Recently, Newsweek magazine teamed up with The Daily Beast to ask 1,000 U.S. citizens to take America’s official citizenship test. The result: 38% or more than 1 out of 3 flunked.
The U.S. citizenship test is composed of 100 questions across five categories: American government, systems of government, rights and responsibilities, American history, and integrated civics. Ten questions from the 100 are chosen randomly for the test-taker.
To pass, one must get at least six right. 62% of Americans passed, 38% failed.
Americans’ ignorance on some of the questions is appalling. As examples, 63% didn’t know the number of justices on the Supreme Court; 70% didn’t know what the Supreme Law of the Land is; 81% could not name even one power of the federal government; and 88% could not name even one of the writers of The Federalist Papers.
Of course, Newsweek had to give the results the typical liberal spin, attributing Americans’ ignorance to:
- Income inequality: “It doesn’t help that the United States has one of the highest levels of income inequality in the developed world, with the top 400 households raking in more money than the bottom 60 percent combined”; and
- “The decentralized U.S. education system, which is run mostly by individual states.”
Want to take the quiz?
Below are 20 of the 100 questions. Write down your answers and then scroll down for the correct answers and the percentages of Americans who answered correctly vs. incorrectly.
1. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
2. What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
3. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.
4. Who was President during World War I?
5. Who did the United States fight in World War II?
6. During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the U.S.?
7. What did Susan B. Anthony do?
8. What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?
9. Who is in charge of the executive branch?
10. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
11. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
12. If both president and vice present can no longer serve, who becomes president?
13. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?
14. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
15. What do we call the first ten Amendments to the Constitution?
16. What is the Supreme Law of the Land?
17. How many amendments does the Constitution have?
18. What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?
19. What is the name of the speaker of the House of Representatives now?
20. What is the economic system in the United States?
1. July 4, 1776 (67% correct; 33% incorrect)
2. The Constitution was written (35% correct; 65% incorrect)
3. James Madison, Alex Hamilton, John Jay, Publius (12% correct; 88% incorrect)
4. Woodrow Wilson (20% correct; 80% incorrect)
5. Germany, Italy, Japan (60% correct; 40% incorrect)
6. Communism (27% correct; 73% incorrect)
7. Fought for women’s rights (41% correct; 59% incorrect)
8. Fought for civil rights or equality for all Americans (77% correct; 23% incorrect)
9. President (73% correct; 27% incorrect)
10. Six (39% correct; 61% incorrect)
11. 435 (14% correct; 86% incorrect)
12. Speaker of the House (58% correct; 42% incorrect)
13. Print money, declare war, create an army, make treaties (19% correct, 81% incorrect)
14. Nine (37% correct; 63% incorrect)
15. Bill of Rights (57% correct; 43% incorrect)
16. The Constitution (30% correct; 70% incorrect)
17. 27 (6% correct; 94% incorrect)
18. Joe Biden (71% correct; 29% incorrect)
19. John Boehner (41% correct; 59% incorrect)
20. Capitalist or market economy (33% correct; 67% incorrect)
So how did you do? LOL