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One In Three Americans Would Fail the U.S. Citizenship Test

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Immigrants who want to become U.S. citizens need to pass a civics test asking detailed questions about our government and history.  39 out of 40 immigrants get at least six questions right on the 10-question test, which is a passing score.

People born in America become citizens without taking a test . . . which is good because according to PR Newswire one in three natural-born Americans FAILED the test in a survey by Xavier University.

Here are some of the questions that gave Americans the most trouble:

1.)  How many amendments does the Constitution have?  Only 7% of Americans knew the right answer . . . which is 27.

2.)  The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution.  Name ONE of the writers:  Only 8% could name Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, or John Jay.

3.)  When was the Constitution written?  9% got it right.  It was 1787.

4.)  What is the rule of law?  It means that leaders have to follow laws instead of doing whatever they want, like a dictator.  15% of people knew that.

5.)  The House of Representatives has how many voting members?  There are 435, but only 16% of people knew that.

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