According to Newsweek, more than a third (38%) of Americans would fail the US citizenship test. Only 62% of Americans could get the required six out of ten questions right. Startling percentages do not know things like the name of the current vice president (29%), the main concern during the cold war (27%), what Martin Luther King Jr. did (23%), and when the Declaration of Independence was adopted (33%). Here’s a CBS interview with a Newsweek writer about the findings.
Think you could breeze through the test? Here are ten of the more difficult questions. Remember, you have to get six right to pass.
1. How many amendments does the Constitution have?
2. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
3. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
4. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
5. Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now?
6. What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?
7. Who was President during World War I?
8. Who did the United States fight in World War II?
9. When was the Constitution written?
10. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.
5. John Roberts (John G. Roberts, Jr.)
6. (John) Boehner
7. (Woodrow) Wilson
8. Japan, Germany, and Italy (must name all three)
10. (James) Madison, (Alexander) Hamilton, (John) Jay, or Publius
You can find a copy of all 100 possible questions at the USCIS website.