US Citizenship Test – Part 1

There is some discussion that Biden is dumbing down the Citizenship test to make it easier for foreigners. Having heard many fellow Americans making up answers about what our government does, I thought it might be interesting to provide the questions to the first part of the 2019 version of the test, I found on the Internet. Answers will be provided tomorrow.

A: Principles of American Democracy

1. What is the supreme law of the land?

2. What does the Constitution do?

3. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?

4. What is an amendment?

5. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?

6. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?*

7. How many amendments does the Constitution have?

8. What did the Declaration of Independence do?

9. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?

10. What is freedom of religion?

11. What is the economic system in the United States?*

12. What is the “rule of law”?

31 thoughts on “US Citizenship Test – Part 1”

  1. I’m thinking there must be something people would have to study before taking this test. Surely they’re not expected to answer these questions without any guidance beforehand. Some of the questions (10-12 especially) have a range of answers that might be considered reasonable.

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    1. From what I have heard, Audrey. there are classes you can take before taking the test. I’m guessing most Americans couldn’t pass the test based upon statements they’ve made on television. My favorite were the American truckers demanding there First Amendment rights when the convoy tried to get into Canada. Their American Bill of Rights don’t apply to another country.

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      1. People up here sometimes think the right to remain silent (Fifth Amendment) applies here, based on movies, TV shows, etc.
        That trucker convoy was a big thing here; we’re awaiting the results of an inquiry on invoking the Emergencies Act, which should come out in the next few months. The whole thing was our version of January 6th, only quite different in the details, of course.
        Apologies for going off on this tangent, Pat. All done now! 🙂

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      1. I don’t remember how long but I did it on my own, no, no class, I think I had a cassette recording of the classes… it was quite a while ago… Here too, for people to acquire the Spanish nationality they must pass a written test and then swear allegiance to the King, something we don’t have to do upon birth… hehehe…

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          1. By law and by the constitution, we are a Parliamentary Monarchy, but all power rests with the people. We are citizens, but this is a very hot topic here as the ones to the left want to do away with the monarchy and insist that to be truly a democracy we need to be a full-fledged republic (like France) and they believe that we are indeed subjects to a medieval-type monarchy. I stay away from such debates as I am a republican in my brain but a monarchist at heart. We are also citizens of the European Union.

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    1. It is interesting to hear what most citizens think they know about their country and it’s laws. Many mistake assumptions for knowledge. Good point and thanks for commenting, Luisa.


      1. A friend of mine says that, in elections, they should ask voters a few simple questions about the state and then assign a value to their vote depending on their knowledge … I think even if discriminating it would be quite correct😉

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        1. I guessed it would be offered in a few languages but English is our only official language. Some of our larger school districts like LA or New York have students who speak dozens of different languages from around the world.

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  2. When I was a civilian volunteer in Hungary in 1997, my observations based upon discussions with our young Hungarian translators that their grandparents spoke German if they had a second language, their parents spoke Russian, but they all wanted to learn English. Many restaurants had menus in Hungarian, German, and English.


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