Can you pass the U.S. citizenship civics test?

Dec 29, 2014

Author: Amy.Haneline@indystar.com

An Indiana lawmaker wants to require Hoosier students to pass the civics test administered to immigrants seeking U.S. citizenship. Could you pass the test? Try answering these 20 questions. While these questions are from the actual naturalization civics test, the real test is not multiple choice. Rather, immigrants must orally answer up to 10 questions from a list of 100. A score of at least 60 percent is required to pass. These sample questions and answers are taken from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.

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  • 1. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?
  • 2. What is freedom of religion?
  • 3. Who vetoes bills?
  • 4. Who is in charge of the executive branch?
  • 5. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
  • 6. What is the capital of the United States?
  • 7. What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?
  • 8. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.
  • 9. What is the name of the national anthem?
  • 10. Name one state that borders Mexico.
  • 11. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
  • 12. Name one branch or part of the government.
  • 13. How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?
  • 14. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.
  • 15. If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
  • 16. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
  • 17. Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?
  • 18. What did Susan B. Anthony do?
  • 19. Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.
  • 20. Who does a U.S. Senator represent?