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The following are sample U.S. History and Government questions that may be asked during the Naturalization Exam given by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services office. (Recent college graduates and Democrats, please do not embarrass yourselves by taking this test.)

Typical Questions:
1. What are the colors of our flag?
2. What do the stars on the flag mean?
3. How many stars are there on our flag?
4. What color are the stars on our flag?
5. How many stripes are there on our flag?
6. What do the stripes on the flag represent?
7. What colors are the stripes on the flag?
8. How many states are there in the Union (the United States)?
9. What do we celebrate on the 4th of July?
10. Independence Day celebrates independence from whom?

11. What country did we fight during the Revolutionary War?
12. Who was the first president of the United States?
13. Who is the President of the United States today?
14. Who is the Vice President of the United States today?
15. Who elects the President of the United States?
16. Who becomes President if the President dies?
17. What is the Constitution?
18. What do we call changes to the Constitution?
19. How many changes, or amendments, are there to the Constitution?
20. What are the three branches of our government?

21. What is the legislative branch of our Government?
22. What makes up Congress?
23. Who makes the Federal laws in the United States?
24. Who elects Congress?
25. How many Senators are there in Congress?
26. For how long do we elect each Senator?
27. Name two Senators from your state.
28. How many voting members are in the House of Representatives?
29. For how long do we elect each member of the House of Representatives?
30. Who is the head of the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government?

31. For how long is the President elected?
32. What is the highest part of the Judiciary Branch of our Government?
33. What are the duties of the Supreme Court?
34. What is the supreme law of the United States?
35. What is the Bill of Rights?
36. What is the capital of the state you live in?
37. Who is the current Governor of the state you live in?
38. Who becomes President if both the President and Vice President die?
39. Who is Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?
40. What were the original 13 states?

41. Who said, "Give me liberty or give me death"?
42. Name some countries that were our enemies during World War II.
43. What was the 49th state added to our Union (the United States)?
44. How many full terms can a President serve?
45. Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.?
46. What are some of the requirements to be eligible to become President?
47. Why are there 100 Senators in the United States Senate?
48. Who nominates judges for the Supreme Court?
49. How many Supreme Court Justices are there?
50. Why did the Pilgrims come to America?

51. What is the executive of a state government called?
52. What is the head executive of a city government called?
53. What holiday was celebrated for the first time by American colonists?
54. Who was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence?
55. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
56. What are some of the basic beliefs of the Declaration of Independence?
57. What is the national anthem of the United States?
58. Who wrote The Star-Spangled Banner?
59. What is the minimum voting age in the United States?
60. Who signs bills into law?

61. What is the highest court in the United States?
62. Who was President during the Civil War?
63. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
64. What special group advises the President?
65. Which President is called the "Father of our Country"?
66. Which President was the first Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army and Navy?
67. What was the 50th state to be added to our Union (the United States)?
68. Who helped the Pilgrims in America?
69. What is the name of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America?
70. What were the 13 original states of the United States called before they were states?

71. What group has the power to declare war?
72. Name the amendments that guarantee or address voting rights.
73. In what year was the Constitution written?
74. What are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution called?
75. Whose rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?
76. What is the introduction to the Constitution called?
77. Who meets in the U.S. Capitol building?
78. What is the name of the President's official home?
79. Where is the White House located?
80. Name one right or freedom guaranteed by the first amendment.

81. Who is Commander-in-Chief of the United States military?
82. In what month do we vote for the President?
83. In what month is the new President inaugurated?
84. How many times may a Senator or Congressman be re-elected?
85. What are the two major political parties in the United States today?
86. What is the executive branch of our government?
87. Where does freedom of speech come from?
88. What U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services form is used to apply for naturalized citizenship?
89. What kind of government does the United States have?
90. Name one of the purposes of the United Nations.

91. Name one benefit of being a citizen of the United States.
92. Can the Constitution be changed?
93. What is the most important right granted to United States citizens?
94. What is the White House?
95. What is the United States Capitol?
96. How many branches are there in the United States government?



