U.S. Citizenship Test
INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) examiners typically draw a dozen questions at random from this list of 100 when they interview aspiring citizens on America's history and government . . . How many could YOU answer accurately?
1. What are the colors of the flag?
2. How many stars are there in our flag?
3. What color are the stars on our flag?
4. What do the stars on the flag mean?
5. How many stripes are there in the flag?
6. What color are the stripes?
7. What do the stripes on the flag mean?
8. How many states are there in the Union (United States)?
9. What is the 4th of July?
10. What is the date of Independence Day?
11. Independence from whom?
12. What country did we fight during the Revolutionary War?
13. Who was the first president of the United States?
14. Who is the president of the United States today?
15. Who is the vice president of the United States?
16. Who elects the president of the United States?
17. Who becomes president of the United States if the president should die?
18. For how long do we elect the president?
19. What is the Constitution?
20. Can the Constitution be changed?
21. What do we call a change to the Constitution?
22. How many changes or amendments are there to the Constitution?
23. How many branches are there in our government?
24. What are the three branches of our government?
25. What is the legislative branch of our government?
26. Who makes the laws in the United States?
27. What is Congress?
28. What are the duties of Congress?
29. Who elects Congress?
30. How many senators are there in Congress?
31. Can you name the two senators from your state?
32. For how long do we elect each senator?
33. How many representatives are there in Congress?
34. For how long do we elect the representative?
35. What is the executive branch of our government?
36. What is the judicial branch of our government?
37. What are the duties of the Supreme Court?
38. What is the supreme law of the United States?
39. What is the Bill of Rights?
40. What is the capital of your state?
41. Who is the current governor of your state?
42. Who becomes president of the United States if the president and the vice president should die?
43. Who is the chief justice of the Supreme Court?
44. Can you name the 13 original states?
45. Who said, "Give me liberty or give me death"?
46. Which countries were our principal allies during World War II?
47. What is the 49th state of the Union (United States)?
48. How many terms can a president serve?
49. Who was Martin Luther King Jr.?
50. Who is the head of your local government?
51. According to the Constitution, a person must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible to become president. Name one of these requirements.
52. Why are there 100 senators in the Senate?
53. Who selects the Supreme Court justices?
54. How many Supreme Court justices are there?
55. Why did the Pilgrims come to America?
56. What is the head executive of a state government called?
57. What is the head executive of a city government called?
58. What holiday was celebrated for the first time by the American Colonists?
59. Who was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence?
60. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
61. What is the basic belief of the Declaration of Independence?
62. What is the national anthem of the United States?
63. Who wrote the Star-Spangled Banner?
64. Where does freedom of speech come from?
65. What is the minimum voting age in the United States?
66. Who signs bills into law?
67. What is the highest court in the United States?
68. Who was president during the Civil War?
69. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
70. What special group advises the president?
71. Which president is called the "father of our country"?
72. What is the 50th state of the Union (United States)?
73. Who helped the Pilgrims in America?
74. What is the name of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America?
75. What were the 13 original states of the U.S. called?
76. Name three rights or freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.
77. Who has the power to declare war?
78. Name one amendment that guarantees or addresses voting rights.
79. Which president freed the slaves?
80. In what year was the Constitution written?
81. What are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution called?
82. Name one purpose of the United Nations.
83. Where does Congress meet?
84. Whose rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?
85. What is the introduction to the Constitution called?
86. Name one benefit of being a citizen of the United States.
87. What is the most important right granted to U.S. citizens?
88. What is the United States Capitol (building)?
89. What is the White House?
90. Where is the White House located?
91. What is the name of the president's official home?
92. Name one right guaranteed by the First Amendment.
93. Who is the commander in chief of the U.S. military?
94. Which president was the first commander in chief of the U.S. military?
95. In what month do we vote for the president?
96. In what month is the new president inaugurated?
97. How many times may be a senator be reelected?
98. How many times may a congressman be reelected?
99. What are the two major political parties in the United States today?
100. How many states are there in the United States?
Answers are as supplied by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).
1. Red, white, blue
4. One for each state in the Union.
6. Red and white
7. The represent the original 13 states.
9. Independence Day
10. July 4th
13. George Washington
14. Barack Obama
15. Joseph Biden
16. The Electoral College
17. The Vice President
18. Four years
19. The supreme law of the land
21. An amendment
24. Legislative, Executive, and Judicial
25. The Congress
26. The Congress
27. The Senate and the House of Representatives together
28. To make laws
29. U.S. Citizens
31. The two senators from the state in which the test is administered.
32. Six years
34. Two years
35. The President, the Cabinet, Federal Departments and Agencies under the Cabinet.
36. The Supreme Court
37. To interpret laws
38. The Constitution
39. The first 10 amendments to the Constitution
40. Capital of the state in which the test is administered.
41. Governor of the state in which the test is administered.
42. The Speaker of the House of Representatives
43. John Roberts
44. Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Rhode Island, and Maryland.
45. Patrick Henry
46. United Kingdom (Great Britain), Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, China, and France
49. A civil rights leader
50. The mayor or the county executive, depending on where you live
51. a) Must be a natural born citizen of the United States, b) must be at least 35 years old, c) must have lived in the United States for at least 14 years
52. There are two from each of the 50 states
53. The President
55. For religious freedom
59. Thomas Jefferson
60. July 4, 1776
61. That all men are created equal
62. The Star-Spangled Banner
63. Francis Scott Key
64. The Bill of Rights
66. The President
67. The Supreme Court
68. Abraham Lincoln
69. Freed the slaves
70. The Cabinet
71. George Washington
73. Indians (Native Americans)
76. a) Freedom of speech, press, religion, peaceable assembly and the right to petition the government for change, b) The right to bear arms [subject to regulation], c) Government may not house soldiers in private homes during peacetime, d) Government may not search or take a person’s property without a legal warrant, e) A person cannot be put on trial twice for the same crime in the same jurisdiction and cannot be forced to testify against him/herself, f) A person charged with a crime has a right to a trial and to be represented by a lawyer, g) The right to a trial is by a jury of one’s peers, h) Protection against excessive or unreasonable fines or cruel and unusual punishment, i) People have rights other than those specifically mentioned in the Constitution, j) Any power not specifically given to the Federal government by the Constitution is a power reserved to the states or to the people.
77. The Congress
78. a) the 15th, b) the 19th, c) the 24th, d) the 26th
79. Abraham Lincoln
81. The Bill of Rights
82. A place for countries to discuss world problems, to provide economic aid to nations, to take joint action.
83. The Capitol (Washington, D.C.)
84. Citizens and non-citizens living in the United States
85. The Preamble 86. a) to vote for the candidate of your choice, b) to travel freely with a U.S. passport, c) a duty to serve on a jury, d) the right to apply for federal benefits
87. The right to vote
88. Where Congress meets
89. The official residence of the President
90. 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. (Washington, D.C.)
91. The White House
92. a) Freedom of speech, b) Freedom of the press, c) Freedom of religion, d) Freedom to assemble peacefully, e) Freedom to petition the government for change
93. The President
94. George Washington
97. There is no limit
98. There is no limit
99. Democratic and Republican