In order to become a US citizen, you must pass a naturalization test, which consists of an English test and a civics test.
There are 100 questions on the civics test. During the naturalization interview, prospective citizens are asked up to 10 questions. In order to pass, you must answer six of the 10 questions correctly.
We'll give you 30 questions directly from the US Civics Naturalization Test, modified for multiple choice. You must answer 18 questions correctly to pass. Ready?
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"Father of Our Country," commander in chief of the Continental Army, and first president of the United States.
The Constitution has numerous amendments to meet the needs of an ever-changing nation. The United States looks very different today from how it looked at its founding.
The right to lifeThe right to voteThe right to bear armsThe right to peaceful assembly
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." —The Declaration of Independence
The number of representatives from each state correlates with that state's population.
Two senators are elected from each state to serve the US Congress.
That you give up loyalty to other countriesThat you will serve in the US military (if needed)That you will serve (do important work for) the nation (if needed)That you will vote in federal elections
That you will vote in federal elections
Voting isn't a promise, it's a right. The other promises you make when you become a citizen are that you will defend the Constitution and laws of the United States, obey the law of the United States, and be loyal to the United States.
Yup. Thomas Jefferson penned the document announcing the colonies' independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
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Vermont was the 14th state to enter the Union.
It took 116 days for the Constitutional Convention, a group of delegates from each state, to write the US Constitution.
"The plan was to write a total of 25 essays, the work divided evenly among the three men. In the end, they wrote 85 essays, in the span of six months. John Jay got sick after writing five. James Madison wrote 29. Hamilton wrote the other 51!" —from the musical Hamilton.
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World War II
Eisenhower was a supreme commander of Allied forces in Western Europe. He led D-Day, the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe on the coast of Normandy.
Pennsylvania shares a water border with the Canadian province Ontario.
Because there were 13 original coloniesBecause there are 13 constitutional amendmentsBecause there are 13 members of the cabinetBecause there are 13 supreme court justices
Because there were 13 original colonies
And the 50 stars represent the 50 states.
The Supreme CourtThe ConstitutionThe Bill of RightsThe Articles of Confederation
The Constitution outlines the framework of the United States government, including its three branches.
The Secretary of StateThe Chief of StaffThe Chief JusticeThe Speaker of the House
The Speaker of the House
The Speaker of the House presides over the United States House of Representatives.
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Japan, Germany, and Italy
The United States was formally neutral for the first two years of World War II, then joined the war after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
The PresidentThe Secretary of DefenseThe Secretary of StateGeneral of the Armies of the United States
This means the president exercises supreme control over the nation's military forces.
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The Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights was written in response to states calling for a safeguard of individual liberties. This document places limitations on the government's power.
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Checks and balances
Checks and balances, or the separation of powers, counterbalance the three branches of government to prevent a single branch from amassing too much power.
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Congress consists of the Senate and House of Representatives. If you want a refresher on how laws work, well, check out this video.
The Chief JusticeThe PresidentThe Speaker of the HouseThe United States Attorney General
The president also has the power to veto a bill, which sends it back to Congress.
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Free slaves in the Confederacy
The Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order issued by Abraham Lincoln in the middle of the Civil War. It declared all slaves in the rebelling states free.
To print moneyTo declare warTo make treatiesTo provide protection (police)
To provide protection (police)
The other powers are to provide schooling and education, provide safety (such as fire departments), give a driver's license, and approve zoning and land use.
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"We the People"
These three words establish the idea of self-governance in the Constitution.
To vote in a federal electionTo bear armsTo run for federal office
The right to bear arms
The right to vote in a federal election and the right to run for federal office is only for US citizens.
This is the same age someone legally becomes an adult in the US.
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Mark your calendar!
Being the oldest member of the Constitutional ConventionWriting "Poor Richard's Almanac"Founding PhiladelphiaBeing a US diplomat
Though there's a strong association between Ben Franklin and Philadelphia, he wasn't the city's founder. That honor goes to William Penn, who founded the city to serve as the capital of the Pennsylvania colony.
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Advise the president
There are 15 cabinet positions covering energy, education, defense, the treasury, and many other departments.
Congress passed the federal law designating November as election month in 1845. This made sense for an agrarian society, as it fell after the harvest and before harsh winter weather set in.