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  • Citizenship Test

    100 Questions - pretty easy and we've all learned this stuff at some point.

    Sadly, I whiffed on #7 (I said 25) and #67 (I said Adams).

    A: 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 10 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”?

    B: System of Government
    13. Name one branch or part of the government.*
    14. What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?
    15. Who is in charge of the executive branch?
    16. Who makes federal laws?
    17. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?*
    18. How many U.S. senators are there?
    19. We elect a U.S. senator for how many years?
    20. Who is one of your state’s U.S. senators now?*
    21. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
    22. We elect a U.S. representative for how many years?
    23. Name your U.S. representative.
    24. Who does a U.S. senator represent?
    25. Why do some states have more representatives than other states?
    26. We elect a president for how many years?
    27. In what month do we vote for president?*
    28. What is the name of the president of the United States now?*
    29. What is the name of the vice president of the United States now?
    30. If the president can no longer serve, who becomes president?
    31. If both the president and the vice president can no longer serve, who becomes president?
    32. Who is the commander in chief of the military?
    33. Who signs bills to become laws?
    34. Who vetoes bills?
    35. What does the president’s Cabinet do?
    36. What are two Cabinet-level positions?
    37. What does the judicial branch do?
    38. What is the highest court in the United States?
    39. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
    40. Who is the chief justice of the United States now?
    41. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?
    42. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?
    43. Who is the governor of your state now?
    44. What is the capital of your state?*
    45. What are the two major political parties in the United States?*
    46. What is the political party of the president now?
    47. What is the name of the speaker of the House of Representatives now?

    C: Rights and Responsibilities
    48. There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
    49. What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?*
    50. Name one right only for United States citizens.
    51. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
    52. What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?
    53. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?
    54. How old do citizens have to be to vote for president?*
    55. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
    56. When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?*
    57. When must all men register for the Selective Service?


    AMERICAN HISTORY
    A: Colonial Period and Independence
    58. What is one reason colonists came to America?
    59. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
    60. What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?
    61. Why did the colonists fight the British?
    62. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
    63. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
    64. There were 13 original states. Name three.
    65. What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
    66. When was the Constitution written?
    67. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.
    68. What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
    69. Who is the “Father of Our Country”?
    70. Who was the first president?*

    B: 1800s
    71. What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
    72. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.
    73. Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.
    74. Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
    75. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?*
    76. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
    77. What did Susan B. Anthony do?

    C: Recent American History and Other Important Historical Information
    78. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.*
    79. Who was president during World War I?
    80. Who was president during the Great Depression and World War II?
    81. Who did the United States fight in World War II?
    82. Before he was president, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?
    83. During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?
    84. What movement tried to end racial discrimination?
    85. What did Martin Luther King Jr. do?*
    86. What major event happened on Sept. 11, 2001, in the United States?
    87. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.

    INTEGRATED CIVICS
    A: Geography
    88. Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.
    89. What ocean is on the west coast of the United States?
    90. What ocean is on the east coast of the United States?
    91. Name one U.S. territory.
    92. Name one state that borders Canada.
    93. Name one state that borders Mexico.
    94. What is the capital of the United States?*
    95. Where is the Statue of Liberty?*

    B: Symbols
    96.Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
    97. Why does the flag have 50 stars?*
    98. What is the title of the national anthem?

    C: Holidays
    99. When do we celebrate Independence Day?*
    100. Name two national U.S. holidays.

    Answers here:
    http://jacksonville.com/reason/2015-...re-are-answers

  • #2
    I don't know what score is passing but I doubt many native born Americans could pass that test without a little cramming.
    Edit:
    Ok, just took the test... applicants must correctly answer six of ten questions.. although I "remembered" ( when reading the answers) 97 of the correct answers, had I been asked the wrong ten questions cold, I might have failed.

    BTW. The answer given for #56 is, imo, wrong as the question is written. Individual Federal tax returns are ( with extension) due on Oct 15, not April 15.
    Last edited by lonewolf; 12-06-2015, 05:08 PM.

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    • #3
      I taught this material to high school kids for 30+ years.

      Almost all those students could pass this test at the end of the semester, but I have the suspicion that many of them, and many other Americans (including some presidential candidates), could not pass the same exam today.

      Seems to me that all voters should master this set of facts. Why require immigrants to demonstrate knowledge while exempting those lucky enough to be born into US citizenship.

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      • #4
        [QUOTE=jc203;2547823]Seems to me that all voters should master this set of facts. [QUOTE]

        No voter needs to take a test. They should all be registered as voters as a matter of birth.

