• According to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), between 1.2 to 1.3 million immigrants (both legal and illegal) flock to the United States each year to partake in the American dream - of finding a better life for themselves and their families. For those who wish to legally remain in the United States as American citizens, the Immigration Naturalization Service (INS) has set up a variety of requirements for new applicants. One of the most important requirements is a test on American history and government. After the assault on the World Trade Centers in 2001, the INS has heightened their requirements for neutralization of potential future American citizens. Approximately 5 to 10 percent of all applicants fail this citizenship test. For immigrants who passed, many had studied and memorized most of the questions and how to properly answer them in an interview and on paper.
  • Recently, I asked some of these questions to several born and raised American youths, ages ranging from high school to college, and to my surprise, 55% failed. While people from all over the world, in order to become American citizens, are forced to study American history, Americans themselves have already began to take their own history and government for granted. Here, we begin our assessment. Regardless of your nationality, could you pass the American Citizenship test? For the sake of realism, the test will be on one page, without gimmicky pictures or visual aid... those, will be reserved for the results page. Also, I hope you will take this test by yourself, without the aid of outside sources... a trial that so many citizenship seekers had to endure, some in front of a stone-faced INS test monitor.

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