You might have the day off today, but we're still going to put you to work testing your mental mettle. If you immigrated to the United States, you had to pass a citizenship test. If you were born in this country, you got a free pass.
In honor of the celebration of our country's birthday, let's see how you do on our quiz. We have selected 25 questions from the 100 listed on the study page for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
For immigrants seeking citizenship, this is an oral test. The test administrator asks up to 10 questions; the applicant must get at least six correct.
Answers appear on page A9.
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1 The idea of self-government is contained in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words? (Don't worry; the questions get harder.)
2What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
3What is freedom of religion?
4What is the "rule of law"?
5What is the economic system in the United States?
6Who makes federal laws?
7Who is one of your state's U.S. senators now?
8The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
9If both the president and the vice president can no longer serve, who becomes president?
10What are two Cabinet-level positions? (Bonus, there are 16 correct answers. How many can you name?)
11How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
12Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?
13There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them. (Bonus points for all four.)
14What are two rights of everyone living in the United States? (How many more can you name?)
15What are two ways Americans can participate in their democracy? (Can you name more than two?)
16What is one reason colonists came to America?
17Why did the colonists fight the British?
18 There were 13 original states. Name three. (Can you name all 13?)
19When was the Constitution written?
20The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers. (Can you name all four?)
21What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
22Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s. (Can you name all four?)
23Name one problem that led to the Civil War. (To make it more challenging, exclude slavery as an answer.)
24 Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s. (How many can you come up with?)
25Name one state (or all 13) that borders Canada.