January 24th, 2012 03:30 PM
You need to get at least 60 right. If you are over 65 years of age, and have lived in the U.S for 20 years, just answer the ones with an asterisk (*) and get 60% correct.
A: Principles of American Democracy
1. What is the supreme law of the land?
2. What does the Constitution do?
3. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
4. What is an amendment?
5. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
6. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?*
7. How many amendments does the Constitution have?
8. What did the Declaration of Independence do?
9. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
10. What is freedom of religion?
11. What is the economic system in the United States?*
12. What is the “rule of law”?
B: System of Government
13. Name one branch or part of the government.
14. What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?
15. Who is in charge of the executive branch?
16. Who makes federal laws?
17. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?*
18. How many U.S. Senators are there?
19. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
20. Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators now?*
21. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
22. We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?
23. Name your U.S. Representative.
24. Who does a U.S. Senator represent?
25. Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?
26. We elect a President for how many years?
27. In what month do we vote for President?*
28. What is the name of the President of the United States 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?
31. If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
32. Who is the Commander in Chief of the military?
33. Who signs bills to become laws?
34. Who vetoes bills?
35. What does the President’s Cabinet do?
36. What are two Cabinet-level positions?
37. What does the judicial branch do?
38. What is the highest court in the United States?
39. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
40. Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now?
41. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?
42. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?
43. Who is the Governor of your state now?
44. What is the capital of your state?*
45. What are the two major political parties in the United States?*
46. What is the political party of the President now?
47. What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now
C: Rights and Responsibilities
48. There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
49. What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?*
50. Name one right only for United States citizens.
51. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
52. What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance
53. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?
54. How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?*
55. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
56. When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?*
57. When must all men register for the Selective Service?
A: Colonial Period and Independence
58. What is one reason colonists came to America?
59. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
60. What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?
61. Why did the colonists fight the British?
62. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
63. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
64. There were 13 original states. Name three.
65. What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
66. When was the Constitution written?
67. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.
68. What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
69. Who is the “Father of Our Country”?
70. Who was the first President?*
71. What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
72. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.
73. Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.
74. Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
75. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?*
76. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
77. What did Susan B. Anthony do?
C: Recent American History and Other Important Historical Information
78. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.*
79. Who was President during World War I?
80. Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?
81. Who did the United States fight in World War II?
82. Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?
83. During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?
84. What movement tried to end racial discrimination
85. What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?*
86. What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States?
87. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States. Cherokee
88. Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.
89. What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?
90. What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?
91. Name one U.S. territory.
92. Name one state that borders Canada.
93. Name one state that borders Mexico.
94. What is the capital of the United States?*
95. Where is the Statue of Liberty?*
96. Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
97. Why does the flag have 50 stars
98. What is the name of the national anthem?
99. When do we celebrate Independence Day?*
100. Name two national U.S. holidays
What do you get if you get 60% right?
You get to become a citizen of the United States of America, after you swear this oath:
Need some help with the test..? here are the answers: Link to answers
"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the armed forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."
You may find it interesting that under question 51... the rights of anyone living (not necessarily a citizen of) in the United States... You might want to check out the link for your own self. It is what our government says are the rights of RESIDENTS of this country, legal or illegal... just living here... Any two of the bulleted answers would be considered correct.
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January 24th, 2012 04:02 PM
13 viewers so far.... How'd y'all do? Were you able to pass the test?
What'd you think on question 51? Surprised? I was.
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January 24th, 2012 04:11 PM
Not as good as I thought I would
January 24th, 2012 04:13 PM
Whatcha gonna do about it?
Originally Posted by niks
I'm making it a goal to know ALL the ACCEPTABLE answers to all the questions... It's my first resolution of the new year... And I think it's important.
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January 24th, 2012 05:31 PM
I missed a few couldn't remember who was president during WWI and do not like to say the name of the current president. Not to nit-pick but the Constitution was written of a period of years and was adopted in 1787. There were a few of them that I was unsure of what they were looking for, like during the cold war what was or biggest concern, I said USSR and the answer they have is the comminist. Maybe I could have gotten partial credit.
I tried to teach my three grown children the answer to all of these question, I wonder how they will do.
