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Could you pass a US citizenship test? [Give it a try.]
CS Monitor ^ | Saturday, November 24, 2012

Posted on 11/24/2012 7:07:34 AM PST by upchuck

In order to become a US citizen, immigrants must pass the Naturalization Test. American citizenship bestows the right to vote, improves the likelihood of family members living in other countries to come and live in the US, gives eligibility for federal jobs, and can be a way to demonstrate loyalty to the US. Applicants must get 6 answers out of 10 in an oral exam to pass the test. According to US Citizenship and Immigration services, 92 percent of applicants pass this test.

You must get 58 or more of these test questions correct in order to pass.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/0104/Could-you-pass-a-US-citizenship-test/Who-signs-bills?cmpid=prc:ctzn:d

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My score: 90 out of 96, 94%. How 'bout you?

IMHO, requiring only 58 correct answers sets a very low bar.

1 posted on 11/24/2012 7:07:35 AM PST by upchuck
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To: upchuck

Of course NO ONE should be allowed to be a citizen without knowing who Susan B. Anthony was. I think she wrote the Constitution didn’t she?


2 posted on 11/24/2012 7:15:05 AM PST by DManA ( you)
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To: upchuck

The truly depressing thing for me is that as elementary as these questions are to understanding how the government works, it would be cast as racist, discriminatory and unacceptable by one of the two major political parties if you advocated the same standard be met before being allowed to vote. Even if you lowered the passing grade to one correct out of 96, it would still be “racist”.


3 posted on 11/24/2012 7:21:40 AM PST by jz638
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To: upchuck

I don’t have to pass, all I have to do is DREAM...


4 posted on 11/24/2012 7:22:26 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: upchuck
Two, repeat two pages to open per question, one per question and one per answer?

Either the worst web design in recent history or the most blatent attempt to gather hits in history.

Someone on dial-up would take a week to finish this. To get 58 correct, you will need to view 116 pages assuming that you get none wrong.

5 posted on 11/24/2012 7:24:44 AM PST by par4
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To: upchuck

Had a little trouble with #19 What is the economic system of the US.

Picked Capitalism, but pretty sure it is Socialist?marxist/Leninist?


6 posted on 11/24/2012 7:29:46 AM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Yo-Yo

What is citizenship and why do you need a test? Is it something important?


7 posted on 11/24/2012 7:31:02 AM PST by Right Brother
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To: upchuck
It was a good test but the format was awful. It took way longer than it should have.

A basic test like this should be a requirement for voting ... Oh wait , then we'd never have elected 0boober....never mind.

8 posted on 11/24/2012 7:32:58 AM PST by YankeeReb
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To: Right Brother

Very important.

It forces you to pay taxes on your income.


9 posted on 11/24/2012 7:33:49 AM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: upchuck

91 of 96 - 95%...

Yes - 60% was FAILING grade - but it allows citizenship.


10 posted on 11/24/2012 7:35:15 AM PST by RebelTXRose
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To: upchuck

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11 posted on 11/24/2012 7:35:31 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Despite the redness of my neck, I prefer "Appalachian-American.")
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To: upchuck

We ought be required to pass a citizenship test and take the oath of citizenship once every 5 years or so, with a mechanism in place for enforcing violations; a swift ejection system for non-compliant enemies of the republic.

As it stands, is it legal or not for Communists to hold public office in the United States?


12 posted on 11/24/2012 7:35:40 AM PST by Fester Chugabrew (double trouble, here we come)
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To: Right Brother

“What is citizenship and why do you need a test? Is it something important?”

No. It’s more important where I am to speak Spanish or take a lot of abuse- and THAT’S just from the coworkers who say, “sorry I don’t speak Spanish, I’m white”. That is a quote.

(Yes, I bark at them, lecture them- it seems they’ll get it at some point but not now)


13 posted on 11/24/2012 7:44:39 AM PST by stanne
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To: Right Brother

under Obama there’s only one question , Would you like Welfare , food stamps and a phone ? Oh wait that’s question if you want to join the Democratic Party .


14 posted on 11/24/2012 7:45:59 AM PST by molson209
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To: Fester Chugabrew

How about in order to register to vote?

Still wouldn’t bypass GS’s spanish voting count machines, but. . .


15 posted on 11/24/2012 7:46:05 AM PST by stanne
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To: DManA
Of course NO ONE should be allowed to be a citizen without knowing who Susan B. Anthony was. I think she wrote the Constitution didn’t she?

