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As part of our effort to build our new Peopling of Americaģ Center on Ellis Island, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation is celebrating the idea of being and becoming American. In that spirit we invite you to take ďThe Ellis Island Citizenship Test.Ē Questions on our test are some of the actual questions used by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. There are five different tests to try.
1. What is the Bill of Rights?
The first part of the Declaration of Independence
The Pledge of Allegiance
The Preamble
The first 10 amendments to the Constitution
2. What are some of the requirements to be eligible to become President?
There are no requirements
Be a native born, not naturalized citizen, be at least 45 years old, and have lived in the U.S. for at least 20 years
Be a native-born, not naturalized citizen, be at least 35 years old, and have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years
Be a native-born, not naturalized citizen, be at least 25 years old, and have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years
3. What was the 49th state added to our Union (the United States)?
Puerto Rico
Alaska
Hawaii
Guam
4. Why are there 100 Senators in the United States Senate?
Because the House of Lords on which the Senate is modeled has 100 members
Because it must have half the number of the Representatives
Each state elects 2 Senators
Tradition
5. What are the colors of our flag?
Red, white, and blue
Red, white, and black
Red and white
Red and blue
6. Who has power to declare war?
Congress
The President
The Cabinet
The Supreme Court
7. How many stars are there on our flag?
51
52
100
50
8. Who is the Vice President of the United States today?
Barack Obama
Joe Biden
Richard Cheney
Al Gore
9. In what month is the new President inaugurated?
July
November
January
June
10. What is the name of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America?
The Santa Maria
The Bill of Rights
The Mayflower
The Nina
11. What do we celebrate on the 4th of July?
Independence Day
Veteran's Day
Thanksgiving
Washington's Birthday
12. What is the minimum voting age in the United States?
21
16
35
18
13. Who was the first President of the United States?
Abraham Lincoln
Thomas Jefferson
George Washington
Patrick Henry
14. Which of the following amendments guarantee or address voting rights?
1st, 19th, 24th, and 26th Amendments
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Amendments
1st, 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th Amendments
15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th Amendments
15. Who elects the President of the United States?
Congress
The Cabinet
The Supreme Court
The Electoral College
16. Why did the Pilgrims come to America?
To gain religious freedom
To escape the Revolutionary War
In search of gold
To meet the American Indians/Native Americans
17. What is the highest court in the United States?
The President
The Congress
District Court
The Supreme Court
18. What were the 13 original states of the United States called before they were states?
Provinces
Regions
Colonies
Countries
19. Who signs a bill into law?
The President
Congress
The Supreme Court
The Senate
20. Independence Day celebrates independence from whom?
Great Britain
France
Spain
Canada
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