These 10 (questions) are drawn randomly from a bank of 100 (questions)
During the citizenship test, an official interviewer reads the questions in English and the applicant must answer in English. The applicant must answer 6 of the 10 questions correctly to pass the test.
Have you ever wondered what sort of questions are on that test? Could you pass the test?
Below is a list of the 100 questions that the 10 questions are drawn from.
I have listed the answers to these 100 questions at the bottom so that you can test yourself, and then check to see if your answers are correct.
The 100 questions that the random 10 questions are drawn from
1. What is the supreme law of the land?
2. What does the Constitution do?
3. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
4. What is an amendment?
5. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
6. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?
8. What did the Declaration of Independence do?
9. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
10. What is freedom of religion?
11. What is the economic system in the United States?
12. What is the "rule of law"?
13. Name one branch or part of the government.
14. What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?
15. Who is in charge of the executive branch?
16. Who makes federal laws?
17. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?
18. How many U.S. Senators are there?
19. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
20. Who is one of your state's U.S. Senators?
21. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
22. We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?
23. Name your U.S. Representative.
24. Who does a U.S. Senator represent?
25. Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?
26. We elect a President for how many years?
27. In what month do we vote for President?
28. What is the name of the President of the United States now?
29. What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?
30. If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
31. If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
32. Who is the Commander in Chief of the military?
33. Who signs bills to become laws?
34. Who vetoes bills?
35. What does the President's Cabinet do?
36. What are two Cabinet-level positions?
37. What does the judicial branch do?
38. What is the highest court in the United States?
39. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
40. Who is the Chief Justice of the United States?
41. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?
42. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?
43. Who is the Governor of your state?
44. What is the capital of your state?*
45. What are the two major political parties in the United States?*
46. What is the political party of the President now?
47. What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?
48. There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
49. What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?*
50. What are two rights only for United States citizens?
51. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
52. What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?
53. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?
54. How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?*
55. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
56. When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?*
57. When must all men register for the Selective Service?
58. What is one reason colonists came to America?
59. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
60. What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?
61. Why did the colonists fight the British?
62. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
63. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
64. There were 13 original states. Name three.
65. What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
66. When was the Constitution written?
67. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.
68. What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
69. Who is the "Father of Our Country"?
70. Who was the first President?*
71. What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
72. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.
73. Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.
74. Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
75. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?*
76. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
77. What did Susan B. Anthony do?
78. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.*
79. Who was President during World War I?
80. Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?
81. Who did the United States fight in World War II?
82. Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?
83. During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?
84. What movement tried to end racial discrimination?
85. What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?*
86. What major event happened on September 11, 2001 in the United States?
87. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.
88. Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.
89. What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?
90. What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?
91. Name one U.S. territory.
92. Name one state that borders Canada.
93. Name one state that borders Mexico.
94. What is the capital of the United States?*
95. Where is the Statue of Liberty?*
96. Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
97. Why does the flag have 50 stars?*
98. What is the name of the national anthem?
99. When do we celebrate Independence Day?*
100. Name two national U.S. holidays.
Answers to the questions above:
Some of the questions (above) have more than one correct answer. When such the case, all acceptable answers are shown.
All answers below are worded exactly as they are worded by the USCIS. These are the correct answers.
1. the Constitution
2. sets up the government, defines the government, protects basic rights of Americans
3. We the people
4. a change (to the Constitution) or an addition (to the Constitution)
5. the Bill of Rights
6. speech, religion, assembly, press, petition the government
7. twenty-seven (27)
8. announced our independence (from Great Britain) or
declared our independence (from Great Britain) or
said that the United States is free (from Great Britain)
9. life, liberty, pursuit of happiness
10. You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.
11. capitalist economy or market economy
12. Everyone must follow the law.
Leaders must obey the law.
Government must obey the law.
No one is above the law.
