Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Citizenship Questions

I am not exaggerating when I tell you that I have been studying to become a citizen for 15 years now. Back in 2000. There are 100 possible questions, 10 are asked, and the test taker needs to answer 7 correctly.

I have helped everybody in my family study for the test, most predominantly, my mom. She went all out for her test, she had two study guides, one in Spanish, one in English, flashcards, a video and a CD. When I was helping her study, I realized that I struggled with a few of the questions, so I'm dedicating extra effort to those. Here are the questions that I struggled with before, and hope that writing them down will help me remember them.

Questions can be found Here

*Highlight for answers*

1. How many members does the House of Representatives have ?

Answer : 435.

My answer: 425

2. Who is your current Senator

a. Bob Casey Jr. I knew this one!
b. Pat Toomey (I intentionally block out his name and can never remember it when I need it).

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

A: The Speaker Of the house

My Answer: I don't know why, but in my head, it was the Secretary of State.

4. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?

A: Nine

My Answer:  Again, in my mind it was 6. I don't know where I got this number from.

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

A:
  • provide schooling and education
  • provide protection (police)
  • provide safety (fire departments)
  • give a driver’s license
  • approve zoning and land use
My Answer: My head could only think of Health and Welfare benefits... probably because of my job.

6. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

A: Thomas Jefferson

My Answer: Uhm... I was sure it was Ben Franklin...

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

A: Louisiana

My Answer : Yeah... I only studied American History after the Civil war... I truly had no idea. But now I know it's my middle name and first name!  

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

A: Communism

My answer: A nuclear bomb attack (I watch too much TV?)

9.  Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States
A:Missouri (River)
 
Mississippi (River)

My answer : Susquehanna River. I live in PA, I've been lead to believe it's a long river, or driving along it has made me think this.

 10. Name Your State Representative

A: Scott Perry

My answer : Last I checked, it was Todd Platts... but he retired a long time ago, and he might not have been My representative. Upon light research, I found out that I was about 5 miles from having Lou Barletta be my representative, and I almost threw up thinking about it. That man is despicable!

Everyday for the last 3 weeks, I ask Roger and My son to ask me 5 random questions from my study guide. I have learned a few more things! My son never asks me questions from the book, he has what he has learned in school.... he keeps me on my toes!

How many questions did you get right?
Do you know your senator?
Do you know who your representative is?

12 comments:

  1. Ugh I could never forget Toomey because I can't stand him. Scott perry is my rep. I did know how many members the house of Representatives had! The other one I don't know is number 5 and 8. I totally would've said nukes too!

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    1. I met Pat Toomey right after he got elected! but I started to block out his name in my head, after he called for Philly to not be a Sanctuary city. I tweet him once a week, telling him that I will do everything in my power to elect him out of office. He makes me miss Arlen Specter, he used to be the office we called whenever anybody needed a quick action on cases back in the early 2000s. He was good.

      I'm telling you, we have been led to believe it was nukes all along... but now our president is trying to make nice with Russia!

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  2. You're going to do great on the test! My mom and I became citizens around the same time and I helped her study for the test too :) Thankfully it was pretty soon after high school so I still remembered a lot of things from what we had studied in school.

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    1. Thanks!! I'm just getting worried on how long the process is now! back just a year ago, it was a 4 month process, now it's longer! ugh!!

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  3. What prevented you from taking the test the same time your mother did? That would have been nice for the two of you to study together and earn citizenship together! It's good that you do indeed have others to help you study and so precious that your son asks you questions from school. I can honestly say that I don't remember learning some of that stuff. You are going to do awesome Anna!

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    1. The test is going to be the tester's choice, and there is 100 possible questions, so it could be anything! My mom passed her test and did excellent!

      What I didn't say in my post, is that now I'm studying with this lady at work, she just applied for her citizenship too.

      My son is asking me every day if I got my appointment for my test yet!! I promised him, that he would be the first one I tell.

      Thank you!!

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  4. I did not know the answer to the river question ... and I didn't even have any good guesses. The only river name that came to my mind was the Rio Grande. I literally couldn't think of any other rivers!

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    1. Rio Grande is also pretty long, and very political, so I could see why that would be the first one to come to mind. I feel I only learned about the Nile in school... as if no other rivers exist.

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  5. I think people who have to become citizens know more about this country than most naturally born citizens. I would have answered that Cold War question wrong, too, because Communism was the foundational fear but nuclear war was definitely a more immediate fear!

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    1. We certainly have to learn a lot! When I was in college, it bothered me so much that I didn't get pop culture references, so I used to watch VH1 documentaries on anything!

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  6. Sheesh. I wouldn't have a single clue about any of those, even if I were born there!

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    1. Ja ja !! Does Canada have a citizenship test?

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