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The naturalization test

Anyone who wants to become a citizen must know the answers to 100 questions - any 10 of which can be asked at their naturalization examination. Here are some of the questions that could be asked:

How many amendments does the Constitution have? 27

What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful? Checks and balances (also known as separation of powers)

The House of Representatives has how many voting members? 435

If both the president and the vice president can no longer serve, who becomes president? Speaker of the House of Representatives

Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states? Issuing driver's licenses; (also providing police and fire protection)

What are the two major political parties in the United States? Democratic and Republican

What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens? Right to vote in a federal election

What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen? Be loyal to the United States (also to obey the laws of the U.S.)

When must all men register for the Selective Service? 18 (or between 18 and 26 in some cases)

There were 13 original states. Name three. New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut

The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers. James Madison (also Alexander Hamilton and John Jay)

What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803? Louisiana

Name one problem that led to the Civil War. Slavery (also states' rights, secession)

Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s. World War II (also World War I, Korean War, Vietnam, Persian Gulf War)

Name one American Indian tribe in the United States. Sioux

Name one U.S. territory. Puerto Rico (also Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, North Mariana Islands)

Why does the flag have 13 stripes? The stripes represent the original 13 colonies.


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