Could you pass a US citizenship test?

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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




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






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






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?







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




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?









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.



Rhode Island


South Dakota




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




no one




Name one branch or part of the government.

United Nations




state government




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.





Zawi Chemi




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 served as a general in which war?

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?









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.







westward expansion


In what month do we vote for President?









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.









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




the states


What is one reason colonists came to America?

to join a civic group


none of these answers




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