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1. What is the legislative branch of our government?

a. The Supreme Court

b. The presidency

c. Congress

d. The Cabinet members

2. What color are the stars on our flag?

a. Blue

b. Gold

c. Red

d. White

3. What is the name of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America?

a. The Santa Maria

b. The Bill of Rights

c. The Mayflower

d. The Nina

4. What is the executive branch of our government?

a. The president, the Cabinet and departments under the Cabinet members

b. The House of Representatives and the Senate

c. The states

d. The Supreme Court

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

a. July

b. June

c. January

d. November

6. How many voting members are in the House of Representatives?

a. 100

b. 102

c. 435

d. 50

7. Who is the president of the United States today?

a. John G. Roberts Jr.

b. George W. Bush

c. Bill Clinton

d. Dick Cheney

8. How many stars are there on our flag?

a. 50

b. 51

c. 52

d. 100

9. What is the name of the president's official home?

a. The Mayflower

b. Monticello

c. The White House

d. The United States Capitol

10. Who wrote The Star-Spangled Banner?

a. Francis Scott Key

b. Katharine Lee Bates

c. Irving Berlin

d. Thomas Jefferson

11. Where is the White House located?

a. Camp David

b. New York City

c. Virginia

d. Washington, D.C.

12. Why did the Pilgrims come to America?

a. To escape the Revolutionary War

b. In search of gold

c. To meet the Indians

d. To gain religious freedom

13. Who meets in the U.S. Capitol building?

a. The president

b. City Council

c. Congress

d. The Supreme Court

14. Which president was the first commander-in-chief of the U.S. Army and Navy?

a. Abraham Lincoln

b. Thomas Jefferson

c. George Washington

d. Patrick Henry

15. Can the Constitution be changed?

a. Yes

b. No

c. Yes, but only by the Supreme Court

d. Yes, but only by the president of the United States

16. Who becomes president if both the president and vice president die?

a. The Speaker of the House

b. The Secretary of the Treasury

c. President pro tempore of the Senate

d. The Secretary of State

17. For how long is the president elected?

a. 2 years

b. 4 years

c. 6 years

d. There is no limit

18. What is the introduction to the Constitution called?

a. The Bill of Rights

b. The Declaration of Independence

c. The Preamble

d. The Articles of Confederation

19. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?

a. Ended the Civil War

b. Freed the slaves

c. Freed the Indians

d. Ended World War II

20. For how long do we elect each member of the House of Representatives?

a. 6 years

b. There is no limit

c. 4 years

d. 2 years

21. How many Supreme Court justices are there?

a. 9

b. 3

c. 10

d. 13

22. What are the two major political parties in the United States today?

a. The House of Representatives and the Senate

b. Federalist and Reform

c. Bull-Moose and the Whigs

d. Democratic and Republican

23. Who elects the president of the United States?

a. Congress

b. The Cabinet

c. The Supreme Court

d. The electoral college

24. What is the minimum voting age in the United States?

a. 18

b. 21

c. 16

d. 35

25. What group has the power to declare war?

a. Congress

b. The president

c. The Cabinet

d. The Supreme Court

26. Who is commander-in-chief of the United States military?

a. The Secretary of State

b. The Secretary of Defense

c. The vice president

d. The president

27. How many times may a senator or congressman be re-elected?

a. Once

b. There is no limit

c. 6 times

d. 4 times

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

a. The Declaration of Independence

b. The Preamble

c. The Bill of Rights

d. The Articles of Confederation

29. How many full terms can a president serve?

a. 3

b. 4

c. 2

d. There is no limit

30. What are some of the requirements to be eligible to become president?

a. There are no requirements.

b. Be a native-born, not naturalized citizen, be at least 45 years old, and have lived in the U.S. for at least 20 years

c. Be a native-born, not naturalized citizen, be at least 35 years old, and have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years

d. Be a native-born, not naturalized citizen, be at least 25 years old, and have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years

