Newsweek Tests Americans On America. Test Yourself – citizenship.


Could you pass the citizenship exam?

Newsweek asked 1,000 Americans questions taken from the U. S. citizenship exam.

The exam is ten questions out of a hundred possible.  The results were disappointing if not surprising:

29 percent couldn’t name the VP of the U.S.

73 percent couldn’t say why we fought the cold war

40 percent didn’t know we fought Germany, Japan, and Italy in WWII

63 percent got the number of Supreme Court justices wrong

65 percent had no idea what happened at the Constitutional Convention

70 percent didn’t know that the Constitution was the supreme law of the land

44 percent were unable to define the Bill of Rights

23 percent didn’t know that Martin Luther King fought for civil rights

6 percent didn’t know that Independence Day fell on July 4

Would you like to see how well you’d do….

Here are the possible questions on the test, followed by the answers:

Typical citizenship Examination Questions

In the U.S. citizenship application process, after you have filed your naturalization application package, if you meet the requirements the Bureau of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will schedule you for an interview.  During the interview, the examiner will test your English reading and writing skills by giving you a simple dictation test.  You will also have to sign your name in English.  If you are physically unable to read or write or are at least fifty years old and have lived in the United States as a permanent legal resident for at least twenty years, you do not have to take the literacy examination.

The examiner will also ask you some questions about the U.S. system of government and history to confirm that you have basic knowledge of these subjects.  From the USCIS, below are questions you can expect to be asked, followed by the answers to those questions.

1.      What are the colors of our flag?

2.      How many stars are there in our flag?

3.      What color are the stars on our flag?

4.      What do the stars on the flag mean?

5.      How many stripes are there in the flag?

6.      What color are the stripes?

7.      What do the stripes on the flag mean?

8.      How many states are there in the union?

9.      What is the 4th of July?

10.     What is the date of Independence Day?

11.     Independence from whom?

12.     What country did we fight during the Revolutionary War?

13.     Who was the first President of the United States?

14.     Who is the President of the United States today?

15.     Who is the Vice-President of the United States today?

16.     Who elects the President of the United States?

17.     Who becomes President of the United States if the President should die?

18.     For how long do we elect the President?

19.     What is the Constitution?

20.     Can the Constitution be changed?

21.     What do we call a change to the Constitution?

22.     How many changes or amendments are there to the Constitution?

23.     How many branches are there in our government?

24.     What are the three branches of our government?

25.     What is the legislative branch of our government?

26.     Who makes the laws in the United States?

27.     What is Congress?

28.     What are the duties of Congress?

29.     Who elects Congress?

30.     How many senators are there in Congress?

31.     Can you name the two senators from your state?

32.     For how long do we elect each senator?

33.     How many representatives are there in Congress?

34.     For how long do we elect the representatives?

35.     What is the executive branch of our government?

36.     What is the judiciary branch of our government?

37.     What are the duties of the Supreme Court?

38.     What is the supreme law of the United States?

39.     What is the Bill of Rights?

40.     What is the capital of your state?

41.     Who is the current governor of your state?

42.     Who becomes President of the U.S.A. if the President and the Vice-President should die?

43.     Who is the chief justice of the Supreme Court?

44.     Can you name the thirteen original states?

45.     Who said, “Give me liberty or give me death”?

46.     Which countries were our enemies during World War II?

47.     What are the 49th and 50th states of the Union?

48.     How many terms can a President serve?

49.     Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.?

50.     Who is the head of your local government?

51.     According to the Constitution, a person must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible to become President.  Name one of these requirements.

