Last week I submitted a partial interview that I had with two women from Ukraine who had recently passed the naturalization exam in order to become citizens of the United States. They admitted that passing the test required several hours and weeks of intense study to be able to answer questions that every American born citizen should know early on. They said that it was hard but they considered it to be well worth the effort to learn about their new country and their home with their husbands. I wanted to publish just a part of the exam that they and hundreds of other foreign-born American citizens must pass in order to claim the basic freedom that we enjoy. See how well you would do. The answers are printed near the end of this column.
Like to see how great your knowledge of United States history is? Interested to see if you know most of the answers to questions about our government? Just for the heck of it, see how well you can do remembering stuff you learned in school or somewhere along the way. If you are an immigrant and want to become a citizen of the United States, you might be asked any of the following questions plus many more. If you are a citizen, hopefully you know most or all of the answers. I hope that you know the words to the national anthem and that you know you are supposed to stand at attention when it is played before the opening of a public function but do you know the short answers to the following questions?
Answers follow the questions.
Score 5 points for each correct answer except questions 5, 8, and 12. Score one point for each correct name in each of these questions or give yourself 5 points if you can name all parts. If you can name all the states in no. 10 give yourself 13 points otherwise score 1 point for each state you can name.
A perfect score is 108 (I think). Ready? Set? Go? Have fun.
1. What do the stars on our flag mean?
2. How many stripes on the flag?
3. Independence Day, July 4, celebrates independence from whom?
4. Who was the 1st President?
5. What are the three branches of our government?
6. Who elects congress?
7. How many senators (total) are there in the Senate?
8. Name the two senators from Texas and state their political parties.
9. What is the highest part of the judiciary branch of government?
10. Name the 13 original states?
11. Who said, “Give me liberty or give me death!”?
12. Name three countries that were our enemies during WWII?
13. What was the 49th state added to the present 50 states?
14. Why did the Pilgrims come to America?
15. Who was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence?
16. Who wrote the Star-Spangled Banner?
17. Who signs bills into law?
18. What is the name of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America?
19. Who is Commander-in-Chief of the United States military forces?
20. In what year was the Constitution written?