US Citizenship Test

Now these are some of the questions to study for the US Citizenship interview one has to go through in order to become a US citizen. Let's see how you score!
I have lived in Germany for 19 years and 2 months. I lived in the US since December 1984, so I have been here longer than in my "home" country. It's kinda funny that I need to know more about US history than most natural citizens know on a day to day basis. Now IF I would be 50, I wouldn't have to take the test, cause I've been here long enough, but since I'm still a "youngen" I have to take it. Now... isn't that a form of discrimination? Hmmmm...just a thought!

When you actually get to the office, you will be asked 5 or 6 of these questions (if you answer them correctly) and you have to know enough English to read and understand this page and converse with the person about yourself and the questions s/he asks. It's really not a hard test.

What are the colors of the flag? Red, white and blue
How many stars are there in the flag? 50
What color are the stars on our flag? White.
What do the stars in the flag mean? One for each state in the Union.
How many stripes are there in the flag? 13
What color are the stripes? White and Red
What do the stripes on the flag mean? The 13 Original States
How many states are there in the Union? 50
What is the 4th of July? Independence Day
What is the date of Independence Day? 4th Of July
Independence from whom? England
What country did we fight during the Revolutionary War? England
Who was the first president of the United States? George Washington
Who is the President of the United States today? George Bush
Who is the vice President of the United States today? Dick Cheney
Who elects the President of the United States? The Electoral College
Who becomes President of the United States if the President should die? The Vice President
For how long do we elect the president? 4 years
What is the Constitution? Supreme Law of the Land
Can the Constitution be changed? Yes
What do we call a change to the Constitution? Amendment
How many changes or amendments are there to the Constitution? 27
How many branches are there in the government? 3
What are the three branches of our government? Legislative, Executive and Judicial
What is the legislative branch of the government? Congress
Who makes the laws in the United States? Congress
What is Congress? Senate and the House of Representatives
What are the duties of Congress? Make Laws
Who elects Congress? People
How many senators are there in Congress? 100
Can you name the two senators from your state? Herb Kohl and Russell Feingold
For how long do we elect each Senator? Six Years
How many representatives are there in Congress? 435
What is the executive branch of our government? The President, Cabinet and departments under the Cabinet members
What is the judicial branch of our government? Supreme Court
What are the duties of the Supreme Court? Interpret Laws
What is the supreme Law of the United States? The Constitution
What is the Bill of Rights? The first 10 Amendments to the Constitution
What is the capital of your state? Madison
Who is the current governor of your state? Jim Doyle
Who becomes President of the United States if the President and the Vice President should die? Speaker of the House of Representatives
Who is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court? William Rehnquest
Can you name the 13 original States? Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia
Who said, “Give me Liberty, or give me death”? Patrick Henry (1736)
Which countries were our principal allies during WW 2? United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, China, France
What is the 49th state of the Union? Alaska
How many terms can a President serve? 2
Who was Martin Luther King Jr.? A civil rights fighter
Who is the head of your local government? Mayor of La Crosse is John Medinger
Congress Man is Ron Kind
The 2 Senators from WI are Russell Feingold and Herb Kohl
WI Governor is Jim Doyle
According to the Constitution, a person must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible to becomes President. Name one of these requirements. Natural born citizen
Must be at least 35 years old
Must have lived in US for at least 14 years.
Why are there 100 Senators in the Senate? Two from each State
Who selects the Supreme Court Justices? Appointed by the President
How many Supreme Court Justices are there? 9
Why did the Pilgrims come to America? For religious Freedom
What is the head executive of a state government called? Governor
What is the head executive of a city government called? Mayor
What holiday was celebrated for the first time by the American Colonists? Thanksgiving
Who was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence? Thomas Jefferson
When was the Declaration of Independence adopted? July 4th 1767
What is the basic belief of the Declaration of Independence? All men are created equal
What is the national anthem of the United States? Star Spangled Banner
Who wrote the Star Spangled Banner? Francis Scott Key
Where does freedom of speech come from? The Bill of Rights
What is the minimum voting age in the United States? 18
Who signs bills into law? The President
What is the highest court in the United States? Supreme Court
Who was President during the Civil War? Abraham Lincoln
What did the Emancipation Proclamation do? Freed many slaves
What special group advises the president? The Cabinet
Which President is called the “father of our country”? George Washington
What is the 50th State of the Union? Hawaii
Who helped the Pilgrims in America? Native Americans
What is the name of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America? Mayflower
What were the 13 original states of the US called? Colonies
Name three rights or freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Freedom of speech, press, religion, peaceable assembly and requesting change of government.
The right to bear arms.
The government may not quarter, or house soldiers in private homes during peacetime without the owner’s consent.
A person may not be tried twice by the same jurisdiction for the same crime and cannot be forced to testify against him/herself.
The right to jury trial by his/her peers in most cases.
Protects people from excessive or unreasonable fines or cruel and unusual punishment.
People have rights other than those mentioned in the constitution.
Who has the power to declare war? Congress
Name one amendment that guarantees or addresses voting rights. 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th
Which president freed the slaves? Abraham Lincoln
In what year was the Constitution written? 1787
what are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution called? Bill of rights?
Name one purpose of the United Nations? For countries to discuss world problems
To provide economic aid to many countries
Occasionally taking action
Where does Congress meet? In the Capitol, in Washington DC
Whose rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights? Everyone living in the United States
What is the most important right granted to U.S. citizens? Right to vote
What is the United States Capitol Building? The place where Congress meets
What is the White House? The President’s official residence
Where is the White House located? 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Washington DC
What is the name of the president’s official home? White House
Name one right guaranteed by the First Amendment Freedom of speech, press, religion, peaceable assembly and requesting for changes in the government
Who is the commander in chief of the US military? The President
Which president was the first commander in chief of the US military? George Washington
In what month do we vote for the president? November
In what month is the new president inaugurated? January
How many times may a senator be reelected? There is no limit
How many times may a congressman be reelected? There is no limit.
What are the two major political parties in the United States today? Democratic and Republican
How many states are there in the United States? 50

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