Can You Pass the U.S Citizenship Test?

Since this is an election year, I thought I’d step away from my normal focus on Positive Aging and write about something that relates to any American of voting age. And so, I ask: Can you pass the U.S. citizenship test?

Do you remember what you learned in Civics class? Do you know how government works and what the branches of government are? Do you know what determines the number of Senators your state has? I sure as heck didn’t when I attempted to help a friend study for her citizenship test.

I was surprised by what I don’t know about what I should know. I felt a bit embarrassed both by my arrogance in assuming I knew and my shock at not knowing. Am I qualified to be a U.S. citizen? UGH!

With elections approaching, it’s a good time to remember what we learned in Civics class, which in my opinion schools need to bring back. Should we have to take a citizenship test before we’re allowed to vote?

Can you answer these questions? I couldn’t answer most of these and many others.

1. What is the supreme law of the land?

2. How many voting members make up the House of Representatives?

3. Does the Pledge of Allegiance show loyalty to the United States or the flag?

4. When was the Constitution written?

5. Can you name the original 13 states?

6. Who was President during World War I?

7. How many amendments does the Constitution have?

8. Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States?

9. What’s the name of the national anthem?

10. Do you know who your council person and state senator are?

Remember, learning and relearning are keys to Positive Aging! Check out the citizenship test for yourself. Here’s the link for it on the U.S. Office of Homeland Security site:

Pat Landaker is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and owner of Living La Vida Senior, Ageless Aging, and Senior Solutions. She serves on the American Society on Aging’s Social Impact and Innovation Council and the CSA’s Certification Council. She also teaches Positive Aging at UNLV/OLLI. Visit or email her at: [email protected].

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