Wednesday, February 13, 2013

You know your rights, but can you pass the citizenship test?

We just finished the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, but have you ever thought about your rights as a citizen of this country, beyond the right of the Second Amendment to be armed to the teeth, or as the Amendment is officially written: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

If you were not born in this country, then you must pass a test if you want to participate fully in this democracy. While some of the test questions are quite easy for those of us who grew up knowing that the 4th of July is Independence Day and George Washington is the father of the country, there are other questions on the test that some might find difficult. Here’s a few that might make you think for a little while.

1.      If both the President and Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
2.      Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What are some of the powers of the states?
3.      There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe them.
4.      What are two responsibilities that are only for United States citizens?
5.      What are the two rights only for United States citizens?
6.      Which of the following states were not part of the original 13 states? Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Florida.
7.      What did Susan B. Anthony do?
8.      Name the two longest rivers in the United States?
9.      What are the five United States territories?
10.  How many Amendments does the Constitution have?

Could you pass a test like this? Do you know who are the Senators for Massachusetts at this time? (Elizabeth Warren & William M. Cowan).

The answers to all these questions can be found in many places including the Gov Doc section of the Law Library on the 2nd floor by conference room 218 under Civics Flash Cards for the Naturalization Test, Call No.:  HS 8.2 F61/2/2012.

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