Sample Citizenship Questions

One of the most well-known parts of the process of becoming a citizen is the test questions the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) asks you to determine if you are ready for the responsibility of becoming a US citizen. The purpose is to make sure that you have the same kind of knowledge and appreciation for the history of the United States and the rights guaranteed to all citizens as a native American citizen presumably has.

Naturally, you’ll want to do as well as possible on the test, which is broken down into two segments: government and history. With that in mind, here is a list of some of the most common questions in each section:


What document provides the law of the land? (The Constitution)
The Constitution opens with three words that define the idea of self-government. What are they? (We the People)
What is an amendment? (A change or addition to the Constitution)
What are the first ten amendments to the Constitution called? (The Bill of Rights)
How many amendments are there total? (27)
What did the Declaration of Independence do? (announced the United States’ independence from Britain)
What are the three branches of government? (The legislative, the executive, and the judicial)
How many Senators are there? (100)
How many Representatives are there? (435)
Name one of your Senators? (Answers will vary)
Who is the current President? (Barack Obama)
How old must you be to vote? (18)


Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? (Thomas Jefferson)
What day was the Declaration of Independence adopted? (July 4, 1776)
Who was the first President of the United States? (George Washington)
What is one reason the Civil War was fought? (Slavery, states’ rights, economic problems)
Who was the American President during the Civil War? (Abraham Lincoln)
Who was Susan B. Anthony? (She fought for women’s rights and women’s suffrage)
Who was President during World War One? (Woodrow Wilson)
Who was President during World War Two? (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
What countries did the United States fight during World War Two? (Germany, Italy, Japan)
Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.? (A civil rights leader who fought for fought for equality)

These are just a few of the questions you may be asked at your test. For more information about immigration services, visit

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Practice pronouncing the answers to questions 1-10 of the U.S. citizenship test with Andrea from ESL Basics (
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