If At First You Don’t Succeed

In the spirit of America’s Independence week, I present to you this citizenship test.  Write down these ten questions from the U.S. citizenship test and answer them before you click on the answers.

In order to become a naturalized U.S. citizen, a person must correctly answer six of 10 randomly selected questions. Can you pass the test?

1. What are the colors of our flag?

2. How many stripes are there in the flag?

3. What country did we fight during the Revolutionary War?

4. What are the three branches of our government?

5. Can you name the original thirteen states?

6. What are the 49th and 50th states of the Union?

7. Who wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner?”

8. Who signs bills into law?

9. What are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution called?

10. In what month do we vote for the president?

How did you do?

If you didn’t do that well, you are not alone.  It seems many Americans are not too aware of our history, much less our current government leaders.  Consider this quote:

However, the names of some of our current leaders slipped the minds of a few, for example, the leader of the executive branch (President Barack Obama) and his second-in-command (Vice President Joe Biden) seemed even harder for some.

Not to worry, however.  These types of press reports regularly appear to remind us of our ignorance.  They perpetuate the stereotype that Americans are either (a) oblivious to what’s going on in the world and at home or (b) oblivious to what’s going on in the world and at home.  (The choices are the same on purpose.)  While it is true that many Americans may miss a lot of these basic questions, I don’t believe that we should jump to the most negative of conclusions.  After all, it’s hard to keep up with the knowledge that Barack Obama is the leader of the executive branch of government and Joe Biden is his second-in-command when we have to keep up with the Joneses and the Kardashians. (Yes, that is the sound of sar hitting casm.)

Question: Why do I still love America?

Answer: Our potential.

2 thoughts on “If At First You Don’t Succeed

  1. Although I’ve lived in an American territory for most of my life, I was only able to answer three questions. Of course when I Googled the answers, they were all answers that made me say, “Oh yeah.” I’m pretty sure a lot of Americans are the same. I feel like sometimes foreigners know more about America’s history than actual Americans, because when you live there, you don’t necessarily remember every specific historical detail, unless you’re really interested in it. There are however, a few YouTube videos describing how oblivious Americans are when it comes to questions about the world. When interviewing random strangers on the street, most Americans couldn’t answer basic global questions. I always thought this citizenship test was quite useless because you could memorize all the answers.

  2. I think that America is a country whose citizens have their strong national identity, patriotism.
    These are good examples of how citizens should be.

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