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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Are you an American citizen?

Newsweek recently asked 1,000 U.S. citizens questions that are found on the official U.S. citizenship test to see how well they knew their American history.  The citizenship test is a civic test given to individuals who wish to become U.S. citizens. 

To put this in perspective, my grandma, Nana, who was born in Mexico but lived for over 20 years in Corpus Christi, passed her citizenship test 20 years ago to become a proud American citizen.  Although her English was choppy, she had an appreciation of American history and civic duty--she worked as a poll worker.

The Newsweek poll findings are embarrasing alarming.  40% of the respondents didn't know who the United States fought against in World War II.  73% of those surveyed didn't know we feared communism during the Cold War.  Only 30% of respondents knew that the supreme law of the land was the U.S. Constitution.

Test your knowledge and see if you are indeed an American citizen. 
Take the Quiz: What We Don't Know - Newsweek

Honestly, I got a few questions wrong myself.


Sources: Newsweek, March 28 & April 4, 2011; http://uscitizenshiptestguide.com/text/newtest.html

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