Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Could You Pass the U.S Citizenship Test?

A while ago, actually last year, my World History teacher had us take a sample of the US citizenship test. We were allowed to work in groups and we could use our books. I thought it was pretty easy but surprisingly, other students had a harder time with it. And we’ve been learning this stuff all our lives! (Well most of us, we have a couple foreign exchange students every year.)

I’ve provided a list of the questions. For links to the questions themselves and their answers plus a brief information on each one. Try to answer as many as you can without looking up the answers! If you’d like, post your answers in the comments!
  1. Principles of American Democracy
    1. What is the supreme law of the land?
    2. What does the Constitution do?
    3. The idea of self-government is in the first
         three words of the Constitution. What are
         these words?
    4. What is an amendment?
    5. What do we call the first ten amendments
         to the Constitution?
    6. What is one right or freedom from
         the First Amendment?*
    7. How many amendments does
         the Constitution have?
    8. What did the Declaration of Independence do?
    9. What are two rights in the Declaration
         of Independence?
    10. What is freedom of religion?
    11. What is the economic system
         in the United States?*
    12. What is the “rule of law”?
  2. System of Government
    1. Name one branch or part of the government.*
    2. What stops one branch of government
         from becoming too powerful?
    3. Who is in charge of the executive branch?
    4. Who makes federal laws?
    5. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?*
    6. How many U.S. Senators are there?
    7. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
    8. Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators
    9. The House of Representatives has how many
         voting members?
    10. We elect a U.S. Representative for how
         many years?
    11. Name your U.S. Representative.
    12. Who does a U.S. Senator represent?
    13. Why do some states have more
         Representatives than other states?
    14. Why do some states have more
         Representatives than other states?
    15. Why do some states have more
         Representatives than other states?
    16. In what month do we vote for President?*
    17. What is the name of the President of the United
         States now?*What is the name of the Vice President of the
         United States now?
    18. If the President can no longer serve, who
         becomes President?
    19. If both the President and the Vice President can
         no longer serve, who becomes President?
    20. Who is the Commander in Chief of the military?
    21. Who signs bills to become laws?
    22. Who vetoes bills?
    23. What does the President’s Cabinet do?
    24. What are two Cabinet-level positions?
    25. What does the judicial branch do?
    26. What is the highest court in the United States?
    27. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
    28. Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now?
    29. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the
         federal government. What is one power of the
         federal government?
    30. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the   
         states. What is one power of the states?
    31. Who is the Governor of your state now?
    32. What is the capital of your state?*
    33. What are the two major political parties
         in the United States?*
    34. What is the political party of the President now?
    35. What is the name of the Speaker of the House of
         Representatives now?
  3. Rights and Responsibilities
    1. There are four amendments to the Constitution
         about who can vote. Describe one of them.
    2. What is one responsibility that is only for
         United States citizens?*
    3. Name one right only for United States citizens.
    4. What are two rights of everyone living in the
         United States?
    5. What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge
         of Allegiance?
    6. What is one promise you make when you become a
         United States citizen?
    7. How old do citizens have to be to vote for
    8. What are two ways that Americans can participate   
         in their democracy?
    9. When is the last day you can send in federal
         income tax forms?*
    10. When must all men register for the
         Selective Service?
  4. Geography
    1. Name one of the two longest rivers in the
         United States.
    2. What ocean is on the West Coast
         of the United States?
    3. What ocean is on the East Coast
         of the United States?
    4. Name one U.S. Territory.
    5. Name one state that borders Canada.
    6. Name one state that borders Mexico.
    7. What is the capital of the United States?*
    8. Where is the Statue of Liberty?*
  5. Symbols
    1. Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
    2. Why does the flag have 50 stars?*
    3. What is the name of the national anthem?
  6. Holidays
    1. When do we celebrate Independence Day?*
    2. Name two national U.S. Holidays.
  7. Colonial Period and Independence
    1. What is one reason colonists came
         to America?
    2. Who lived in America before the
         Europeans arrived?
    3. What group of people was taken
         to America and sold as slaves?
    4. Why did the colonists fight the British?
    5. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
    6. When was the Declaration of Independence
    7. There were 13 original states. Name three.
    8. What happened at the Constitutional
    9. When was the Constitution written?
    10. The Federalist Papers supported the passage
         of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the
    11. What is one thing Benjamin Franklin
         is famous for?
    12. Who is the "Father of Our Country"?
    13. Who was the first President?*
  8. 1800s
    1. What territory did the United States buy from
         France in 1803?
    2. Name one war fought by the United States in
         the 1800s.
    3. Name the U.S. war between the North
         and the South.
    4. Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
    5. What was one important thing that Abraham
         Lincoln did?*
    6. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
    7. What did Susan B. Anthony do?
  9. Recent American History and Other
    Important Historical Information
    1. Name one war fought by the United States in
         the 1900s.*
    2. Who was President during World War I?
    3. Who was President during the Great
         Depression and World War II?
    4. Who did the United States fight
         in World War II?
    5. Before he was President, Eisenhower was a   
         general. What war was he in?
    6. During the Cold War, what was the main
         concern of the United States?
    7. What movement tried to end racial
    8. What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?*
    9. What major event happened on September 11,
         2001, in the United States?
    10. Name one American Indian tribe in the United
For the Questions: 100 Questions
For Answers and Explanations: Answers and Explanations



  1. I have no idea what the Emancipation Proclamation did and we talked about it, I think, in History, I'm not sure :S

  2. Osh...that was when President Lincoln announced that all the slaves were free. I think he said it from Gettysburg but I'm not sure. I'll learn more about it all next year with my U.S history class.


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