Are you smarter than a naturalized citizen?

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Are you smarter than a naturalized citizen?

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Anna Arnsberger

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In order to become naturalized in the United States, immigrants must pass a civics evaluation. The test comprises 10 government and history questions chosen randomly from a set of 100, and prospective citizens must answer six correctly to qualify. While this seems to be a reasonable requirement, I wanted to see how many Wilson students could really pass the test.

Questions:

  1. How many amendments does the Constitution have?
  2. If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
  3. How many voting members are in the House of Representatives?
  4. Who is the Commander in Chief of the military?
  5. What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?
  6. When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?
  7. When was the Constitution written?
  8. Who was president during World War I
  9. Name one U.S. territory
  10. Why does the flag have 13 stripes?

Dakota Innis (Freshman)

  1. 13
  2. The Vice President
  3. 14
  4. Donald Trump
  5. Nancy Pelosi
  6. April 7
  7. September something
  8. George Washington
  9. DC
  10. The thirteen colonies

Total correct: 5

Hallie Baker (Sophomore)

  1. 21
  2. The Vice President
  3. 200
  4. The Secretary of Defense
  5. Nancy Pelosi
  6. The last day of the month
  7. 1779
  8. I don’t know
  9. Puerto Rico
  10. Because the thirteen colonies

Total correct: 4

Layla Behbehani (Junior)

  1. 23
  2. The Vice President
  3. 238
  4. Attorney General
  5. Paul Ryan
  6. April 15
  7. 1780
  8. Herbert Hoover
  9. Guam
  10. There’s thirteen colonies

Total correct: 4

Mikahya Hill (Senior)

  1. 21
  2. The Vice President
  3. 9
  4. The President
  5. Nancy Pelosi
  6. April 20
  7. 1781
  8. Woodrow Wilson
  9. Louisiana
  10. Because of the thirteen colonies

Total correct: 5

(Answers: 1. 27, 2. The Vice President, 3. 435, 

4. The President, 5. Nancy Pelosi, 6. April 15, 7. 1787, 8. Woodrow Wilson, 9. Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, or Guam, 10. To represent the 13 original colonies)