A great activity for any US History Class is to have the students answer some questions that are on the INS Citizenship Test. You can visit this link to get more questions: http://usgovinfo.about.com/blinstst.htm.
The following questions are used with 9th grade students in a US History I course.
It might be worthwhile to create a list of top scores, a Hall of Fame, of students who answer the most questions correctly.
US History 1 INS Citizenship Test Questions Quiz
1. What are the colors of our flag? Red, white and blue
2. How many stripes are there in the flag? 13
3. What do the stripes on the flag mean? The original 13 states
4. How many states are there in the Union? 50
5. What is the date of Independence Day? July 4
6. What country did we fight during the Revolutionary War? England
7. Who was the first President of the United States? George Washington
8. Who is the President of the United States today? Barrack Obama (This will change)
9. Who is the vice-president of the United States today? Joe Biden (This will change)
10. Who elects the President of the United States? The Electoral College
11. Who becomes President of the United States if the President should die? Vice President
12. For how long do we elect the President? 4 years
13. What do we call a change to the Constitution? Amendment
14. How many changes or amendments are there to the Constitution? 27 (this could change)
15. What are the three branches of our government? Executive, Legislative, Judicial
18. Who elects the Congress? The people
19. How many senators are there in Congress? 100
20. Can you name the two senators from your state? answers will vary
22. For how long do we elect each senator? 6 years
23. How many representatives are there in Congress? 435
24. For how long do we elect the representatives? 2 years
25. What is the judiciary branch of our government? Supreme Court
26. What are the duties of the Supreme Court? Interpret the Laws
27. What is the Bill of Rights? 1st 10 amendments of the Constitution
28. What is the capital of your state? answers will vary
29. Who is the current governor of your state? answers will vary
30. Who becomes President of the United States if the President and the vice-president should die? Speaker of the House of Representatives
31. Who is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court? John G. Roberts (will change over time)
32. Who said, “Give me liberty or give me death!”? Patrick Henry
33. Which countries were our enemies during World War II? Italy, Germany, Japan
34. What are the 49th and 50th states of the Union? Alaska & Hawaii
36. How many terms can the President serve? 2 terms
37. Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.? Civil Rights Leader
38. Why are there 100 Senators in the Senate? 2 from each state
39. Who selects the Supreme Court justice? Appointed by President
40. How many Supreme Court justice are there? 9
41. Why did the Pilgrims come to America? Religious Freedom
42. What is the head executive of a state government called? The President
43. What holiday was celebrated for the first time by the Americans colonists? Thanksgiving
44. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted? July 4, 1776
45. What is the national anthem of the United States? Star-Spangled Banner
46. Who wrote the Star-Spangled Banner? Francis Scott Key
47. Where does freedom of speech come from? 1st Amendment
48. What is a minimum voting age in the United States? 18
49. Who signs bills into law? The President
50. What is the highest court in the United States? Supreme Court
51. Who was the President during the Civil War? Abraham Lincoln
52. What did the Emancipation Declaration do? Freed Slaves
53. What special group advises the President? The Cabinet
54. Which President is called the “Father of our country”? George Washington
55. What is the name of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America? The Mayflower
56. Who has the power to declare the war? Congress
57. What kind of government does the United States have? Democratic republic
58. What are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution called? Bill or Rights
59. Where does Congress meet? In the Capitol in Washington DC
60. What is the introduction to the Constitution called? Preamble
61. What is the United States Capitol? Washington DC
62. What is the name of the President’s official home? The White House
63. Who is the Commander in Chief of the U.S. military? The President
64. In what month do we vote for the President? November
65. In what month is the new President inaugurated? January
66. What are the 2 major political parties in the U.S. today? Democrats and Republicans
67 – 79. Can you name thirteen original states?
2. New Hampshire
4. New York
5. New Jersey
6. North Carolina
7. Rhode Island
13. South Carolina
80. What is the Constitution? The supreme law of the land
81. Can the Constitution be changed? Yes
83. How many branches are there in our government? 3
84. What is the legislative branch of our government? Congress
85. Who makes the laws in the United States? Congress
86. What is the Congress? The Senate and the House of Representatives
87. What are the duties of Congress? To make laws
88. What is the executive branch of our government? The President, vice president, cabinet, and departments under the cabinet members
89. According to the Constitution, a person must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible to become President. Name one of these requirements.
Must be a natural born citizen of the United States; must be at least 35 years old by the time he/she will serve; must have lived in the United States for at least 14 years.
90. Why are there 100 Senators in the Senate? Two (2) from each state
91. What is the head executive of a state government called? Governor
92. What is the head executive of a city government called? Mayor
93. Who was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence? Thomas Jefferson
94. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted? July 4, 1776
95. What is the basic belief of the Declaration of Independence? That all men
96. Who was the President during the Civil War? Abraham Lincoln
97. What did the Emancipation Declaration do? Freed many slaves
98. What special group advises the President? The Cabinet
99. What Immigration and Naturalization Service form is used to apply to become a naturalized citizen? Form N-400, Application to File Petition for Naturalization
100. Who helped the Pilgrims in America? The American-Indians (Native Americans)
101. What are the 13 original states of the U.S. called? Colonies
102. Name 3 rights of freedom guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.
The right of freedom of speech, press, religion, peaceable assembly, and requesting change of government.
The right to bear arms (the right to have weapons or own a gun, though subject to certain regulations).
The government may not quarter, or house, soldiers in the people’s homes during peacetime without the people’s consent.
The government may not search or take a person’s property without a warrant.
A person may not be tried twice for the same crime and does not have to testify against him/herself.
A person charged with a crime still has some rights, such as the right to a trial and to have a lawyer.
The right to trial by jury in most cases.
Protects people against excessive or unreasonable fines or cruel and unusual punishment.
The people have rights other than those mentioned in the Constitution.
Any power not given to the federal government by the Constitution is a power of either the state or the people.
104. Who has the power to declare the war? The Congress
105. What kind of government does the United States have? Democracy
106. In what year was the Constitution written? 1787
107. Name one purpose of the United Nations? For countries to discuss and try to resolve world problems, to provide economic aid to many countries.
108. Whose rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights? Everyone (citizens and non-citizens) living in U.S.
109. What is the introduction to the Constitution called? The Preamble
110. Name one benefit of being citizen of the United States.
Obtain federal government jobs, travel with U.S. passport, petition for close relatives to come to the U.S. to live.
111. What is the most important right granted to U.S. citizens? The right to vote
112. What is the United States Capitol? The place where Congress meets
113. What is the White House? The President’s official home
114. Where is the White House located? Washington, D.C. (1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.)
115. Name the right guaranteed by the first amendment.
Freedom of: speech, press, religion, peaceable assembly, and requesting change of the government.
116. Which President was the first Commander in Chief of the U.S. military? George Washington
117. In what month do we vote for the President? November
118. How many times may a Senator be re-elected? There is no limit
119. How many times may a Congressman be re-elected? There is no limit
120. What are the 2 major political parties in the U.S. today? Democratic and Republican
121. How many states are there in the United States today? Fifty (50)