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Would You Pass the United States Citizenship Test?

Updated on June 24, 2014
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HL Keeley has received a Bachelors Degree in Middle Grades Education. She has just completed her first year teaching.

One of the ways to becoming a United States citizen is to pass a test of questions about the United States. Some are really easy, while some are not, even for American citizens.

To pass this test, immigrants are given a ten question test. The questions are chosen at random. To pass they need to get 6 out of 10 correct.

This is a list of sample questions on the test. Do you know the answers to these? In the comment section, tell us where you are from and how many you got correct! Be honest.

Newsweek gave 1000 Americans the citizenship test and 38% failed. My teacher gave us this test in my political science class and a lot of the students, in an American college, got answers wrong. One of the foreign exchange students knew more that half the class.

Instructions:

Write down your answers on a separate sheet of paper or on Microsoft Word. When you finish, go back to the answers and click each one for the answer.

I picked 10 questions, not at random because I am not a computer. I tried to be as random as I could. I reread the list making sure they were not all too hard or too easy.

If you get 6 or more right, you pass. If you don't well you fail, but that's okay because it does not mean anything on here.

Questions

  1. What are the colors of our flag?
  2. What color are the stars on our flag?
  3. What do the stars on the flag mean?
  4. What do the stripes on the flag mean?
  5. Who makes the laws in the United States?
  6. Who becomes President of the United States if the President and the vice-president should die?
  7. Can you name thirteen original states?
  8. Who said, "Give me liberty or give me death."?
  9. What are the 49th and 50th states of the Union?
  10. What is a minimum voting age in the United States?


How well did I do?

Try the whole test. I answered all 100 in a dark room only illuminated by my computer at 1 am. It is actually a really sad sight because I giggle when I am nervous. So every time I did not know one I giggled. When I realized I giggle I instinctively look around and make sure I am alone. Then I realize that I am alone and laughing. It was really fun though, just a sad sight.

If you are going to take the 100 question test, stop reading. As River Song from Doctor Who would say, "Spoilers."



Out of 100 Questions, I got 14 wrong which means I got 86 right which means I got a B. So I will share with you my incorrect answers. I tend to be sarcastic when I am upset. This is exactly how I answered them. Now don't judge me for my answers even though I want to be a Social Studies teacher. If you did not take 100 question test at 1 am, you too might have answered these wrong. So don't "duh" me. In psychology terms, you will experience Hindsight Bias.

16. Who elects the President of the United States?

Correct Answer: The electoral college

My Answer: THE PEOPLE

22. How many changes or amendments are there to the Constitution?

Correct Answer: 27

My answer: 63?

31. Can you name the two senators from your state?

Correct answer: (insert local information) For me, it would be North Carolina.

My Answer: No

33. How many representatives are there in Congress?

Correct Answer: 435

My Answer: 365 (thats how many days are in a year, so bonus point?)

41. Who is the current governor of your state?

Correct Answer: (insert local information)

My Answer: IDK

42. Who becomes President of the United States if the President and the vice-president should die?

Correct Answer: Speaker of the House of Representative

My Answer: Secretary of State (at least I tried)

43. Who is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?

Correct Answer: William Rehnquist (or whoever is next)

My Answer: An old guy

44. Can you name thirteen original states?

My Answer: 12 except Maryland (I put Vermont)

45. Who said, "Give me liberty or give me death."?

Correct Answer: Patrick Henry

My Answer: Paul Revere

46. Which countries were our enemies during World War II?

My answer: forgot Japan

63. Who wrote the Star-Spangled Banner?

Correct Answer: Francis Scott Key

My Answer: Keyes

72. What Immigration and Naturalization Service form is used to apply to become a naturalized citizen?

Correct Answer: Form N-400, Application to File Petition for Naturalization

My Answer: The Pink Paper

80. In what year was the Constitution written?

Correct Answer: 1787

My Answer: 1781

88. What is the United States Capitol?

Correct Answer: The place where Congress meets

My Answer: Washington DC (TRICK QUESTION! I did realize that CapitOl had an O instead of an A)


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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      An honest answers will also count, even though it's wrong. :)

      Now, I already had some hints regarding the USC Test.

      Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Priscilla 5 years ago from El Paso

      I took a mock citizenship test online at one time for fun to see how much I knew. It was interesting the score I got. Some questions I knew, others I had to really think about . Good hub, very informational.

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      HL Keeley 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      That quote one definitely is a trick question! A lot of the questions though are different variants of the same question. I also do not think they are asking the right questions. Our history is important, but I think they need to ask the questions that makes America unique. Stick with the questions about the laws and our government.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      This test needs an update. There is no way, people can answer correctly if they write tricky questions. Well, if you wnat to pass the test, you study your best!

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      HL Keeley 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      The quote one was so ridiculous that I had to put that in my "random" test. LOL I do think people should take this test to vote, but then again that goes against the American belief that every man is equal. I did learn a lot writing this Hub.

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      Tonja Niemi 5 years ago from Eagan, MN USA

      Perhaps like most things, the US Citizenship test requires modernization and updates as well. I'm not saying that we should not all know these facts - just that some information is more useful than other...