Anyone who wishes to become a naturalized citizen of the United States must face a long and arduous process.
To be eligible, prospective citizens must be at least 18 years old and have a Permanent Resident Card - commonly called a Green Card - for at least five years before filing to become a citizen.
Once you are eligible, you must then go through the ten-step naturalization process, including submitting the N-400 application, having a personal interview, and taking the U.S. Naturalization Test.
The test determines an applicant's ability to read, write, and speak words in ordinary usage in the English language and their knowledge and understanding of the country's history and government. There are 100 possible questions that can end up on the test. A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officer can an applicant ask up to 10 questions. The applicant must get a minimum of six questions right out of ten - so it is important to know as many of the 100 as possible.
The majority of people who take the test pass. As of September 2016, the national success rate was 91 percent. How do you think you would fare?
We have randomly selected 50 of the questions that could be asked during the test. To pass, you must get at least more than half of the answers right.
What are the first three words of the Constitution?
The introductory statement of the Constitution is known as the Preamble. It sums up the document's fundamental purposes and the guiding principles of government in the United States. The first three words of the Preamble, in particular, define the concept of self-government in the nation. What are the first three words of the Constitution? Is it dear fellow citizens? Or is it the words we are free? Are the first three words we the people? Or is it we the citizens?
What are the three branches of government?
The American federal government is divided into three main sections. They are called the three branches of government. Each of the three branches handles a different responsibility of the federal government: such as creating laws, defense, and a court system. What are the three branches? Is it the presidency, administrative, and military? Is the right combination executive, judicial, and legislative? Or perhaps it is the executive, congress, and senate branches? Or are the three branches of government named the administrative, judicial, and lawmaking branches?
What ensures that one branch of government does not become too powerful?
The powers of the different sections of government are meant to be separated from one another. This is based on a concept in the federal government that ensures one aspect of the system does not become disproportionally powerful. What is this system called? The answer is one of the following four choices: Is it referred to as shoots and ladders? Is it called the balance of government scales? Is the concept called a judicial review? Or is it called checks and balances?
Which of these is NOT a guaranteed right in the Declaration of Independence?
The colonists created the Declaration of Independence to announce their desire to become a nation separate from the monarchy of England. In addition to declaring independence from Britain, the document also outlines certain rights that citizens of the new country. The text reads "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights." Which of these four choices is NOT one of these guaranteed, unalienable rights?
What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
The first ten amendments, or changes, to the Constitution has a specific name. As a group, they guarantee certain personal freedoms and rights of Americans, define clear limitations on the power of the government, and declares that any power that was not specifically delegated to the federal government belongs to the state governments. The first ten amendments were created on September 25, 1789, and were later ratified on December 15, 1791. What are these ten changes to the Constitution called?
How many amendments does the Constitution have?
Since the Constitution was first written centuries ago, it has been altered several times throughout the history of this country. Amendments were added to update the law with the times. Notable amendments include abolishing slavery, allowing women to vote, allowing people of all races to vote, and ending segregation. An amendment may be proposed by a two-thirds majority in both sections of the legislative branch or a national convention. It must later be ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the states. How many are there?
When was the Constitution written?
The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the nation. The document was created at the Constitutional Convention in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was made to replace the failed Articles of Confederation, which had been the previous ruling document of the land. The Convention was attended by notable figures like James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, both of which would go on to play important roles in the United States federal government. What year was the Constitution written and signed?
What are the two major political parties in the United States?
Since its creation, the United States has operated on a two-party system. The names and political beliefs of the parties have changed several times throughout the nation's history. What are the current two, major political parties of the country? These parties have both been in charge of the legislative branches, state governments, and the presidency at different points in the last couple of decades. Are the countries called the Federalists and Anti-Federalists parties? Whigs and Tories? Bulls and Moose? Or the Democratic and Republican parties?
Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
Which of the founding fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence? He created the words such as "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights" and "But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."
Who is the head of the executive branch?
There are three distinct branches of the U.S. federal government: the executive, legislative, and judicial. The executive branch is essentially responsible for governing a state and exercising authority. In other words, the executive branch executes the law of the land. It is the chief enforcer. This is no easy feat, so there are many hardworking people involved. But there is one individual position in the executive branch that is in charge of its operations. Which position serves as the leader?
Which of these was NOT one of the 13 colonies?
Before the United States had become an independent nation and expanded into western territory, the Europeans had settled into 13 colonies created on the territory of North America. Different countries battled to keep the land of colonies, but all of the land eventually came under the power of England. These 13 colonies later declared independence from the European nation and became the very first states of the United States of America. Which of these four choices is NOT one of the original colonies?
