Citizen - Naturalization Test

Do you know enough to become a citizen? Take this test and find out!

1. Who discovered America and what was he looking for?

2. What were the first 13 original states which formed the Union?

3. How many amendments to the Constitution have been made so far?

4. What must be done before the Constitution can be amended?

5. What right is provided in the 15th Amendment?

6. When was the Constitution of the United States adopted?

7. What form of government do we have in the United States? What is the difference between a republican type of government and a monarchy?

8. How many Presidential electors does each state have?

9. What is the most important right that the Constitution gives us as Americans?

10. What are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution called?

11. Who established the first permanent colonies in North America?

12. What is meant by referendum?

13. What are the colors of the United States flag and what do they stand for?

14. Who was President during the Civil War and about when was this war fought?

15. What document was signed on July 4, 1776: where was it signed and what did it declare?

16. What are the basic principles of the U.S. Constitution?

17. Who is eligible for the office of President or Vice President?

18. When and where does Congress meet?

19. Why is the government divided into three branches?

20. How many members are there in the Supreme Court? What is the term of office for these judges?

These questions were taken from the Basic Guide to Naturalization, published by the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the United States Department of Justice.



1. Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492. He was looking for a short route to the Orient.

2. Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia.

3. Twenty-six amendments have been made so far.

4. Both Houses of Congress must pass the amendment, and 36 states must ratify and approve it.

5. The 15th amendment gave all American citizens the right to vote, regardless of race, creed, or color.

6. The Constitution of the United States was adopted on March 4, 1789.

7. A republic. In a republican form of government, the supreme power rests in all citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives elected directly or indirectly by them and responsible to them, while in a monarchy the head of the nation is a line who inherits the throne.

8. Each state has as many Presidential electors as it has United States Senators and Representatives.

9. It gave us Equality before the laws regardless of race, color, or religion. It gives us freedom so long as we do not interfere with the rights of others.

10. The Bill of Rights.

11. The English were first with permanent colonies.

12. Referendum means that people may ratify or annul acts of the legislature.

13. Red is for courage, White stands for truth, and Blue is for justice.

14. Abraham Lincoln was President, 1861 - 1865.

15. The Declaration of Independence, signed in Philadelphia. Declared our independence from England.

16. Liberty, Equality, and Justice.

17. A native-born American citizen who is at least 35 years old.

18. Congress meets in Washington D.C. on January third of each year.

19. To provide a system of checks and balances to prevent any group from becoming too strong.

20. There are nine Justices in the Supreme Court. They serve for life with good behavior

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