Citizenship U.S. Civics Test

The test contains a bank of 100 questions. They are in the areas of government, history, and integrated civics. The test questions follow.

American Government (Questions 1-57)

American History (Questions 58-87)

Integrated Civics (Questions 88-100)


  1. What is the supreme law of the land?

The Constitution

  1. What does the Constitution do?

Sets Up The Government

Defines The Government

Protects Basic Rights Of Americans

  1. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?

We The People

  1. What is an amendment?

A Change (To The Constitution)

An Addition (To The Constitution)

  1. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?

The Bill Of Rights

  1. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?





Petition The Government

  1. How many amendments does the Constitution have?

Twenty-Seven (27)

  1. 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)

  1. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?



Pursuit Of Happiness

  1. What is freedom of religion?

You Can Practice Any Religion, Or Not Practice A Religion

  1. What is the economic system in the United States?

Capitalist Economy

Market Economy

  1. 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

  1. Name one branch or part of the government.





The Courts



  1. What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?

Checks And Balances

Separation Of Powers

  1. Who is in charge of the executive branch?

The President

  1. Who makes federal laws?


Senate And House (Of Representatives)

(U.S. Or National) Legislature

  1. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?

The Senate And House (Of Representatives)

  1. How many U.S. Senators are there?

One Hundred (100)

  1. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?

Six (6)

  1. Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators now?

Gary Peters

  1. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?

Four Hundred Thirty-Five (435)

  1. We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?

Two (2)

  1. Name your U.S. Representative.

Bill Huizenga

  1. Who does a U.S. Senator represent?

All People Of The State

  1. 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

  1. We elect a President for how many years?

Four (4)

  1. In what month do we vote for President?


  1. What is the name of the President of the United States now?

Donald Trump

  1. What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?

Mike Pence

  1. If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?

The Vice President

  1. If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?

The Speaker Of The House

  1. Who is the Commander in Chief of the military?

The President

  1. Who signs bills to become laws?

The President

  1. Who vetoes bills?

The President

  1. What does the President’s Cabinet do?

Advises The President

  1. What are two Cabinet-level positions?

Attorney General

Vice President

Secretary Of Agriculture

Secretary Of Commerce

Secretary Of Defense

Secretary Of Education

Secretary Of Energy

Secretary Of Health And Human Services

Secretary Of The Interior

Secretary Of Labor

Secretary Of State

Secretary Of Transportation

Secretary Of The Treasury

Secretary Of Veterans Affairs

Secretary Of Homeland Security

Secretary Of Housing And Urban Development

  1. What does the judicial branch do?

Reviews Laws

Explains Laws

Resolves Disputes (Disagreements)

Decides If A Law Goes Against The Constitution

  1. What is the highest court in the United States?

The Supreme Court

  1. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?

Nine (9)

  1. Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now?

John Roberts

  1. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?

To Print Money

To Declare War

To Create An Army

To Make Treaties

  1. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?

Provide Schooling And Education

Provide Protection (Police)

Provide Safety (Fire Departments)

Give A Driver’s License

Approve Zoning And Land Use

43. Who is the Governor of your state now?

Rick Snyder

  1. What is the capital of your state?


  1. What are the two major political parties in the United States?

Democratic And Republican

  1. What is the political party of the President now?


  1. What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?

Paul Ryan

  1. There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.

Citizens Eighteen (18) And Older (Can Vote)

You Don’t Have To Pay (A Poll Tax) To Vote

Any Citizen Can Vote. (Women And Men Can Vote.)

A Male Citizen Of Any Race (Can Vote)

  1. What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?

Serve On A Jury

Vote In A Federal Election

  1. Name one right only for United States citizens.

Vote In A Federal Election

Run For Federal Office

  1. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?

Freedom Of Expression

Freedom Of Speech

Freedom Of Assembly

Freedom To Petition The Government

Freedom Of Religion

The Right To Bear Arms

  1. What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?

The United States

The Flag

  1. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?

