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Could You Pass the Citizenship Test?

Apr 12, 2013

Constitution of the United States of America

On Thursday 25 people became American citizens at a ceremony in Hyannis.

The ceremony is something like a graduation, the final step in the often long and complicated process of becoming a citizen.

Before they graduate, aspiring citizens have to pass a civics test.

The questions are pretty basic. But really, could you pass the test?

Reporter Karen Duffin took to the field to ask citizens on Cape Cod a few of the questions.  You can listen to the results above.

Three sample questions from the civics test are posted below. The US Government offers flashcards for preparing for the test - check them out here.  


  1. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
  2. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?
  3. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?

 What?! You want the answers too? Well, okay. In the interest of forming a more perfect union...  


  1. We the People.
  2. Speech, Religion, Assembly, Press Petition the Government
  3. Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness.