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Can You Pass The United States Citizenship Test?

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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?

  1. 1.

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    Abraham Lincoln
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    Abraham Lincoln
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    Barack Obama
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    Barack Obama
    George Washington
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    George Washington
    Alexander Hamilton
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    Alexander Hamilton
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    George Washington

    "Father of Our Country," commander in chief of the Continental Army, and first president of the United States.

  2. 2.

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    27
    10
    51
    85
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    27

    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.

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    The right to life
    The right to vote
    The right to bear arms
    The right to peaceful assembly
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    Wrong!

    Life

    "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

  4. 4.

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    100
    435
    535
    237
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    435

    The number of representatives from each state correlates with that state's population.

  5. 5.

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    Two
    Four
    Six
    For life
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    Wrong!

    Six

    Two senators are elected from each state to serve the US Congress.

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    That you give up loyalty to other countries
    That 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
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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.

  7. 7.

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    Thomas Jefferson
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    Thomas Jefferson
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    George Washington
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    Alexander Hamilton
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Thomas Jefferson

    Yup. Thomas Jefferson penned the document announcing the colonies' independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

  8. 8.

    Connecticut
    Delaware
    Georgia
    Maryland
    Massachusetts
    New Hampshire
    New Jersey
    New York
    North Carolina
    Pennsylvania
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina
    Vermont
    Virginia
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Vermont

    Vermont was the 14th state to enter the Union.

  9. 9.

    1775
    1776
    1787
    1812
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    1787

    It took 116 days for the Constitutional Convention, a group of delegates from each state, to write the US Constitution.

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    Alexander Hamilton
    Thomas Jefferson
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    Thomas Jefferson
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    Wrong!

    Thomas Jefferson

    "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 I
    World War II
    Korean War
    Vietnam War
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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.

  12. 12.

    California
    Pennsylvania
    Oregon
    Illinois
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania shares a water border with the Canadian province Ontario.

  13. 13.

    Because there were 13 original colonies
    Because there are 13 constitutional amendments
    Because there are 13 members of the cabinet
    Because there are 13 supreme court justices
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Because there were 13 original colonies

    And the 50 stars represent the 50 states.

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    The Supreme Court
    The Constitution
    The Bill of Rights
    The Articles of Confederation
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The Constitution

    The Constitution outlines the framework of the United States government, including its three branches.

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    The Secretary of State
    The Chief of Staff
    The Chief Justice
    The Speaker of the House
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    Wrong!

    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 Russia
    Austria-Hungary, Germany, and Russia
    Japan, Germany, and Italy
    Italy, Germany, and Russia
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    Wrong!

    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.

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    The President
    The Secretary of Defense
    The Secretary of State
    General of the Armies of the United States
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The president

    This means the president exercises supreme control over the nation's military forces.

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    The Bill of Rights
    The Articles of Confederation
    The Declaration of Independence
    The Federalist Papers
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    Wrong!

    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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    The people
    The president
    Checks and balances
    The United States Congress
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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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    The president
    The Supreme Court
    Congress
    The people
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Congress

    Congress consists of the Senate and House of Representatives. If you want a refresher on how laws work, well, check out this video.

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    The Chief Justice
    The President
    The Speaker of the House
    The United States Attorney General
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    Wrong!

    The president

    The president also has the power to veto a bill, which sends it back to Congress.

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    Declare independence from Great Britain
    Free slaves in the Confederacy
    Declare the Confederacy's secession from the Union
    Claim the Louisiana Territory from France
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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.

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    To print money
    To declare war
    To make treaties
    To provide protection (police)
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    Wrong!

    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 hold these"
    "Congress shall make"
    "We the People"
    "Four score and"
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    Wrong!

    "We the People"

    These three words establish the idea of self-governance in the Constitution.

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    To vote in a federal election
    To bear arms
    To run for federal office
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    Wrong!

    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.

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    16
    18
    21
    25
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    18

    This is the same age someone legally becomes an adult in the US.

  27. 27.

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    Jan. 1
    Dec. 31
    April 15
    July 4
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    April 15

    Mark your calendar!

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    Being the oldest member of the Constitutional Convention
    Writing "Poor Richard's Almanac"
    Founding Philadelphia
    Being a US diplomat
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Founding Philadelphia

    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
    Veto bills
    Issue treaties and declarations
    Govern foreign territories
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    Wrong!

    Advise the president

    There are 15 cabinet positions covering energy, education, defense, the treasury, and many other departments.

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    October
    December
    November
    January
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    November

    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.

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