Not only famous for writing the Constitution, with some help from Nancy Pelosi, she's also famous for getting her pic on a coin.

16 posted on 11/24/2012 7:46:35 AM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: upchuck
12 years after becoming a citizen, I thought it would be fun to take the test again. I missed the question on the deadline to file income taxes! LOL! I think I must have clicked the wrong choice, I know that I know when the taxes are due!

I agree, only 58 correct answers is a very low bar. Also, if you didn't know it, you can choose to take the test in your native language. What happened to being proficient in English?

17 posted on 11/24/2012 7:50:49 AM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: par4

I agree. The design of the test totally sux.


18 posted on 11/24/2012 7:51:28 AM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: upchuck

I don’t have to take this test...I’m already a US citizen.

Don’t get sidetracked. Let’s concentrate on illegal aliens, shall we?


19 posted on 11/24/2012 7:51:38 AM PST by moovova (Happy Thanksgiving to all. Say a prayer for your country when you bow your head today.)
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To: upchuck

Pass an citizensip test? Sure, I can show MY birth certificate. How about Obama and or the other 20 million illegal aliens?


20 posted on 11/24/2012 7:56:18 AM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: upchuck

92 of 96. 96%


21 posted on 11/24/2012 7:57:31 AM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: upchuck

I scored 98%. I would like to point out that many of the questions could be answered differently than the choices given. I can smell the political correctness in it.


22 posted on 11/24/2012 7:57:33 AM PST by rfreedom4u (I have a copy of the Constitution! And I'm not afraid to use it!)
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To: upchuck
All 96 correct here.

A few years ago at just about this time of year, a gaggle of teen girls were at the shopping mall, asking people to answer ten questions that had been pulled from this test (part of some school project, no doubt). Apparently I was the first person they'd encountered that answered all ten correctly.

How very depressing.

23 posted on 11/24/2012 7:58:20 AM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: upchuck

that page loads way too slow to do all 96

8 out of 8 before I quit, and that took 10 minutes to load


24 posted on 11/24/2012 7:58:26 AM PST by RaceBannon (When Chuck Norris goes to bed, he checks under it for Clint Eastwood!)
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To: upchuck

94 of 96, and I was just flat-out careless on one of the two I missed...calculated me at 98%.


25 posted on 11/24/2012 7:58:31 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: upchuck

Took the REAL test in Dec. 2007 when I became a U.S. Citizen - and proudly got 100% !!!


26 posted on 11/24/2012 7:58:46 AM PST by Live Free NH
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To: upchuck

I had to pass this test in my eighth grade government class to earn an A. I don’t think I missed a single question.


27 posted on 11/24/2012 7:59:45 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: upchuck

“You answered 93 of 96 questions correctly for a total score of 97%.”

This test should be mandatory for any government official. Only, require 85% or better. Come on obummer, release the score of your citizenship test results.


28 posted on 11/24/2012 8:00:37 AM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: upchuck

96 correct, 0 wrong. 96 out of 96 questions for a total score of 100%

This was a very easy test.

If only 58 questions answered correctly makes a person a US citizen, there is no wonder it means nothing to become a citizen now. It would be easy to guess your way to US citizenship.


29 posted on 11/24/2012 8:00:41 AM PST by Waryone
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To: upchuck
Correct! (96 of 96 correct)
30 posted on 11/24/2012 8:01:10 AM PST by Focault's Pendulum (Romney has run a business, an Olympics, and a state. Obama has never run anything but his mouth.)
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To: rfreedom4u
I can smell the political correctness in it.

Got a whiff of that, as well. You should have to answer 80 of these relatively simple questions correctly to pass...

31 posted on 11/24/2012 8:01:15 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: upchuck

The choices for 91 and 92 are misleading. For example, an amendment does not necessarily add to the Constitution, as in striking down, i.e., removing prohibition. Of course, I knew what they wanted. I forget question 92.
I waded through to the end waiting for the questions to get tougher, but they didn’t. Every FReeper would get at least 90 correct. I missed one because (out of pure boredom) I did not read the choice of answers carefully; the correct answer was “all of these.”
Boy, I hate those sites that make you click forever.
Save yourself some time, have a few early morning beers, and forget this exercise, unless you want to see how utterly ignorant one can be and still pass the test.


