US Citizenship Test Questions: Would You Pass?

My retired mother has started volunteering as a tutor for the United States Citizenship test. The exam is given orally and therefore there are no multiple choices to pick from. You either know it or you don’t. One of the sections is 6 question pulled at random from the following 100 questions. If you had to pass a test to become a citizen of our country, would you pass? (The answers are listed in the comments section at the end of the post)

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?

7. How many amendments does the Constitution have?

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 United States Congress?

18. How many United States Senators are there?

19. We elect a United States Senator for how many years?

20. Name your state’s two 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?a

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.


2 thoughts on “US Citizenship Test Questions: Would You Pass?

  1. 1. The Constitution
    2. Sets up the government, Defines the government, and Protects basic rights of Americans
    3. We the People
    4. A change or an addition (to the Constitution)
    5. The Bill of Rights
    6.: Speech, Religion, Assembly, Press, Petition the government
    7. 27
    8. Announced our independence (From Great Britain), Declared our independence (From Great Britain), and 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, Market economy
    12. Everyone must follow the law, Leaders must obey the law, Governments must obey the law, No one is above the law
    13. Congress, Legislative, President, Executive, The courts, Judicial.
    14. Checks and balances, Separation of powers.
    15. The President.
    16. Congress, The Senate and House of Representatives, The U.S. or national Legislature.
    17.The Senate and the House of Representatives.
    18. 100
    19. 6
    20. Answers will vary. [ For District of Columbia residents and residents of U.S. territories, the answer is that DC or the territory where the applicant lives has no U.S. Senators. ]
    21. 435
    22. 2
    23. Answers will vary. [Residents of territories with nonvoting delegates or resident commissioners may provide the name of that representative or commissioner. Also acceptable is any statement that the territory has no (voting) representatives in Congress.].
    24. All the people of the state
    25. Because of the state's population, Because they have more people, Because some states have more people
    26. 4
    27. November
    28. Barack Obama, Barack Obama, Obama.
    29. Joseph R. Biden Jr., Joseph Biden, Biden
    30. The Vice President
    31. The Speaker of the House
    32. The President
    33. The President
    34. The President
    35. They advise the President
    36. Secretary of Agriculture
    Secretary of Homeland Security
    Secretary of Commerce
    Secretary of Defense
    Secretary of Education
    Secretary of Energy
    Secretary of Health and Human Services
    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
    Attorney General
    Vice President

    37. Reviews laws, Explains laws, Resolves disputes (disagreements), Decides if a law goes against the Constitution
    38. The Supreme Court.
    39. 9
    40. John Roberts
    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. [ Residents of the District of Columbia and U.S. territories without a Governor should say “we don't have a Governor.”]
    44. Answers will vary. [ District of Columbia residents should answer that D.C. is not a state and does not have a capital. Residents of U.S. territories should name the capital of the territory. ]
    45. Democratic and Republican
    46. Democratic (Party)
    47. John Boehner
    48. Citizens eighteen 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 in a federal election
    50. Vote in a federal election, Run for federal office


  2. 51. Freedom of expression, Freedom of speech, Freedom of assembly, Freedom to petition the government, Freedom of worship, The right to bear arm
    52. To the United States, To the Flag
    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
    55. Vote, 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 15th
    57. At age eighteen (between eighteen and twenty-six)
    58. Freedom, Political liberty, religious freedom, economic opportunity, practice their religion, Escape persecution
    59. Native Americans, American Indians
    60. Africans, People from Africa
    61. Because of high taxes (taxation without representation), Because the British army stayed in their houses (boarding, quartering), Because they didn't have self-government
    62. Thomas Jefferson
    63. July 4, 1776
    64. Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia
    65. The Constitution was written, The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution
    66. 1787
    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, Louisiana
    72. War of 1812, Mexican-American War, Civil War, Spanish-American War
    73.The Civil War, The War between the States
    74. Slavery, Economic reasons, States rights
    75. Freed the slaves (The Emancipation Proclamation), Saved (or preserved) the Union, Led the United States during the Civil War
    76. Freed the slaves, 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 right
    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
    83. Communism
    84. Civil rights movement
    85. Fought for civil rights, Worked for equality for all American
    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, Mississippi
    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, Alaska
    93.California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas
    94. Washington D.C.
    95. New York Harbor, Liberty Island
    96. Because there were 13 original colonies, Because the stripes represent the original colonies
    97. Because there is one star for each state, Because each star represents a state, Because there are 50 states
    98. The Star-Spangled Banner
    99. July 4th
    100. New Year's Day, Martin Luther King. Jr, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas


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