on this day, ask yourself
May 1, 2007 § 2 Comments
if you could pass the immigration test? I’ve gathered a few questions which I found to be particularly challenging, obtuse, or just plain tricky because there isn’t a straight answer if you put any thought into it. These questions are based on the test that everyone who is naturalized has to take in order to get citizenship.
The test is under revision now, and by 2008, there may be a new set of questions. Apparently, there is no standardized test that all INS officials must give to naturalize citizen hopefuls. Also, there is often more than one correct answer to any given question. Finally, what the person giving the test is looking for is a mere memorization of facts, like how many strips are there on the flag? (a. 13) While I tend to agree that there should be some kind of an understanding of a country before becoming a citizen, all the questions and answers really add up to is flat knowledge.
All of this is really just mere conjecture on my part though, since I’ve never been through the process, nor watched the test as it was given. What I have witnessed is the fear and anxiety that immigrants encounter in preparing for this test, which is just one of the many hurdles in becoming a US citizen.
So, on with a few questions from the Washington Post:
(I think the “right” answer really matters less than just giving you a taste of the kinds of questions that people are asked. Ask yourself how you would answer.)
1. What do the stars on the flag mean?
2. Who elects the president of the United States? (oooh, this one is so tricky!)
3. Can you name the two senators from your state?
4. What is the supreme law of the United States?
5. Where does freedom of speech come from?
6. What special group advises the president?
7. Who helped the Pilgrims in America? (now, that’s just mean!)
8. Which president freed the slaves? (“freed” the slaves, what kind of history is this?)
9. Whose rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights? (yes, that is something we should all be asking ourselves)