America's Immigration Dilemma
Take the U.S. citizenship test
Officials select about a dozen questions from a list of 100 as part of an oral exam. Here are some of the tougher questions.
1. How many changes or amendments are there to the Constitution?
2. How many voting members are in the House of Representatives?
3. What were the original 13 states?
4. Who said, "Give me liberty or give me death?"
5. Who was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence?
6. Who becomes President of the United States if the president and the vice-president should die?
7. What do the stripes on the flag mean?
8. Who has the power to declare war?
9. Which countries were our enemies during World War II?
10. In what year was the Constitution written?
11. What are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution called?
12. Name one purpose of the United Nations.
13. Whose rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?
14. For how long do we elect each senator?
15. Name a right guaranteed by the First Amendment.
3. Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia.
4. Patrick Henry
5. Thomas Jefferson
6. Speaker of the House of Representative
7. The stripes represent the original 13 states
9. Germany, Italy, and Japan
11. The Bill of Rights
12. Member countries discuss and try to resolve world problems; provide economic aid
13. Anyone living in the U.S., citizen or non-citizen
14. 6 years
15. Freedom of speech, press, religion, peaceable assembly and requesting a change of government
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