Friday, January 16, 2009

Proof the new Naturalization test is too hard

Last week, one of my tutors was out sick. Happens all the time, sometimes I combine groups and sometimes I can get a sub. This group, though, is studying for the citizenship test, and one of the students has a test date next month so I really wanted her to have all the instructional time she could possibly have. As luck would have it, several of my students weren't able to come and that freed up one of my other tutors. Dan just happens to be a professor of political science. Could you ask for a more perfect tutor for a citizenship group? I think not.

Only he didn't know all the answers to the questions. He guessed wrong on more than one.

So. . .how many of you could pass the U.S. citizenship test? Here are some questions students have to know:

What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?
How many amendments does the Constitution have?
What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
What is the economic system in the United States?
What is the rule of law?
Who is one of your state's U.S. Senators now?
The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
Name your U.S. representative.
What does the President's Cabinet do?
Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now?
What is one power of the federal government?
What is one power of the states?
Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
Name three of the 13 original states.
When was the Constitution written?
Name one writer of the Federalist Papers.
Who was President during World War I?
Name one state that borders Canada.
Name one state that borders Mexico.

Ok, so it's really not THAT hard. There's 100 questions to study, they are asked ten of them, they have to get six right. There's also a reading and writing test, and they have to speak English well enough to answer all the questions posed to them about their family, personal and work history, etc. (and that can get very complicated if you're a refugee and have no idea where members of your family are, or if they're even alive, and have been bounced around several different countries).

Still, I think some of these are a bit nitpicky. So tell me, how many can you answer - without Googling?


Mark said...

Well, I think I got 11 correct. I may be right on a couple others, but didn't look them up. Like the consitution amendments. I learned in school that there were 26 (at the time). But, now I believe there are 27.

Erin G. said...

I didn't count how many I had right - I'm not sure I want to know. But it takes me back to US History at SPHS. I can even picture my seat. And I could answer most of the questions then.

Kay said...

I got 10 right. I had to google the answers to a few to find out if my guess was right. I'm with Erin, I can hear Mr. Haring talking about all this...

Frederick Family BlogSpot said...

13 of 19, but I should know all of them. Ugh. . .how easy it is to know so little, and how hard to do anything about it.

Ariana said...

I think the one about who was President during WW1 is especially nitpicky.... Not knowing that fact doesn't seem to influence my loyalty to my country. :-P

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