Friday, July 11, 2014

Do you know enough to be a U. S. citizen?

Could you score high enough on the U. S. naturalization test that every immigrant must pass in order to become an American citizen?

1 out of 3 American-born citizens couldn’t do it in a survey conducted by USA Today in 2012, and a year before that Newsweek did a poll, with the same results.

As of March this year, the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department confirms that 91 percent of immigrants who take the test pass it.

To prepare for the exam, immigrants are given a list of 100 possible questions with the satisfactory answers. 

The test actually consists of 10 questions randomly selected from the list—applicants must get at least six of them correct to pass the test.

Some of the questions are easier than others:

Here are a few samples:

12. What is the “rule of law”?

41. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government? 

71. What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
How many of the 100 questions can you answer?


  1. And that's why we elected Obama, lack of knowledge of the electorate. Besides that you should read Alan Reynold's article in the WSJ 7/10/14 which totally debunks Piketty's book and the 1% ers. Very interesting....

    1. I try to keep in mind that most of the folks who disagree with me believe they're doing the right thing. I'll be happier when most of them express an openness to being proved wrong....