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Government-U.S. Citizenship Test

Multiple Choice
Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
 

 1. 

Who is in charge of the Executive branch?
a.
the Speaker of the House
b.
the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
c.
the Secretary of State
d.
the President of the United States
 

 2. 

What does the Constitution do?
a.
Sets up the government and protects basic rights.
b.
Outlines how federal money will be spent.
c.
Outlines how state money should be spent.
d.
Directs how state governments will be set up and what their laws should be.
 

 3. 

Who is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States now?
a.
John Roberts
b.
Samuel Alito
c.
Thurgood Marshal
d.
Clarence Thomas
 

 4. 

What are the two major political parties in the United States?
a.
Democrats and Communists
b.
Communists and Socialists
c.
Republicans and Democrats
d.
Socialists and Republicans
 

 5. 

What document declared our independence from Great Britain?
a.
U.S. Constitution
b.
Declaration of Independence
c.
Magna Carta
d.
Emancipation Proclamation
 

 6. 

What did Susan B. Anthony do?
a.
She fought for women’s rights.
b.
She was the first female in Congress.
c.
She created our first national flag.
d.
She was the first female Supreme Court Justice.
 

 7. 

At what age must all men register for the Selective Service?
a.
18
b.
19
c.
20
d.
21
 

 8. 

What did the civil rights movement try to end?
a.
Poverty in the United States.
b.
Racial discrimination in the United States.
c.
Homelessness in the United States.
d.
Foreign terrorism in the Unites States.
 

 9. 

Which branch of government reviews of interprets the laws?
a.
Legislative Branch
b.
Executive Branch
c.
Judicial Branch
d.
Bureaucratic Branch
 

 10. 

Who was President during World War I?
a.
Harry Truman
b.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
c.
Woodrow Wilson
d.
George W. Bush
 

 11. 

Which of the following wars was fought by the United States in the 1800s?
a.
Civil War
b.
World War I
c.
World War II
d.
Vietnam War
 

 12. 

Name your U.S. Representative?
a.
Paul Cruz
b.
Donald Trump
c.
Joe Wilson
d.
Tim Scott
 

 13. 

Who was the first President?
a.
George Washington
b.
Abe Lincoln
c.
Thomas Jefferson
d.
Benjamin Franklin
 

 14. 

According to the Constitution, how old do you have to be to be able to vote?
a.
18
b.
19
c.
20
d.
21
 

 15. 

Who vetoes bills?
a.
President
b.
Vice President
c.
Speaker of the House
d.
Senate Majority Leader
 

 16. 

What is the name of the national anthem?
a.
Amazing Grace
b.
America the Beautiful
c.
The Star-Spangled Banner
d.
God Bless America
 

 17. 

We elect a President for how many years?
a.
2
b.
4
c.
6
d.
8
 

 18. 

What is the political party of the President now?
a.
Republican Party
b.
Socialist Party
c.
Communist Party
d.
Democratic Party
 

 19. 

Which of the following is not a promise you make when you become a United States citizen?
a.
Run for political office.
b.
Give up loyalty to other countries.
c.
Serve in the U.S. military if needed.
d.
Be loyal to the United States.
 

 20. 

What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?
a.
Africans
b.
Chinese
c.
Native Americans
d.
No one
 

 21. 

Which branch of government is responsible for making laws?
a.
Legislative
b.
Executive
c.
Judicial
d.
Bureaucracy
 

 22. 

What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States?
a.
Terrorists attacked the United States
b.
An African American was elected President for the first time.
c.
Hurricane Katrina destroyed the Gulf Coast of the United States.
d.
The largest earthquake in United States history.
 

 23. 

What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?
a.
Al Gore
b.
Bernie Sanders
c.
Joe Biden
d.
Mike Pence
 

 24. 

How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
a.
6
b.
7
c.
8
d.
9
 

 25. 

When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
a.
July 4, 1662
b.
July 4, 1776
c.
July 4, 1865
d.
July 4, 1929
 

 26. 

