American Citizenship Test

A friend recently came across one of the many American citizenship tests available online for people’s edification.

 

The question is, how many Americans do you think can pass this 96-question exam?  How about career politicians?  It is somewhat ironic that some folks I know who wish to outright prevent legal immigration on the basis of national pride would probably struggle with such a test.  In this way the immigrants in question may have, however temporarily, more actual knowledge of the United States’ history, governmental structure, policies and functions, and basic geography than so-called nativists.  And that is before we even begin to consider politicians’ awareness and/or deference to such information and knowledge.

 

Below is a copy of the questions.  Take the test and see if you can pass with an education standard of 70% accuracy.  According to the site, average readers scores is 87% – certainly not bad at all but I question whether the readership as a sample accurately represents the American population.

 

1.  Who signs bills to become laws?

a. The Secretary of State

b. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

c. The Vice President

d. The President

 

2.  What did Susan B. Anthony do?

            a. Fought for women’s rights

            b. Founded the Red Cross

            c. The first woman elected to the House of Representatives

            d. Made the first flag of the United States

 

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

            a. Arctic Ocean

            b. Indian Ocean

            c. Pacific Ocean

            d. Atlantic Ocean

 

4.  What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives?

            a. Hilary Clinton

            b. Robert Byrd

            c. John Boehner

            d. Nancy Pelosi

 

5.  There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote.  Describe one of them.

            a. Citizens eighteen (18) and older can vote.

            b. Citizens seventeen (17) and older can vote.

            c. Only citizens with a job can vote.

            d. Citizens by birth only can vote.

 

6.  Who is the Command-in-Chief of the military?

            a. The Vice President

            b. The Secretary of Defense

            c. The President

            d. The Attorney General

 

7.  Why does the flag have 13 stripes?

            a. Because the stripes represent the members of the Second Continental Congress

            b. Because it was considered lucky to have 13 stripes on the flag

            c. Because the stripes represent the original colonies

            d. Because the stripes represent the number of signatures on the US Constitution

 

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

            a. The Declaration of Independence

            b. The Bill of Rights

            c. The inalienable rights

            d. The Articles of Confederation

 

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

            a. Pacific Ocean

            b. Southern Ocean

            c. Arctic Ocean

            d. Atlantic Ocean

 

10.  What did the Declaration of Independence do?

            a. Declared our independence from Great Britain

            b. Freed the slaves

            c. Declared our independence from France

            d. Gave women the right to vote

 

11.  Who is the “Father of Our Country?”

            a. Abraham Lincoln

            b. Thomas Jefferson

            c. Patrick Henry

            d. George Washington

 

12.  How many amendments does the Constitution have?

            a. Ten (10)

            b. Twenty-three (23)

            c. Twenty-one (21)

            d. Twenty-seven (27)

 

13.  Who is in charge of the executive branch?

            a. The Prime Minister

            b. The Chief Justice

            c. The Speaker of the House

            d. The President

           

14.  What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?

            a. Al Gore

            b. Barack Obama

            c. Dick Cheney

            d. Joe Biden

 

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

            a. The President Pro Tempore

            b. The Secretary of State

            c. The Vice President

            d. The Speaker of the House

 

16.  Who was the President during the Great Depression and World War II?

            a. Herbert Hoover

            b. Calvin Coolidge

            c. Franklin Roosevelt

            d. Harry Truman

 

17.  What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?

            a. To bear arms

            b. To vote

            c. Speech

            d. Trial by jury

 

18.  What is the “rule of law?”

            a. Everyone must follow the law

            b. Everyone but the President must follow the law

            c. Government does not have to follow the law

            d. All laws must be the same in every state

 

19.  What is the economic system in the United States?

            a. None of these answers

            b. Communist economy

            c. Capitalist economy

            d. Socialist economy

           

20.  During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?

            a. The Great Depression

            b. Climate change

            c. Communism

            d. Slavery

 

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

            a. World War II

            b. Civil War

            c. Korean War

            d. World War I

 

22.  What movement tried to end racial discrimination?

            a. Civil rights movement

            b. Conservation

            c. Prohibition

            d. Women’s suffrage

 

23.  Who did the United States fight in World War II?”

            a. Austria-Hungary, Japan, and Germany

            b. The Soviet Union, Germany, and Italy

            c. Japan, Germany, and Italy

            d. Japan, China, and Vietnam

 

24.  When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
a. December 7, 1787

            b. July 4, 1789

            c. July 4, 1776

            d. March 4, 1789

 

25.  What is the political party of the President now?

            a. Republican Party

            b. Democratic Party

            c. Independent Party

            d. Green Party

 

26.  What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?

            a. Never travel outside the United States

            b. Give up loyalty to other countries

            c. Disobey the laws of the United States

            d. Not defend the Constitution and laws of the United States

 

27.  What is the supreme law of the land?

            a. The Constitution

            b. The Emancipation Proclamation

            c. The Declaration of Independence

            d. The Articles of Confederation

 

28.  What does the judicial branch do?

            a. Resolves disputes

            b. Decides if a law goes against the Constitution

            c. Reviews laws

            d. All of these answers

 

