Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

You Passed the US Citizenship Test

Congratulations – you got 10 out of 10 correct!

How did you do? I almost missed one of the questions (more below the fold)

Question 5; the year that the Constitution was written was .. 1787, but I went back and forth between that date and 1786. I finally just guessed that it was 1787.


  1. #1 apalazzo
    March 25, 2006

    I got 9/10 (but I’m Canadian) – when was the constitution written?

  2. #2 GrrlScientist
    March 25, 2006


  3. #3 Mogens Michaelsen
    March 25, 2006

    I got 8 out of 10 correct.

    By changing a single answer at a time + logic, I easily found the last two correct answers.

  4. #4 Lab Cat
    March 25, 2006

    Now I passed that (8/10; thanks for the head up on the date BTW), perhaps I should go for citzenship for real. Yeah, one day soon.

    I also tried the “How Happy Are You” quiz while at blogthings. I was a little disappointed to come out at 84% happy, but then it said it was unlikely that anyone else was happier than me. Now I’m very happy again 😉

  5. #5 coturnix
    March 26, 2006

    I got 10 out of 10 easily the first time around. It is actually different from (and perhaps a little bit harder) than the actual Citizenship test (which I passed, 8 out of 10, back in 1998, with zero preparation).

  6. #6 Gerardo Perez
    March 26, 2006

    I got 5 out of ten… not bad since I am not an american

  7. #7 Zeno
    March 26, 2006

    10 out of 10 for me, too. I dithered a bit about the year in which the U.S. Constitution was written, but got lucky.

  8. #8 Abel PharmBoy
    March 26, 2006

    Phew – got 10/10, but the original 13 colonies one threw me. I was surprised that my guess was correct since I would have otherwise said that all four choices were in the original 13.

    I am a native-born American but, since I oppose the war, I am a treasonous traitor as well.

  9. #9 tony henneberg
    March 26, 2006

    I had to do this test for real a week or so ago. Interestingly, I was run through the wringer by a Ukrainian, and I realised that those twenty minutes could send my life spinning in an unintended direction if she didn’t think very much of me. Drank heavily afterwards..

  10. #10 Alon Levy
    March 26, 2006

    I got 10/10, even though I’m not American (I’m going to live in the US starting in a few months, though).

  11. #11 Mike
    March 26, 2006

    “Q6. Who has the power to declare war?”

    It seems like the president and most congressmen would fail that one these days.

  12. #12 GrrlScientist
    March 26, 2006

    question 6 is the very one that made me wonder how well our public officials, especially bushie, would do on that quiz. on the other hand, there are plenty more questions that bushie would miss, too, dealing with constitutional law. but, hey, what’s a few trashed laws when we are, after all, at war??

    well, kinda-sorta at war.

  13. #13 Alon Levy
    March 26, 2006

    I don’t think they don’t know that only Congress can declare war; I think they know but don’t give a damn.

  14. #14 Staffan S
    March 26, 2006

    Who hoo! 10/10, and I’m not even American! (Thank you, Mr. Stinson, for those great American history classes way back then.) I wasn’t really sure about the original 13 states, but I turned out I guessed right.

  15. #15 Michael Hopkins
    March 26, 2006

    I got 9/10.

    I incorrectly put down 1786 for the Constitution being written. I did remember the 1787 date but was not sure if that was the year it was written or the date which enough states ratified it for it to take effect.

  16. #16 Alon Levy
    March 27, 2006

    No, the Constitution took effect in 1789.

    Does anyone here (maybe Coturnix) know how many questions you need to get right to pass the real test?

  17. #17 biosparite
    March 27, 2006

    There seems to be confusion over the convention that produced the Constitution. The original objective of the convention was to revise the Articles of Confederation.

  18. #18 david tiley
    March 27, 2006

    Amazing details. And why these details to decide on citizenship? Can you be rejected if you don’t know the odd colony out, if you are borderline?

    You should definitely be rejected if you don’t know that only Congress can declare war. As a non-American, and therefore a theoretical target for said war, I think anyone in political office who can’t answer that question should be deported. We hve a nice deal with an island called Nauru.

    I am trying to think of an equivalent set for Australia. What year did Governor Phillip arrive? When did we federate?
    I just don’t think we require a detailed knowledge of the past narrative.

  19. #19 biosparite
    March 28, 2006

    But David, we are a city on a hill, and the whole world has become America, so these details matter. IT’S ALL ABOUT US.

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