Citizenship Test

Citizenship Test

Every year, the United States welcomes nearly 1 million new citizens through naturalization ceremonies, all of whom must pass the U.S. citizenship test by answering 6 out of 10 questions correctly.

While 90% of legal immigrant applicants pass the exam, only 30% of U.S. adults and just 3% of public high school students in America can pass it!

Can you pass a citizenship test? Here are 25 sample questions: what’s your score of 4 points for any correct answer?

What is the supreme law of the land?

The Constitution

What does the Constitution do?

  • sets up the government
  • defines the government
  • protects basic rights of Americans

The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?

We the People

What is an amendment?

  • a change (to the Constitution)
  • an addition (to the Constitution)

What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?

The Bill of Rights

What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?

  • speech
  • religion
  • assembly
  • press
  • petition the government

How many amendments does the Constitution have?

Twenty-Seven (27)

What did the Declaration of Independence do?

  • announced our independence (from Great Britain)
  • declared our independence (from Great Britain)
  • said that the United States is free (from Great Britain)

What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?

  • life
  • liberty
  • pursuit of happiness

What is freedom of religion?

You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.

What is the economic system in the United States?

  • capitalist economy
  • market economy

What is the “rule of law”?

  • Everyone must follow the law.
  • Leaders must obey the law.
  • Government must obey the law.
  • No one is above the law.

Name one branch or part of the government.

  • Congress
  • legislative
  • President
  • the courts
  • judicial 9

What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?

  • checks and balances
  • separation of powers

Who is in charge of the executive branch?

the President

Who makes federal laws?

  • Congress
  • Senate and House (of Representatives)
  • (U.S. or national) legislature

What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?

The Senate and House (of Representatives)

How many U.S. Senators are there?

One Hundred (100)

We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?

Six (6)

Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators now?

Answers will vary. [District of Columbia residents and residents of U.S. territories should answer that D.C.(or the territory where the applicant lives) has no U.S. Senators.]

The House of Representatives has how many voting members?

four hundred thirty-five (435)

We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?

Two (2)

Name your U.S. Representative.

Answers will vary. [Residents of territories with nonvoting Delegates or Resident Commissioners may provide the name of that Delegate or Commissioner. Also acceptable is any statement that the territory has no (voting) Representatives in Congress.]

Who does a U.S. Senator represent?

All people of the state

Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?

  • (because of) the state’s population
  • (because) they have more people
  • (because) some states have more people
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