Can You Pass a United States Citizenship Test?


Matt O’Brien of the Associated Press reports that school systems around the country think it is important that children “know as least as much about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Federalist papers as immigrants passing a citizenship test.”

That’s a start.  Read the entire piece here.

And now let’s see if you can pass a citizenship test.  According to O’Brien, “an applicant must correctly answer six of 10 questions, selected from 100 possible questions, to pass the civics portion.”  Here is a sample test:


1. What does the Constitution do?

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

3. What is an amendment?

4. What do we call the first 10 amendments to the Constitution?

5. How many amendments does the Constitution have?

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

7. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?

8. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the Constitution. Name one of the writers.

9. There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.

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

The answers are in the comments section.  Good luck!

2 thoughts on “Can You Pass a United States Citizenship Test?

  1. I give my Civics class a citizenship test every year. I use the same 100 questions and randomly choose the questions for the tests. *so far* I haven’t had a student get less than six right, and most get nine or all ten.


  2. Answers: 1. Sets up the government, defines the government and protects basic rights of Americans

    2. We the People

    3. A change or an addition to the Constitution

    4. The Bill of Rights

    5. 27

    6. Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness

    7. To print money, to declare war, to create an army or to make treaties

    8. James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay (under the collective pseudonym Publius)

    9. Citizens 18 and older can vote; you don’t have to pay to vote; any citizen can vote, a male citizen of any race can vote

    10. Speech, religion, assembly, press, petition the government


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