29.  What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?

            a. Quebec

            b. Haiti

            c. Alaska

            d. The Louisiana Territory

 

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

            a. Eighteen (18) and older

            b. Sixteen (16) and older

            c. Twenty-one (21) and older

            d. Thirty-five (35) and older

 

31.  What are the two major political parties in the United States?

            a. American and Bull-Moose

            b. Democratic and Republican

            c. Democratic-Republican and Whigs

            d. Reform and Green

           

32.  What is freedom of religion?

            a. You must choose a religion

            b. You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion

            c. You can’t choose the time you practice your religion

            d. No one can practice a religion

 

33.  When must all men register for the Selective Service?

            a. At any age

            b. Between eighteen (18) and twenty-six (26)

            c. At age sixteen (16)

            d. Men do not have to register

 

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

            a. The state where you live

            b. The President

            c. Congress

            d. The United States

 

35.  What are two Cabinet-level positions?

            a. Secretary of Homeland Security and Secretary of the Treasury

            b. Secretary of Health and Human Services and Secretary of the Navy

            c. Secretary of Weather and Secretary of Energy

            d. Secretary of the Interior and Secretary of History

 

36.  Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?

            a. Because of the geographic size of the state

            b. Because of the state’s location

            c. Because of the state’s geography

            d. Because the state’s Representatives have seniority in the House of Representatives

 

37.  Where is the Statue of Liberty?

            a. Long Island

            b. New York Harbor

            c. San Francisco Bay

            d. Boston Harbor

 

38.  Who does a US Senator represent?

            a. All people of the state

            b. The state legislatures

            c. Only the people in the state who voted for the Senator

            d. All people of the state who belong to the Senator’s political party

 

39.  What does the Constitution do?

            a. All of these answers

            b. Sets up the government

            c. Defines the government

            d. Protects basic rights of Americans

 

40.  How many justices are on the Supreme Court?

            a. Nine (9)

            b. Ten (10)

            c. Eleven (11)

            d. Twelve (12)

 

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

            a. Civil War

            b. Revolutionary War

            c. World War I

            d. War of 1812

 

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

            a. English

            b. Canadians

            c. Dutch

            d. Africans

 

43.  What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States?

            a. Hurricane Andrew struck the United States

            b. The accident at Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant occurred.

            c. Terrorists attacked the United States

            d. The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor

 

44.  Name one state that borders Canada.

            a. Maine

            b. Rhode Island

            c. South Dakota

            d. Oregon

           

45.  How many US Senators are there?

            a. Four hundred thirty-five (435)

            b. One hundred (100)

            c. Fifty (50)

            d. Fifty-two (52)

 

46.  When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?

            a. July 4

            b. March 15

            c. May 15

            d. April 15

 

47.  Why does the flag have 50 stars?

            a. Because there is one star for each president

            b. Because there is one star for each state

            c. Because there were 50 original colonies

            d. Because there were 50 people who originally came to the United States

 

48.  What happened at the Constitutional Convention?

            a. The Declaration of Independence was written

            b. The Emancipation Proclamation was written

            c. The Constitution was written

            d. The Virginia Declaration of Rights was written

 

49.  Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

            a. Abraham Lincoln

            b. James Madison

            c. George Washington

            d. Thomas Jefferson

           

50.  What are the two parts of the US Congress?

            a. The Senate and House of Representatives

            b. The House of Representatives and the courts

            c. The House of Lords and the House of Commons

            d. The Senate and the courts

 

51.  Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?

            a. American Indians

            b. Floridians

            c. No one

            d. Canadians

 

52.  Name one branch or part of the government.

            a. United Nations

            b. Parliament

            c. State government

            d. Legislative

 

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

            a. The Supreme Court

            b. The Court of Appeals

            c. The District Court

            d. The Federal Court

 

54.  We elect a US Senator for how many years?

            a. Ten (10)

            b. Two (2)

            c. Four (4)

            d. Six (6)

 

55.  The House of Representatives has how many voting members?

            a. One hundred (100)

            b. Two hundred (200)

            c. Four hundred thirty-five (435)

            d. Four hundred forty-one (441)

           

56.  We elect a US Representative for how many years?

            a. Eight (8)

            b. Four (4)

            c. Two (2)

            d. Six (6)

 

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

            a. Ohio River

            b. Rio Grande River

            c. Colorado River

            d. Mississippi River

 

58.  We elect a President for how many years?

            a. Four (4)

            b. Two (2)

            c. Ten (10)

            d. Eight (8)

 

59.  Name on American Indian tribe in the United States.

            a. Celts

            b. Cherokee

            c. Zawi Chemi

            d. Slavs

 

60.  Who was the first President?

            a. George Washington

            b. John Adams

            c. Abraham Lincoln

            d. Thomas Jefferson

 

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

            a. Freedom to petition the government and freedom to disobey traffic laws

            b. Freedom of worship and freedom from paying taxes

            c. Freedom of speech and freedom of worship

            d. Freedom of speech and freedom to run for president

 

