Okay, my fellow Americans (well, US citizens actually), time to review a bit of what you know about your own country. No fair hiding under the picnic table.
The following quiz was administered via telephone to 1,140 high school students in Arizona and the results were less than encouraging.
These questions are from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services exam. In order to become US citizens, immigrants must answer six of the 10 questions correctly.
Only 3.5% of the Arizona high school students got a score of 60% or better. Should we deport those who are citizens by birth but can't pass the test? Of course not, but surely there is a lot of work to be done to improve the situation! (It is a sobering thought that the 96.5% who failed are eligible to vote when of age.)
OK citizen, here are the ten random questions:
1. What is the supreme law of the land?
2. What do we call the first 10 amendments to the Constitution?
3. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?
4. How many Justices are on the Supreme Court?
5. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
6. What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?
7. What are the two major political parties in the United States?
8. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
9. Who was the first President of the United States?
10. Who is in charge of the Executive Branch?
Click here to see if your answers are correct.
No need to divulge your score if you don't want to. I got 10 out of 10 correct. K, who is a Japanese citizen, born and raised, passed easily.
If you missed a few, don't feel bad. Just use this as an opportunity to brush up on your knowledge of civics so that you can better appreciate what it is you are celebrating this weekend. No, it isn't "The Fourth of July", my friends, it's "Independence Day".
When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon. ~Thomas Paine
Happy Independence Day!