Could you pass the U.S. citizenship test?

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Among the requirements for naturalization — when a person not born in the United States voluntarily becomes a U.S. citizen — is the famous civics test. Test your patriotic proficiency with these questions from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services.

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What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?

The most distinguished scientific and literary American of his age, Benjamin Franklin was also the first American diplomat.

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What is one right or freedom granted in the First Amendment?

The First Amendment protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression, of which the most basic component is the right of freedom of speech.

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Who is in charge of the executive branch of the U.S. government?

When you include members of the armed forces, the executive branch employs more than 4 million people.

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James Madison, one of the authors of the Federalist Papers and the 4th President of the United State
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Who helped write the Federalist Papers?

The authors of the 85 essays promoting the ratification of the Constitution were kept secret at the time, but clever observers correctly guessed that they were Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay.

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Name the longest river in the United States.

The mighty Mississippi measures 2,530 miles in length.

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Under the Constitution, what is one of the powers of the federal government?

The Constitution provides that the president "shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties."

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How many amendments does the Constitution have?

Twenty-seven amendments have been ratified since the original signing of the Constitution; the first 10 comprise the Bill of Rights.

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Which one of these places is a territory of the United States?

The United States currently controls various territories and islands as overseas possessions, including Guam.

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What does the judicial branch do?

The judicial branch is made up of the Supreme Court, the lower courts, special courts and court support organizations — and they stay pretty busy.

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If both the president and the vice president can no longer serve, who becomes president?

So far, nine vice presidents have succeeded to the office of the president. No other officer has ever been called upon to act as president.

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