If you are applying for a US citizenship, then you will have to pass an interview. After submitting your application, you will be called for a session with questions that you will have to answer. Here is a study guide to help you with the US citizen test.
SECTION 1: GOVERNMENT OF UNITED STATES
PART A: PRINCIPLES OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY
1. What does the Constitution of the US do?
The constitution defines and sets up the government. It protects the basic rights of the American people.
2. What is the supreme law of the US?
The supreme law of the land is the US constitution.
3. What is an amendment to the constitution?
An amendment is a change or an addition to the constitution.
4. What are the first ten amendments collectively called?
They are called the Bill of Rights.
5. What are the first three words of the constitution?
The first three words are ‘We, The People’.
6. Name one right from the First Amendment?
Freedom of speech
Freedom of press
Freedom of religion
Freedom of assembly
Petitioning the government.
7. What is the freedom of religion?
All citizens are free to practices their own religions or not practice any religion at all.
8. What was the Declaration of Independence?
It declared the independence of the United States from Great Britain.
9. How many amendments are there in the constitution?
There are 27 amendments.
10. What are the two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
The rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
11. What is the economic system in the US?
The US has a capitalist economy.
12. What do you mean by ‘the rule of law’?
It means that no one is above the law, neither the people nor the government.
PART B: SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT
13. Name any one branch of the government?
14. Who heads the executive branch?
The President leads the executive branch.
15. What keeps one branch from becoming more powerful than the others?
There are separation of powers and regular checks and balances.
16. Which branch makes the federal laws?
House of Representatives
17. How many US senators are there?
There are a hundred senators.
18. Name the two parts of the US Congress?
The House of Representatives and the Senate.
19. What is the elected term of a US senator?
It is six years.
20. How many voting members are in the House of Representatives?
There are 435 members.
21. What is the elected term of a US representative?
It is two years.
22. Name one US senator of your state?
The answer will vary for different states.
23. Name your US representative?
The answer will vary.
24. Why do some states have more representatives than others?
It depends on the state’s population. More people have more representatives.
25. Who does a US Senator represent?
The Senator represents all the people of the state.
26. In which month is the presidential voting held?
It is held in November.
27. What is the elected term of a US President?
It is four years.
28. Name the present US president?
29. Name the present US Vice president?
30. Who is the Commander in Chief?
The US President.
31. Who replaces the president if he is unable to continue serving?
The US Vice-president.
32. Who becomes president if both the president and vice president are unable to continue serving?
The Speaker of the House.
33. Who signs the bills to enact laws?
The US president.
34. Who can veto the bills?
The US President.
35. What is the function of the President’s cabinet?
It advises the president.
36. Name two cabinet-level positions?
Secretaries of DefenseEducation
37. Name the highest court in the US?
The Supreme Court.
38. What is the function of the judicial branch?
It reviews all the laws and decides if a law is against the constitution.
39. How many justices does the Supreme Court have?
40. Name the present Chief Justice of the US?
41. Name the Governor of your state?
The answer will vary.
42. Name one power of the federal government?
It has the power to:
Create an army.
43. Name one power of the states?
State has to provide:
44. Name the capital of your state?
The answer will vary.
45. Name the present Speaker of the house of Representatives?
46. Name the two major political parties of the US?
The Republicans and the Democrats.
47. Name the political party of the present president?
The Democratic Party.
PART C: RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
48. Name one responsibility only for the US citizens?
To vote in a federal election and serve on a jury.
49. Name one right only for the US citizens?
To vote for federal elections and to run for federal office.
50. Name one amendment regarding who can vote?
Voting age is eighteen years and older. Both men and women can vote. Citizens of any race can vote. You do not have to pay a poll tax to vote.
51. Name two rights of anyone living in the US?
The freedoms of:
To petition the government
To bear arms.
52. What is the voting age to vote in a presidential election?
18 years and older.
53. When saying the Pledge of allegiance, who do we pledge loyalty to?
The loyalty is pledged to the flag and the United States.
54. Mention the last date for sending your federal income tax forms?
55. When you become a US citizen, name one promise you make?
You promise to:
Defend the constitution and laws of the US
Give up loyalty to other countries
Obey laws of the US
Serve the nation
Serve the military if needed.
56. How can Americans participate in their democracy?
By voting, joining a political party
By helping a campaign
By running for office
By writing to a newspaper
By calling a senator or representative
By arousing public support for an issue.
57. What is the age for men to register in the Selective Service?
Between the age of 18 and 26.
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