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Do you know what it takes to be an American citizen?
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Three former South Carolina governors are leading an effort to have high school students take a citizenship test. The following are 25 of the questions they'd be asked. They are among the 100 questions on a list that federal officers use when testing immigrants seeking citizenship.

What is the supreme law of the land?

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

What is one right or freedom in the First Amendment?

What is the economic system of the United States?

Name one branch or part of the government.

What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?

What is the name of the president of the United States now?

If the president can no longer serve, who becomes president?

How many justices are on the Supreme Court?

What is the capital of your state?

What are the two major political parties in the United states?

Name one right only for United States citizens.

How old do citizens have to be to vote for president?

What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?

Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?

Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

There were 13 original states. Name three.

Who was the first president?

Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.

What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?

Who did the United States fight in World War II?

What major event happened on Sept. 11, 2001, in the United States?

Name one state that borders Mexico.

Why does the flag have 50 stars?

What is the name of the national anthem?

Here are links to the answers

Critical thinking challenge: Why are people requesting U.S. citizenship required to take a test and answer questions like these?

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COMMENTS (132)
  • 15Cyrus-May
    9/22/2014 - 02:24 p.m.

    thats smart of them because next thing u know a guy with a gun shoots someone! But this is important because everyone needs to love america!

    • chloem-Win
      9/29/2014 - 01:30 p.m.

      I think that taking that test is a great idea because you could learn more about your country that way, and you could get an idea of what the government does. So taking that test would be a big step up to adult hood

    • maleekd-gab
      10/19/2015 - 02:02 p.m.

      This isn't a pretty good example of tell people the answer to this question like explain your answer more

    • dantep-gab
      10/19/2015 - 02:02 p.m.

      This is an inaccurate answer to the question meaning it should be about the question not about fake moments or occurences.

  • braxtonb-Kie
    9/22/2014 - 02:54 p.m.

    I think that having to take a citizenship test when you are in high school is pretty stupid. They are already American citizens why would they have to take a test. I would probably change my mind if there was a better argument. But, for now I think that it is pretty stupid.

  • calebbeast111
    9/22/2014 - 05:42 p.m.

    This article is about that three former South Carolina govenders are having high school students take a citizenship test. They are having to answer 25 questions about citizenship. Even though the real number of questions is 100, that federal officers use when testing immigrants seeking citizenship.

  • bailee27
    9/22/2014 - 05:58 p.m.

    This artical explained how high school students should take a citizenship test. During the test they will be asked a series of questions that they will have to know and answer. There are 25 questions that will be asked and they are questions federal officers ask immigrants seeking citizenship. Also do you think high schoolers should take this test? Why are U.S. citizens that live in the united states required to take a test for people who are trying to live in the united states.

  • MaxG-4
    9/22/2014 - 10:05 p.m.

    This is an article about the Citizenship test. It begins as if it will be an informative article, however it turns and begins listing questions from the test. Some seem to be more effective than others, and vary from modern to older questions all to do with America.


    I now realize that I would fail the citizenship test if I were to take it. That is until I looked at the answers. Now I realize how hard it must be to gain citizenship in America.

  • JDizzle7
    9/23/2014 - 05:48 p.m.

    I think high school students should take this test but I think it would be pointless because if they failed it you couldn't take away citizenship. As long as they were born here you can't take away they're citizenship. On the other hand it's a good idea so students can learn more about our country and its economic system, it's wars, and our basic rights.

  • SD2000green
    9/24/2014 - 08:37 a.m.

    I think people are required to know this because it's sort of like a driving test. They won't just hand out the license to any random person. They want to see what they know about the topic and make sure they're qualified to be a citizen. Just like you wouldn't let someone with no driving experience take the wheel, you won't let a person oblivious to how things work in a America be a citizen.

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