nonessential? Take the government shutdown quiz.

The U.S. Capitol looms in the background of a sign on the National Mall reminding visitors of the closures to all national parks due to the federal government shutdown in Washington October 3, 2013. (Kevon Lamarque/Reuters)

‘I’m non-essential?’ That’s the question many federal workers are asking this week. The shutdown has forced 40 percent of such workers to stay home until a bill is passed to fund the federal government, and only workers considered vital to national security and operations remain on the job . Test your knowledge of which employees the federal government considers ‘essential’ and ‘nonessential’ with this 12-question quiz.

- Denali TietjenContributor

1. Which department is facing the most furloughs?

Over 99 percent of NASA’s employees have been furloughed. Let’s hope aliens aren’t planning an attack this week.

Over 99 percent of NASA’s employees have been furloughed. Let’s hope aliens aren’t planning an attack this week.

Over 99 percent of NASA’s employees have been furloughed. Let’s hope aliens aren’t planning an attack this week.

Over 99 percent of NASA’s employees have been furloughed. Let’s hope aliens aren’t planning an attack this week.

The Department of Education

 

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

 

The Commerce Department

 
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