United States Citizenship Exam (In-Class Makeup Version)
Note: On Oct. 1, 2008, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) replaced the set of questions formerly used as part of the citizenship test with new/ modified questions. All applicants who filed for naturalization on or after October 1, 2008 are required to take the new test.
In the citizenship test, the applicant for citizenship is asked up to 10 (of the available 100) questions, verbally. The interviewer reads the questions in English and the applicant must answer in English. To pass, the prospective citizen must correctly respond to 6 or more of the 10 questions. The questions are divided among five themes:
A. Principles of American Democracy
B. American History: Colonial Period and Independence
C. Rights and Responsibilities
D. Recent American History and Other Important Historical Information
E. Civics (Government Structure, Geography, Law)
For administration within Mr.V’s US History course, questions have been appropriately modified for the classroom environment. Changes made to the exam include:
-All questions and responses will be written.
-Questions have been modified in format and style to conform to a ‘multiple choice’ exam environment.
-Only 34 of the approved 100 questions appear here. The remaining 66 questions will be incorporated into the classroom version of the exam as circumstances merit.
What has not changed in this written version of the citizenship exam is:
-The core content knowledge.
-The choice of correct responses.
-The goal of maintaining a citizenry that’s knowledgeable about the government and the role citizens play in preserving our Democratic Republic.
1. Which of these represents the supreme law of the land?
A. The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union
B. The Declaration of Independence
C. The US Constitution
D. The Bill of Rights
2. What purpose does the US Constitution serve?
A. Provides the framework by which the government is structured.
B. Lists all the changes made to The Declaration of Independence since it was signed and enacted.
C. Enumerates the rights of non-citizens.
D. Procedure for the disassembly and reassembly of the State governments.
3. The idea of self-government is infused within the first sentence of the US Constitution. What are these words?
A. We the People…
B. We hold these truths to be self evident…
C. Four Score and seven years ago, our fathers…
D. To all to whom these Presents shall come, we, the undersigned
Delegates of the States…
4. What is an Amendment?
A. a change of, addition to, or repeal of an element of the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union.
B. a change of, addition to, or repeal of an element of The Declaration of Independence.
C. a change of, addition to, or repeal of an element of the US Constitution.
D. a change of, addition to, or repeal of an element of the Bill of Rights.
5. What do we call the first ten amendments to the US Constitution?
A. The Bill of Rights
B. The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union
C. The Statutes of Limitation
D. Habeas Corpus
6. The rights and freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment of the US Constitution includes…
A. freedom of… speech, religion, press, petitioning the government, assembly.
B. right to bear arms, marking 18 the age for voting, raising age for alcohol consumption to 21.
C. due process of law, extending suffrage to women, extending suffrage to all former slaves.
D. protection from… self-incrimination, unlawful searches and seizures, cruel and unusual punishment.
7. As of 2017, ~230 years since the writing of the US Constitution, how many times has the document been successfully amended?
8. What purpose did The Declaration of Independence serve?
A. announced our independence (from Great Britain) and the birth of a new nation.
B. declared our allegiance (to Great Britain).
C. Illustrates the structure of the new government (as envisioned by Great Britain).
D. proclaim the abolishment of slavery in the colonies (of Great Britain)
9. Which founding concepts are embedded in The Declaration of Independence?
A. The right to vote, freedom of religion.
B. Liberty and Equality
C. Man’s Intellect is superior to Natural Law
D. “Might makes Right”
10. What does “freedom of religion” imply?
A. You can practice a religion or not practice. No government has a role in your decision.
B. You cannot be deprived of practicing a religion from a government approved list of religions.
C. State and Federal government agencies have a responsibility to encourage the practicing of a religion.
D. All citizens should practice a monotheistic faith
11. Which represents an overriding trait of the economic system employed in the United States?
A. Government-planned Economy
B. Market Economy
C. Commune-based agricultural & industrial production and consumption.
D. Nationalized Industrial Economy
12. The “rule of law” concept emphasizes…
A. That there are times when laws should and should not be obeyed.
B. Leaders ensure that citizens follow the law.
C: Government is not subject to the laws it makes.
D. No person, branch of government, or institution is ‘above the law’.
13. A ‘branch’ of the Federal government is the…
A. Federal Court system (Supreme Court, Federal District Courts, etc.)
B. The Assembly
C. Federal Bureau of Investigation
D. The Governors of the States
14. A safeguard against one branch of government becoming too powerful is…
B. “checks and balances”
C. “Due process”
D. Attorney General
15. Who resides at the top of the Executive branch?
A. Speaker of the House
B. President pro tempor of the US Senate
C. Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court
D. President of the US.
16. Who makes federal laws?
B. Supreme Court
C. The President of the US
D. The Attorney General
17. The U.S. Congress is ‘Bicameral’. This means that it’s composed of two parts. These parts are…
A. Senate and House of Representatives
B. The Court Of Appeals and District Courts
C. Department of Justice and National Security Agency
D. The Assembly and Senate
18. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?
A. To hate the enemies of the United States.
B. Practice a particular religion.
C. Defend the Constitution and laws of the United States.
D. Pledge loyalty to a political party or person.
19. The youngest age that citizens must be to vote for President?
20. All of these are ways Americans can participate in their democracy, EXCEPT…
A. call Senators and Representatives
B. refuse to vote as a form of protest.
C. join a civic group
D. run for office
21. When is the last day you can file a federal income tax form (unless it falls on a weekend or holiday)?
A. January 1st.
B. February 14th
C. April 15th
D. Citizens don’t have to file income tax forms.
22. The youngest age that all men must register for the Selective Service is…
23. All of these qualify as reasons for colonists to willingly travel to America, EXCEPT…
A. political liberty
B. economic opportunity
D. All are acceptable reasons.
24. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
A. Native Americans
25. What group of people was taken to America and enslaved?
A. Native Americans
26. All of these contributed to colonial resentment of British rule, EXCEPT…
A. portions of the British army stayed in their houses (boarding, quartering)
B. searches and seizures without permission.
C. high taxes (taxation without representation)
D. British policy of expanding slavery against colonial wishes.
27. Of the founding fathers assigned the task of drafting the Declaration of Independence, who is generally recognized as the author?
A. John Adams
B. Benjamin Franklin
C. Alexander Hamilton
D. Thomas Jefferson
28. In which year was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
29. There were 13 original States. Which of these WAS NOT from the original 13?
A. New Hampshire
30. What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
A. The US Constitution was written.
B. The Founding Fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence.
C. Betsy Ross stitched the first flag of the United States.
D. The Federalist Papers were written.
31. When was the US Constitution brought to the States for ratification?
32. The Federalist Papers supported the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. All of these were authors of the papers EXCEPT…
A. (James) Madison
B. (Alexander) Hamilton
C. (Thomas) Jefferson
D. (John) Jay
33. Which of these achievements cannot be claimed by Benjamin Franklin?
A. U.S. diplomat
B. started the first free libraries
C. member of the Constitutional Convention
D. President of the United States
34. Members of the President’s Cabinet…
A. advises the President of the US.
B. are appointed by the President for 6 year terms.
C. must have been elected previously to public office before appointment to the Cabinet (eg. Senator, Representatives, Governor, etc.)
D. have to be selected from within the same political party of the President that appoints them.