Newsletter April 2012 – The U.S. Naturalization Civics Test

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The U.S. Naturalization Civics Test

In the next 4 months, we will provide you with 25 questions per month from the U.S. Naturalization civics test. The actual civics test is NOT a multiple-choice test. The civics test is an oral test. During your naturalization interview, you will be asked up to 10 questions from the list of 100 questions. You must answer 6 out of 10 questions correctly to pass the civics portion of the naturalization test.

Here are the next 25 questions.

1. What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?
A) checks and balances
B) the President
C) the people
D) freedom of speech

2. Name one right only for United States citizens.
A) freedom of religion
B) attend public school
C) run for federal office
D) freedom of speech

3. What is the “rule of law”?
A) Everyone must follow the law.
B) Everyone but the President must follow the law.
C) Government does not have to follow the law.
D) All laws must be the same in every state.

4. If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
A) the President Pro Tempore
B) the Secretary of State
C) the Vice President
D) the Speaker of the House

5. Who makes federal laws?
A) the Supreme Court
B) the President
C) Congress
D) the states

6. What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
A) Quebec
B) Haiti
C) Alaska
D) the Louisiana Territory


7. What does the Constitution do?
A) all of these answers
B) sets up the government
C) defines the government
D) protects basic rights of Americans

8. Who was President during World War I?
A) Woodrow Wilson
B) Franklin Roosevelt
C) Theodore Roosevelt
D) Warren Harding

9. Name one U.S. territory.
A) Cayman Islands
B) Bermuda
C) Guam
D) Haiti

10. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
A) Congress shall make
B) We the British
C) We the Colonists
D) We the People

11. What is freedom of religion?
A) You must choose a religion.
B) You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.
C) You can’t choose the time you practice your religion.
D) No one can practice a religion.

12. What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?
A) English
B) Canadians
C) Dutch
D) Africans

13. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?
A) the Senate and House of Representatives
B) the House of Representatives and the courts
C) the House of Lords and the House of Commons
D) the Senate and the courts

14. What are the two major political parties in the United States?
A) American and Bull-Moose
B) Democratic and Republican
C) Democratic-Republican and Whigs
D) Reform and Green

15. How many U.S. Senators are there?
A) four hundred thirty-five (435)
B) one hundred (100)
C) fifty (50)
D) fifty-two (52)

16. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?
A) saved (or preserved) the Union
B) established the United Nations
C) declared war on Great Britain
D) purchased Alaska


17. What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?
A) Arctic Ocean
B) Indian Ocean
C) Pacific Ocean
D) Atlantic Ocean

18. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?
A) to provide schooling
B) to provide police departments
C) to make treaties
D) to issue driver’s licenses

19. When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?
A) July 4
B) March 15
C) May 15
D) April 15

20. What is the economic system in the United States?
A) none of these answers
B) communist economy
C) capitalist economy
D) socialist economy

21. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
A) Abraham Lincoln
B) James Madison
C) George Washington
D) Thomas Jefferson

22. What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
A) The Declaration of Independence was written.
B) The Emancipation Proclamation was written.
C) The Constitution was written.
D) The Virginia Declaration of Rights was written.

23. What did the Declaration of Independence do?
A) declared our independence from Great Britain
B) freed the slaves
C) declared our independence from France
D) gave women the right to vote

24. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.
A) John Adams
B) George Washington
C) James Madison
D) Thomas Jefferson

25. What are two Cabinet-level positions?
A) Secretary of Homeland Security and Secretary of the Treasury
B) Secretary of Health and Human Services and Secretary of the Navy
C) Secretary of Weather and Secretary of Energy
D) Secretary of the Interior and Secretary of History

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