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        • #5
          Again, why require immigrants to demonstrate knowledge while exempting those lucky enough to be born into US citizenship?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jc203 View Post
            Again, why require immigrants to demonstrate knowledge while exempting those lucky enough to be born into US citizenship?
            I don't care about what immigrants know or don't know or how they're tested to become a citizen. That is a secondary issue to Natural-born citizens. That we put any hurdles to voter registration will become a tool for political parties. We've seen that most recently as anti-american Republican Legislatures make it more difficult for poor voters to register since they believe poor=ethnic or African-American. Once born you become a voter at the age of eighteen. End of story.

            You want a test for immigrants... I have no problem if they have to recite the Constitution while standing on one leg and and needing to hit a homerun out of Dodger Stadium against Clayton Kershaw.

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            • #7
              I agree that impediments to voting are reprehensible and unconstitutional.
              In the ideal world everyone would be informed AND have easy access to the voting booth.

              For a functional government all voters should be well versed in the political processes and functions.

              It seems illogical to me that naturalized citizens should be required to demonstrate knowledge while some natural-born citizens vote without a clue regarding the system of governance.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jc203 View Post
                I agree that impediments to voting are reprehensible and unconstitutional.
                In the ideal world everyone would be informed AND have easy access to the voting booth.

                For a functional government all voters should be well versed in the political processes and functions.

                It seems illogical to me that naturalized citizens should be required to demonstrate knowledge while some natural-born citizens vote without a clue regarding the system of governance.
                Because any test for the NB citizens isn't going to be on the level. You're born here you get to vote. The only restriction is an age restriction. Anything beyond that will fall into the hands of assholes who make citizens travel to the DMVs and then close all the DMVs near some of the poorer neighborhoods.

                I'm amazed that as Americans we can't agree on the most fundamental idea that all NB americans should be automatically allowed to vote.
                Last edited by booond; 12-06-2015, 06:19 PM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jc203 View Post
                  Again, why require immigrants to demonstrate knowledge while exempting those lucky enough to be born into US citizenship?
                  Literacy tests were struck down during the civil rights movement for reasons that LBJ explained in his famous voting rights speech on March 15, 1965. Here's how he explained it:

                  Our fathers believed that if this noble view of the rights of man was to flourish, it must be rooted in democracy. The most basic right of all was the right to choose your own leaders. Many of the issues of civil rights are very complex and most difficult. But about this there can and should be no argument. Every American citizen must have an equal right to vote. There is no reason which can excuse the denial of that right. There is no duty which weighs more heavily on us than the duty we have to ensure that right. Yet the harsh fact is that in many places in this country, men and women are kept from voting simply because they are Negroes.

                  Every device of which human ingenuity is capable has been used to deny this right. The Negro citizen may go to register only to be told that the day is wrong, or the hour is late, or the official in charge is absent. And if he persists and if he manages to present himself to the registrar, he may be disqualified because he did not spell out his middle name or because he abbreviated a word on the application. And if he manages to fill out an application, he is given a test. The registrar is the sole judge of whether he passes this test. He may be asked to recite the entire Constitution, or explain the most complex provisions of state law. And even a college degree cannot be used to prove that he can read and write. For the fact is that the only way to pass these barriers is to show a white skin.
                  I don't want to go back to those days.

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                  • #10
                    In many places in the USA we are already back to "those days" with gerrymandering and restrictive voting requirements meant to minimize the impact of certain demographics of voters. Lots of uphill work needed in this area.

                    A major constitutional issue has always been the clause that individual states are responsible for the manner of elections. And Congress is loath to impose uniform standards. That leaves voting rights, too often, in the hands of local hack who impose their own political and social agendas on access to the polls.

                    It would be nice if every voter were at least minimally informed about the matters and processes they decide upon. Short of that impossible goal I got no problem with every citizen voting without any test, so why do we require a civics exam for naturalized citizenship?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jc203 View Post
                      why do we require a civics exam for naturalized citizenship?
                      Because (almost?) every school district in America teaches these things somewhere along the way.

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                      • #12
                        77. What did Susan B. Anthony do?
                        85. What did Martin Luther King Jr. do?*

                        Kind of open ended question here. "Went to the bathroom" would be a valid answer for both.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mcgato View Post
                          77. What did Susan B. Anthony do?
                          85. What did Martin Luther King Jr. do?*

                          Kind of open ended question here. "Went to the bathroom" would be a valid answer for both.
                          Who are three people who have never been in my kitchen?

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                          • #14
                            I'm pleased to say I have passed this test for real (with perfect score). What was funny was how the INS officer administering the test clearly didn't know the answers to the questions he was asking and neither did any of my work colleagues I quizzed later that day.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by meninblack View Post
                              I'm pleased to say I have passed this test for real (with perfect score). What was funny was how the INS officer administering the test clearly didn't know the answers to the questions he was asking and neither did any of my work colleagues I quizzed later that day.

                              Braggart! (. . . welcome)

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