31. How many changes, or amendments, are there to the Constitution?

a. 13

b. 9

c. 27

d. 10

32. What do we call changes to the Constitution?

a. Ratifications

b. Articles of Confederation

c. Amendments

d. Alterations

33. What is the national anthem of the United States?

a. America, The Beautiful

b. The Star-Spangled Banner

c. This Land is Your Land

d. God Bless America

34. What are the three branches of our government?

a. Democratic, Republican and Independent

b. Department of Justice, Department of State, and Department of Defense

c. Senate, House of Representatives, and Supreme Court

d. Legislative, Executive, and Judicial

35. Name one right or freedom guaranteed by the first amendment.

a. Right to the pursuit of happiness

b. Freedom of speech

c. Right to trial by jury

d. Right to vote

36. What special group advises the president?

a. Advisory Board

b. The Cabinet

c. The Supreme Court

d. The electoral college

37. What is the supreme law of the United States?

a. The Declaration of Independence

b. The Constitution

c. The Magna Carta

d. The Bill of Rights

38. What do we celebrate on the 4th of July?

a. Veterans Day

b. Thanksgiving

c. Independence Day

d. Washington's Birthday

39. What kind of government does the United States have?

a. Republic

b. Aristocracy

c. Monarchy

d. Parliamentary Democracy

40. In what year was the Constitution written?

a. 1812

b. 1787

c. 1876

d. 1776

41. What is the executive of a state government called?

a. Governor

b. President

c. Senator

d. Mayor

42. Who said, “Give me liberty or give me death”?

a. Benjamin Franklin

b. Patrick Henry

c. George Washington

d. Thomas Jefferson

43. Name the amendments that guarantee or address voting rights.

a. 1st, 19th, 24th, and 26th Amendments

b. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Amendments

c. 1st, 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th Amendments

d. 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th Amendments

44. Which president is called the “Father of our Country”?

a. Abraham Lincoln

b. Thomas Jefferson

c. George Washington

d. George W. Bush

45. Who was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence?

a. James Madison

b. George Washington

c. Abraham Lincoln

d. Thomas Jefferson

46. Name some countries that were our enemies during World War II.

a. Germany, Japan and Switzerland

b. Germany, Japan and the Soviet Union

c. Germany, Italy and France

d. Germany, Italy and Japan

47. Who was Martin Luther King Jr.?

a. Writer of the Declaration of Independence

b. A civil rights leader

c. Presidential candidate in 1984

d. President during the Civil War

48. What is the head executive of a city government called?

a. Governor

b. Mayor

c. Congressman

d. Superintendent

49. What were the 13 original states?

a. Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, New Zealand, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Rhode Island, Maryland

b. Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Rhode Island, Maryland

c. Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Rhode Island, Maryland

d. Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Rhode Island, Maryland, Washington, D.C.

50. What is the most important right granted to United States citizens?

a. Right to live in the United States

b. Right to work in the United States

c. Right to vote

d. Right to happiness

51. Where does freedom of speech come from?

a. The president

b. The Bill of Rights

c. The Emancipation Proclamation

d. The Declaration of Independence

52. Whose rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?

a. All people living in the United States

b. Registered voters

c. The president

d. Native-born citizens

53. What are the duties of the Supreme Court?

a. To serve the president as Cabinet members

b. To write laws

c. To execute laws

d. To interpret and explain the laws

54. Who is chief justice of the Supreme Court?

a. William Rehnquist

b. Warren Burger

c. John G. Roberts Jr.

d. Alberto Gonzales

55. What are some of the basic beliefs of the Declaration of Independence?

a. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press

b. That all men are created equal and have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

c. That there are three branches of government

d. That there should be checks and balances within the government

56. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?

a. Sept. 17, 1787

b. July 14, 1776

c. July 4, 1786

d. July 4, 1776

Immigrants who wish to become U.S. citizens must demonstrate their knowledge of our history and government. They are asked 10 questions, and must answer at least six correctly. Here are 56 sample questions, taken from www.uscis.gov, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Web site. Test your knowledge of this nation as we celebrate its birthday today.

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