When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
Do you know when the colonies formally declared independence from Great Britain? What year was the Declaration of Independence actually signed and adopted by the Founding Fathers? Here is a hint: the country celebrates the date every single year as a national holiday. The holiday is known as Independence Day and is typically celebrated by families and friends picnicking outside together until nighttime when fireworks light up the sky. What is the full date of the day the declaration was adopted?
What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?
The current land owned by the United States spans from California to the New York islands. There is a coast on each side, with an ocean on the West side of the nation and another ocean on the Eastern side of the country. What is the name of the ocean that is located on the Eastern side of the United States? Is it called the Mississippi Ocean? The Atlantic Ocean? Is it the Pacific Ocean? Or is it the Indian Ocean?
What is the capital of the United States?
One of these four cities has served as the permanent capital of the United States since the year 1790. It is the home of the White House and important monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Which city is it? Is it New York City, located in New York State? Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - a city where important legislation for the country was signed. Washington D.C? Or Richmond, a city in Virginia?
Who is the current president?
The current serving president is the 45th person to lead the United States. He was a highly unusual candidate and ran a controversial campaign. He had no experience in politics prior to assuming the presidency and was primarily a businessman and reality TV star. Very few imagined that he would win, but he ended up defeating an established and experienced politician in an upset that stunned the nation. What is the name of the current president of the United States?
What is the name of the national anthem?
The current national anthem of the United States was adopted 86 years ago on March 4, 1931. The song has four stanzas, but the only the first is typically sung. Hint: the lyrics come from a poem written by Francis Scott Key entitled "Defence of Fort M'Henry" during the War of 1812, a conflict the United States had with Great Britain. The words from the poem were then set to the tune of a popular British song "To Anacreon in Heaven."
How long is a presidential term?
There originally was no explicit limit on how long someone could serve as the president of the United States. After one president was elected to a staggering four terms, Congress proposed the 22nd amendment to the constitution. This amendment limited the amount of terms a president could serve to two. This means a president can serve for a certain number of years maximum. What is the length of a single, presidential term? How many years do we elect a president for?
Who was the first president?
He is called the father of our country. His face is on the one dollar bill and the quarter. He helped lead the United States to a victorious independence from the British Empire during the American Revolution. He was then elected as this nations very first president. His inauguration set many traditions that the presidents follow to this day. What is this mans name? Is this Benjamin Franklin? Or is his name George Washington? Is he Thomas Jefferson? Or James Madison?
In what month do we vote for president?
Election Day is an official, set day where eligible voters choose from the candidates of general elections of federal public officials. Though it is a set day, voting can begin earlier in the month as well. Election Day for the presidential race occurs at the same day of the month towards the end of the incumbent presidents term - it is always the Tuesday after the first Monday of this month. Which month is it? January, March, September, or November?
What are the two parts of the legislative branch?
There are two chambers of the legislative branch. Both of them represent individual states. One of the chambers represents specific districts within the states that they represent whereas the other chamber represents their state as a whole. Members in both chambers are chosen directly by the people of their states. Together, the legislative branch has authority over financial and budgetary matters, has the power to declare war, and has the ability to create and pass legislation. What are the two chambers called?
If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
There are provisions in place if the president can no longer serve for any reason, such as dying while in office, stepping down, or getting impeached by Congress. There is a line of succession set up in case the president must leave the position. This has only happened nine times in the history of the nation. Who is next in line to become president? The First Lady? The Vice President? The White House Press Secretary? Or the Secretary of State?
What does the President’s Cabinet do?
The President's Cabinet is part of the executive branch. They are not elected officials like the other federal positions, with the exception of the Vice President. Under federal law, all of the people serving in the Cabinet are in the line of succession in case the president leaves office. Except the Vice President, all of the cabinet members are directly appointed by the president and serve at the pleasure of the president. This means he can dismiss them at any time with no cause.
What is the highest court in the United States?
This court is the highest in the land. It has the final say in all matters. It can decide the fate of both state and federal cases. The justices are appointed by the president and confirmed by the senate. They serve for life unless they step down or are removed. A case must go through several rounds throughout the court system before it reaches this court. The court has decided some very important moments for the country, such as the end to segregation.
How long is a senator’s term?
In order to run for a spot in the U.S. senate, a candidate must be at least 30 years old, have been a born or naturalized citizen for a minimum of nine years, and be a resident of the state they wish to represent at the time of the election. If someone meets this criteria, then they are eligible to serve on the senate. If they are able to win the seat, how many years will they serve per term?
At what age can a citizen vote for president?
