citizen, know thy country

How well would you do on a citizenship test? No cheating, now! Google is not allowed.

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. We have picked some of the more difficult ones. 

Post your results in the comments.

5 thoughts on “citizen, know thy country

  1. I got 85% of them right. I missed the ones about voting rights and INS forms. Also missed that trick question about who selects Supreme Court justices, because “selects” should be “nominates”.

  2. I got 95% right. The one I missed was the INS form. I don’t think I was ever taught that one…

  3. 90% Current supreme court justice? Pfft. I don’t watch the news. And who cares who said something about liberty and dying? Isn’t it more important who actually, er, died for liberty?

  4. 90%, too. I have to review the bill of rights! Also, I knew it was one of the two N-[insert number here] forms. But that would be something one would know, I’d imagine, if one had applied.

    Well, at least we make up a gaggle of “good” citizens.

    And, Brad, you should care about Patrick Henry . . . From Wikipedia:“Give me liberty or give me death” is a famous quotation from a speech made by Patrick Henry to the Virginia House of Burgesses.

    The speech was given March 23, 1775, at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia, and is credited with having single-handedly convinced the Virginia House of Burgesses to pass a resolution delivering the Virginia troops to the Revolutionary War. In attendance were Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Reportedly, the crowd, upon hearing the speech, jumped up and shouted, “To Arms! To Arms!”

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