All of the following are ways that Americans can participate in their democracy except:
a.
Voting
b.
Help with a Campaign
c.
Run for office
d.
Harass potential voters
 

 27. 

What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?
a.
Serve on a jury
b.
Commit Treason
c.
Get a job
d.
Complete college
 

 28. 

Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?
a.
Harry Truman
b.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
c.
Woodrow Wilson
d.
George W. Bush
 

 29. 

What are the first three words to the Constitution?
a.
Four score and
b.
I have a
c.
Life, Liberty, Happiness
d.
We the people
 

 30. 

Which of the following is not a cabinet level position?
a.
Secretary of Agriculture
b.
Secretary of Defense
c.
Secretary of State
d.
Secretary of Terrorism
 

 31. 

What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
a.
Alaska
b.
Hawaii
c.
California
d.
Louisiana
 

 32. 

What is the capital of the United States?
a.
New York City
b.
Los Angeles
c.
Philadelphia
d.
Washington, D.C.
 

 33. 

Who did the United States fight in World War II?
a.
Japan, Germany, and Russia
b.
Japan, Germany, and Italy
c.
Germany, China, and England
d.
France, Japan, and Russia
 

 34. 

What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?
a.
The President
b.
Congress
c.
The United States of America
d.
The Bible
 

 35. 

Why did the colonists fight the British?
a.
Because of taxation without representation and the idea of self government.
b.
The British started the Holocaust.
c.
A strong alliance with France brought them into a war.
d.
The colonist never fought the British.
 

 36. 

When do we celebrate Independence Day?
a.
November 27th
b.
December 25th
c.
May 5th
d.
July 4th
 

 37. 

Which of the following was not one of the 13 original states?
a.
California
b.
South Carolina
c.
New York
d.
Virginia
 

 38. 

Which of the following problems did not lead to the Civil War?
a.
Slavery
b.
Economic reasons
c.
Religious reasons
d.
State’s rights
 

 39. 

Why are there checks and balances and separation of powers in our government system?
a.
In order to keep track of which branch spends the most money.
b.
So no one branch becomes too powerful.
c.
To protect us from Democrats becoming too powerful.
d.
To protect us from Republicans becoming too powerful.
 

 40. 

Which of the following states borders Mexico?
a.
Oklahoma
b.
Texas
c.
Arkansas
d.
Colorado
 

 41. 

Who signs bills to become laws?
a.
President
b.
Vice President
c.
Speaker of the House
d.
Senate Majority Leader
 

 42. 

Which of the following states borders Canada?
a.
South Carolina
b.
Virginia
c.
Colorado
d.
Maine
 

 43. 

What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
a.
Rights of Man
b.
Bill of Rights
c.
Rule of Laws
d.
Ten Commandments
 

 44. 

Which of the following is a United States territory?
a.
Cuba
b.
Puerto Rico
c.
Bahamas
d.
Haiti
 

 45. 

What is the name of the President of the United States now?
a.
George W. Bush
b.
Barack Obama
c.
Hillary Clinton
d.
Donald Trump
 

 46. 

We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
a.
2
b.
4
c.
6
d.
8
 

 47. 

Before he was a President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?
a.
Civil War
b.
World War I
c.
World War II
d.
Persian Gulf War
 

 48. 

Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?
a.
Some states have more population.
b.
Some states have more land.
c.
Some states have more money.
d.
All states are represented equally in The House of Representatives.
 

 49. 

Which of the following is not a reason colonist came to America?
a.
To become king of a new country.
b.
For better economic opportunities
c.
To escape religion persecution
d.
For political freedom
 

 50. 

What is freedom of religion?
a.
You can be either a Muslim or Christian, but nothing else.
b.
You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.
c.
You can either be Jewish of Christian, but nothing else.
d.
You have to practice the religion the government tells you to practice.
 

 51. 