A person can vote in a United States federal election if they meet the following criteria: they must be a U.S. citizen, not a just a legal or permanent resident. Citizens must register to vote by their state's voter registration deadline and meet the state's residency requirements. Some people with felony convictions or mental disabilities are not eligible to vote in certain elections. It varies due to the state requirements. How old must a person be before Election Day to vote for president?
True or false? Only US citizens can serve on a jury
Is the following statement true or false? Only U.S. citizens are able to serve on a jury of a court case - not all residents of the country. in addition, citizens must be at least 18 years old, reside in a particular judicial district for one year, be able to understand enough English to follow a court case, have no disqualifying mental or physical conditions, and have never been convicted or charged of a felony. All citizens should be expected to be called for jury duty once.
What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
In the year 1803, the United States purchased territory from France for fifty million francs and a cancellation of debt worth eighteen million francs - totaling sixty-eight million francs. That is the equivalent of about 250 million dollars as of the year 2016. This purchase allowed the country to expand much further west than the 13 original colonies. It is known as the __________ purchase. Hint: the name of the territory has the same name as one of the current states.
True or false: US citizens have the right to bear arms
Is the following statement true or false? Citizens of the United States of America are guaranteed certain rights, including the right to free speech, the freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and freedom of religion. One of these rights guaranteed by the constitution is the right to bear arms. It is one of the more controversial statements in the document. Some believe the founding fathers were referring to the right the states have to organize a militia while others believe every individual is entitled to arms.
What was the war between the North and the South?
From Apr 12, 1861 to May 9, 1865, the northern states of the country and the southern half of the nation were at war with each other. The southern states had seceded from the union and declared themselves to be the Confederate States of America, also known as the Confederacy. The president of the union was President Abraham Lincoln and the leader of the Confederacy was Jefferson Davis. This war was very bloody and destructive. What is the war called?
Who does a U.S. Senator represent?
There are two chambers in the legislative branch of the federal government: the House of Representatives and the Senate. Each of these chambers have members that represent their states. But each chamber represents a different aspect of the states. One of the chambers is made up of elected officials who represent their state as a whole. The states are also divided into separate districts. The other chamber of the legislative branch represents these individual districts. Which does the Senate represent?
Who was President during World War I?
World War I ravaged Europe from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. It is one of the largest and bloodiest wars in modern history. On one side was the Russian Empire, the French Third Republic, and Great Britain. On the other was Germany, Italy, and Austria-Hungary. Japan, the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria also joined the battles. The United States did not enter the conflict until much later, in the year 1917. Who was the president of the country at this time?
Which of these is NOT a US territory?
In addition to the 50 states, the United States also has 16 territories scattered throughout the Caribbean and the Pacific. Five of these territories are inhabited by permanent residents and the rest are small islands, atolls, and reefs with no permanent population. The languages spoken in these territories include English, Spanish, Hawaiian, Chamorro, Carolinian, and Samoan. They also use U.S. dollars. Which of these four is NOT an official U.S. territory? Is it Guam? Puerto Rico? American Samoa? Or Hawaii?
What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?
The current land owned by the United States spans from California to the New York islands. There is a coast on each side, with an ocean on the West side of the nation and another ocean on the Eastern side of the country. What is the name of the ocean that is located on the Western side of the United States? Is it the Atlantic Ocean? The Pacific Ocean? Is it the Gulf of Mexico? Or is the the Potomac?
How many senators are there?
The House of Representatives is based on the population of the states they represent. This system was created to ensure that states with larger populations have a voice in the government proportional to the number of people they have, while the Senate has the same number of people representing a state to make sure the smaller states have an equal say. How many senators are there in total? 50, meaning 1 per state? 150, with 3 per state? 100, with 2 each? Or 200, with 4 senators each?
Who has the power to print money: the federal government or the states?
Any powers that are not explicitly given to the federal government in the constitution or are covered by the so-called implied powers of the federal government are typically delegated to the individual state governments. Each of the 50 states has some control over the laws in their borders and have certain responsibilities. Sometimes, it can be challenging to remember what the state government is in charge of and what the federal government is in charge of. Who has the power to print money?
Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?
Who served as the president of the United States during the Great Depression and World War II? He was elected to an unprecedented four terms, which inspired Congress to add an amendment to the Constitution limiting the amount of terms someone can serve as the president. Hint: he is known for powerful quotes like "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself" and for his fireside chats, where he would address the nation directly via radio during these troubling times.
The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
The Senate has the same number of people representing a state to make sure the smaller states have an equal say. Unlike the Senate, the House of Representatives is based on the population of the states they represent. This system was created to ensure that states with larger populations have a voice in the government proportional to the number of people they have. States are divided into districts, and each district has a representative. Which means there is a total of how many voting members?