13. Congress or legislative or President or executive or the courts or judicial
14. checks and balances, separation of powers
15. the President
16. Congress, Senate and House (of Representatives), (U.S. or national) legislature
17. the Senate and House (of Representatives)
18. one hundred (100)
19. six (6)
20. Answers will vary.
21. four hundred thirty-five (435)
22. two (2)
23. Answers will vary.
24. all people of the state
25. (because of) the state's population or
(because) they have more people or
(because) some states have more people
26. four (4)
28. Barack H. Obama or Barack Obama or Obama
29. Joseph R. Biden, Jr. or Joe Biden or Biden
30. the Vice President
31. the Speaker of the House
32. the President
33. the President
34. the President
35. advises the President
36. Secretary of Agriculture
Secretary of Commerce
Secretary of Defense
Secretary of Education
Secretary of Energy
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Secretary of Homeland Security
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Secretary of Interior
Secretary of State
Secretary of Transportation
Secretary of Treasury
Secretary of Veterans' Affairs
Secretary of Labor
37. reviews laws
resolves disputes (disagreements)
decides if a law goes against the Constitution
38. the Supreme Court
39. nine (9)
40. John Roberts (John G. Roberts, Jr.)
41. to print money
to declare war
to create an army
to make treaties
42. provide schooling and education
provide protection (police)
provide safety (fire departments)
give a driver's license
approve zoning and land use
43. Answers will vary.
44. Answers will vary.
45. Democratic and Republican
46. Democratic (Party)
47. John Boehner
48. Citizens eighteen (18) and older can vote.
You don't have to pay (a poll tax) to vote.
Any citizen can vote. (Women and men can vote.)
A male citizen of any race (can vote).
49. serve on a jury, vote
50. apply for a federal job
run for office
carry a U.S. passport
51. freedom of expression
freedom of speech
freedom of assembly
freedom to petition the government
freedom of worship
the right to bear arms
52. the United States
53. give up loyalty to other countries
defend the Constitution and laws of the United States
obey the laws of the United States
serve in the U.S. military (if needed)
serve (do important work for) the nation (if needed)
be loyal to the United States
54. eighteen (18) and older
join a political party
help with a campaign
join a civic group
join a community group
give an elected official your opinion on an issue
call Senators and Representatives
publicly support or oppose an issue or policy
run for office
write to a newspaper
56. April 15
57. at age eighteen (18)
between eighteen (18) and twenty-six (26)
58. freedom, political liberty, religious freedom, economic opportunity,
practice their religion, escape persecution
59. Native Americans (or American Indians)
60. Africans (or people from Africa)
61. because of high taxes (taxation without representation),
because the British army stayed in their houses (boarding, quartering)
and because they didn't have self-government
62. Thomas Jefferson
63. July 4, 1776
64. New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island,
Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania,
Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina,
South Carolina, Georgia
65. The Constitution was written. (or The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution.)
67. James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Publius
68. U.S. diplomat, oldest member of the Constitutional Convention
first Postmaster General of the United States, writer of "Poor Richard's Almanac",
started the first free libraries
69. George Washington
70. George Washington
71. the Louisiana Territory (or Louisiana)
72. War of 1812, Mexican-American War, Civil War
73. the Civil War (or the War between the States)
74. slavery, economic reasons, states' rights
75. freed the slaves (Emancipation Proclamation), saved (or preserved) the Union,
led the United States during the Civil War
76. freed the slaves, (or freed slaves in the Confederacy,
freed slaves in the Confederate states, freed slaves in most Southern states
77. fought for women's rights, fought for civil rights
78. World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War,
(Persian) Gulf War
79. Woodrow Wilson
80. Franklin Roosevelt
81. Japan, Germany and Italy
82. World War II
84. civil rights (movement)
85. fought for civil rights (or worked for equality for all Americans)
86. Terrorists attacked the United States.
87. Cherokee, Navajo, Sioux, Chippewa, Choctaw,
Pueblo, Apache, Iroquois, Creek, Blackfeet,
Seminole, Cheyenne, Arawak, Shawnee, Mohegan,
Huron, Oneida, Lakota, Crow, Teton, Hopi, Inuit
88. Missouri (River) and Mississippi (River)
89. Pacific (Ocean)
90. Atlantic (Ocean)
91. Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa,
Northern Mariana Islands, Guam
92. Maine, New Hampshire,Vermont, New York,
Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota,
North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington,
93. California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas
94. Washington, D.C.
95. New York (Harbor) (or Liberty Island)
96. because there were 13 original colonies (or because the stripes represent the original colonies)
97. because there is one star for each state (or because there are 50 states)
98. The Star-Spangled Banner
99. July 4
100. New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, Presidents' Day,
Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day,
Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas
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