It's been a rough week in immigration law. To lighten things up, here are five more potential test questions from the citizenship test!
Question 86: Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
Answer: to represent the 13 original colonies
The American flag uses the same colors as the British flag, which was symbolic of the American Revolution, which severed ties with Great Britain. The 13 red and white stripes that are horizontal on the flag represent the original 13 British colonies that declared independence against Britain.
Question 87: Why does the flag have 50 stars?
Answer: there is one to represent each state
The white stars in the top left corner of the flag represent each of the 50 states in the United States. There have been various different versions of the flag as new states were added. The current flag has been the same since 1960, the year after Hawaii became a U.S. state.
Question 88: When do we celebrate Independence Day?
Answer: July 4
As I've discussed in earlier blog posts, we celebrate Independence Day on July 4th because the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. Even though we didn't win the war for a couple of years, that is the day that is typically associated with the United States severing ties with Britain.
Question 89: Name the US war between the North and the South.
Answer: The Civil War; The War Between the States
The Civil War was the bloodiest war in American history. Southern states seceded from the United States (aka the Union) after the election of President Abraham Lincoln, who was an abolitionist and supported a strong federal government. The Union won the war, the United States remained one nation, and slavery was abolished. By the end of the war, there were over 800,000 casualties.
Question 90: During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?
Communism was the economic and political system of the Soviet Union, and the United States was concerned with communism spreading across other parts of the world because it was seen as anti-democratic. Some significant events of the Cold War include the Korean War, where the United States fought the spread of communism in South Korea, and the Vietnam War, where the United States fought the spread of communism in Vietnam.
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