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Can you pass a U.S. citizenship test?

Discussion in 'Fun and Games' started by Hiems, Jan 21, 2016.

  1. Rainbows~Exist

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    30/50... I passed!!!

    I'm shocked since I didn't know sh** :lol:
     
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    30/50 better than I thought, to be honest :grin: I mean I passed :grin:
     
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    I also got 49/50. I made my mistake with the question about who wrote the Constitution, erroneously saying Madison instead of Jefferson, so we effectively mirrored our wrong answers. :lol:

    I found it strange that some of the questions were ambiguous, but it was quite clear the answer they wanted. I was also disappointed to see "American Indians" as an answer. I cringed a little at that.

    I don't like the test at all; I feel like it's a very strangely narrow way to gauge someone's appropriateness to take citizenship. One could easily pass after skimming a year-8 US history and government textbook.
     
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    25/50

    Mainly through guessing if I'm honest. Well, close enough. Only five off from passing. Pretty good for a clueless foreigner who has never been to America.

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    32/50... :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

    Luckily those geographical things were very easy. :lol:
     
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    47/50.

    My Mother would be disappointed.
     
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    36/50 and i'm canadian!
     
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    34/50 so if I had to take this test I would be a citizen.
     
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    26. Could be worse since I'm not even American
     
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    James Madison did write the US Constitution, but the question was about who wrote the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. So if you're mistake was simply misreading the question (something I've done many times when taking tests thanks in part to mild dyslexia) you might have known all 50 answers.

    I'm sure I would've scored a lot lower than 49/50 on a test about Australian history/civics.

    I agree that it's clear what answer they wanted. Nonetheless, I think it's completely unacceptable that a correct answer could be counted as incorrect, especially when it could affect whether or not someone becomes a citizen.

    As much as I want my fellow American citizens to be knowledgeable about this subject, I don't like this test as a barrier to US citizenship. I'm not entirely sure failing a test of one's knowledge should automatically bar one from citizenship, as that would unfairly bar severely mentally retarded people from ever immigrating.

    Even if passing a test of one's knowledge was required for citizenship, I think it should be mostly based on duties and rights of citizens, not history. For instance, when are taxes due? How do you file your tax returns? Which of the following are crimes in the US, and which aren't? Who can vote? How do you register to vote? Do you have to register for the draft, and when? Which of the following do you need licenses for? If you have a license for activity X in one state, is that license valid in other states? How does the justice system work? What are your rights and obligations when confronted by law enforcement or charged with a crime? If selected for jury duty, what is your role and what are your responsibilities? I think questions like these are a better test as to whether or not one would be able to fulfill their responsibilities as a US citizen. Some of those were somewhat covered on the test, but for the most part the test covered things with little relevance as to whether or not the person is likely to be an upstanding, responsible citizen.
     
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    45/50. I had no idea on the last one, which was the one about what you have to do when you gain citizenship, so I picked one at random.
     
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    41/50 I passed, but I feel like my history teacher would be crying at some of the mistakes I made. Probably should have read my papers on government more...
     
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    42/50
    Yay I'm 'Murican!
     
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    Foreigner here.

    44/50
     
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    You did very well! :eek::thumbsup:
     
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    38/50, but I'm tipsy and might have answered a few questions before reading them through...
     
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    34/50 - I should start applying to immigrate to US.
     
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    32/50

    The US are our neighbors, so of course I would know some stuff about them. I would never ever want to immigrate there, though.
     
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    When I was a senior in high school I took the full citizenship test as part of a government class, and got 96/100.
     
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    34/50, That's barely passing, and I was always one of the "smart" kids back in high school. Though, I'm not exactly the most patriotic.

    I need to start looking at Canadian citizenship tests.