What does the President’s Cabinet do?
a.
Writes the President’s speeches.
b.
Holds the President’s groceries.
c.
Gives advice to the President.
d.
Helps the President write the budget.
 

 52. 

What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
a.
The Mayflower Compact was written.
b.
The Articles of Confederation were written.
c.
The Rights of Man were written
d.
The Constitution was written.
 

 53. 

When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?
a.
January 15th
b.
February 15th
c.
March 15th
d.
April 15th
 

 54. 

Which of the following is best known for fighting for civil rights and the equality of all Americans?
a.
Strom Thurmond
b.
Thomas Jefferson
c.
Richard Nixon
d.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
 

 55. 

Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
a.
James Madison
b.
Thomas Jefferson
c.
George Washington
d.
Benjamin Franklin
 

 56. 

If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
a.
Vice President
b.
Speaker of the House of Representatives
c.
President Pro Tempore of the Senate
d.
Secretary of State
 

 57. 

What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?
a.
Pacific Ocean
b.
Atlantic Ocean
c.
Arctic Ocean
d.
Indian Ocean
 

 58. 

What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
a.
Gave all citizens the right to vote.
b.
Established Manifest Destiny in the Western hemisphere.
c.
Freed the slaves in the Southern States.
d.
Instituted a policy of “separate but equal”.
 

 59. 

What was the name of the U.S. war between the North and the South?
a.
Mexican-American War
b.
War of Southern Aggression
c.
Spanish-American War
d.
Civil War
 

 60. 

Who is the “Father of Our Country”?
a.
George Washington
b.
Abe Lincoln
c.
Thomas Jefferson
d.
Benjamin Franklin
 

 61. 

Which of the following is not a right of everyone living in the United States?
a.
freedom of speech
b.
freedom of assembly
c.
freedom of religion
d.
freedom of privacy
 

 62. 

Which of the following is not one of the branches of government?
a.
Executive
b.
Judicial
c.
Bureaucracy
d.
Legislative
 

 63. 

How many voting members are there in the House of Representatives?
a.
50
b.
100
c.
335
d.
435
 

 64. 

Who does a U.S. Senator represent?
a.
The people of one Congressional district.
b.
The people of the entire state.
c.
The people of the entire country.
d.
None of the above.
 

 65. 

Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators now?
a.
Paul Cruz
b.
Donald Trump
c.
Joe Wilson
d.
Tim Scott
 

 66. 

The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Which of the following was not one of the writers of The Federalist Papers?
a.
Patrick Henry
b.
James Madison
c.
Alexander Hamilton
d.
John Jay
 

 67. 

What is the capital of your state?
a.
Aiken
b.
Columbia
c.
Charleston
d.
Greenville
 

 68. 

Congress is made up of the Senate and________.
a.
the House of Lords
b.
the House of Representatives
c.
the House of Commons
d.
the House of Delegates
 

 69. 

Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
a.
Africans
b.
Chinese
c.
Native Americans
d.
No one
 

 70. 

In what month do we vote for President?
a.
August
b.
September
c.
October
d.
November
 

 71. 

Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
a.
They represent the first 13 men who signed the Declaration of Independence.
b.
They represent the original 13 colonies.
c.
They represent the first 13 Presidents of the United States.
d.
There is no historical significance of the 13 stripes.
 

 72. 

What is the supreme law of the land?
a.
Declaration of Independence
b.
U.S. Constitution
c.
Emancipation Proclamation
d.
Magna Carta
 

 73. 

Which of the following is not a freedom protected in the First Amendment?
a.
Religion
b.
Speech
c.
Petition
d.
Unreasonable searches
 

 74. 

Which of the following can be described as a U.S. diplomat, oldest member of the Constitutional Convention, and the first Postmaster General of the United States?
a.
George Washington
b.
Abe Lincoln
c.
Thomas Jefferson
d.
Benjamin Franklin
 

 75. 

