Tuesday, June 7, 2011

How Ignorant Are Americans?

How Ignorant Are Americans? http://t.co/Crd87ry NEWSWEEK gave 1,000 Americans the U.S. Citizenship Test--38 percent failed.

A Sample 100 Question Citizenship Test

1.What are the colors of our flag?

2. How many stars are there in our flag?

3. What color are the stars on our flag?

4. What do the stars on the flag mean?

5. How many stripes are there in the flag?

6. What color are the stripes?

7. What do the stripes on the flag mean?

8. How many states are there in the Union?

9. What is the 4th of July?

10. What is the date of Independence Day?

11. Independence from whom?

12. What country did we fight during the Revolutionary War?

13. Who was the first President of the United States?

14. Who is the President of the United States today?

15. Who is the Vice-President of the United States today?

16. Who elects the President of the United States?

17. Who becomes the President of the United States if the President should die?

18. For how long do we elect the President?

19. What is the Constitution?

20. Can the Constitution be changed?

21. What do we call a change to the Constitution?

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

23. How many branches are there in our government?

24. What are the three branches of our government?

25. What is the legislative branch of our government?

26. Who makes the laws in the United States?

27. What is Congress?

28. What are the duties of Congress?

29. Who elects Congress?

30. How many senators are there in Congress?

31. Can you name the two senators from your state?

32. For how long do we elect each senator?

33. How many representatives are there in Congress?

34. For how long do we elect the representatives?

35. What is the executive branch of our government?

36. What is the judiciary branch of our government?

37. What are the duties of the Supreme Court?

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

39. What is the Bill of Rights?

40. What is the capital of your state?

41. Who is the current governor of your state?

42. Who becomes President of the United States if the President and the Vice-President should die?

43. Who is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?

44. Can you name the 13 original states?

45. Who said, "Give me liberty or give me death."?

46. Which countries were our enemies during World War II?

47. What are the 49th and 50th states of the Union?

48. How many terms can a President serve?

49. Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.?

50. Who presides over your local government?

51. According to the Constitution, a person must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible to become President. Name one of these requirements.

52. Why are there 100 Senators in the Senate?

53. Who selects the Supreme Court justices?

54. How many Supreme Court justices are there?

55. Why did the Pilgrims come to America?

56. What is the head executive of a state government called?

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

58. What holiday was celebrated for the first time by American colonists?

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

60. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?

61. What is the basic belief of the Declaration of Independence?

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

63. Who wrote the Star-Spangled Banner?

64. Where does freedom of speech come from?

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

66. Who signs bills into law?

67. What is the highest court in the United States?

68. Who was President during the Civil War?

69. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?

70. What special group advises the President?

71. Which President is called the "Father of our country?"

72. What Immigration and Naturalization Service form is used to apply to become a naturalized citizen?

73. Who helped the Pilgrims in America?

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

75. What were the 13 original states of the U.S. called?

76. Name 3 rights or freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.

77. Who has the power to declare war?

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

79. Which President freed the slaves?

80. In what year was the Constitution written?

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

82. What is the supreme law of the land?

83. Where does Congress meet?

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

85. What is the introduction to the Constitution called?

86. Name one benefit to being a citizen of the United States?

87. What is the most important right granted to U.S. citizens?

88. What is the United States Capitol?

89. What is the White House?

90. Where is the White House located?

91. What is the name of the President's official home?

92. Name one right guaranteed by the first amendment.

93. Who is the Commander in Chief of the U.S. military?

94. Which President was the first Commander in Chief of the U.S. military?

95. In what month do we vote for President?

96. In what month is the new President inaugurated?

97. How many times may a Senator be re-elected?

98. How many times may a Congressman be re-elected?

99. What are the 2 major political parties in the U.S. today?

100. How many states are there in the United States?

Answer sheet for 100 Questions

  1. Red, White, and Blue.
  2. 50
  3. White
  4. One for each state in the union
  5. 13
  6. Red and White
  7. They represent the original 13 states
  8. 50
  9. Independence Day
  10. July 4th
  11. England
  12. England
  13. George Washington
  14. Barack Obama
  15. Joe Biden
  16. The electoral college
  17. Vice-President
  18. Four years
  19. The supreme law of the land
  20. Yes
  21. Amendments
  22. 27
  23. 3
  24. Legislative, Executive, and Judiciary
  25. Congress
  26. Congress
  27. The Senate and the House of Representatives
  28. To make laws
  29. The people
  30. 100
  31. John Ensign and Harry Reid
  32. 6 years
  33. 435
  34. 2 years
  35. The President, cabinet, and departments under the cabinet members
  36. The Supreme Court
  37. To interpret laws
  38. The Constitution
  39. The first 10 amendments of the Constitution
  40. Carson City
  41. Jim Gibbons
  42. Speaker of the House of Representatives
  43. John G. Roberts, Jr.
  44. Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Rhode Island, and Maryland
  45. Patrick Henry
  46. Germany, Italy, and Japan
  47. Alaska and Hawaii
  48. 2
  49. A civil rights leader
  50. Your County Commissioners
  51. Must be a natural born citizen of the United States; Must be at least 35 years old by the time he/she will serve; Must have lived in the United States for at least 14 years
  52. 2 from each state
  53. Appointed by the President
  54. 9
  55. For religious freedom
  56. Governor
  57. Mayor
  58. Thanksgiving
  59. Thomas Jefferson
  60. July 4, 1776
  61. That all men are created equal
  62. The Star-Spangled Banner
  63. Francis Scott Key
  64. The Bill of Rights
  65. 18
  66. The President
  67. The Supreme Court
  68. Abraham Lincoln
  69. Freed many slaves
  70. The Cabinet
  71. George Washington
  72. Form N-400, "Application to File Petition for Naturalization"
  73. The American Indians (Native Americans)
  74. The Mayflower
  75. Colonies
  76. Rights:
    1. The right of freedom of speech, press, religion, peaceable assembly and requesting change of government.
    2. The right to bear arms (the right to have weapons or own a gun, though subject to certain regulations).
    3. The government may not quarter, or house, soldiers in the people's homes during peacetime without the people's consent.
    4. The government may not search or take a person's property without a warrant.
    5. A person may not be tried twice for the same crime and does not have to testify against him/herself.
    6. A person charged with a crime still has some rights, such as the right to a trial and to have a lawyer.
    7. The right to trial by jury in most cases.
    8. Protects people against excessive or unreasonable fines or cruel and unusual punishment.
    9. The people have rights other than those mentioned in the Constitution.
    10. Any power not given to the federal government by the Constitution is a power of either the states or the people.
  77. The Congress
  78. Republic
  79. Abraham Lincoln
  80. 1787
  81. The Bill of Rights
  82. The Constitution.
  83. In the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
  84. Everyone (citizens and non-citizens living in the U.S.)
  85. The Preamble
  86. Obtain federal government jobs; travel with a U.S. passport; petition for close relatives to come to the U.S. to live
  87. The right to vote
  88. The place where Congress meets
  89. The President's official home
  90. Washington, D.C., (1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.)
  91. The White House
  92. Freedom of: speech, press, religion, peaceable assembly, and, requesting change of the government
  93. The President
  94. George Washington
  95. November
  96. January
  97. There is no limit
  98. There is no limit
  99. Democratic and Republican
  100. 50