We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?
To be elected to the United States House of Representatives, a candidate must be at least 25 years of age, have been a born citizen or a naturalized citizen of the United States for a minimum of 7 years, and be a resident of the state they wish to represent at the time of the election. If eligible and the candidate is successfully voted into office, how many years do they serve before the next election? How long is their term?
Who is the commander-in-chief of the military?
The commander in chief of the military is another position this person has, in addition to their main role in the federal government. They have supreme control and command of the armed forces of the United States, such as the army, navy, and air force. However, this person has ultimate power but no rank in the military. They are essentially understood to be in charge of the military because of their position in the government. Who is the U.S. commander-in-chief?
How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
The Supreme Court is the highest federal court in the entire nation. They play a very important role in the federal government. The justices serve as the final judgement on the interpretation of federal law. They are appointed for a lifetime tenure unless they choose to resign, retire, or are impeached and removed. Do you know how many justices serve on the court? Hint: there is an odd number of people on the Supreme Court in order to avoid ties.
Who did the United States fight in World War II?
A global conflict took over the entire world from 1939 to 1945, though different countries became involved and engaged in conflict at different points. The United States entered the conflict after the state of Hawaii was attacked at Pearl Harbor. There were two sides: the Allies and the Axis. The United States was part of the Allies. Do you know which countries made up the Axis? Which were the main countries that the U.S. fought against during World War II?
What is the political party of the current President?
The only president not to be formally affiliated with any political party was the very first, as parties had hardly been established in the brand new nation. Since then, the president has always been affiliated with a political party. And since the 14th president began his term in 1853, there have been two parties the president can be a part of: the Democratic party and the Republican party. Which party does the current president, the 45th in the nation, belong to?
If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
In the highly unlikely event that the president has stepped down, been impeached, or died in office and the vice president is unable to fulfill the role, there is a system in place. There is a list of people, called the line of succession, ready to take over. Measures such as having the president and vice president travel separately are taken in order to prevent this. But if this scenario does ever occur, who will be the FIRST person in line?
Who signs bills to become laws?
It is a long process to turn a bill into a law. First, the bill is proposed by a member of the house or senate. It is then passed to the matching committee by the Speaker of the House or the presiding officer in the Senate. Then it moves to the floor for debate and is voted on. Many times, members must also form a conference committee and create a report that must pass the house and senate. Finally, it is sent to ______ for signing.
When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?
There is a particular day of the year everyone in the nation dreads - the day when individual income tax returns are due to the federal government. This is colloquially called Tax Day. Since the 1950s, this event has fallen on the same date. The date is almost always the same throughout the years, unless this date falls on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday that year - then the taxes are due the following Monday. What is this dreaded day of the year?
What movement tried to end racial discrimination?
During the 1960s, there was an important movement that aimed to end racial inequality in the United States. Ending segregation was a big goal for the movement. In this time, the races were still separated in public places like schools and drinking fountains. A boycott of the bus system in Montgomery, Alabama was also organized. Notable figures of the movement include Rev. Matin Luther King Jr,. Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, and many, many more. What is this movement officially called?
Who is the current vice president?
The vice president, commonly referred to as VPOTUS or Veep, is the president's right hand man. He or she runs alongside the president during elections. The vice president also serves as the president of the United States Senate. However, the vice president will only vote in the Senate when it is needed to break a tie. The vice president can be a very powerful and visible role, or more of a behind-the-scenes player depending on who fills the seat. Who is the current VP?
Who has the power to give a driver’s license: the federal government or the states?
Any powers that are not explicitly given to the federal government in the constitution are delegated to the individual state governments. Each of the 50 states has some control over the laws in their borders and have certain responsibilities. Who has the power to give out a driver's license to someone who fits the legal requirements? An individual must pass a written test, log hours driving, and pass a driving test. Is it the federal government? Or is it the state government?
Who is the current speaker of the house?
The Speaker of the House serves as the presiding officer of the House of Representatives. This particular role's responsibilities were established in 1789 by Section 2 in Article I of the Constitution. The speaker leads the house's majority party and is also the political and parliamentary leader of the institution. Who is the current Speaker of the House? The current speaker was elected to the office on October 29, 2015, and is the 54th person to serve in the role.
True or false: only natural-born citizens can be the President
Is this statement true, or is it false? Only natural-born citizens of the United States are eligible to serve in a federal government office. That includes the positions of the presidency and the vice presidency. This means a person who was born outside of the United States is not permitted to serve as the president of the nation. This requirement was established in a clause of the constitution. The rule was meant to protect the nation's interest from foreign influences.