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Could you pass a US citizenship test?

In order to become a US citizen, immigrants must pass the Naturalization Test. American citizenship bestows the right to vote, improves the likelihood of family members living in other countries to come and live in the US, gives eligibility for federal jobs, and can be a way to demonstrate loyalty to the US. Applicants must get 6 answers out of 10 in an oral exam to pass the test. According to US Citizenship and Immigration services, 92 percent of applicants pass this test. You must get 58 or more of these test questions correct in order to pass.

Who signs bills to become laws?


the Secretary of State the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court the Vice President the President

What did Susan B. Anthony do?


fought for women's rights founded the Red Cross the first woman elected to the House of Representatives made the first flag of the United States

What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?


Arctic Ocean Indian Ocean Pacific Ocean Atlantic Ocean

What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?


Hilary Clinton

Robert Byrd John Boehner Nancy Pelosi

There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
Citizens eighteen (18) and older can vote. Citizens seventeen (17) and older can vote. Only citizens with a job can vote. Citizens by birth only can vote.

Who is the Commander in Chief of the military?


the Vice President the Secretary of Defense the President the Attorney General

Why does the flag have 13 stripes?


because the stripes represent the members of the Second Continental Congress because it was considered lucky to have 13 stripes on the flag because the stripes represent the original colonies because the stripes represent the number of signatures on the U.S. Constitution

What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?


the Declaration of Independence the Bill of Rights the inalienable rights the Articles of Confederation

What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?


Pacific Ocean Southern Ocean

Arctic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

What did the Declaration of Independence do?


declared our independence from Great Britain freed the slaves declared our independence from France gave women the right to vote

Who is the "Father of Our Country"?


Abraham Lincoln Thomas Jefferson Patrick Henry George Washington

How many amendments does the Constitution have?


ten (10) twenty-three (23) twenty-one (21) twenty-seven (27)

Who is in charge of the executive branch?


the Prime Minister the Chief Justice the Speaker of the House the President

What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?
Al Gore Barack Obama Dick Cheney Joe Biden

If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?


the President Pro Tempore the Secretary of State the Vice President the Speaker of the House

Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?
Herbert Hoover Calvin Coolidge Franklin Roosevelt Harry Truman

What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?


to bear arms to vote speech trial by jury

What is the "rule of law"?


Everyone must follow the law. Everyone but the President must follow the law. Government does not have to follow the law. All laws must be the same in every state.

What is the economic system in the United States?


none of these answers communist economy capitalist economy socialist economy

During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?
The Great Depression climate change Communism slavery

Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.


World War II Civil War Korean War World War I

What movement tried to end racial discrimination?


civil rights movement conservation prohibition women's suffrage

Who did the United States fight in World War II?


Austria-Hungary, Japan, and Germany the Soviet Union, Germany, and Italy Japan, Germany, and Italy Japan, China, and Vietnam

When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?


December 7, 1787 July 4, 1789 July 4, 1776 March 4, 1789

What is the political party of the President now?

Republican Party Democratic Party Independent Party Green Party

What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?
never travel outside the United States give up loyalty to other countries disobey the laws of the United States not defend the Constitution and laws of the United States

What is the supreme law of the land?


the Constitution the Emancipation Proclamation the Declaration of Independence the Articles of Confederation

What does the judicial branch do?


resolves disputes decides if a law goes against the Constitution reviews laws all of these answers

What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
Quebec Haiti Alaska the Louisiana Territory

How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?


eighteen (18) and older

sixteen (16) and older twenty-one (21) and older thirty-five (35) and older

What are the two major political parties in the United States?
American and Bull-Moose Democratic and Republican Democratic-Republican and Whigs Reform and Green

What is freedom of religion?


You must choose a religion. You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion. You can't choose the time you practice your religion. No one can practice a religion.

When must all men register for the Selective Service?


at any age between eighteen (18) and twenty-six (26) at age sixteen (16) men do not have to register

What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?


the state where you live the President Congress the United States

What are two Cabinet-level positions?


Secretary of Homeland Security and Secretary of the Treasury Secretary of Health and Human Services and Secretary of the Navy

Secretary of Weather and Secretary of Energy Secretary of the Interior and Secretary of History

Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?


because of the geographical size of the state because of the state's location because of the state's population because the state's Representatives have seniority in the House of Representatives

Where is the Statue of Liberty?


Long Island New York Harbor San Francisco Bay Boston Harbor

Who does a US Senator represent?


all people of the state the state legislatures only the people in the state who voted for the Senator all people of the state who belong to the Senator's political party

What does the Constitution do?


all of these answers sets up the government defines the government protects basic rights of Americans

How many justices are on the Supreme Court?


nine (9) ten (10) eleven (11) twelve (12)

Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.


Civil War Revolutionary War World War I War of 1812

What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?


