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Civics

USCIS Civics for the Naturalization Test

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What is the supreme law of the land? The Constitution
What does the Constitution do? * Sets up the government * Defines the government * Protects the basic rights of Americans
The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these three words? We the People
What is an amendment? A change/addition to the Constitution
What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution? The Bill of Rights
What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment? * speech * religion * assembly * press * petition the government
How many amendments does the Constitution have? 27
What did the Declaration of Independence do? * Declared our independence from Great Britain
What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence? * Life * Liberty * Pursuit of Happiness
What is freedom of religion? You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.
What is the economic system in the United States? * Capitalist economy * Market economy
What is the "rule of law"? * Everyone must follow the law. * Leaders must obey the law. * Government must obey the law. * No one is above the law.
Name one branch or part of the government. * Legislative branch (Congress) * Executive branch (President) * Judicial Branch (the courts)
What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful? * Checks and balances * Separation of powers
Who is in charge of the Executive branch? The President
Who makes federal laws? * Congress
What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress? Senate and House of Representatives
How many U.S. Senators are there? 100
We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years? 6
Who is one of your state's U.S. Senators now? * Mike Lee * Orrin G. Hatch
The House of Representatives has how many voting members? 435
We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years? 2
Name your U.S. Representative. * Mia Love * Chris Stewart * John Curtis * Rob Bishop
Who does a U.S. Senator represent? All people of the state
Why do some states have more Representatives than other states? State population
We elect a President for how many years? 4
In what month do we vote for President? November
What is the name of the President of the United States now? Donald J. Trump
What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now? Michael R. Pence
If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President? The Vice President
If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes the President? The Speaker of the House
Who is the Commander in Chief of the military? The President
Who signs bills to become laws? The President
Who vetoes bills? The President
What does the President's Cabinet do? Advises the President
What are two Cabinet-level positions? * Secretary of: Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, the Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, Veterans Affairs * Attorney General * Vice President
What does the judicial branch do? * Reviews/explains laws * Resolves disputes * Decides if a law goes against the Constitution
What is the highest court in the United States? The Supreme Court
How many justices are on the Supreme Court? 9
Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now? John Roberts
Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government? * to print money * to declare war * to create an army * to make treaties
Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states? * Provide schooling and education * Provide protection (police) * Provide safety (fire departments) * Give a driver's license * Approve zoning and land use
Who is the Governor of your state now? Gary Herbert
What is the capital of your state? Salt Lake City
What are the two major political parties in the United States? Democratic and Republican
What is the political party of the President now? Republican
What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now? Paul Ryan
There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them. * Citizens 18 and older can vote. * You don't have to pay a poll tax to vote. * A male citizen of any race can vote. * Women can vote.
What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens? * Serve on a jury * Vote in a federal election
Name one right only for U.S. citizens. * Vote in a federal election * Run for federal office
What are two rights of everyone living in the United States? * Freedom of: expression, speech, assembly, religion * Freedom to petition the government * Right to bear arms
What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance? * The United States * The American flag
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 * Be loyal to the United States
How old do citizens have to be to vote for President? 18+
What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy? Vote, join a political party, help with a campaign, join a civic group, call Senators and Representatives, publicly support or oppose an issue or policy, run for office, write to a newspaper
When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms? April 15
When must all men register for the Selective Service? At age 18
What is one reason colonists came to America? Freedom, political liberty, religious freedom, economic opportunity, escape persecution
Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived? Native Americans
What group of people was taken to American and sold as slaves? Africans
Why did the colonists fight the British? * Taxation without representation * British boarding/quartering * No self-government
Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? Thomas Jefferson
When was the Declaration of Independence adopted? July 4, 1776
There were 13 original states. Name three. New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia
What happened at the Constitutional Convention? The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution.
When was the Constitution written? 1787
The Federalist papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers. * James Madison * Alexander Hamilton * John Jay * Publius
What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for * U.S. Diplomat * Oldest member of the Constitutional Convention * First Postmaster General of the United States * Started the first free libraries
Who is the "father of our country"? George Washington
Who was the first President? George Washington
What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803? The Louisiana Territory
Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s. * War of 1812 * Mexican-American War * Civil War * Spanish-American War
Name the U.S. war between the Nort and the South. The Civil War
Name one problem that led to the Civil War * Slavery * Economic reasons * States' rights
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
What did the Emancipation Proclamation do? Freed the slaves
What did Susan B. Anthony do? Fought for women's rights
Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s. * World War I * World War II * Korean War * Vietnam War
Who was the President during World War I? Woodrow Wilson
Who was the President during the Great Depression and World War II? Franklin Roosevelt
Who did the United States fight in World War II? Japan, Germany, and Italy
Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in? World War II
During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States? Communism
What movement tried to end racial discrimination? Civil Rights Movement
What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do? * Fought for civil rights * Worked for equality for all Americans
What major event happened on Sept 11, 2001, in the United States? Terrorists attacked the United States.
Name one American Indian tribe in the United States. Cherokee, Navajo, Apache
Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States. Missouri River, Mississippi River
What ocean is on the west coast of the United States? Pacific
What ocean is on the east coast of the United States? Atlantic
Name one U.S. territory. * Puerto Rico * U.S. Virgin Islands * American Samoa * Northern Mariana Islands * Guam
Name one state that borders Canada. Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Alaska
Name one state that borders Mexico. California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas
What is the capital of the United States? Washington, D.C.
Where is the Statue of Liberty? New York (Liberty Island)
Why does the flag have 13 stripes? 13 original colonies
Why does the flag have 50 stars? 50 states
What is the name of the national anthem? The Star-Spangled Banner
When do we celebrate Independence Day? July 4
Name two national U.S. holidays. New Year's Day, MLK Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas
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