U.S. Citizenship Test

Taking the citizenship test

Are you as smart as a brand new citizen?

This is a picture of my wife Ana outside the San Antonio USCIS office this morning, after successfully completing her citizenship test. It only took about 15 minutes. She had to show that she can read English, write English, and correctly answer at least 6 out of 10 questions about United States civics and history. She only needed 6 questions, as she got them all right!

We go down to Austin later in September for the actual swearing in, but for all intents and purposes, she's done with the process.

Anyhow, as I was helping her study for the test, I was struck by the idea that many "natural born" citizens would quite possibly have a tough time answering some of the questions on this test.

So, figured it was a good excuse for a little experiment.

I'm going to share a small sample of the type of questions that are asked on the citizenship test. Without googling the answers (prospective citizens have to answer these questions orally, without referring to the book), see how many of these questions you're able to (easily) answer.

Here we go ...

  1. How many amendments does the Constitution have?

  2. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?

  3. The Federalist Papers supported passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.

  4. Who was the President during World War I?

  5. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s?

  6. Name your U.S. Representative.

  7. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?

  8. Who is Chief Justice of the United States now?

  9. What did Susan B. Anthony do?

  10. Who Makes Federal Laws?

So how do you think you did?


If you're brave enough, feel free to share your results (and maybe even some of your most "off the mark" answers) in the comments section below. (or on Facebook, if that's more your thing)

I promise not to make (too much) fun of you. ;-)

Keep havin FuN!



  1. Failed! Lol im not sure most citizens could actually get this one right. I could answer 5 of them and that was it.

  2. I know ... some tough questions in there. We all laugh when the Tonight Show does a "Jay Walking" segment ... but sometimes I think it might be almost as sad as it is funny.

  3. Hey, just found your blog as my son is recently at COB Adder. I know you're back in the states, but a good read none the less.

    Congrats on your wife's citizenship. We went through it not that long ago with my wife. Was fairly easy since she's a Canadian, but stressful at times just the same.

    Stay safe dude. Thanks for what you do.

  4. Thanks Ken .. I appreciate you .. hope your son stays safe and enjoys his time at Adder (as much as possible anyway).


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