The U.S. citizenship test is administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). To prepare for the test, test-takers can study the 100 questions that may be asked of them on the test day using materials provided by USCIS. Test-takers will be asked up to 10 questions during their exam. They need to answer 6 correctly to pass the test. The questions below are actual questions that may be asked during the test (although admittedly, I chose challenging ones for you). Can you pass the test?
*The answers are at the bottom of this post. Don’t cheat!*
1. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
2. What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives right now?
3. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the three writers.
4. Name 2 current U.S. territories.
5. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
6. How many amendments are there?
7. When was the Constitution written?
8. Name Pennsylvania’s two current Senators.
9. Who was President during World War I?
10. What are two cabinet-level positions?
1. The House of Representatives has 435 voting members. Fun fact: there are 5 non-voting members of Congress, representing U.S. territories.
2. John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, has been the Speaker of the House since January 2011.
3. The Federalist Papers were written by John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison. They published the papers under the pseudonym Publius.
4. Accepted answers on the test are: Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands, although other territories include Midway Islands, Wake Island, Navassa Island, Baker, Howland, and Jarvis Islands, Johnston and Palmyra Atolls, Baja Nuevo Bank, Serranilla Bank and Kingman Reef.
5. 6 years. The terms are staggered though so that approximately 1/3 of the seats are up for election every 2 years.
6. There are 27 amendments to the Constitution. The last amendment was made on May 27, 1992, concerning Congressional salaries.
7. No, it’s not 1776 (that was the Declaration of Independence, duh!). The accepted answer on the citizenship test is 1787 because the Constitutional Convention was held in Philadelphia from May 14 to September 17, 1787.
8. Pat Toomey is a Pennsylvania Republican Senator who assumed the office in January 2011. His counterpart is Robert Casey, Jr., a Democratic Senator, who (fun fact) was preceded by recent Republican Presidential primary candidate Rick Santorum.
9. Woodrow Wilson declared war on Germany in 1917 to make the world “safe for democracy.” He was the U.S. President from March 4, 1913 to March 4, 1921, which included all of World War I, which lasted from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918.
10. The Cabinet includes the Vice President and the heads of 15 executive departments including the Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Education, Secretary of Energy, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Secretary of Homeland Security, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of Labor, Secretary of State, Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and Attorney General.