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History Study Questions for Citizenship Test

On Behalf of | Mar 31, 2014 | Citizenship and Naturalization |

One of the main components of the naturalization test is the civics exam. Did you know that if you are over the age of 65 and have been a permanent resident for at least 20 years, you may elect to study the following 20, instead of the possible 100, questions? You will still need to achieve answer 6 out of 10 questions correctly, but it may benefit you who are eligible to study fewer questions. The questions and answers are taken from USCIS (USCIS.gov) and may be accessed on the website directly. Anyone intending on studying for the test under these conditions should always refer to USCIS for the latest questions and answers. The following is to be used only as a reference to get an idea of what the twenty questions are. Some of the answers listed here are specific to New Jersey. If you live in a different state, you will obviously have different answers as to who the Senators are, or what the state capital is.




1. What is ONE right or freedom from the First

1. Speech, Religion, Assembly


Press, Petition the government


2. What is the economics system in the United States?

2. Capitalist economy


3. What is the “rule of law”?

3. Everyone must follow the law


4. Name ONE branch or part of the government?

4. Congress, Legislative, President, Executive


The courts, Judicial


5. What are the TWO parts of the U.S. Congress?

5. The Senate and the House (of Representatives)


6. Who is ONE of your state’s U.S. Senators?

6. Robert Menendez or Cory Booker (NJ)


7. In what month do we vote for President?

7. November


8. What is the name of the President of the

8. Barack Obama

United States now?


9. What is the capital of your state?

9. Trenton (NJ)


10. What are the TWO major political parties in the

10. Democratic and Republican

United States?


11. What is ONE responsibility that is only for

11. Vote

United States Citizens?


12. How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?

12. 18 (eighteen)


13. When is the last day you can send in

13. April 15

federal income tax forms?


14. Who was the first President?

14. George Washington


15. What was ONE important thing that

15. Freed the slaves

Abraham Lincoln did?


16. Name ONE war fought by the United States

16. World War I & II, Korean War, Vietnam War,

in the 1900s?

and (Persian) Gulf War


17. What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?

17. Fought for civil rights, and worked for


equality for all Americans


18. What is the capital of the United States?

18. Washington, D.C.


19. Why does the flag have 50 stars?

19. Because there are 50 states


20. When do we celebrate Independence Day?

20. July 4