Sunday, October 14, 2007

Citizenship Meme

The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service just announced that it is changing its citizenship exam. This is the test that immigrants have to take if they want to become citizens of the ol’ U.S. of A. I thought I’d take a few questions from the U.S. test and combine it with questions from similar tests for the U.K., Canada, Australia, and Germany and create a meme. (Okay, so it's not a traditional meme in the meme tradition, but it's fun, nonetheless.)

See how many of these you can answer correctly. The answers are at the bottom, but please try not to cheat.

United States

1. How many times can a senator be elected?
2. What is the introduction to the U.S. Constitution called?
3. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
4. Which of the following is not one of the original 13 colonies: a) Connecticut, b) Massachusetts, c) Vermont, or d) New Hampshire?
5. What kind of government does the U.S. have?
6. What is the most important right granted to U.S. citizens?
7. Name the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.
8. Who wrote the Star-Spangled Banner?
9. What is the Congress?
10. If the President and Vice President die, who becomes President?

United Kingdom

1. The present Queen of England has reigned since?
2. In the 16th and 17th centuries, who came to England to escape political persecution?
3. Who is the prime minister?
4. Who were Britain's allies during World War II?
5. The largest immigrant population in the U.K. is comprised of peoples from: a) Canada, b) China, c) Argentina, d) India.


1. What animal is an official symbol of Canada—the moose, the beaver, the hawk, or the deer?
2. The capital of Canada is: Vancouver, Regina, Ottawa, or Montreal?
3. The aboriginal peoples of Canada are: The Inuit, the First Nations, the Metis, all of the above?
4. What are the two official languages of Canada?
5. Who is Canada’s head of state?


1. What are the animals on Australia’s coat of arms?
2. On what date did Australia become a nation?
3. Australia’s national anthem is: a) God Save the Queen, b) Land of Mountains, Land of Rivers, c) Waltzing Matilda, d) Advance Australia Faire.
4. Australia’s Head of State is: a) The Queen of England, b) Prime Minister John Howard, c) Governor General Michael Jeffery, d) Premier Steven Brack.
5. Indigenous peoples have lived in Australia for: a) 40 million years, b) 40,000 years, c) 40 years, d) 40 days.


1. Name three rivers that run through Germany.
2. What event took place on July 20, 1944?
3. Which German composed the “Ode to Joy” at the end of his 9th Symphony?
4. What is the national anthem of Germany?
5. The northern states of Germany are predominantly Lutheran, while the southern states are: a) Baptist, b) Episcopal, c) Presbyterian, d) Catholic.


United States: 1. Unlimited, 2. The Preamble, 3. Thomas Jefferson, 4. Vermont, 5. A democracy, 6. The right to vote, 7. Freedom of speech, press, religion, right to assembly, requesting a change of government, 8. Francis Scott Key, 9. A bicameral elected legislative body comprised of the House of Representatives and the Senate, 10. Speaker of the House.

United Kingdom: 1. 1952, 2. The Protestant Hugenots, 3. The Honorable Gordon Browne, 4. France, Russia, the United States, 5. India.

Canada: 1. The beaver, 2. Ottawa, 3. All of the above, 4. English and French, 5. Jean Chertien.

Australia: 1. Kangaroo and Emu, 2. January 1, 1901, 3. Advance Australia Faire, 4. The Queen of England, 5. At least 40,000 years.

Germany: 1. Main, Rhine, Danube, Oder, Mosel, Spree, Isar, 2. German military officers attempted to assassinate dictator Adolf Hilter, 3. Ludwig von Beethoven, 4. Das Lied der Deutschen, 5. Catholic.


Liseysmom said...

I got all the U.S. questions right (I actually said our government was a republic, but I think that's a question of semantics so I'm giving myself that one). I did fine on Canada and Britain, not so good on Germany and Australia.

Di said...

I got 9/10 US; 5/5 UK (chalk it up to watching the beeb all the time); 4/5 Canada; 4/5 Australia (that queen one was a trick question; also, thanks to rugbyrugbyrugby, I know a lot of national anthems now); 4/5 Germany.

Fun quiz, Tewkes.