62.  Name on right only for United States citizens.

            a. Freedom of religion

            b. Attend public school

            c. Run for federal office

            d. Freedom of speech

 

63.  The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the US Constitution.  Name on of the writers.

            a. John Adams

            b. George Washington

            c. James Madison

            d. Thomas Jefferson

 

64.  What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?

            a. Ended World War I

            b. Freed the slaves

            c. Gave women the right to vote

            d. Gave the United States independence from Great Britain

 

65.  Who vetoes bills?

            a. The Vice President

            b. The President

            c. The Speaker of the House

            d. The President Pro Tempore

 

66.  Who was President during World War I?

            a. Woodrow Wilson

            b. Franklin Roosevelt

            c. Theodore Roosevelt

            d. Warren Harding

 

67.  Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government.  What is one power of the federal government?

            a. To provide schooling

            b. To provide police departments

            c. To make treaties

            d. To issue driver’s licenses

 

68.  What does the President’s Cabinet do?

            a. Commands the US Armed Forces

            b. Makes laws

            c. All of the above

            d. Advises the President

 

69.  Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general.  What war was he in?

            a. Vietnam War

            b. Civil War

            c. World War I

            d. World War II

 

70.  Why did the colonists fight the British?

            a. Because they didn’t have self-government

            b. All of these answers

            c. Because the British army stayed in their houses

            d. Because of high taxes

 

71.  The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution.  What are these words?

            a. Congress shall make

            b. We the British

            c. We the Colonists

            d. We the People

 

72.  What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?

            a. Saved (or preserved) the Union

            b. Established the United Nations

            c. Declared war on Great Britain

            d. Purchased Alaska

 

73.  What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?

            a. Became a US Senator

            b. Ran for President of the United States

            c. Fought for women’s suffrage

            d. Fought for civil rights

 

74.  When was the Constitution written?

            a. 1776

            b. 1787

            c. 1789

            d. 1790

 

75.  What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?

            a. Write to a newspaper and call Senators and Representatives

            b. All of these answers

            c. Give an elected official your opinion on an issue and join a community group

            d. Vote and joint a civic group

 

76.  If both the President and Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?

            a. The President Pro Tempore

            b. The Speaker of the House

            c. The Secretary of State

            d. The Secretary of the Treasury

 

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

            a. Bill Clinton

            b. Barack Obama

            c. Joe Biden

            d. George W. Bush

 

78.  What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?

            a. Checks and balances

            b. The President

            c. The people

            d. Freedom of speech

 

79.  Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states.  What is one power of the states?

            a. Make treaties

            b. Create an army

            c. Provide schooling and education

            d. Coin or print money

 

80.  Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now?

            a. Joe Biden

            b. Barack Obama

            c. John G. Roberts, Jr.

            d. Anthony Kennedy

 

81.  When do we celebrate Independence Day?

            a. July 4

            b. March 4

            c. June 30

            d. January 1

 

82.  Name one problem that led to the Civil War.

            a. Slavery

            b. Oil

            c. Sugar

            d. Westward expansion

 

83.  In what month do we vote for President?

            a. January

            b. February

            c. October

            d. November

 

84.  What is the name of the national anthem?

            a. God Bless the USA

            b. The Star-Spangled Banner

            c. My Country Tis of Thee

            d. America the Beautiful

 

85.  Name the US war between the North and the South.

            a. World War I

            b. The Revolutionary War

            c. The Civil War

            d. The War of 1812

 

86.  Name two national US holidays.

            a. Valentine’s Day and President’s Day

            b. April Fool’s Day and Labor Day

            c. Labor Day and Thanksgiving

            d. Citizenship Day and Columbus Day

 

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

            a. Obey the law

            b. Pay taxes

            c. Serve on a jury

            d. Be respectful of others

 

88.  Name one state that borders Mexico.

            a. Arkansas

            b. Alabama

            c. California

            d. Florida

 

89.  There were 13 original states.  Name three.

            a. New York, Kentucky, and Georgia

            b. Washington, Oregon, and California

            c. Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina

            d. Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida

 

90.  What is the capital of the United States?

            a. Boston, MA

            b. Washington, DC

            c. New York, NY

            d. Philadelphia, PA

 

91.  What is an amendment?

            a. The beginning of the Declaration of Independence

            b. The Preamble to the Constitution

            c. An addition (to the Constitution)

            d. An introduction

 

92.  What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?

            a. Liberty and justice

            b. Life and pursuit of happiness

            c. Life and right to own a home

            d. Life and death

 

93.  Who makes federal laws?

            a. The Supreme Court

            b. The President

            c. Congress

            d. The states

 

94.  What is one reason colonists came to America?

            a. To join a civic group

            b. None of these answers

            c. Freedom

            d. For the experience traveling across the ocean

 

95.  What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?

            a. Youngest member of the Constitutional Convention

            b. Third President of the United States

            c. Inventor of the airplane

            d. US diplomat

 

96.  Name one US territory.

            a. Cayman Islands

            b. Bermuda

            c. Guam

            d. Haiti

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