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American Citizenship Test A/K/A Immigration Test
Sample Civics Questions and Answers

The immigration process and American citizenship test or Immigration test can be a long, frustrating, and difficult experience. There are many important choices to make in this confusing process to ultimately be able to apply for and obtain American citizenship. This site was created to give you the information you need to make the right decisions, but it cannot replace good advice from a professional citizenship lawyer. If you have not already done so, stop right now and read our homepage. It is full of surprising information that could save you a great deal of your time and money. Once you have read through the homepage, come back here to find out more about your particular situation.

Below are sample questions found in the American citizenship which is so commonly referred to as the Immigration test. The following are examples of questions an officer from the immigration naturalization service may ask you during the American citizenship test or immigration test interview. You should practice these questions for the American citizenship test or Immigration test, simulate a sample citizenship interview, and be aware of the requirements to become a US citizen.

Also, remember that the questions listed for the American citizenship test also known as Immigration test are examples only. When conducting the American citizenship test or Immigration test, the officer from the immigration naturalization service may ask you to answer other questions.

Note: The answers to questions marked with asterisks* will change during your American citizenship test and immigration test interview. Check to be sure you have the correct answer.

Finally, be aware that the immigration naturalization service is currently intending to implement a new pilot program beginning in January of 2007 for a new American citizenship test or immigration test. The new American citizenship test will include different questions. The intention behind the new American citizenship test is to test the immigrant’s knowledge of American society and culture instead of American civics and government history. The immigration naturalization services’ implementation of the new American citizenship test is also supposed to regulate and make all American citizenship test interviews uniform around the United States.

The new American citizenship test or immigration test will be conducted as a pilot program until mid-2007. During that time, the immigrant taking the American citizenship test may opt out of taking the new pilot program exam and instead take the original American citizenship test for which the questions and answers are provided above. Whether you choose to take the original American citizenship test, rather, immigration test, or the new pilot program American citizenship test; I wish you the best of luck!

  1. What are the colors of our flag? Red, White, and Blue
  2. What do the stars on the flag mean? One for each state
  3. How many stars are there on our flag? Fifty (50)
  4. What color are the stars on our flag? White
  5. How many stripes are there on the flag? 13
  6. What do the stripes on the flag represent? The first 13 states
  7. What colors are the stripes on the flag? Red and white
  8. How many states are there in the Union (the United States)? 50
  9. What do we celebrate on the 4th of July? Independence Day
  10. Independence Day celebrates independence from whom? England
  11. What country did we fight during the Revolutionary War? England
  12. Who was the first president of the United States? George Washington
  13. Who is the President of the United States today? George Bush
  14. Who is the Vice President of the United States today? Dick Chaney
  15. Who elects the President of the United States? The Electoral College
  16. Who becomes our President if the President dies? The Vice President
  17. What is the Constitution? The supreme law of the land
  18. What do we call changes to the Constitution? Amendments
  19. How many changes, or amendments, are there to the Constitution? 27*
  20. What are the three branches of our Government? Executive, Judicial, and Legislative
  21. What is the legislative branch of our Government? Congress
  22. What makes up Congress? The Senate and the House of Representatives
  23. Who makes the Federal laws in the United States? Congress
  24. Who elects Congress? The citizens of the United States
  25. How many Senators are there in Congress? 100
  26. For how long do we elect each Senator? 6 years
  27. Name the two Senators from your state. *
  28. How many voting members are in the House of Representatives? 435
  29. For how long do we elect each member of the House of Representatives? 2 years
  30. Who is the head of the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government? The President
  31. For how long is the President elected? 4 years
  32. Name the highest part of the Judiciary Branch of our Government? The Supreme Court
  33. What are the duties of the Supreme Court? To interpret and explain the laws
  34. What is the supreme law of the United States? The Constitution
  35. What is the Bill of Rights? The first 10 amendments to the Constitution
  36. What is the capital of the state you live in?
  37. Who is the current governor of the state you live in?*
  38. Who becomes President if both the President and Vice President die? Speaker of the House
  39. Who is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court? John Roberts
  40. What were the 13 original states? Virginia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Georgia
  41. Who said, Give me liberty or give me death? Patrick Henry
  42. Name some countries that were our enemies during World War II? Germany, Italy, and Japan
  43. What was the 49th state added to our Union (the United States)? Alaska
  44. How many full terms can a President serve? 2
  45. Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.? A civil rights leader
  46. What are some of the requirements to be eligible to become President? Candidates for President must: be natural born citizens, be at least 35 years old, have lived in the United States for at least 14 years.
  47. Why are there 100 senators in the United States Senate? Each state elects two
  48. Who nominates judges for the Supreme Court? The President
  49. How many Supreme Court justices are there? Nine (9)
  50. Why did the Pilgrims come to America? To gain religious freedom
  51. What is the head executive of a state government called? Governor
  52. What is the head executive of a city government called? Mayor
  53. What holiday was celebrated for the first time by American colonists? Thanksgiving
  54. Who was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence? Thomas Jefferson
  55. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted? July 4, 1776
  56. What are some of the basic beliefs of the Declaration of Independence? That all men are created equal and have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
  57. What is the national anthem of the United States? The Star-Spangled Banner
  58. Who wrote The Star-Spangled Banner? Francis Scott Key
  59. What is the minimum voting age in the United States? 18
  60. Who signs bills into law? The President
  61. What is the highest court in the United States? The Supreme Court
  62. Who was President during the Civil War? Abraham Lincoln
  63. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do? It freed the slaves What special group advises the President? The Cabinet
  64. Which President is called the Father of our Country? George Washington
  65. Which President was the first Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army and Navy? George Washington
  66. What was the 50th state added to our Union (the United States)? Hawaii
  67. Who helped the Pilgrims in America? The American Indians/Native Americans
  68. What is the name of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America? The Mayflower
  69. What were the 13 original states of the United States called before they were states? Colonies
  70. What group has the power to declare war? Congress
  71. Name the amendments that guarantee or address voting rights. The 15th, 19th, and 24th amendments
  72. In what year was the Constitution written? 1787
  73. What are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution called? The Bill of Rights
  74. Whose rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights? All people living in the United States
  75. What is the introduction to the Constitution called? The Preamble
  76. Who meets in the U.S. Capitol building? Congress
  77. What is the name of the President's official home? The White House
  78. Where is the White House located? Washington, DC
  79. Name one right or freedom guaranteed by the first amendment. The rights of freedom:
    • of speech,
    • of religion,
    • of assembly, and
    • to petition the Government

  80. Who is the Commander-in-Chief of the United States military? The President
  81. In what month do we vote for the President? November
  82. In what month is the new President inaugurated? January
  83. How many times may a senator or Congressman be re-elected? No limit
  84. What are the two major political parties in the United States today? Democratic and Republican
  85. What is the executive branch of our Government? The President, the Cabinet, and departments under the cabinet members
  86. Where does freedom of speech come from? The Bill of Rights
  87. What Immigration and Naturalization Service form is used to apply for naturalized citizenship? Form N-400 (Application for Naturalization)
  88. What kind of government does the United States have? A Republic
  89. Name one purpose of the United Nations. For countries to discuss and try to resolve world problems or to provide economic aid to many countries
  90. Name one benefit of being a citizen of the United States. To obtain Federal Government jobs, to travel with a U.S. passport, or to petition for close relatives to come to the United States to live
  91. Can the Constitution be changed? Yes
  92. What is the most important right granted to United States citizens? The right to vote
  93. What is the White House? The President's official home
  94. What is the United States Capitol? The place where Congress meets
  95. How many branches are there in the United States Government? 3


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