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    96 Citizenship Questions

  1. What are the colors of our flag?
    red, white and blue
  2. How many stars are there on our flag?
  3. What color are the stars on our flag?
  4. What do the stars on the flag mean?
    one for each state in the union
  5. How many stripes are there on the flag?
  6. What color are the stripes?
    red and white
  7. What do the stripes on the flag mean?
    they represent the original 13 states
  8. How many states are there in the union?
  9. What is the 4th of July?
    Independence Day
  10. What is the date of Independence Day?
    July 4th
  11. Independence from whom?
  12. What country did we fight during the Revolutionary War?
  13. Who was the first president of the United States?
    George Washington
  14. Who is the president of the United States today?
    George W. Bush
  15. Who is the vice president of the United States today?
    Dick Cheney
  16. Who elects the president of the United States?
    the people who can vote through the electoral college
  17. Who becomes president of the United States if the president should die?
    the vice president
  18. For how long do we elect the president?
    4 years
  19. What is the constitution?
    the supreme law of the land
  20. Can the constitution be changed?
  21. What do we call a change to the constitution?
    an amendment
  22. How many changes or amendments are there to the constitution?
  23. How many branches are there in our government?
  24. What are the three branches of our government?
    legislative, executive, and judicial
  25. What is the legislative branch of our government?
  26. Who makes the laws in the United States?
  27. What is Congress?
    the Senate and the House of Representatives
  28. What are the duties of Congress?
    to make laws
  29. Who elects Congress?
    the people who can vote
  30. How many senators are there in Congress?
    100, two for each state
  31. Can you name the two senators from your state?
    Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles "Chuck" Schumer
  32. For how long do we elect each senator?
    6 years
  33. How many representatives are there in Congress?
  34. For how long do we elect the representatives?
    2 years
  35. What is the executive branch of our government?
    the president, vice president and the cabinet
  36. What is the judiciary branch of our government?
    the Supreme Court and other federal courts
  37. What are the duties of the Supreme Court?
    to interpret the laws
  38. What is the Supreme law of the United States?
    the Constitution
  39. What is the Bill of Rights?
    the first 10 amendments to the Constitution
  40. What is the caiptal of your state?
  41. Who is the current governor of your state?
    Eliot Spitzer
  42. Who becomes the president of the USA if the president and the vice president should die?
    the speaker of the House of Representatives
  43. Who is the chief justice of the Supreme Court?
    John Roberts
  44. Can you name the 13 original states?
    Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Virginia, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, Rhode Island and Maryland
  45. Who said "Give me libery or give me death?"
    Patrick Henry
  46. Which countries were our enemies during World War II?
    Germany, Japan and Italy
  47. What are the 49th and 50th states of the union?
    Alaska and Hawaii
  48. How many terms can a president serve?
  49. Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.?
    a civil rights leader
  50. Who is the head of your local government?
    Mayor Tim Julian (Utica, NY)
  51. According to the Constitution, a person must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible to become president. Name one of these requirements.
    must be a natural born citizen of the US
    must be at least 35 years old by the time s/he serves
    must have lived here for at least 14 years
  52. Why are there 100 senators in the Senate?
    2 for each state
  53. Who selects the Supreme Court Justices?
    they are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate
  54. How many Supreme Court Justices are there?
  55. Why did the pilgrims come to America?
    for religious freedom
  56. What is the head executive of a state government called?
  57. What is the head executive of a city government called?
  58. What holiday was celebrated for the first time by the American colonists?
  59. Who was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence?
    Thomas Jefferson
  60. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
    July 4, 1776
  61. What is the basic belief of the Declaration of Independence?
    all men are created equal
  62. What is the national anthem of the United States?
    the Star Spangled Banner
  63. Who wrote the Star Spangled Banner?
    Francis Scott Key
  64. Where does freedom of speech come from?
    the Bill of Rights
  65. What is the minimum voting age in the United States?
  66. Who signs the bills into law?
    the President
  67. What is the hightest court in the United States?
    the Supreme Court
  68. Who was the president during the Civil War?
    Abraham Lincoln
  69. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
    abolished slavery
  70. What special group advises the President?
    the Cabinet
  71. Which president is called "the father of our country?"
    George Washington
  72. What immigration and naturalization service form is used to apply to become a naturalized citizen?
    the N-400
  73. Who helped the pilgrams in America?
    the Native Americans
  74. What is the name of the ship that brought the pilgrims to America?
    the Mayflower
  75. What were the original states of the United States called?
  76. Name 3 rights or freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights
    freedom of speech, press and religion, the right to peaceable assembly and to request change of government
    the right to bear arms
    the right to trial by jury
  77. Who has the power to declare war?
  78. What kind of government does the United States have?
    a republic
  79. Which president freed the slaves?
    Abraham Lincoln
  80. In what year was the constitution written?
  81. What are the first 10 amendments of the Constitution called?
    the Bill of Rights
  82. Name one purpose of the United Nations.
    for member countries to discuss and try to resolve world problems
    to provide economic aid to many countries
  83. Where does Congress meet?
    in Washington D.C., the capitol of the United States
  84. Whose rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?
    everyone, citizens and non-citizens
  85. What is the introduction to the Constitution called?
    the Preamble
  86. Name one benefit of being a citizen of the United States.
    to obtain a federal government job
    to travel with a US passport
    to petition for close relatives to come to the US
    to vote
  87. What is the most important right granted to U.S. citizens?
    the right to vote
  88. What is the United States Capitol Building?
    where Congress meets
  89. What is the White House?
    the President's official home
  90. Where is the White House located?
    Washington, D.C. (1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20500)
  91. What is the name of the President's official home?
    the White House
  92. Name one right guaranteed by the first amendement.
    freedom of: speech, press, religion, peaceable assembly, and requesting a change of government
  93. Who is the commander in chief of the U.S. military?
    the President
  94. Which president was the first commander in chief of the U.S. military?
    George Washington
  95. In what month do we vote for the president?
  96. In what month is the new president inaugurated?
  97. How many times may a Senator be re-elected?
    there is no limit
  98. How many times may a Congressman be re-elected?
    there is no limit
  99. What are the 2 major political parties in the U.S. today?
    Democratic and Republican
  100. How many states are there in the United States?