US New Citizenship Test To Become a U.S. CITIZEN
- What is the supreme law of the land?
- The constitution
- What does the constitution do?
- Sets up the government
Defines the government
Protects basic rights of Americans
- The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the constitution. What are these words?
- We the people
- What is an amendment?
- A change (to the constitution)
An addition (to the constitution)
- What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
- Bill of rights
- What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment? *
Petition the government
- How many amendments does the Constitution have?
- Twenty seven (27)
- What did the Declaration of Independence do?
- Announced our independence (from Great Britain)
Declared our independence (from Great Britain)
Said that the United States is free (from Great Britain)
- What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
Pursuit of happiness
- What is freedom of religion?
- You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.
- What is the economic system of United States? *
- Capitalism economy
- What is the rule of the law?
- Everyone must follow the law
Leaders must obey the law
Government must obey the law
No one is above of the law
- B. System of Government
- Name one branch or part of the government. *
- What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?
- Checks and Balances
Separation of powers
- Who is in charge of the executive branch?
- The president
- Who makes the federal laws?
- The Congress
Senate and House of representatives
Us or national Legislature
- What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress? *
- The senate and House of representatives
- How many U.S. Senators are there?
- One hundred (100)
- We elect U.S. Senator for how many years?
- Six years (6)
- Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators now?*
- Answers will vary. [District of Columbia residents and residents of U.S. territories should answer that D.C. (or the territory where the applicant lives) has no U.S. Senators.]
- The house of Representatives has how many voting members?
- Four hundred and thirty five (435)
- We elect U.S. Representative for how many years?
- Two years (2)
- Name your U.S. Representative.
- Answers will vary. [Residents of territories with nonvoting delegates or Resident Commissioners may provide the name of that Delegate or Commissioner. Also acceptable is any statement that the territory has no (voting) Representatives in congress.]
- Who does a U.S. senator represent?
- All people of the state
- Why do some states have more Representatives tan other states?
- Because of the state’s population
Because they have more people
Because some states have more people
- We elect a president for how many years?
- Four (4)
- In what month do we vote for President?*
- 28. What is the name of the President of the United Sates 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?
The Vice President
- If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
- The speaker of the House
- Who is the Commander in Chief of the military?
- The President
- Who signs bill to become laws?
- The President
- Who votes bills?
- The President
- What does the President’s Cabinet do?
- Advises the President
- What are two Cabinet-level positions?
- Secretary of Agriculture
Secretary of Commerce
Secretary of Defense
Secretary of Education
Secretary of Energy
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Secretary of Homeland Security
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Secretary of Interior
Secretary of Labor
Secretary of State
Secretary of Transportation
Secretary of Treasury
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
- What does the judicial branch do?
- Review the laws
Explain the laws
Resolves disputes (disagreements)
Decides if a law goes against the Constitution
- What is the highest court in the United Sates?
- The Supreme Court
- How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
- Nine (9)
- Who is the Chief justice of the United States now?
- John Roberts (John Roberts, Jr.)
- Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?
- To print the money
To declare war
To create army
To make treaties
- Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?
- Provide schooling and education
Provide protection (police)
Provide safety (fire departments)
Give a drive’s license
Approve zoning and land use
- Who is the governor of your state now?
- Answer will vary. [District of Columbia residents should answer that D.C. does not have Governor.]
- What is the capital of your state?*
- 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.]
- What are the two major political parties in the Unites States? *
- Democratic and Republican
- What is the political party of the President now?
- Republican Party
- What is the name of the Speaker of the House representatives now?
- Nancy Pelosi
- C. Rights and Responsibilities.
- There are four amendments to the constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
- Citizens eighteen (18) 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)
- What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizen?*
- Serve on the jury
Vote in a federal election
- 50. Name one right only for United States citizens.
Vote in federal election
Run for federal office
- What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
- Freedom of expression
Freedom of speech
Freedom of assembly
Freedom of petition of governments
Freedom of worship
The right of bear arms
- What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?
- The United Sates
- What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?
- Give up loyalty to others countries.
Defend the Constitution and laws of United States.
Obey the laws of 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
- How old do citizen have to be to vote for President? *
- Eighteen (18)
- What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
Enjoy 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
- When is the last day that you can send a federal tax?*
- April 15
- When must all men register for the selective Service?
- At age eighteen (18)
Between eighteen (18) and twenty-six (26)
- AMERICAN HISTORY
- What is one reason colonists came to America?
Practice their religion
- Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
- American Indians
- What group of people was taken to America and sold slaves?
People from Africa
- Why did the colonist fight the British?
- Because of high taxes (taxation without representation)
Because the British army stayed in their houses (boarding, quartering)
Because they didn’t have self-government
- Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
- Thomas Jefferson
- When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
- July 4, 1776
- There were 13 originals states. Name three.
- New Hampshire
- What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
- The Constitution was written
The founding Fathers wrote the Constitution
- When was the Constitution written?
- The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.
- James Madison
- What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
- 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
- Who is the “Father of Our Country”?
- George Washington
- Who was the first President?*
- George Washington
- What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
- The Louisiana Territory
- Name one war fought by United States in the 1800s.
- War of 1812
- Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.
- The Civil War
The War Between the States
- Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
- What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?*
- Freed the slaves (Emancipation Proclamation)
Saved (or preserved) the Union
Led the United States during the Civil War
- What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
- Freed slaves
Freed slaves in the Confederacy
Freed slaves in the Confederate states
Freed slaves in most Southern states
- What did Susan B. Anthony do?
- Fought for women’s rights
Fought for civil rights
- Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s. *
- World War I
World War II
(Persian) Gulf War
- Who was President during World War I?
- (Woodrow) Wilson.
- Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?
- (Franklin) Roosevelt
- Who did the United States fight in World War II?
- Japan, Germany and Italy
- Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?
- World War II
- During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?
- What movement tried to end racial discrimination?
- Civil rights (movement)
- What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?*
- Fought for civil rights
Worked for equality for all Americans
- What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States?
- Terrorists attacked the United States
- Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.
- Name one of two longest rivers in the United States.
- Missouri (River)
- What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?
- Pacific (Ocean)
- What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?
- Atlantic (Ocean)
- Name one U.S. territory
- Puerto Rico
U.S. Virgin Islands
Northern Mariana Islands
- Name one state that borders Canada
- Name one state that borders Mexico
- What is the capital of the United States?*
- Washington D.C.
- Where is the Statute of the Liberty?*
- New York (Harbor)
- Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
- Because there were 13 original colonies
Because the stripes represent the original colonies
- Why does the flag have 50 stars? *
- Because there is one star for each state
Because each star represent a state
Because there are 50 states
- What is the name of the national anthem?
- The Star-Spangled Banner
- When do we celebrate Independence Day?*
- July 4
- Name two national U.S. holidays.
- New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day