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Can You Pass an American Citizenship Quiz?

Updated on September 12, 2019
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Could you pass the U.S. citizenship test?

It's probably been a long, long time since taking civics in high school or college. Could you still pass the citizenship test now given to all immigrants before becoming new Americans? Most of them weren't raised in the U.S.A. nor did they go to school here. Maybe English is not even their native language. Still, all immigrants must pass a basic exam in order to become citizens of the United States of North America.

After taking The Scottish Citizenship Test by JimmyTheJock, which I passed, I wondered if I could actually pass the naturalization civics test given to all who seek to become Americans. He also presented a British citizenship test, which I failed. I have some ancestors from Ireland, but no Irish citizenship quiz was forthcoming.

Among other requirements, people seeking to become a member of the U.S.A., must pass a civics test interview in front of an officer of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). It is not a multiple choice exam, the person being quizzed must know the answers to the questions and give them in complete sentences.

There are 100 questions for the examiner to choose from and the examinee must answer at least 20 of these. The flash cards are found in portable document format at the link found at the bottom of this hub. Just for fun, see if you can correctly answer the 20 questions presented here before visiting the link.

Question One

Who is the father of our country?

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • George Washington
  • George W. Bush
  • Abraham Lincoln

Question Two

Why did the colonists choose to rebel against the British?

  • Taxation without representation
  • The colonists were required to feed and house the British soldiers without recompense
  • The colonists paid high taxes
  • All of the above

Question Three

What are two of the basic rights granted to all Americans?

  • Freedom of speech
  • Freedom of religion as well as freedom from religion
  • Freedom to immigrate to another country
  • Freedom to invest in war bonds

Question Four

What territory did the U.S. buy from France in 1803?

  • Alaskan territory
  • Louisiana territory
  • Florida peninsula
  • Canada

Question Five

Name three of the original 13 colonies:

  • Washington, Vermont, District of Columbia
  • West Virginia, Massachusetts, New York
  • Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland
  • Texas, New Mexico, Arizona

Question Six

Say the Pledge of Allegiance out loud - be honest - can you recite the whole thing correctly?
What are we pledging allegiance to?

  • Our country
  • Our flag
  • Our President
  • Our government

Question Seven

Who is the current U.S. President - as of January, 2013?

  • George Washington
  • George W. Bush
  • George Carlin
  • Barak H. Obama

Question Eight

How many years does the President serve?

  • Two
  • Three
  • Four
  • Six

Question Nine

Name one Native American or indigenous tribe (Indians):

  • Latinos
  • Aztecs
  • Inuit
  • Apache

Question Ten

What ocean lies between the British Isles and the east coast of the North American continent?

  • Pacific
  • Atlantic
  • Gulf of Mexico
  • Persian Gulf

Question Eleven

What is the capitol of our country?

  • Oregon
  • Washington state
  • Washington D.C.
  • George Washington

Question Twelve

When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?

  • When George Washington was president
  • on President's day, 1777
  • June 19th, 1900
  • July 4th, 1776

Question Thirteen

Which U.S. state does NOT border Mexico?

  • California
  • Texas
  • Arizona
  • Florida

Question Fourteen

Which state does NOT border Canada?

  • Washington
  • North Dakota
  • Idaho
  • Oregon

Question Fifteen

Where is Washington, D.C.?

  • in Washington
  • in Maryland
  • in New Jersey
  • in New York

Question Sixteen

What are the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution called?

  • The Bill of Amendments
  • The Bill of Policies
  • The Bill of Rights
  • The Bill of Government

Question Seventeen

How many constitutional amendments are there as of 2013?

  • 10
  • 21
  • 27
  • 32

Question Eighteen

Are American citizens allowed to petition the government?

  • Yes, at any time
  • No, never
  • No, except under certain conditions
  • Yes, with limitations

Question Nineteen

What is the supreme law of the United States?

  • The President
  • The Supreme Court
  • The American Constitution
  • The President's Wife

Question Twenty

If the President and Vice President are unable to serve, who becomes next in line?

  • The Supreme Court
  • The Speaker of the House
  • The Head of State
  • The Junior Senator from Maryland

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  1. George Washington
  2. All of the above
  3. Freedom of speech and religion (or lack of religion)
  4. Louisiana territory
  5. Virginia, N. Carolina, Maryland
  6. Our flag
  7. Obama
  8. Four
  9. Apache or other known tribe of Native Americans
  10. Atlantic
  11. Washington, D.C.
  12. July 4, 1776
  13. Florida
  14. Oregon
  15. Maryland
  16. The Bill of Rights
  17. Twenty seven
  18. Yes, at any time
  19. The American Constitution
  20. The Speaker of the House

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To the flag and to the Republic for which it stands.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Lela

Comments - Anyone planning to take the citizenship test any time soon?

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  • Greensleeves Hubs profile image

    Greensleeves Hubs 

    3 years ago from Essex, UK

    Thailand is always great Lela - the perfect place to get away from U.S or British politics! Maybe I should take a citizenship test? :)

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    3 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    Greensleeves - Yes, now is not a good time to be thinking of immigrating to the USA.

    How was Thailand?

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    Greensleeves Hubs 

    3 years ago from Essex, UK

    Just thought I'd take your test Lela to see if I'm elligible for American citizenship. I got 19 out of 20, though a couple were educated guesses. I swear I didn't cheat! The one I got wrong was No 19. I understood that it was the Supreme Court's duty to determine whether government decisions are constitutional. In that sense, I thought technically they were the ultimate authority on interpreting what is lawful. I shall have to read up on that, to improve my knowledge!

