Sunday, December 10, 2006

New Citizenship Test Unveiled

From Wisconsin State Journal via Charle Sykes

Link to artical

I need some work, I got 5 correct.

New citizenship test unveiled
DEC 1, 2006 - 10:32 AM

From the artical
The 144 new questions will be tested in a pilot program in
10 cities - Albany, N.Y.; Boston; Charleston, S.C.; Denver;
El Paso, Texas; Kansas City; Miami; San Antonio; Tucson,
Ariz.; and Yakima, Wash. Applicants who volunteer to
participate in the program will be given 10 of the questions
and must answer six correctly. If they fail, they will be allowed
to take the current test. The goal is to narrow the test from
144 questions to 100 after testing it on 5,000 people.

1) Name one important idea found in the Declaration
of Independence.

2) How many amendments does the Constitution have?

3) Who makes federal laws?

4) Who is the chief justice of the United States?

5)Why do we have three branches of government, and what are they?

6) Name one thing only the federal government can do.

7) Name two rights that are only for United States citizens.

8) Name one of the writers of the Federalist Papers.

9) Who was president during World War I?

10) Why does the U.S. flag have 13 stripes?

answers below








1) Four possible answers: People are born with natural,

"inalienable" rights. The power of government comes from
the people. The people can change their government if it
hurts their natural rights. All people are created equal.

2) Twenty-seven (27)

3) Congress, made up of the Senate and House of
Representatives. The president cannot make laws
but must sign bills passed by Congress for them to
become law.

4) John Roberts (John G. Roberts, Jr.)

5) So no branch is too powerful. Each branch provides
"checks and balances" on the others. The branches are
the executive, the legislative and the judicial.

6) Print money; declare war; create an army; make treaties.

7) The right to vote and the right to run for office. Rights
of everyone living in the U.S. include freedom of expression,
speech, assembly, to petition the government, worship, and
bear arms.

8) The Federalist Papers were essays supporting passage
of the U.S. Constitution written by James Madison,
Alexander Hamilton and John Jay.

9) Woodrow Wilson

10) Because there were 13 original colonies.