Give Up Loyalty To Other Countries

Defend The Constitution And Laws Of The United States

Obey The Laws Of The United States

Serve In The U.S. Military (If Needed)

Serve (Do Important Work For) The Nation (If Needed)

Be Loyal To The United States

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

Eighteen (18) And Older

  1. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?


Join A Political Party

Help With A Campaign

Join A Civic Group

Join A Community Group

Give An Elected Official Your Opinion on Issue

Call Senators And Representatives

Publicly Support Or Oppose An Issue Or Policy

Run For Office

Write To A Newspaper

  1. When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?

April 15

  1. When must all men register for the Selective Service?

At Age Eighteen (18)

Between Eighteen (18) And Twenty-Six (26)


  1. What is one reason colonists came to America?


Political Liberty

Religious Freedom

Economic Opportunity

Practice Their Religion

Escape Persecution

  1. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?

American Indians

Native Americans

  1. What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?


People From Africa

  1. Why did the colonists fight the British?

Because Of High Taxes (Taxation Without Representation)

Because The British Army Stayed In Their Houses (Boarding, Quartering)

Because They Didn’t Have Self-Government

  1. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

Thomas Jefferson

  1. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?

July 4, 1776

  1. There were 13 original states. Name three.

New Hampshire


Rhode Island


New York

New Jersey





North Carolina

South Carolina


  1. What happened at the Constitutional Convention?

The Constitution Was Written

The Founding Fathers Wrote The Constitution

  1. When was the Constitution written?


  1. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.

James Madison

Alexander Hamilton

John Jay


  1. What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?

U.S. Diplomat

Oldest Member Of The Constitutional Convention

First Postmaster General Of The United States

Writer Of “Poor Richard’s Almanac”

Started The First Free Libraries

  1. Who is the “Father of Our Country”?

George Washington

  1. Who was the first President?

George Washington

  1. What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?

The Louisiana Territory


  1. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.

War Of 1812

Mexican-American War

Civil War

Spanish-American War

  1. Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.

The Civil War

The War Between The States

  1. Name one problem that led to the Civil War.


Economic Reasons

States’ Rights

  1. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?

Freed The Slaves (Emancipation Proclamation)

Saved (Or Preserved) The Union

Led The United States During The Civil War

  1. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?

Freed The Slaves

Freed Slaves In The Confederacy

Freed Slaves In The Confederate States

Freed Slaves In Most Southern States

  1. What did Susan B. Anthony do?

Fought For Women’s Rights

Fought For Civil Rights

  1. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

(Persian) Gulf War

  1. Who was President during World War I?

Woodrow Wilson

  1. Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?

Franklin Roosevelt

  1. Who did the United States fight in World War II?

Japan, Germany, And Italy

  1. Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?

World War II

  1. During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?


  1. What movement tried to end racial discrimination?

Civil Rights (Movement)

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

Fought For Civil Rights

Worked For Equality For All Americans

  1. What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States?

Terrorists Attacked The United States

  1. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.
























  1. Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.

Missouri River

Mississippi River

  1. What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?

Pacific Ocean

  1. What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?

Atlantic Ocean

  1. Name one U.S. territory.

Puerto Rico

U.S. Virgin Islands

American Samoa

Northern Mariana Islands


  1. Name one state that borders Canada.


New Hampshire


New York





North Dakota





  1. Name one state that borders Mexico.



New Mexico


  1. What is the capital of the United States?

Washington, D.C

  1. Where is the Statue of Liberty?

New York (Harbor)

Liberty Island

  1. Why does the flag have 13 stripes?

Because There Were 13 Original Colonies

Because The Stripes Represent The Original Colonies

  1. Why does the flag have 50 stars?

Because There Is One Star For Each State

Because Each Star Represents A State

Because There Are 50 States

  1. What is the name of the national anthem?

The Star-Spangled Banner

  1. When do we celebrate Independence Day?

July 4 

  1. Name two national U.S. holidays

New Year’s Day

Presidents’ Day

Memorial Day

Independence Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Labor Day

Columbus Day

Veterans Day