New Citizenship Test Coming Soon

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Do you know who the president of the United States was during World War I? How about the president of the United States during the Great Depression? The answer to the first question is Woodrow Wilson and the answer to the second one on Franklin Roosevelt (FDR).

Citizenship and Immigration Services released on Thursday, September 27 a new set of questions for the citizenship test. The news test will begin to be used on October 1, 2008 and just like the current test, six of the ten randomly selected questions must be answered correctly.

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On a question asking what did Martin Luther King Jr. do? The answers are endless and include that he worked for equality for all people in the United States and fought for civil rights. As a result, immigration officials did say some questions may have additional answers beyond those provided. The Associated Press reported that about 15-16 questions had to be reworded. The new test cost $6.5 million and was done with six years of research.

 

The test covers American Government with the principles of American Democracy, the system of government, and rights and responsibilities. U.S. History is covered through the colonial period and the Independence, the 1800’s, and recent American history and other important historical information. An integrated civics section deals with geography, symbols, and holidays.

 

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) was deeply disappointed with the new test. The ICIRR said the new test will impose a much steeper knowledge load on applicants.
“Questions such as ‘what is the rule of law?’ and ‘who was President during World War I?’ are still there.

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We question how fair it is to require new citizens to answer these questions, which many native-born Americans would find difficult,” said the ICIRR in a statement.

 

Some more of the difficult new questions include “Who wrote the Federalist papers?” and “What group had the power to declare war?” The Federalist Papers were written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. The Congress had the power to declare war.

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Want to try the test for yourself? Here are ten sample questions for you.

 

  1. What is the supreme law of the land?
  2. We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?
  3. What are two Cabinet-level positions?
  4. What is the capitol of your state?
  5. What are two rights only for United States citizens?
  6. Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?
  7. Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States?
  8. Name one state that borders Canada.
  9. What is the name of the national anthem?
  10. Name one branch or part of the government.

Want to know the answers? 

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Answers to the citizenship test

  1. What is the supreme law of the land? The Constitution
  2. We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years? Two (2)
  3. What are two Cabinet-level positions? Secretary of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, State, Transportation, Treasury, Veterans’ Affairs, Labor, and Attorney General.
  4. What is the capitol of your state? In Illinois: Springfield. In Iowa: Des Moines.
  5. What are two rights only for United States citizens? Apply for a federal job, vote, run for office, carry a U.S. passport.
  6. Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in? World War II.
  7. Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States? Missouri River, Mississippi River.
  8. Name one state that borders Canada. Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Alaska.
  9. What is the name of the national anthem? The Star Spangled Banner.
  10. Name one branch or part of the government. Congress, legislative, President, executive, the courts, judicial.

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