    So is that good enough? Am I elligible? Actually Lela, I think in the light of this week's election, I might leave my application on the shelf for four years :)

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    Thanks, Gus. I know you passed without even trying. Perhaps you should devise a redneck members quiz?

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    Gustave Kilthau 

    7 years ago from USA

    Howdy Lela (Austinstar) - Good article and a great test for your readers. I forget how that testing actually went for the ones wanting citizenship, but I printed a booklet for a guy who ran an immigrants' service company. It had the whole 100 questions (of then) in it, with the answers and the explanations in both English and Spanish - plus some images scattered throughout.

    That booklet and your article were both most interesting and useful - plus your quiz was "cool," too.

    Gus :-)))

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 

    7 years ago from Planet Earth

    I've thought about this, too - thanks for reminding us of what we take for granted!

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    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Turns out, according to your test at the bottom, I am probably from Mexico or Canada. Who knew? Fun hub and voted up!

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    I just totally loved George Carlin and I still miss him. I couldn't help myself with all the other 'Georges' there :-)

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    David Warren 

    7 years ago from Nevada and Puerto Vallarta

    All the questions were a breeze but this was a great hub! I loved that George Carlin was a choice. I did miss a couple on the fun quiz though,lol, anyway GREAT hub!

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    Since I am no longer in school, I really don't know if these things are still taught. I hope so too. The biggest problem is all the 'political correctness' these days. Everyone seems to be offended easily these days.

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    Don A. Hoglund 

    7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

    I am glad to know that something is still required for citizenship. I hope our schools still teach these things.

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    7 years ago

    Thanks for information

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    Sharon Smith 

    7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

    You don't really need to know my scores, do you? What I do want you to know is that I loved this. Very clever and entertaining. And it reminds me of the fun I had on the days I skipped school. No no no, seriously, it was good to get the old braining thinking. So thanks :)

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    Claudia Mitchell 

    7 years ago

    Proud to say I got them all right! Great hub.

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    Aw, which one did you miss? I tried as hard as I could to think of things only Americans will do. I especially like the double bacon cheeseburger and diet coke answer! Ooops, gave that one away!

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    drbj and sherry 

    7 years ago from south Florida

    Aced the Citizenship text, Lela, but missed one on the fun quiz. Thanks for the entertainment. :)

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    Yes, many people immigrated to America to be free from prosecution by religious groups! The Catholics in particular. But even the Protestants were not above religious persecution.

    I suspect a lot of people wish to get away from Islamic religions today. Seriously, they won't allow women to go to school? Well, they know if they did, their religion would be the first thing out the door for sure.

    The U.S.A. has way to many perks and benefits for people to not consider moving here.

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    Audrey Kirchner 

    7 years ago from Washington

    I guess I get to stay--I aced it~ Clever as ever, Lela and great thing to think about. My grandmother came over on "the boat" from Denmark which as not a 3-hour tour but a 1-month arduous journey, most of which she spent at the railing as we were told growing up. Her greatest pleasure though was becoming an American citizen...oh that people still felt that way today and those of us who take it for "granted" could recognize how blessed we truly are. (Love the freedom "from" religion!)

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    Yes, I miss George Carlin so much. He was like the Father I never had. It's amazing how straight forward he was and he didn't hold back any punches. If anyone could have straightened up Washington, it would have been him.

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    Paul Maplesden 

    7 years ago from Asheville, NC

    As someone planning on emigrating to the US this year (and currently going through the Green Card process), I thoughtt his was a fascinating hub and I will definitely have a thorough read through of the questions. I wonder how America would be different if George Carlin had been president! Voted Up and Interesting.

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    Hey everyone, don't forget to follow the link above to take the Scottish Citizenship test (I passed that one, but flunked the English citizenship test). I do have read hair and just found out that a lot of Scottish people have red hair. Maybe I'm really a Scott? Hmmm? My day swore he was Irish. I'll have to investigate the milkman.

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    Rod Marsden 

    7 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

    I'll put down a useful. I would pass the test but only because I have an interest in history and the USA.

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    Jimmy the jock 

    7 years ago from Scotland

    I hope that you don't mind that I linked you back in my citizen Hub.....jimmy

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    Jimmy the jock 

    7 years ago from Scotland

    Lol, I got 16 correct not too bad for a kilty thanks for the fun.....jimmy

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    My opinion too, but the government's answer is 'the flag'.

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    Mitch Alan 

    7 years ago from South Jersey

    Got 100%...but technically the pledge question is answered with the flag and the country..."and to the Republic for which it stands"...

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    I have noticed that the patriotic and educated people have no problems with this quiz, but the JLo and Brittany and Justin Bieber followers have no concern at all for patriotism. What's up with that?

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    Tony Fischer 

    7 years ago from Southeastern Michigan

    Nailed it!!

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    Cynthia Lyerly 

    7 years ago from Georgia

    I would have loved if we could have answered the questions in a poll-like style to compare how we did with others.

    This hub was just like "Jay Walking" on the Tonight Show. Here's a couple of questions that Leno has used:

    What is our national anthem? Who wrote it?

    A question about whether or not New Mexico is part of the 50 states.

    How many states are there?

    What do the stars and stripes mean?

    Ask us questions about JLo or Brittany Spears and most people can answer those but so few can answer your questions.:)

    Nice hub!

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    A couple of true Americans! Do we live in a great country or what?

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    7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    Got 'em all!

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    Kelly Umphenour 

    7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Lela I'm proud of myself I did pretty good! I know it's crazy but I aced all the exams we took about government and it's branches. It's very interesting...everyone should know this really though. I screwed up on the Geography (which ocean lies where - I'm SO bad at Geography. I try though!


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