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100 Civics Questions (in random order) for Your U.S. Citizenship Interview with Officer David


This Teacher Jennifer from US
Citizenship Podcast. Today we will listen to our interview with Officer David. He will ask (all of) the USCIS civics questions (in random order). Let’s get started. What is a supreme law of the land? the Constitution What is the economic system in the United States? a market economy The House of Representatives has how many voting members? 435 voting members If both the president and the vice-president can no longerserve, who will become president? the Speaker of the House Under our Constitution some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government? “What is one power of the federal government?” Is that what you said? Yes One power of the federal government is to print money. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States? freedom of speech (and) freedom of the press Why did the colonists fight the British? because of high taxes w What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803? the Louisiana Territory Who did the United States fight in World War II? Germany, Italy, and Japan Name one U.S. territory. Guam What does the Constitution do? the Constitution sets up the government What is the rule of law? The rule of law is no one is above the law;
everyone must follow the law. We elect a US Representative for how many years? Two years Who is the commander-in-chief of the military? the president Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the States. What is one power of the states? to give drivers licenses (give a driver’s license) What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance? We show loyalty to the United States. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? Thomas Jefferson Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800’s. One war? the Civil War Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in? He was in World War II. Name one state that borders Canada. Alaska The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words? We the People Name one branch or part of the government. Congress Name your US Representative. Ro Khanna Who signs bills to become laws? the president Who is the governor of your state? Gavin Newsom What is one promise you will make when you become a United States citizen? I promise to be loyal to the United States. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted? July 4th, 1776 Name the US war between the North and
the South. the Civil War During the Cold War what was the main concern of the United States? Communism Name one state that borders Mexico. California What is an amendment? An amendment is a change the
Constitution. What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful? checks and balances Who does a U.S. senator represent? all the people of the state Who vetoes bills? the president What is the capital of your state? Sacramento How old do citizens have to be to vote for President? 18 and older There were 13 original states. Name three. New York, New Jersey, and New Hampshire Name one problem that led to the Civil War. Slavery What movement tried to end racial discrimination? the Civil Rights movement What is the capital of the United States? Washington DC What we call the ten amendments of the Constitution? the Bill of Rights Who is in charge of the executive branch? the president Why do some states have more Representatives than other states? because there’s more people (because they have more people) What does the cabinet do? advises the president What are the two major political parties in the United States? Democratic and Republican What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy? vote and join a political party What happened at the Constitutional Convention? the Constitution was written What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did? He freed the slaves. What did Martin Luther King Jr. do? He fought for civil rights. Where is the Statue of Liberty? in New York (Harbor) What was one right or freedom from the First Amendment? freedom of speech Who makes federal laws? Congress We elect a president for how many years? four years What are two Cabinet-level positions? Secretary of State and Secretary of Labor What is the political party of the president now? Republican What is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms? April 15th When was the Constitution written? 1787 What did the Emancipation Proclamation do? freed the slaves What major event happened on September 11th, 2001 in the United States? Terrorists attacked the United States. Why does the flag have 13 stripes? because there were 13 original colonies How many amendments does the Constitution have? 27 amendments What are the two parts of the United States Congress? the Senate and the House of Representatives In what month do we vote for president? We vote for president in November. What does the the judicial branch do? The judicial branch interprets the law.
(The judicial branch decides if a law goes against the Constitution). What is the name of a Speaker of the House of Representatives now? Nancy Pelosi When must all men register for the Selective Service? between their eighteenth (18) and twenty-sixth (26) birthdays The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers. Alexander Hamilton What did Susan B. Anthony do? She fought for women’s rights. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States. Navajo Why does the flag have 50 stars? one star for each state What did the Declaration of Independence do? The Declaration of Independence announced our freedom (independence) from Great Britain. How many United States senators are there? 100 (senators) What is the name of the President of the United States now? Donald Trump What is the highest court in the United States? the Supreme Court There are four to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them. People 18 years and older can vote. What is one reason colonists came to America? They came to America for freedom. Name one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for. He was a US diplomat. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s. Vietnam War Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States. Mississippi What is the name of the national anthem? the Star-Spangled Banner What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence? life and liberty We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years? six years What is the name of a vice president of a United States now? Mike Pence How many justices are on the Supreme Court? nine (justices) What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens? serve on a jury (and vote in a federal election) Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived? Native Americans Who is the “Father of Our Country”? George Washington Who was the president during World War I? Woodrow Wilson What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States? Pacific Ocean When do we celebrate Independence Day? July 4 What is freedom of religion? Freedom of religion is you can practice any religion or not practice of religion. Who is one of your state’s United States
senators? Kamala Harris If the president can no longer serve, who becomes president? the vice president Who is the Chief Justice of the United States? The Chief Justice is John Roberts. Name one right only for United States citizens. to vote in a federal election What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves? Africans Who was the first president? George Washington Who was the president during the Great Depression and World War II Franklin Roosevelt What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States? Atlantic (Ocean) Name two national U.S. holidays. Veterans Day and Memorial Day Officer David, what are your two favorite national holidays? Independence Day and Christmas My favorite one is Martin Luther King Jr Day. Why isn’t there a Susan B. Anthony Day? There should be a Susan B. Anthony Day! Can you tell USCIS that it should have a Susan B. Anthony Day? I’ll see what they say. I’ll put it pass them. Is there anything else that you would like to say to the people who are preparing for their citizenship interview? Good luck! Thanks to the students and staff of Milpitas Adult School. Special thanks goes out to Officer David and all the fine officers from USCIS. Please visit us on the web at uscitizenpod.com where you’ll find more Citizenship resources. Also visit our Youtube Channel where you’re going to find all of his (officer David’s) citizenship videos. Thanks for listening I know that you will be a great American citizen! www.uscitizenpod.com

Stephen Childs

4 Comments

  1. I observed on this video that you only gave one response for each question. For example on the question is what does the constitution do and you responded set up the government. Do I have to just give all responses or just one response per question during my interview?

    Thank you!!

  2. Question 101: Is this referring to "American" citizenship or "U.S." citizenship?

    Answer: U.S. citizenship

    Question 102: Which “United States” is being referring to?

    The Supreme Court has officially defined the key term "United States" to have three separate and distinct meanings: [Hooven & Allison Co. vs. Evatt, 324 U.S. 652 (1945)]  

    (1) It may be the name of a sovereign occupying the position of other sovereigns in the family of nations.

    (2) It may designate the limited territory over which the sovereignty of the United States (Federal Government) extends.

    (3) It may be the collective name for the fifty States, which are united by and under the U.S. Constitution.

    Answer: (2) – United States = Federal government.

    Question 103: What is “Naturalization”?

    Naturalization confers nationality of a state upon a person after birth, by any means whatsoever. The naturalized person becomes a citizen of the state where their ceremony took place, and naturally a citizen of the united States *of America*. The naturalization process also entitles the person (legal entity) "then residing in the "United States" to "U.S. citizenship" should they claim it. Filling out a voter registration, DS-11, Form 1040, W4 etc is a great way to claim to be a "U.S. citizen" !!

    Question 104: Is the District of Columbia a State?

    Answer: No.

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