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Yes, these are all based on the United States citizenship test. How would you do?

QUESTIONS (Click on a question to jump down to its answer.)

1. What were the names of the 13 original states (colonies)?

2. How many stars are there on the American flag, and what do they stand for?

3. How many stripes are there on the American flag, and what do they stand for?

4. What is the executive branch of the United States government?

5. In what month do we vote for president?

6. For how long do we elect a president?

7. What are the requirements for somebody to be president?

8. Name at least three rights or freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.

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

10. What is the legislative branch of the United States government?

11. What is the judicial branch of the United States government?

12. Who was president during the Civil War?

13. Who was Martin Luther King Jr.?

14. Which countries were our main allies in World War II?

15. Which countries were our enemies in World War II?


1. Virginia (founded in 1607); Massachusetts (1620); Maryland (1634); Connecticut (approx. 1635); Rhode Island (1636); Delaware (1638); New Hampshire (1638); North Carolina (1653); South Carolina (16630; New Jersey (1664); New York (1664); Pennsylvania (1681); and Georgia (1732).

2. There are 50 stars, one for each state.

3. There are 13 stripes, representing the 13 original colonies.

4. The president, the vice president, the cabinet, and the departments that report to the cabinet.

5. November. But the new president is not inaugurated, or officially placed in office, until the following January. The period in between is often called the transition.

6. Presidents serve a four-year term. The maximum they can serve is two four-year terms.

7. They must be at least 35 years old, must be born in the United States, and must have lived in the United States for at least the past 14 years.

a. The right to freedom of speech, press, religion, peaceable assembly, and to petition the government.
b. The right to bear arms.
c. The right to have the government not house soldiers in people's homes without their agreement during peacetime.
d. The protection against unlawful search or seizure.
e. The guarantee that a person may not be taken to trial twice in the same place for the same crime. Also, the guarantee that a person doesn't have to speak out against him or herself in court.
f. The right to a trial and to be represented by a lawyer.
g. The right to a jury trial in most cases.
h. The protection against cruel or unusual punishment.
i. The guarantee that people do have rights other than those specifically mentioned in the Constitution.
j. The guarantee that any power not given to the government by the Constitution is a power reserved for the states or for the people.

9. 18 years old.

10. Congress, which is made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate. This is the branch of government that makes the laws. Each state has two senators and one member of the House of Representatives for every approximately 660,000 people at this point. The total number of representatives is now fixed at 435, so as the population grows and shifts, those Congressional districts are re-drawn. Senators are elected to 6-year terms; members of the House of Representatives are elected to 2-year terms. There is no limit on the number of terms members of Congress can serve.

11. The Supreme Court. Underneath the Supreme Court, there are also federal courts. The president appoints people to the Supreme Court, which has nine justices, or judges. There is a chief justice and eight associate justices. The president's appointment of someone to the Supreme Court has to be approved by the Senate. Once approved, a judge serves for life.

12. Abraham Lincoln.

13. A civil rights leader.

14. Australia, Canada, China, France, New Zealand, the Soviet Union (now Russia), and the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland).

15. Germany, Italy, and Japan.

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