52.     Why are there 100 senators in the senate?

53.     Who selects the Supreme Court justices?

54.     How many Supreme Court justices are there?

55.     Why did the pilgrims come to America?

56.     What is the head executive of a state government called?

57.     What is the head executive of a city government called?

58.     What holiday was celebrated for the first time by the American colonists?

59.     Who was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence?

60.     When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?

61.     What is the basic belief of the Declaration of Independence?

62.     What is the national anthem of the United States?

63.     Who wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner”?

64.     Where does freedom of speech come from?

65.     What is the minimum voting age in the United States?

66.     Who signs bills into law?

67.     What is the highest court in the United States?

68.     Who was the President during the Civil War?

69.     What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?

70.     What special group advises the President?

71.     Which President is called the “father of our country”?

72.     What immigration and naturalization service form is used to apply to become a naturalized citizen?

73.     Who helped the pilgrims in America?

74.     What is the name of the ship that brought the pilgrims to America?

75.     What were the 13 original states of the United States called?

76.     Name 3 rights or freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights?

77.     Who has the power to declare war?

78.     What kind of government does the United States have?

79.     Which President freed the slaves?

80.     In what year was the Constitution written?

81.     What are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution called?

82.     Name one purpose of the United Nations.

83.     Where does Congress meet?

84.     Whose rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?

85.     What is the introduction to the Constitution called?

86.     Name one benefit of being a citizen of the United States.

87.     What is the most important right granted to U.S. citizens?

88.     What is the United States capitol?

89.     What is the White House?

90.     Where is the White House located?

91.     What is the name of the President’s official home?

92.     Name one right guaranteed by the First Amendment.

93.     Who is the commander-in-chief of the U.S. military?

94.     Which President was the first commander-in-chief of the U.S. military?

95.     In what month do we vote for the President?

96.     In what month is the new President inaugurated?

97.     How many times may a senator be re-elected?

98.     How many times may a congressman be re-elected?

99.     What are the 2 major political parties in the U.S. today?

100.    How many states are there in the United States?

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1.      Red, white, and blue

2.      50

3.      White

4.      One for each state in the union

5.      13

6.      Red and white

7.      They represent the original 13 states

8.      50

9.      Independence Day

10.     July 4th

11.     England

12.     England

13.     George Washington

14.     George W. Bush

15.     Dick Cheney

16.     The electoral college

17.     Vice President

18.     Four years

19.     The Supreme Law of the Land

20.     Yes

21.     Amendments

22.     27

23.     3

24.     Legislative, executive, and judiciary

25.     Congress

26.     Congress

27.     The Senate and the House of Representatives

28.     To make laws

29.     The people

30.     100

31.     (local information)

32.     6 years

33.     435

34.     2 years

35.     The President, Cabinet, and departments under the cabinet members

36.     The Supreme Court

37.     To interpret laws

38.     The Constitution

39.     The first 10 amendments of the Constitution

40.     (local information)

41.     (local information)

42.     Speaker of the House of Representatives

43.     William Rehnquist

44.     Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts,Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Rhode Island, and Maryland

45.     Patrick Henry

46.     Germany, Italy, and Japan

47.     Hawaii and Alaska

48.     2

49.     A civil rights leader

50.     (local information)

51.     Must be a natural born citizen of the United States; must be at least 35 years old by the time he/she will serve; must have lived in the United States for at least 14 years

52.     Two (2) from each state

53.     Appointed by the President

54.     Nine (9)

55.     For religious freedom

56.     Governor

57.     Mayor

58.     Thanksgiving

59.     Thomas Jefferson

60.     July 4, 1776

61.     That all men are created equal

62.     The star-spangled banner

63.     Francis Scott Key

64.     The Bill of Rights

65.     Eighteen (18)

66.     The President

67.     The Supreme Court

68.     Abraham Lincoln

69.     Freed many slaves

70.     The Cabinet

71.     George Washington

72.     Form N-400, “application to file petition for naturalization”

73.     The American indians (native Americans)

74.     The Mayflower

75.     Colonies

76.     Freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights:

(a) the right of freedom of speech, press, religion, peaceable assembly and requesting change of government.

(b) the right to bear arms (the right to have weapons or own a gun, though subject to certain regulations).

(c) the government may not quarter, or house, soldiers in the people’s homes during peacetime without the people’s consent.

(d) the government may not search or take a person’s property without a warrant.

(e) a person may not be tried twice for the same crime and does not have to testify against himself.

(f) a person charged with a crime still has some rights, such as the right to a trial and to have a lawyer.

(g) the right to trial by jury in most cases.

(h) protects people against excessive or unreasonable fines or cruel and unusual punishment.

(l) the people have rights other than those mentioned in the Constitution.     Any power not given to the federal government by the Constitution is a power of either the state or the people.

77.     The Congress

78.     Republican

79.     Abraham Lincoln

80.     1787

81.     The Bill of Rights

82.     For countries to discuss and try to resolve world problems; to provide economic aid to many countries.

83.     In the capitol in Washington, D.C.

84.     Everyone (citizens and non-citizens living in the U.S.)

85.     The preamble

86.     Obtain federal government jobs; travel with a U.S. passport; petition for close relatives to come to the live

87.     The right to vote

88.     The place where Congress meets

89.     The President’s official home

90.     Washington, D.C. (1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW)

91.     The White House

92.     Freedom of: speech, press, religion, peaceable assembly, and requesting change of the government

93.     The President

94.     George Washington

95.     November

96.     January

97.     There is no limit

98.     There is no limit

99.     Democratic and Republican

100.    Fifty (50)

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