Take the Quiz: What We Don't Know
The U.S. citizenship test is composed of 100 questions across five categories: American government, systems of government, rights and responsibilities, American history, and integrated civics. In the actual test, 10 questions from the 100 are chosen randomly. To pass, the test taker must get at least six right. NEWSWEEK gave the test to 1,000 people. Beyond the topline results--62 percent of Americans passed, 38 percent failed--even the easiest questions generated a worrisome number of incorrect answers.
1. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
2. What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
3. Who was president during World War I?
4. Who did the United States fight in World War II?
5. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
6. When must all men register for Selective Service?
7. During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?
8. What did Susan B. Anthony do?
9. What did Martin Luther King Jr. do?
10. Who is in charge of the executive branch?
11. We elect a U.S. senator for how many years?
12. If both the president and the vice president can no longer serve, who becomes president?
13. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?
14. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
15. What do we call the first 10 amendments to the Constitution?