The U.S. Department of Immigration unveiled its new U.S. citizenship test today. Whenever these tests come out, news organizations inevitably send reporters out to find out if actual U.S. citizens know the answers we expect immigrants to know. The results, as you might expect, are generally not impressive.
But these reporters generally aren’t tackling the issue in a very scientific manner: typically they just ask random people in a train station or on the street, then report the most amusing answers.
We thought we’d be a little more systematic about it. This week, our casual study asks our readers to take the ten sample test questions printed in the New York Times today, then answer a few questions about citizenship status and education. Do people who’ve lived longer in the U.S. have an advantage? Or does that just give them more time to forget what they should have learned in Civics class? What about naturalized citizens, who actually had to study for a citizenship test at one time?
[If you've already seen the sample questions in the New York Times, just respond the way you did when you first saw the questions]
The survey is relatively short, with about 25 questions. It should take only a couple minutes to complete. You have until the morning of Thursday, October 4, to complete your response. There is no limit on the number of respondents.
Don’t forget to come back next Friday to see the results!
Once you’re done, you can see how well you did. I’ll post a link to the answers below.
Answers from the Citizenship test. (No cheating!)