With all the ongoing sturm und drang about illegal immigrants, "no pathway to citizenship" and the like, it seemed to me that perhaps on this, our 4th of July weekend, it might be interesting to find out just how many -- or few -- of us could pass a basic citizenship test.
What follows are a few sample questions taken from a study guide of 100 questions posed on the USCIS website. (Answers at the bottom of the page)
1. How many amendments does the Constitution have?
10 14 23 27
2. Who is Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Now?
Antonin Scalia John Roberts William Rehnquist Anthony Kennedy
3. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
"We the People. . ." "Liberty and Union. . ." "The Congress Shall . . ."
4. How many U.S. Senators are there?
50 75 100 150
5. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
2 4 6
6. Who is currently the American Secretary of State?
Joseph Biden Hillary Clinton John Kerry Harry Reid
7. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
415 425 435 445
8. We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?
2 4 6
9. Who does a U.S. Senator represent?
All people within his/her city. All people within his/her county. All people within his/her state. All people of the country.
10. If both the president and the vice president can no longer serve, who becomes president?
The Speaker of the House. The Secretary of State. The Secretary of Defense. The Senate Majority Leader.
11. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
Thomas Jefferson John Adams John Hancock George Washington
12. When was the Constitution written?
1775 1778 1787 1798
13. What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
Puerto Rico Canada Louisiana Florida
14. What did Susan B. Anthony do?
Served as a U.S. Senator. Fought for Women's rights. Refused to give up her seat on a bus.
15. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
Freed the slaves Established the Bill of Rights Proclaimed war on Britain
16. Who was president during the Great Depression and World War II?
Franklin D. Roosevelt John F. Kennedy Dwight Eisenhower
17. Name the U .S. war between the North and the South.
The Revolutionary War The War of 1812 The Civil War World War I
18. Which of these wars was fought by the United States in the 1900s?
The Civil War The Korean War The Six Day War
19. Which of these is one American Indian tribe in the United States?
Seminole Yogi Toribio Nanook
20. What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States?
U.S. declared war on Afghanistan Terrorists attacked the United States Invasion of Iraq begins
- John Roberts
- We the People
- John Kerry
- All people within his/her state
- The Speaker of the House
- Thomas Jefferson
- Fought for women's rights
- Freed the slaves
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
- The Civil War
- The Korean War
- Terrorists attacked the United States.
I will go out on a limb and predict that 99.9% of those who read The K.F. Stone Weekly will ace this sample test. However, try passing it along to family and friends and see how they do.
Here's wishing you a glorious Fourth . . .
©2014 Kurt F. Stone