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A look at the questions asked for US citizenship

September 17, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — 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?

Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

For the full list and answers: http://1.usa.gov/1dW7FHC

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