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Samples from the US Citizenship Examination

Updated on January 21, 2010

Preparing for the US citizenship exam is much longer than the actual 15 min. exam. Many are surprised just how short it is but one must know the 100 questions and their answers in order to pass because they are selected randomly.

Many of the questions I am sure most Americans would not know. Here are few of them:

  1. How many US senators are there? (100)
  2. Why do some states have more Representatives than others? (Because of a state's population)
  3. What are two cabinet level positions in government? (Secretary of Defense & Energy)
  4. What is one power of the federal government? ( to declare war, print money)
  5. What is one power of a state? ( issue driver's license, provide education and police)
  6. What is one right of a US citizen? ( vote in federal election)
  7. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? (Jefferson)
  8. Name three of the original states. (NY, NJ, Penn)
  9. When was the Constitution written? (1787)
  10. Name one writer of the Federalist papers. (Hamilton)
  11. Name one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for? (US diplomat)
  12. What territory did the US buy from France in 1803? (Louisiana)
  13. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do? (free the slaves)
  14. Who was president during WW1? (Wilson)
  15. What is the national anthem? (Star Spangled Banner)
  16. Name one US territory ( Puerto Rico, Guam)

Some are not so easy.


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 8 years ago

      and how does this relate to the topic of US citizenship testing?

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      someonewhoknows 8 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      The emancipation proclamation put southern slaves under the protection of the united states by making them citizens of the federal government.A united states citizen is really a citizen of the District of Columbia.A person born in any of the individual states,was not considered a united states citizen.They were American citizens.There is a difference.The state citizens that formed the constitution "for" the united states came from each of the 13 original colonies,which became states before they formed the united states and the District of Columbia is not a state.To ,be a citizen of the District of Columbia,is in effect to be a citizen of the area the federal government controls.The federal government can control territories which also are not states.The constitution clearly states that the federal government was not to have control over any lands within the states other than those necessary for their limited role the federal government has within state governments.

      This changed in a big way after the 1929 depression.That was caused by the federal reserve banks not allowing credit to flow unless they were given more control.This is the period in American histiory where a deluge of federal buildings were allowed to built on state property.Blackmail allowed this,nothing else.Certainly not the constitution.You claim to be a UNITED STATES citizen every time you accept any privilliges from the federal government.Such as social security,birth certificate,Drivers License,Marrage License,passport,.Medicare.The federal govrrnment has made it easy for you to do this without even thinking about it.The zip code is used to identify federally designated regions of the country,which is an extention of the federal governments jurisdiction into the various state jurisdictions.As,far as money goes,the fedreal reserve is a private group of international banks that pays the federal government to print their federal reserve notes at a cost of say 30 cents no matter what denomination is printed,and charges the federal government full face value,even if that money is backed by the federal government itself,or the credit of the people.Then on top of that they charge compound interest.There is an important constitutional principle missing from this list,namely the apporpriation of government funding based on population.Enumerating the cost to each tax payer,based on the number of tax payers and the cost of running the government.