US Citizenship Test Trivia Questions

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US Citizenship Quizzes & Trivia

When immigrants want to become Americans, they must take a civics test as part of their naturalization interview before an immigration officer. In October 2008 a new version of the test will be taken by all applicants. Could you pass it? The questions asked by the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are usually selected from a list of 100 sample questions that prospective citizens can look at ahead of the interview (though the examiner is not limited to those questions). Some are easy, some are not. We have picked some of the more difficult ones. NOTES: Candidates are not given multiple choices in the naturalization interview -- which is conducted orally -- and are expected to respond with complete answers. The following questions have been adapted from the sample


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
    • A. 

      George Washington

    • B. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • C. 

      James Madison

    • D. 

      John Hancock

  • 2. 
    When was the Constitution written?
    • A. 

      1774

    • B. 

      1776

    • C. 

      1787

    • D. 

      1865

  • 3. 
    What are the first words of the Constitution?
    • A. 

      When, in the course of human events

    • B. 

      In order to form a more perfect Union

    • C. 

      To whom it may concern

    • D. 

      We the People

  • 4. 
    What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
    • A. 

      The Preamble

    • B. 

      The Bill of Rights

    • C. 

      The Statute of Liberty

    • D. 

      Declaration of Independence

  • 5. 
    Which of the following is NOT a right outlined in the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence?
    • A. 

      Life

    • B. 

      Liberty

    • C. 

      Right to bear arms

    • D. 

      Pursuit of Happiness

  • 6. 
    Which one of these is a right guaranteed by the First Amendment?
    • A. 

      Freedom of the press

    • B. 

      Right to trial by jury

    • C. 

      Right to bear arms

    • D. 

      Right to happiness

  • 7. 
    How many amendments does the Constitution have?
    • A. 

      10

    • B. 

      17

    • C. 

      23

    • D. 

      27

  • 8. 
    Why does the United States flag have 13 stripes?
    • A. 

      One for each state in the Union

    • B. 

      The number of seats in the Cabinet

    • C. 

      They represent the 13 original colonies

    • D. 

      One for each article of the Constitution

  • 9. 
    Which of these was NOT among the original states?
    • A. 

      New Hampshire

    • B. 

      New York

    • C. 

      Delaware

    • D. 

      Vermont

  • 10. 
    What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
    • A. 

      Maine

    • B. 

      Alaska

    • C. 

      Vermont

    • D. 

      Louisiana

  • 11. 
    Which of the following is NOT one of the three branches of the government?
    • A. 

      Legislative

    • B. 

      Executive

    • C. 

      Judicial

    • D. 

      Federal

  • 12. 
    The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
    • A. 

      100

    • B. 

      365

    • C. 

      435

    • D. 

      646

  • 13. 
    We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years? 
    • A. 

      2

    • B. 

      4

    • C. 

      6

    • D. 

      8

  • 14. 
    In what month do we vote for President?
    • A. 

      January

    • B. 

      February

    • C. 

      September

    • D. 

      November

  • 15. 
    If both the President and Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
    • A. 

      Secretary of State

    • B. 

      Secretary of Defense

    • C. 

      The Speaker of the House

    • D. 

      President Pro Tempore of the Senate

  • 16. 
    How many justices are there on the U.S. Supreme Court?
    • A. 

      3

    • B. 

      5

    • C. 

      7

    • D. 

      9

  • 17. 
    Who is the Chief Justice of the United States?
    • A. 

      John Paul Stevens

    • B. 

      John G. Roberts, Jr.

    • C. 

      Antonin Scalia

    • D. 

      Samuel Alito

  • 18. 
    What did Susan B. Anthony do?
    • A. 

      Hid John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln

    • B. 

      Designed and made the original U.S. flag

    • C. 

      Designed the original U.S. currency

    • D. 

      Fought for women’s rights

  • 19. 
    Who was president during World War I?
    • A. 

      Theodore Roosevelt

    • B. 

      Warren G. Harding

    • C. 

      Franklin Roosevelt

    • D. 

      Woodrow Wilson

  • 20. 
    Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. Which of the following is NOT a federal power?
    • A. 

      To declare war

    • B. 

      To print money

    • C. 

      To declare treaties

    • D. 

      To provide education