January 24th, 2012 05:54 PM
WE NEED A test TO ALLOW YOU TO EXERCISE THE RIGHT TO VOTE!
Most high school, i.e. secondary school teachers couldn't pass this test!
Sorry for the RANT, but this hits a spot that a little raw!
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January 24th, 2012 06:25 PM
85/100, tripped up on some of the legislative branch Q's.
Sadly though, I know of way too many U.S. citizens on both sides of the political spectrum that would get hammered by this. Seems like prime Jay Leno "Jaywalking" material.
January 25th, 2012 12:14 AM
93/100 missed a couple by being stupid. Although #42 I thought was all rights not reserved to the fed government.
"The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us." Patrick Henry 1775
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January 25th, 2012 12:45 AM
Many answers to question 51 you specifically mentioned are totally wrong - places the test in "questionable mode"
When applied to "everyone" living in the United States.
(1) Right to keep and bear arms - not true regarding convicted felons, anyone who is incarcerated, mental patients, and a host of others.
(2) Freedom of speech and/or expression - not true in a court of law until it is officially allowed (contempt of court), verbal prayer in most public institutions (against federal law), and you can think of more instances I'm sure.
(3) Freedom of assembly - not true in penal instutitons, under martial law, in riot or civil disobediance instances, or when ordered to disperse by law enforcement.
(4) Freedom of religion - only in church, at home, or kept to yourself in public. Against the law to express such or carry out religious activities in the workplace, schools, governmental facilities, or upon any public property.
Sadly, three of the only true unconditional "rights" that everyone/anyone living in the US have are "trial by jury" (if requested), "free legal representation when charged with a crime", and to "face/confont an accuser in a court of law".
Once again, major governmental agency speaks with forked-tongue
January 25th, 2012 08:40 AM
Hmmm.... Speaks with forked tongue, or has to admit that those are rights granted to all who reside in this country..? Usurped and changed by the government regulation and laws over time.
Originally Posted by Eaglebeak
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January 25th, 2012 12:42 PM
87! Dang, thought I'd do better.
Can you believe I could not come up with "The Star Spangled Banner"?
January 25th, 2012 12:58 PM
94/100 I guess I passed, but I have a degree in Political Science so that accounts for some of it.
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January 25th, 2012 01:40 PM
So, here's one last question...
101.Shouldn't we (those of us who are native born citizens of this country) be able to not only pass this test, but ace it(at least get an A = 92% or better)?
I know I didn't get an A. And I figure those of us who consider ourselves patriots; people who stand up for our rights to free speech and bearing arms, and all that, ought to know the basics.
We ought to know them better. Certainly as well or better than an immigrant who wishes to become a citizen... Shouldn't we?
If you don't think we need to know (cold) these basics about our country, why?
I don't know how many of us subscribe to Shotgun News, I used to (my subscription just ended)... But there's a guy in there that takes out two full pages in every edition, selling mostly parts and accessories for M-1s. He uses some of his space to chide us for not getting off our duffs and off the sofa/couch/recliner and going out and doing an Appleseed Marksmanship class through the auspices of the RWVA. And maybe he's right.
I mean after last night's State of the Union address, where POTUS said the State of Our Union is getting stronger... and the rebuttal speech where the Governor of Indiana (speaking for the loyal opposition) said that calling the "state of our union... anything but grave" would be untrue.
Disclaimer: I am ABSOLUTELY NOT trying to be "political" here.
There are two or more sides to any question... And in our republic, "We the People" of this country ought to know from what foundation (the constitution and our history) we base our opinions/actions. There are Patriots in most of our political parties. Not all see eye to eye. But they should know the basics.
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January 25th, 2012 03:48 PM
Missed 4, although there were several questions that had questionable answers as they were incomplete. For instance the last day to send in tax forms - they are looking for the day individual tax forms are due without an extension. If you extend, the day is later and if you are a corporation, the date is entirely different. There were others.
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January 25th, 2012 04:48 PM
An archaic and cumbersome method put in place as a means of changing the meaning and intent of the Constitution. This has since been replaced with the much simpler method of allowing nine members of the government changing it on their own.
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