English Canadians Dutch Africans

What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States?
Hurricane Andrew struck the United States. The accident at Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant occurred. Terrorists attacked the United States. The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Name one state that borders Canada.


Maine Rhode Island South Dakota Oregon

How many U.S. Senators are there?


four hundred thirty-five (435) one hundred (100) fifty (50) fifty-two (52)

When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?
July 4 March 15 May 15 April 15

Why does the flag have 50 stars?


because there is one star for each president because there is one star for each state because there were 50 original colonies because there were 50 people who originally came to the United States

What happened at the Constitutional Convention?


The Declaration of Independence was written. The Emancipation Proclamation was written. The Constitution was written. The Virginia Declaration of Rights was written.

Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?


Abraham Lincoln James Madison George Washington Thomas Jefferson

What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?


the Senate and House of Representatives the House of Representatives and the courts the House of Lords and the House of Commons the Senate and the courts

Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?

American Indians Floridians no one Canadians

Name one branch or part of the government.


United Nations parliament state government legislative

What is the highest court in the United States?


the Supreme Court the Court of Appeals the District Court the Federal Court

We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?


ten (10) two (2) four (4) six (6)

The House of Representatives has how many voting members?


one hundred (100) two hundred (200) four hundred thirty-five (435) four hundred forty-one (441)

We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?


eight (8) four (4)

two (2) six (6)

Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.


Ohio River Rio Grande River Colorado River Mississippi River

We elect a President for how many years?


four (4) two (2) ten (10) eight (8)

Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.


Celts Cherokee Zawi Chemi Slavs

Who was the first President?


George Washington John Adams Abraham Lincoln Thomas Jefferson

What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?


freedom to petition the government and freedom to disobey traffic laws freedom of worship and freedom from paying taxes freedom of speech and freedom of worship freedom of speech and freedom to run for president

Name one right only for United States citizens.


freedom of religion attend to public school run for federal office freedom of speech

The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.
John Adams George Washington James Madison Thomas Jefferson

What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?


ended World War I freed the slaves gave women the right to vote gave the United States independence from Great Britain

Who vetoes bills?


the Vice President the President the Speaker of the House the President Pro Tempore

Who was President during World War I?


Woodrow Wilson Franklin Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt Warren Harding

Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?
to provide schooling to provide police departments to make treaties to issue driver's licenses

What does the President's Cabinet do?


commands the U.S. Armed Forces makes laws all of the above advises the President

Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?
Vietnam War Civil War World War I World War II

Why did the colonists fight the British?


because they didn't have self-government all of these answers because the British army stayed in their houses because of high taxes

The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
Congress shall make We the British We the Colonists We the People

What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?


saved (or preserved) the Union established the United Nations declared war on Great Britain purchased Alaska

What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?


became a U.S. Senator ran for President of the United States fought for women's suffrage fought for civil rights

When was the Constitution written?


1776 1787 1789 1790

What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
write to a newspaper and call Senators and Representatives all of these answers give an elected official your opinion on an issue and join a community group vote and join a civic group

If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
the President Pro Tempore the Speaker of the House the Secretary of State the Secretary of the Treasury

What is the name of the President of the United States now?


Bill Clinton Barack Obama Joe Biden George W. Bush

What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?


checks and balances the President the people freedom of speech

Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?
make treaties create an army provide schooling and education coin or print money

Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now?


Joe Biden Barack Obama John G. Roberts, Jr. Anthony Kennedy

When do we celebrate Independence Day?


July 4 March 4 June 30 January 1

Name one problem that led to the Civil War.


slavery oil sugar westward expansion

In what month do we vote for President?


January February October November

What is the name of the national anthem?


God Bless the U.S.A. The Star-Spangled Banner My Country Tis of Thee America the Beautiful

Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.
World War I the Revolutionary War the Civil War the War of 1812

Name two national U.S. holidays.


Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day April Fool's Day and Labor Day Labor Day and Thanksgiving Citizenship Day and Columbus Day

What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?

obey the law pay taxes serve on a jury be respectful of others

Name one state that borders Mexico.


Arkansas Alabama California Florida

There were 13 original states. Name three.


New York, Kentucky, and Georgia Washington, Oregon, and California Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida

What is the capital of the United States?


Boston, MA Washington, D.C. New York, NY Philadelphia, PA

What is an amendment?
the beginning of the Declaration of Independence the Preamble to the Constitution an addition (to the Constitution) an introduction

What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?


liberty and justice life and pursuit of happiness life and right to own a home

life and death

Who makes federal laws?


the Supreme Court the President Congress the states

What is one reason colonists came to America?


to join a civic group none of these answers freedom for the experience traveling across the ocean

What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?


youngest member of the Constitutional Convention third President of the United States inventor of the airplane U.S. diplomat

Name one U.S. territory.


Cayman Islands Bermuda Guam Haiti
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Maybe we should also require a passing grade on this test from citizens who register to vote