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51. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?

                freedom of expression                    freedom to petition the government

                freedom of speech                         freedom of worship

                freedom of assembly                      the right to bear arms

52. What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?

               the United States                the flag

53. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?

give up loyalty to other countries

defend the Constitution and laws of the United States

obey the laws of the United States

serve in the U.S. military (if needed)

serve (do important work for) the nation (if needed)

be loyal to the United States


54. How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?*

eighteen (18) and older

55. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?

              vote                                                   give an elected official your opinion on an issue

              join a political party                              call Senators and Representatives

              help with a campaign                            publicly support or oppose an issue or policy

              join a civic group                                  run for office

              join a community group                         write to a newspaper


56. When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?*

            April 15

57. When must all men register for the Selective Service?

at age eighteen (18)          between eighteen (18) and twenty-six (26)



A: Colonial Period and Independence

58. What is one reason colonists came to America?

      freedom              religious freedom             escape persecution

      political liberty     practice their religion        economic opportunity


59. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?

     American Indians         Native Americans


60. What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?

     Africans              people from Africa

61. Why did the colonists fight the British?

    because of high taxes (taxation without representation)

    because the British army stayed in their houses (boarding, quartering)

    because they didn’t have self-government

62. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

    (Thomas) Jefferson

63. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?

    July 4, 1776


64. There were 13 original states. Name three.


    New Hampshire    New York         Maryland

    Massachusetts      New Jersey      Virginia

    Rhode Island       Pennsylvania     North Carolina

    Connecticut         Delaware         South Carolina


65. What happened at the Constitutional Convention?

    The Constitution was written.       The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution.

66. When was the Constitution written?


67. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.

   (James) Madison                     (John) Jay

   (Alexander) Hamilton               Publius

 68. What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?

    U.S. diplomat                                                      writer of “Poor Richard’s Almanac”

    oldest member of the Constitutional Convention       started the first free libraries

    first Postmaster General of the United States


69. Who is the “Father of Our Country”?

    (George) Washington

70. Who was the first President?*

    (George) Washington

B: 1800s

71. What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?

    the Louisiana Territory              Louisiana

72. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.

    War of 1812                               Civil War

    Mexican-American War                 Spanish-American War

73. Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.

    the Civil War            the War between the States

74. Name one problem that led to the Civil War.

slavery           economic reasons            states’ rights

75. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?*

    freed the slaves (Emancipation Proclamation)

    saved (or preserved) the Union

    led the United States during the Civil War

76. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?

    freed the slaves                                      freed slaves in the Confederate states

    freed slaves in the Confederacy                freed slaves in most Southern states

77. What did Susan B. Anthony do?

      fought for women’s rights         fought for civil rights


C: Recent American History and Other Important Historical Information

78. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.

     World War I      Korean War       (Persian) Gulf War

     World War II     Vietnam War

79. Who was President during World War I?

    (Woodrow) Wilson

80. Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?

     (Franklin) Roosevelt

81. Who did the United States fight in World War II?

    Japan, Germany, and Italy

82. Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?

    World War II

83. During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?


84. What movement tried to end racial discrimination?

    civil rights (movement)

85. What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?*

    fought for civil rights        worked for equality for all Americans

86. What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States?

Terrorists attacked the United States.

87. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.

[USCIS Officers will be supplied with a list of federally recognized American Indian tribes.]


    Cherokee     Chippewa      Apache     Blackfeet       Arawak        Huron      Crow

    Navajo        Choctaw        Iroquois    Seminole       Shawnee      Oneida    Teton

    Sioux          Pueblo          Creek        Cheyenne      Mohegan      Lakota    Hopi



A: Geography

88. Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.

    Missouri (River)         Mississippi (River)

89. What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?

     Pacific (Ocean)

90. What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?

    Atlantic (Ocean)

91. Name one U.S. territory.

    Puerto Rico                          Northern Mariana Islands

    U.S. Virgin Islands                Guam

    American Samoa

92. Name one state that borders Canada.

    Maine                             Pennsylvania             North Dakota

    New Hampshire               Ohio                         Montana

    Vermont                         Michigan                   Idaho

    New York                       Minnesota                 Washington


93. Name one state that borders Mexico.

    California                   New Mexico

    Arizona                     Texas

94. What is the capital of the United States?*

    Washington, D.C.

95. Where is the Statue of Liberty?*

    New York (Harbor)         Liberty Island

[Also acceptable are New Jersey, near New York City, and on the Hudson (River).]

B: Symbols

96. Why does the flag have 13 stripes?

    because there were 13 original colonies

    because the stripes represent the original colonies

97. Why does the flag have 50 stars?*

    because there is one star for each state

    because each star represents a state

    because there are 50 states

98. What is the name of the national anthem?

     The Star-Spangled Banner

C: Holidays

99. When do we celebrate Independence Day?*

    July 4

100. Name two national U.S. holidays.

     New Year’s Day                       Memorial Day                    Columbus Day

     Martin Luther King, Jr. Day        Independence Day             Veterans Day

     Presidents’ Day                        Labor Day                         Thanksgiving