U.S. citizenship test’s 5 hardest questions

The final step to naturalizing is taking the U.S. Citizenship Test. There are 100 possible questions, though test takers are only given 10 and must answer six correctly. The civics test is taken orally. Of the 100 possible questions, here are five very difficult and obscure ones along with the answers. Hopefully, this will help in the study process.

The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers. There are three possible answers. The Federalist papers are a collection of 85 essays authored by John Jay, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison. You only need to remember one to answer correctly.

Why did the colonists fight the British? This has a threefold answer. Colonists opposed the high taxes and were taxed without government representation (they were not present during the approval or making of laws). They could not govern themselves, but rather answered to a government they could not interact with. Finally, the British army could stay in their homes without explanation; this was called boarding or quartering.

What is the rule of law? This has a four-part answer. Everyone must follow the law. Leaders must obey the law. Government must obey the law.  No one is above the law.

Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states? You will be correct if you answer with one of the following: States provide schooling and education. They provide protection through a police force. States provide safety through a fire department. They also grant driver’s licenses and approve zoning and land use.

The House of Representatives has how many voting members? There are 435 members in the House of Representatives. States are awarded representatives based on population. The states with a higher population are awarded more representatives.

For practice tests and more questions, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers online test preparation.

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