ANSWER SHEET
1. Red, white, and blue
2. One for each state
3. There are 50 stars on our flag.
4. The stars on our flag are white.
5. There are 13 stripes on our flag.
6. The first 13 states
7. The stripes on the flag are red and white.
8. 50 states
9. Independence Day
10. Independence from Great Britain
11. We fought Great Britain in the Revolutionary War.
12. George Washington
13. George W. Bush
14. Dick Cheney
15. The Electoral College
16. The Vice President
17. The supreme law of the land
18. Amendments
19. Twenty-seven amendments
20. Executive, Judicial, and Legislative

21. Congress
22. The Senate and the House of Representatives
23. Congress
24. The citizens of the United States
25. There are 100 Senators in Congress, 2 from each state.
26. 6 years
27. The answer to this question depends on where you live.
28. There are 435 voting members in the House of Representatives.
29. For 2 years
30. The President
31. The President is elected for 4 years.
32. The Supreme Court
33. To interpret and explain the laws
34. The Constitution
35. The first 10 amendments to the Constitution
36. The answer to this question depends on the state where you reside. To learn the capital of your state, go to http://www.firstgov.gov and select the state government link.
37. The answer to this question depends on where you live. To learn the name of the Governor of your state, go to http://www.firstgov.gov and select the state government link.
38. The Speaker of the House
39. John G. Roberts, Jr.
40. Virginia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Georgia

41. Patrick Henry
42. Germany, Italy, and Japan
43. Alaska
44. Two full terms
45. A civil rights leader
46. A candidate for President must
o be a native-born, not naturalized, citizen,
o be at least 35 years old, and
o have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years.
47. Each state elects 2 Senators.
48. The President nominates judges for the Supreme Court.
49. There are 9 Supreme Court Justices.
50. To gain religious freedom
51. The Governor
52. The Mayor
53. Thanksgiving
54. Thomas Jefferson
55. July 4, 1776
56. That all men are created equal and have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
57. The Star-Spangled Banner
58. Francis Scott Key
59. 18 is the minimum voting age.
60. The President

61. The Supreme Court
62. Abraham Lincoln
63. The Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves.
64. The Cabinet advises the President.
65. George Washington
66. George Washington
67. Hawaii
68. The American Indians/Native Americans
69. The Mayflower
70. Colonies
71. Congress has the power to declare war.
72. The 15th, 19th, 24th and 26th amendments
73. The Constitution was written in 1787.
74. The Bill of Rights
75. All people living in the United States
76. The Preamble
77. Congress
78. The White House
79. Washington, DC
80. The rights of freedom of speech, of religion, of assembly, and to petition the Government

81. The President
82. November
83. January
84. There is no limit.
85. The Democratic and Republican parties
86. The President, the Cabinet, and departments under the cabinet members
87. The Bill of Rights
88. Form N-400 (Application for Naturalization)
89. A Republic
90. For countries to discuss and try to resolve world problems or to provide economic aid to many countries
91. To obtain Federal government jobs, to travel with a U.S. passport, or to petition for close relatives to come to the United States to live
92. Yes, the Constitution can be changed.
93. The right to vote
94. The President's official home
95. The place where Congress meets
96. There are 3 branches

Number 90 was a trick question. Who the hell knows what the purpose of the United Nations is nowadays?

Comments

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boywondermark
May. 28th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
LOL! Dale...you truely do keep us on our toes! :)
dgreatone
May. 29th, 2006 12:04 pm (UTC)
You are boywondermark so I expected you to know all the answers.

How did you know what U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services form is used to apply for naturalized citizenship? I didn't even know that. ;-)
boywondermark
May. 29th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)
LOL! Because I had to fill it out when the Mothership stranded me on this planet!
athosian
May. 29th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
I'm doing this without checking the answers first!
1. What are the colors of our flag?
Red, White, Blue.

2. What do the stars on the flag mean?
One for each state.

3. How many stars are there on our flag?
Um, that would be 50. So far.

4. What color are the stars on our flag?
White, on a blue background

5. How many stripes are there on our flag?
Thirteen.

6. What do the stripes on the flag represent?
The original 13 colonies that defied their rightful monarch the bastardsdeclared independence.

