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Citizenship Civics Test Prep: Week 20!

I can't believe after 20 weeks, this is the last week of this blog series!  I hope you have all learned a lot about US government and civics and feel well prepared for the citizenship test.  Keep in mind that there will only be 10 questions on your test, and you only have to get 6 of those questions correct in order to pass.  You never know which 10 questions out of this list of 100 will be asked, though, so you need to be prepared to answer all of them. 

Question 96: Name two national U.S. holidays.

Answers: (a) New Year's Day; (b) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; (c) President's Day; (d) Memorial Day; (e) Independence Day; (f) Labor Day; (g) Columbus Day; (h) Veteran's Day; (i) Thanksgiving; (j) Christmas

Keep in mind you only have to provide two of these answers to get this question correct. 

These answers are pretty straightforward.  On US federal holidays, non-essential federal offices are closed, such as the post office, court systems, administrative offices, etc.  Additionally, many private sector offices are closed on these holidays, such as banks.  Sometimes state governments are closed on these days as well, including public schools.  

Question 97: What are two rights of everyone living in the United States? 

Answers: (a) freedom of expression; (b) freedom of speech; (c) freedom of assembly; (d) freedom to petition the government; (e) freedom of religion; (f) the right to bear arms

Keep in mind you only have to provide two of these answers to get this question correct.

A) Freedom of expression is essentially the same thing as freedom of speech, although it sometimes refers to expression in other ways than speech, such as what clothes you wear, what signs you put outside your house, etc.  

B) This is a 1st Amendment freedom -- people in the United States can speak freely about any subject without fear of being punished by the government.  Freedom of speech covers both spoken and written words.  

C) This freedom is also included in the 1st Amendment.  It means you can meet in groups to discuss any subject you want.  

D) This freedom is included in the 1st Amendment.  You have the right to sign your name on a petition and let Congress know how you feel about a certain issue. 

E) This right has come up a few times now in citizenship questions.  Freedom of religion in the United States is two-fold: you have the right to practice whatever religion you want, and you also have the right not to be forced by the state to practice any religion.

F) The right to bear arms is included in the 2nd Amendment, and it means you have the right to own weapons.  There has been a lot of debate about which weapons are included in this right -- and this debate is still much talked about today.  Gun control is a major issue facing politicians at the federal and state level.

Question 98: What is the name of the national anthem? 

Answer: The Star-Spangled Banner

The lyrics to the Star-Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key, a lawyer and poet, who witnessed a navy battle between the United States and the British during the War of 1812.  He was inspired by the American flag, prominently waving above the ships as a sign of the American victory.  

The Star-Spangled Banner has officially been our national anthem since 1931.  

Question 99: What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance? 

Answer: the United States; the flag

The Pledge of Allegiance is a formal expression of allegiance to the United States used to open government events.  It is said at the beginning of Congressional sessions, public school days, local government meetings, and some sporting events.  The Supreme Court ruled that students cannot be compelled to recite the pledge, but most citizens do as a sign of respect for the flag and the country that provides us all so any opportunities.  

Question 100: What is one promise you make when you become a US citizen? 

Answer: (a) give up loyalty to other countries; (b) defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States; (c) obey the laws of the United States; (d) serve in the US military if needed; (e) serve (do important work for) the nation (if needed); (f) be loyal to the United States 

Keep in mind you only have to provide one of these answer choices in order to get this question correct.  

A) Just because you are giving up loyalty to other countries doesn't mean you have to revoke your citizenship to those countries.  In general, most countries allow you to be a dual citizen with the United States (although there are some exceptions, like India).  

B) The Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land, which means it is the most important set of laws in the United States.  When you take the citizenship test, you swear to uphold the Constitution and defend it against people who would aim to act in a way contrary to it.  

C) You are bound to obey the laws of the Untied States whether or not you are a US citizen, but part of becoming a citizen is agreeing to obeying these laws.  This is why you are subject to background and criminal record checks when applying for citizenship -- you are obligated to follow the law if you want to live in the United States. 

D) As we've discussed before, men between ages 18 and 26 are required to register for the selective service.  If we go to war, the United States could theoretically reinstate a draft system, which could compel both men and women to serve in the United States military if needed.  When taking your citizenship oath, you're agreeing to serve in the armed forces if called.

E) This part of the oath means that you can take up non-military roles if needed to support the United States.  For example, you may be asked to perform civilian administrative duties to support the military, or you may be asked to support a war effort in other ways, lie

F) In your citizenship oath, you will promise to be loyal to the United States -- which means that you want this country to be the best it can be and you don't want to do anything to harm the United States or the people in it.  


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