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Could you pass the test to become a U.S. Citizen?


by Karin L. Nauber

Could you become a U.S. Citizen if you had to take the test that many thousands of immigrants choose to take each year because they want to legally have what comes with being a U.S. Citizen?

I took the test on some of the questions that could be asked and received a 90% score. 

I actually took the test along with a friend so we discussed things a bit.

But what about immigrants who wish to become a U.S. Citizen? What about someone who wants the privileges we enjoy, but they haven’t gone to 12 or more years of school to learn the information to attain these privileges?

According to a July 3, 2019 article in The New York Times, the following are the hardest of the 100 possible questions you could be asked if you had to take the citizenship test. (As determined by a 2011 study where Michigan State University Professor Paula Winke,  administered the questions to  volunteers and then ranked them based on how many of the questions each test-taker got right, according to the Times article.)

If I was confronted with the following questions, I am not sure if I would pass. 

Give it a try. Don’t skip to the end to see the answers until you are completely done with the test.

(Remember, these are 10 of the 100 questions currently asked by the citizenship test. You could be asked any 10 questions, not all 100.)

1. How many amendments does the Constitution have?

• 14

• 21

• 25

• 27

2. Which of these is something Benjamin Franklin is known for?

• He was the first person to sign the Constitution

• He discovered electricity

• He was the nation’s first postmaster general

• He was the nation’s second president . . . 

(Check out our print edition for more questions and the answers!)

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