Civics (History and Government) Items for the Redesigned Naturalization Test
Beginning October , 2008, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin implementation of a
redesigned naturalization test. All applicants who file for naturalization on or after October 1, 2008 will be required to
take the redesigned test. For those applicants who file prior to October 1, 2008 but are not interviewed until after
October , 2008 (but before October , 2009), there will be an option of taking the redesigned test or the current one.
Civics (history and government) items from the redesigned naturalization test are found below. Some of the items have
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How many amendments does the Constitution have?
▪ twenty-seven (27)
What did the Declaration of Independence do?
▪ announced our independence (from Great Britain)
▪ declared our independence (from Great Britain)
▪ said that the United States is free (from Great Britain)
What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
▪ pursuit of happiness
What is freedom of religion?
▪ You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.
What is the economic system in the United States?*
▪ capitalist economy
▪ market economy
What is the “rule of law”?
▪ Everyone must follow the law.
▪ Leaders must obey the law.
▪ Government must obey the law.
▪ No one is above the law.
B: System of Government
Name one branch or part of the government.*
▪ the courts
What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?
▪ checks and balances
▪ separation of powers
Who is in charge of the executive branch?
▪ the President
Who makes federal laws?
▪ Senate and House (of Representatives)
▪ (U.S. or national) legislature
What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?*
▪ the Senate and House (of Representatives)
* If you are 65 years old or older and have been a legal permanent resident of the United States for 20 or more years, you
may study just the questions that have been marked with an asterisk.
How many U.S. Senators are there?
▪ one hundred (100)
We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
▪ six (6)
Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators?*
Answers will vary. [For District of Columbia residents and residents of U.S. territories, the answer is that D.C.
(or the territory where the applicant lives) has no U.S. Senators.]
The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
▪ four hundred thirty-five (435)
We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?
▪ two (2)
Name your U.S. Representative.
▪ Answers will vary. [Residents of territories with nonvoting Delegates or resident Commissioners may provide
the name of that Delegate or Commissioner. Also acceptable is any statement that the territory has no
(voting) Representatives in Congress.]
Who does a U.S. Senator represent?
▪ all people of the state
Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?
▪ (because of) the state’s population
▪ (because) they have more people
▪ (because) some states have more people
We elect a President for how many years?
▪ four (4)
In what month do we vote for President?*
What is the name of the President of the United States now?*
▪ George W. Bush
▪ George Bush
What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?