Friday, July 4, 2008

July Fourth-A day to celebrate and your Citizen's Test

Fourth of July is one of the most celebrated holidays across America. The day America became independent, there is no better way to celebrate than with Patriotic Goodies, Great Barbecue,and Giant Fireworks.
To many immigrants this is a special day that they sworned in as an American Citizen. But, they need to take their citizen's test. So how well do they or an average American citizen know the answers to this exam.

In order to gain citizenship in America, immigrants are required to pass a short-answer exam designed by US Citizenship and Immigration Services. A revised version of the exam went into rotation on October 1, 2008.

Test your knowledge of US history and government, with the following sample questions (source: USCIS):


1) How may amendments does the Constitution have?

2) What stops ONE branch of government from becoming too powerful?

3) The House of Representatives has how many voting members?

4) There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe ONE of them.

5) What are TWO rights only for United States citizens?

6) The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name ONE of the writers.

7) What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?

8) Who was President during World War I?

9) Name ONE U.S. territory.

10) Why does the flag have 13 stripes?


1) Twenty-seven (27)

2) Checks and balances; Separation of power

3) Four hundred thirty-five (435)

4) Citizens eighteen (18) and older can vote; You don't have to pay a poll tax to vote; Any citizen, male or female, can vote; A male citizen, of any race, can vote

5) Apply for a federal job; Vote; Run for office; Carry a U.S. passport

6) James Madison; Alexander Hamilton; John Jay; Publius

7) Louisiana; the Louisiana Territory

8) Woodrow Wilson

9) Puerto Rico; U.S. Virgin Islands; American Samoa; Northern Mariana Islands; Guam

10) Because there were 13 original colonies; Because the stripes represent the original colonies

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