US Citizenship Test – Part 1 – Answers

How did you do on the test?

A: Principles of American Democracy

1. What is the supreme law of the land?

▪ the Constitution

2. What does the Constitution do?

▪ sets up the government
▪ defines the government
▪ protects basic rights of Americans

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

4. What is an amendment?
▪ a change (to the Constitution)
▪ an addition (to the Constitution)

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

▪ the Bill of Rights

6. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?*
▪ speech
▪ religion
▪ assembly
▪ press
▪ petition the government

7. How many amendments does the Constitution have?
▪ twenty-seven (27)-

2-*If you are 65 years old or older and have been a legal p ermanent resident of the United S tates for 20 or more years, you may study just the questions that have been marked with an asterisk.

8. What did the Declaration of Independence do?

▪ announced our independence (from Great Britain)
▪ declared our independence (from Great Britain)
▪ said that the United States is free (from Great Britain)

9. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
▪ life
▪ liberty
▪ pursuit of happiness

10. What is freedom of religion?
▪ You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.

11. What is the economic system in the United States?*
▪ capitalist economy
▪ market economy

12. What is the “rule of law”?
▪ Everyone must follow the law.
▪ Leaders must obey the law.
▪ Government must obey the law.
▪ No one is above the law

22 thoughts on “US Citizenship Test – Part 1 – Answers”

  1. It might seem like it, but a quick search could not verify that. I did find out that the current Citizenship test is now the 2008 version.The actual civics test is NOT a multiple choice test. During the naturalization interview, a USCIS officer will ask you up to 10 questions from the list of 100 questions in English. You must answer correctly 6 of the 10 questions to pass the civics test.


  2. I’m pleased to say I got these right. However, it’s only because when I was in my 20s, I knew I was woefully ignorant of our own government and how it works, so I signed up for a class in civics at the community college. It was obviously a helpful class! (And why isn’t it a required class in high school and/or college in the country you reside in?)

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    1. Congratulations, Priscilla. Well done. Ever time I hear a citizen or politician say something stupid and/or incorrect in the news, I ask myself that same question…
      Why aren’t they taught about their government if they are given the right to vote?

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      1. Funny story: After I had taken that class, I got stopped by one of those on-the-street reporters who ask questions about politics and stuff. She asked me about something in the Bill of Rights, and she LITERALLY stepped back and paused when I answered correctly. The cameraman whispered, “Wow.” I guess they didn’t expect to find someone recently out of class!

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    2. I had a Civics class in high school. It was required. That was many years ago. I didn’t pay a lot of attention to politics or news during most of my adulthood. It’s only now in my 50s that I’ve become an avid newsie and sometimes find myself re-learning things. Better late than never.

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      1. Civics class can be dry and boring if you don’t see relevance. With current politics, relevance seems apparent to many. The question is if they really understand what’s going on or assume they do. Example does any elected official have the right to overthrow or over rule an election?

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  3. Thanks for the answers Pat. I saw the questions yesterday but did not have the mental energy to seriously try to answer them, especially when just reading through there were many I have forgotten the answers.

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