People put to the citizenship test

The citizenship test (VIDEO)

FOX19 - Over 7,000 people across the country did something cool over the holiday weekend - They became United States citizens.

However, did you know they have to take a test before they raise their right hand? About 91 percent of people taking it pass.

It's a 100 question test given out by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, with questions concerning the nation's history, government and founding principals.

Xavier University did a survey, which said that one in three Americans would fail the test. Seventy-five percent of their respondents didn't know what the judicial branch does and 71 percent could not name the U.S. constitution as the 'law of the land.'

FOX19 NOW took to the streets to find out just how much people know about our country's history.

When asked what the first ten amendments are, a man we spoke to said, "The first ten commitments? I don't know none of that."

A few examples of questions that are on the test are below:

  • "What is an amendment?" asked another. "Is that like when people agree or something?"
  • The survey Xavier completed asked 1,000 people ten random questions that are on the test and most Americans did not do well.
  • The test includes the following questions:
  • What is the supreme law of the land?
  • The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
  • What is an amendment?
  • What did the Declaration of Independence do?
  • Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?
  • What are two Cabinet-level positions?
  • Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now?
  • There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
  • What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?
  • Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
  • Name two national U.S. holidays.
  • Why does the flag have 50 stars?

To see a full practice test, click here.

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