A Shrewdness of Apes

An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Sunday, December 10, 2006

The New Citizenship Test, part 2: Could you pass it?

I've previously posted about the new citizenship test that was unveiled, and yet neglected to link to any of the questions. So first, I thought I'd throw a few of the questions from the pilot exam that deal with more than rote memorization at you, and then, if you want, you can answer them and then check here for the answers.

What? You weren't expecting a pop quiz? Bwah ha ha ha ha!

1. Name one important idea found in the Declaration of Independence.
3. What does the Constitution do?
4. What does “We the People” mean in the Constitution? (Gee, I though an entire war was fought over this one!)
11. What does freedom of religion mean?
29. Why do we have three branches of government?
30. Name one example of checks and balances.
54. What is one thing only a state government can do?
55. What does it mean that the U.S. Constitution is a constitution of limited powers?
80. Name one promise you make when you say the Oath of Allegiance.
82. Name two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy.
95. Why were the colonists upset with the British government?
97. Name one famous battle from the Revolutionary War.

By the way, I will give EXTRA CREDIT for those who can find an error in the answers provided on the website from which I got these questions.

Now keep your eyes on your own paper, and let me see you turn off those cell phones and place them within view. No, you may NOT play your iPod.

5 Comments:

At 12/11/06, 7:48 PM, Blogger Kimberly said...

Is the wrong answer the one about what can only a state do? The FBI is a federal agency that protects us by enforcing the laws. What about the Marshalls, ATF, and Air Marshalls?

I would think the questions asking "Who is your representative?" "Who are your Senators?" are inaccurate. Only citizens can vote. It should be “who is the representative of the district where you live?”.

 
At 12/11/06, 8:59 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

Nancy Pelosi is not yet Speaker of the House-- that leapt out at me.

But there are others about which many would argue.

 
At 12/12/06, 3:53 PM, Blogger fats durston said...

Notable lacunae in why colonists came here (#87): forced by criminal sentence of transportation and enslavement...

 
At 12/13/06, 4:29 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

Another good point!

 
At 8/10/09, 3:32 AM, Anonymous Sarah said...

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