you already a citizen of the United States? Born here… raised
here… never had to take a test or such to be a citizen of the
so, are you an adult?
if you are an adult, American citizen, I ask…
do you think you’d do, with no advance preparations, if asked
the questions on the United States Civics test used during the
wonder about this from time to time. I’m a college graduate. Love
history. Enjoy the challenge of tests and trivia. And whenever
something like a television show or movie offers up a character
preparing to apply for United States citizenship, or I read about
a citizenship ceremony taking place, I wonder when the discussion
turns to taking a test. How would I do?
more to the overall idea: How would I do without studying?
to government web sites and the information provided, the test
itself is offered as ten questions asked out of complete list
of one hundred possible questions. Those applying for citizenship
and taking the test must get six correct out of ten in order to
can use your favorite search engine to find the complete list
of questions. But I’ve put together a sample run of ten questions.
(The questions here, with my numbering for reference, and then
the answers in the final segment.) Let’s see how you do:
What is the supreme law of the land?
Name three of the original thirteen states.
How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
How many amendments does the Constitution have?
When was the Constitution written?
What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
Name one state that borders Mexico.
Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war
was he in?
What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?
Name one branch or part of the government.
something that might seem a bit crazy…
honestly believe that few people should have difficulty with the
test overall, especially when getting six answers correct out
of the ten questions asked allows you to pass. (Plus, the questions
are known ahead of time.) Even the somewhat tricky ones, or the
really deeply specific ones, given a bit of time to look them
over virtually every American citizen should be nodding when matching
the questions and answers together. That’s not my point… or the
wondering how I would do approaching it cold. No advance notice
of content. Give me the full run of one hundred questions.
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how did you do? Here are the answers (in some cases, less formal
responses are considered acceptable, and when involved they have
been noted here):
New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New
York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia,
North Carolina, South Carolina, and/or Georgia
Louisiana (or, the Louisiana Territory)
California, Arizona, New Mexico or Texas
World War II
Serve on a jury or vote in a federal election
Congress, legislative, President, executive, the courts, or
ahead… do some research, find the full test and challenge yourself.