Can You Pass the United States Citizenship Test?
The official U.S. Citizenship test features ten civics questions from a list of 100 potential ones. See how you do at the 15 below. (Note: the official test is NOT multiple choice.)
1. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?
A: Purchased Alaska
B: Declared war on Great Britain
C: Established the United Nations
D: Saved the Union
Answer: D. Saved the Union
As United States president from 1861 to 1865, Abraham Lincoln led the country during the Civil War, when America was divided between the Northern states (the Union) and Southern states (the Confederacy). On January 1, 1863, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which abolished slavery in the Southern states that had seceded from the Union. While it didn’t end slavery in the country—that wouldn’t happen until the 13th amendment was ratified on December 6, 1865—”it captured the hearts and imagination of millions of Americans and fundamentally transformed the character of the war,” per the National Archives. Significantly, it also allowed free African-Americans to enlist in the military for the first time, further strengthening the Union against a weak Confederacy.
2. What are two rights of every U.S. citizen?
A: Freedom of speech and freedom of religion
B: Freedom of religion and freedom to make treaties with other countries
C: Freedom to petition the government and freedom to disobey traffic laws
D: Freedom of speech and freedom to run for president
Answer: A. Freedom of speech and freedom of religion
While those with lead feet might wish the correct answer was “C,” it is in fact A. The rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion are spelled out in the First Amendment, which states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Even though the government can’t deny your freedom of speech or religion, it does have the power to do these 14 bizarre things.
Answer: A. 4 years
After President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to four consecutive terms (he served as president from 1933 until his death in 1945), the 22nd Amendment that limits presidents to two terms (consecutive or not) was ratified in 1951. An election for president of the United States happens every four years on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The next presidential election will be November 3, 2020. These presidential “facts” simply aren’t true.
4. Why does the flag have 50 stars?
A. Because there were 50 original colonies
B. Because there is one star for each president
C. Because there is one star for each state
D. Because there were 50 people who originally came to the United States
Answer: C. Because there is one star for each state
After initial independence from Great Britain, the United States had only 13 states. Today we have 50 states, so the flag has 50 stars. Check out some of the more surprising places you’ll find the American flag.
5. What did the Declaration of Independence do?
A: Gave women the right to vote
B: Declared our independence from Great Britain
C: Declared our independence from France
D: Freed the slaves
Answer: B. Declared our independence from Great Britain
The first sentence of the famed document explains its primary purpose: “to declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” A list of 27 complaints against King George III follows and serves as the proof of colonists’ right to rebellion.