The Interesting Citizenship Test
Over the weekend I took the 95 question “Citizenship Test” Challenge on the Christian Science Monitor site (you can take it here), on which the “average” score is 87%. It appears that those seeking to become citizens don’t have to answer all 95 multiple choice questions:
In order to become a US citizen, immigrants must pass the Naturalization Test. American citizenship bestows the right to vote, improves the likelihood of family members living in other countries to come and live in the US, gives eligibility for federal jobs, and can be a way to demonstrate loyalty to the US. Applicants must get 6 answers out of 10 in an oral exam to pass the test. According to US Citizenship and Immigration services, 92 percent of applicants pass this test.
You must get 58 or more of these test questions correct in order to pass.
I did notice several questions that were particularly interesting in light of recent news stories.
There was a rather innocuous question about how citizens can “participate in our democracy.” I found it intriguing that a “Citizenship test” never asked whether or not the United States is a Democracy or Republic.
Next, a question abut Jury Duty gets the correct answer, but I wonder how many of our State Legislators know that they will be confusing potential citizens if they get their way on non-citizen Jury Duty? At least Governor Brown got it right (credit where it is due).
Lastly, given the debate or actually the lack of debate of implementation of “Common Core,” this question regarding the powers reserved to the States…
On the positive side, I score significantly above “average.”