My Fellow Americans…
We’ve been reading a lot in the news lately about immigration issues.
I was born an American (right place, right time, I guess) with 70% of my heritage being non-native (Welsh and Italian, mostly.)
Lately, I’ve been wondering…when I wave my flag, pledge my allegiance, and sing my anthem…have I earned that right? Does the luck of the draw (ie: sperm and egg connecting in the western hemisphere) give me some inalienable right to call myself an American, when others have to prove themselves for that right?
Does it give my daughter that right?
When immigrants want to become Americans, they must take a civics test as part of their naturalization interview before a Citizenship and Immigration Services (INS) officer.
The questions are usually selected from a list of 100 sample questions that prospective citizens can look at ahead of the interview (though the examiner is not limited to those questions). Some are easy, some are not.
Here are some of the more difficult ones…
(BTW, Candidates seeking citizenship are not given multiple choices in the naturalization interview, and it’s conducted orally.)
1. How many stripes are there on the U.S. flag?
2. Who is the chief justice of the Supreme Court today?
George W. Bush
John G. Roberts Jr.
3. In what year was the Constitution written?
4. Which of these is guaranteed by the First Amendment?
Freedom of the press
Right to bear arms
Right to happiness
Right to trial by jury
5. How many Supreme Court justices are there?
6. What are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution called?
The Bill of Rights
First Ten Amendments
Lewis “Scooter” Libby
7. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
July 4, 1776
July 4, 1787
July 4, 1812
July 4, 1876
8. Which of the following amendments to the Constitution does NOT address or guarantee voting rights?
9. What are the 13 original states?
Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, New Zealand, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Rhode Island, Maryland
Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Rhode Island, Maryland
Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Rhode Island, Maryland
Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Rhode Island, Maryland, Washington, D.C.
10. What do the stripes on the U.S. flag mean?
One for each state in the Union
They represent the 13 original states
One for each article of the Constitution
11. What is the introduction to the Constitution called?
The Bill of Rights
The Declaration of Independence
The Articles of Confederation
12. How many changes or amendments are there to the Constitution?
13. Which of the following is NOT one of the constitutional requirements to be eligible to become president?
Must be at least 35 years old by the time he/she will serve
Must have lived in the United States for at least 14 years
Must be a natural-born citizen of the United States
Must have served as a governor
14. Who selects the Supreme Court justices?
The Electoral College
They are appointed by the president
15. How many representatives are there in Congress?
16. Who said, “Give me liberty or give me death”?
17. Why did the Pilgrims come to America?
In search of gold
To meet the Indians
For religious freedom
To escape the Revolutionary War
18. Who has the power to declare war?
Chief justice of the Supreme Court
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
19. What INS form is used to apply to become a naturalized citizen?
Form N-200 “Petition for Naturalization”
N-400 “Application for Naturalization”
Social Security card
20. Which of these contains three rights or freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights?
Right to life, right to liberty, right to the pursuit of happiness
Freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of religion
Right to protest, right to protection under the law, freedom of religion
Freedom of religion, right to elect representatives, human rights
So, jot down your answers or, if you’re really brave, post them below (please don’t Google your answers, that’s not allowed to those seeking citizenship, so it’s not allowed here either…)
I’ll post the answers in a couple of days.
FYI…I consider myself a patriot, and pretty well read. I answered only 70% of questions correctly. I would not have passed the test for citizenship (85% is required.)
But, my daughter will.