7. What colors are the stripes on the flag?
Seven red, six white.

8. How many states are there in the Union (the United States)?
50, same as the number of stars on the flag.

9. What do we celebrate on the 4th of July?
The Declaration of Independence, 1776.

10. Independence Day celebrates independence from whom?
Your rightful monarchThe United Kingdom of Great Britain and [Northern] Ireland.

11. What country did we fight during the Revolutionary War?
Britain.

12. Who was the first president of the United States?
George Washington

13. Who is the President of the United States today?
DubyaGeorge W Bush.

14. Who is the Vice President of the United States today?
Richard Cheney

15. Who elects the President of the United States?
The Electoral College.

16. Who becomes President if the President dies?
The Vice-President

17. What is the Constitution?
A heinous affront to your rightful monarchThe document defining the government of the United States, and therefore the highest law of the land.

18. What do we call changes to the Constitution?
Amendments

19. How many changes, or amendments, are there to the Constitution?
Oh, crap. 15?

20. What are the three branches of our government?
Judicial, Executive, Legislative (as given away by later questions 21, 30, and 32).

21. What is the legislative branch of our Government?
The [Continental] Congress. As given away by question 22.

22. What makes up Congress?
The House of Representatives, and the Senate.

23. Who makes the Federal laws in the United States?
Congress, though the President has a veto (which may be overridden).

24. Who elects Congress?
The people, of course!

25. How many Senators are there in Congress?
100, two for each state (or star on the flag if you prefer). As given away by question 47.

26. For how long do we elect each Senator?
Six years.

27. Name two Senators from your state.
N/A. Though I did live in MA for a while, so I guess Teddy Kennedy is one. No idea who the other would be.

28. How many voting members are in the House of Representatives?
Oh, crap. Three hundred something?

29. For how long do we elect each member of the House of Representatives?
Two years.

30. Who is the head of the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government?
The President (currently DubyaGeorge W Bush.
athosian
May. 29th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm doing this without checking the answers first!
31. For how long is the President elected?
Up to two four-year terms. If the Vice-President becomes President through the death, resignation, or impeachment of his predecessor, he can run for another two terms only if he became President more than half-way through the term, so these days a President can theoretically Preside for just under two years.

32. What is the highest part of the Judiciary Branch of our Government?
The Supreme Court, as given away by question 33.

33. What are the duties of the Supreme Court?
To uphold the laws, interpret them according to the Constitution when this is not otherwise clear, and act as the final judicial authority in the USA.

34. What is the supreme law of the United States?
The Constitution.

35. What is the Bill of Rights?
A section of the Constitution enumerating and defining the rights of citizens.

36. What is the capital of the state you live in?
N/A; it was Boston.

37. Who is the current Governor of the state you live in?
Last time I lived there it was Weld; forget who's there now.

38. Who becomes President if both the President and Vice President die?
Strom Thurmond. No, wait, he's dead now. The office he held; President Pro Tem of the Senate? The senior Senator (by time in office rather than age, I believe, though IIRC Strom qualified on both counts).

39. Who is Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?
Oh, crap. Renquist? Or has he resigned/retired?

40. What were the original 13 states?
Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland.

41. Who said, "Give me liberty or give me death"?
Oh, crap. John Henry Adams somebody?

42. Name some countries that were our enemies during World War II.
Germany, Japan, Italy (until 1943), Vichy France, Bulgaria, Hungary, Rumania.

43. What was the 49th state added to our Union (the United States)?
Oh, crap. Hawaii before Alaska, I think.

44. How many full terms can a President serve?
Two, as mentioned under question 31.

45. Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.?
A civil rights leader, born on January 15th.

46. What are some of the requirements to be eligible to become President?
Must be born in United States (waived of necessity for first few Presidents).
Must receive majority of votes of Electoral college.
Must be at least 35 years old.
Probably cannot have dual citizenship.

47. Why are there 100 Senators in the United States Senate?
Two for each state, as mentioned under question 25.

48. Who nominates judges for the Supreme Court?
The President.

49. How many Supreme Court Justices are there?
Nine, I believe.

50. Why did the Pilgrims come to America?
Because England wouldn't keep themEr, to escape religious persecution.

51. What is the executive of a state government called?
The Governor.

52. What is the head executive of a city government called?
Mayor.

53. What holiday was celebrated for the first time by American colonists?
Independence Day.

54. Who was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence?
Thomas Jefferson, I believe.

55. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
July 4th, 1776.

56. What are some of the basic beliefs of the Declaration of Independence?
That governments may only rule with the consent of the governed (as granted through their duly elected representatives, pretty much), and that when a government loses that consent, it lies within the power of a people to redefine their political status and governmental structures.

57. What is the national anthem of the United States?
Oh, for heaven's sake. See question 58.

58. Who wrote The Star-Spangled Banner?
Some guy who witnessed the war of 1812... not John Philip Sousa... dammit, I forget.

59. What is the minimum voting age in the United States?
18 years.

60. Who signs bills into law?
The President (or for state laws, the Governor)

61. What is the highest court in the United States?
Supreme Court, yawn.

62. Who was President during the Civil War?
Jefferson DavisWhoopsie! I mean Abraham Lincoln.
athosian
May. 29th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm doing this without checking the answers first!
63. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
It freed the slaves in the Confederacy only. I think. There was a separate declaration to free slaves in those Union states that still had slavery.

64. What special group advises the President?
The Star Chamber Cabinet.

65. Which President is called the "Father of our Country"?
George Washington

66. Which President was the first Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army and Navy?
Oh, crap. George Washington?

67. What was the 50th state to be added to our Union (the United States)?
I'm going to say Alaska, rather than Hawaii (to be consistent with my answer to question 43).

68. Who helped the Pilgrims in America?
The American Indians.

69. What is the name of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America?
The Mayflower.

70. What were the 13 original states of the United States called before they were states?
Colonies.

71. What group has the power to declare war?
Congress.

72. Name the amendments that guarantee or address voting rights.
Oh, crap. No idea.

73. In what year was the Constitution written?
Seventeen eighty... three?

74. What are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution called?
The Bill of Rights.

75. Whose rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?
Those of the citizens of the United States!

76. What is the introduction to the Constitution called?
The Preamble to the Constitution. "We the People" and all that jazz from Schoolhouse Rock.

77. Who meets in the U.S. Capitol building?
Congress!

78. What is the name of the President's official home?
Oh, for heaven's sake. You give it away in the very next question: The White House.

79. Where is the White House located?
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, in Washington DC.

80. Name one right or freedom guaranteed by the first amendment.
Oh, crap. No idea.

81. Who is Commander-in-Chief of the United States military?
The President of the Unites States.

82. In what month do we vote for the President?
November.

83. In what month is the new President inaugurated?
January.

84. How many times may a Senator or Congressman be re-elected?
No limit. Is there?

85. What are the two major political parties in the United States today?
Democrats & Republicans.

86. What is the executive branch of our government?
Oh, for heaven's -- the President. POTUS.

87. Where does freedom of speech come from?
God. And the Constitution/Bill of Rights. And the will and ability of the people to secure it for themselves.

88. What U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services form is used to apply for naturalized citizenship?
No idea. Should probably find out...

89. What kind of government does the United States have?
Democracy!

90. Name one of the purposes of the United Nations.
To waste time and money To provide a supranational body with the moral authority to make decisions on issues of worldwide importance. Ha ha -- "moral authority"!

91. Name one benefit of being a citizen of the United States.
You can vote in municipal, state, and federal elections.

92. Can the Constitution be changed?
Yes, through an amendment. Didn't we go over this?

93. What is the most important right granted to United States citizens?
Liberty? They're pretty much a package deal, I would think.

94. What is the White House?
President's residence/office, see above.

95. What is the United States Capitol?
Meeting place of Congress, see above.

96. How many branches are there in the United States government?
Argh! Three!

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So, am I a US citizen yet? ^_^
dgreatone
May. 30th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm doing this without checking the answers first!
Not bad. I give an A and a gold star. :-)
athosian
May. 30th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm doing this without checking the answers first!
Thanks! ...though really I was hoping for a Green Card...

Ah well. Next time I'll go for 96/96!
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