32 posted on 11/24/2012 8:01:15 AM PST by BIV (typical white person)
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To: upchuck

I’d like to see Barry Husseian Soetoro take this test, I now one he would get wrong,57 States.


33 posted on 11/24/2012 8:02:47 AM PST by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: rfreedom4u
I would like to point out that many of the questions could be answered differently than the choices given. I can smell the political correctness in it.

Definitely. I was surprised to see the phrase "American Indians" used.

34 posted on 11/24/2012 8:02:56 AM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Former Fetus

My grandmother emigrated from Nova Scotia, like my grandfather, and BOTH of them had to prove THEY knew English


35 posted on 11/24/2012 8:03:13 AM PST by RaceBannon (When Chuck Norris goes to bed, he checks under it for Clint Eastwood!)
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To: upchuck
96 Correct
 0 Wrong
You answered 96 of 96 questions correctly for a total score of 100%.

Nailed it.

36 posted on 11/24/2012 8:03:27 AM PST by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: BIV
I missed one because (out of pure boredom) I did not read the choice of answers carefully; the correct answer was “all of these.”

That was what tripped me up on one of the two that I missed...

37 posted on 11/24/2012 8:03:34 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: upchuck

The main question should be could the usurper pass.


38 posted on 11/24/2012 8:03:56 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: upchuck

Both of us took the test and scored over 90 correct. My wife originally took her citizenship test in the 1980s and, had to take it in English as well as interview in English. She believes this test is easier but says that may be because she follows the news and politics.

If you’re testing for citizenship, the test must be in the language of the land. However, I can’t criticize anyone who seeks citizenship with sincere intent.


39 posted on 11/24/2012 8:04:09 AM PST by JimSEA
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To: krb

Sweet.


40 posted on 11/24/2012 8:04:21 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: upchuck

I got 98%.


41 posted on 11/24/2012 8:05:24 AM PST by shankbear (The tree of Liberty appears to be perishing because there are few patriots willing to refresh it.)
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To: upchuck

“What is the economic system in the United States?”

The correct answer may change in a few years


42 posted on 11/24/2012 8:08:19 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: upchuck

At a real citizenship interview, according to the guidelines we have for Liza’s citizenship (one more year to go) ... they choose 10 and you have to get only 4 or 6 correct (I forget the exact number)


43 posted on 11/24/2012 8:08:48 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: upchuck

“During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?”

Global warming?


44 posted on 11/24/2012 8:09:13 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: upchuck

I got 96%. I missed the question about when to register for selective service and what our national anthem is! :o I can never get that right.

At least I got the question about what Abraham Lincoln did (preserved the Union). We all agree about that here on FR right?

hehe


45 posted on 11/24/2012 8:09:40 AM PST by FourtySeven (47)
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To: Charles Martel
I was surprised to see the phrase "American Indians" used.

I believe that little piece of political correctness has come full circle. Now it's politically incorrect to call them "Native Americans", they actually prefer to be called "Indians" or "American Indians"

IF I can keep all the political correctness I'm supposed to remember straight.

46 posted on 11/24/2012 8:12:45 AM PST by FourtySeven (47)
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To: upchuck

I was surprised to learn that one of the powers of the states is to provide education, especially since education is not mentioned once in the Constitution.


47 posted on 11/24/2012 8:14:43 AM PST by Maceman
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To: upchuck

I was 59 out of 59, then the web page crashed. Stupid design. Took 10 times longer than necessary.


48 posted on 11/24/2012 8:17:59 AM PST by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: Maceman
I was surprised to learn that one of the powers of the states is to provide education, especially since education is not mentioned once in the Constitution.

I was both surprised yet also pleased by that question (for the precise reason you state).

I assumed they were working on the premise "any power not specifically delegated to the government, is reserved for the states or the people" (Xth Amendment paraphrased) to come up with that.

At least it (the question) gives a passing nod to the notion that to "federalize" education ("Dept of Ed") is not Constitutional.

49 posted on 11/24/2012 8:18:54 AM PST by FourtySeven (47)
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To: jz638

More’s the pity, that so many could not, or perhaps willfully WOULD not, pass this test, even though they are endowed by birthright with citizenship.

Incidentally, I got all 96, mostly as information I already had by the time I was in about fourth grade. The rest is largely based on current information.

Oddly, no questions were about MTV or NFL. Those I would probably miss.


50 posted on 11/24/2012 8:20:14 AM PST by alloysteel (Bronco Bama - the cowboy who whooped up and widened the stampede.)
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