Citizenship the Right Way

Posted on March 6, 2012


Could you pass a US citizenship test?

New citizens recite the Pledge of Allegiance as the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) holds a naturalization ceremony on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington on Sept. 22, 2010. (UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg/Newscom)

In order to become a US citizen, immigrants must pass the Naturalization Test. American citizenship bestows the right to vote, improves the likelihood of family members living in other countries to come and live in the US, gives eligibility for federal jobs, and can be a way to demonstrate loyalty to the US. Applicants must get 6 answers out of 10 in an oral exam to pass the test. According to US Citizenship and Immigration services, 92 percent of applicants pass this test.

You must get 58 or more of these test questions correct in order to pass.

– Staff

Quiz results

You answered 92 of 96 questions correctly for a total score of 96%.

I came across this while researching another topic and I was intrigued.  I had heard that the citizenship test was tough – so I was curious as to what was on it and how much better I would do than the 58 percent correct score needed to pass.  So, I took the plunge.  The mechanics of the poll are a little clunky and slow, but I think I was able to knock it out in about a half hour.

One of the most interesting and thought provoking questions was the question asking about what type of economy was prominent in the United States.  Among the choices was capitalism and socialism.  Without giving away the ‘correct’ answer – I and many other economic buffs would argue that in reality, the United States has actually crossed the Rubicon into socialism according to many meaningful and widely accepted benchmarks.

When I finished the test, I reflected on a couple of things.  First is that legal immigrants always look at this country through a different lens than those who sneak or barge into this country unbidden.  I know this to be true from first hand experience.  By that, I mean that my father-in-law and his family came here as post WWII refugees and they made a serious commitment to their new home.  There was no assistance or welfare whatsoever.  My father-in-law had to work for his private sponsor to pay off every single penny that it cost to come to this country.  He didn’t have a ‘hyphenated-American’ community as a ‘support mechanism’ – he had to learn English by total immersion.  He was and is an asset to America in every way.

Border busters have no allegiance to this country, no sentimental feelings about the nation they have invaded merely to exploit economically.  I remember during the time that George Bush and Ted Kennedy tried to shove amnesty down our throat, one of the linchpins of the fraudulent bargain we were supposed to accept, was that the ‘path to citizenship’ would require the applicants to pass a citizenship test.

There is NO WAY that the majority of these foreign entitlement recipients would be able to pass anything that even remotely resembles this test.  The authorities would have to dumb down the test to an unimaginable degree and ACORN / La Raza would have to be contracted to administer the tests.  And printing the materials in Spanish would not help all that much either.

Well, if you are interested to see how well you would do compared to our newly-minted legal citizens, you can go here to give it a try.