What are the two longest rivers in the Unites States?
a.
Mississippi River and the Savannah River
b.
Rio Grande and the Hudson River
c.
Mississippi River and the Missouri River
d.
Missouri River and the Rio Grande
 

 76. 

How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?
a.
18
b.
19
c.
20
d.
21
 

 77. 

Which of the following is not a power that belongs to the states?
a.
The power to declare war
b.
The power to provide schooling and education
c.
The power to approve zoning and land use.
d.
The power to regulate intrastate trade.
 

 78. 

During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?
a.
The spread of communism.
b.
Slavery in the Southern states.
c.
Global Warming
d.
Religious conflicts in the Middle East
 

 79. 

When was the Constitution written?
a.
1776
b.
1787
c.
1800
d.
1815
 

 80. 

How many amendments does the Constitution have?
a.
15
b.
23
c.
26
d.
27
 

 81. 

Which of the following is not a power that belongs to the federal government?
a.
The power to print money
b.
The power to issue driver’s licenses
c.
The power to create an army
d.
The power to make treaties
 

 82. 

What is the economic system of the United States?
a.
Capitalist or Market economy
b.
Socialism
c.
Communism
d.
Traditional economy
 

 83. 

What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?
a.
Pacific Ocean
b.
Atlantic Ocean
c.
Arctic Ocean
d.
Indian Ocean
 

 84. 

Who is the governor of your state now?
a.
Lindsay Graham
b.
Tim Scott
c.
Henry McMaster
d.
Joe Wilson
 

 85. 

Where is the Statue of Liberty?
a.
New York Harbor
b.
Los Angeles Harbor
c.
Port of Philadelphia
d.
Boston Harbor
 

 86. 

Who is Commander in Chief of the military?
a.
President
b.
Vice President
c.
Attorney General
d.
Surgeon General
 

 87. 

Which of the following was a war fought by the United States during the 1900s?
a.
Spanish-American War
b.
Vietnam War
c.
Civil War
d.
Mexican-American War
 

 88. 

If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
a.
President Pro Tempore of the Senate
b.
Speaker of the House of Representatives
c.
Secretary of State
d.
Secretary of Defense
 

 89. 

The concept that everyone must obey the law and no one is above the law is:
a.
The Rule of Man
b.
The Rule of Law
c.
The Rule of Dogma
d.
The Rule Socrates
 

 90. 

Name one right only for United States citizens?
a.
A trial by jury
b.
Vote in a federal election
c.
Pay federal income taxes
d.
Shoot fireworks
 

 91. 

Which of the following is not an American Indian tribe in the United States?
a.
Cherokee
b.
Navajo
c.
Sioux
d.
Aztecs
 

 92. 

Which of the following is not a national United States holiday?
a.
Christmas
b.
Thanksgiving
c.
Easter
d.
Labor Day
 

 93. 

Which U.S. President wrote the Emancipation Proclamation, and credited for saving the Union during the Civil War?
a.
George Washington
b.
Abraham Lincoln
c.
Thomas Jefferson
d.
Benjamin Franklin
 

 94. 

Why does the flag have 50 stars?
a.
To represent the 50 states.
b.
In memory of the 50 citizens killed at the Boston Massacre.
c.
One for each senator in our country.
d.
One for each amendment in our Constitution.
 

 95. 

What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?
a.
Jeb Bush
b.
Paul Ryan
c.
Nancy Pelosi
d.
John Boehner
 

 96. 

What is the highest court in the United States?
a.
District Court
b.
Court of Appeals
c.
Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
d.
Supreme Court of the United States
 

 97. 

What is a change to the Constitution called?
a.
A provision
b.
An addendum
c.
An amendment
d.
A footnote
 

 98. 

Which of the following is not a right listed in the Declaration of Independence?
a.
Property
b.
Life
c.
Happiness
d.
Liberty
 

 99. 

How many U.S. Senators are there?
a.
50
b.
100
c.
435
d.
535
 

 100. 

We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?
a.
2
b.
4
c.
6
d.
8
 



 
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