Something to chew on: Can you pass the American test?


Today’s headlines highlight the opening of Rep. Peter King’s investigation into the possible radicalization of American Muslims.  With charged language on both sides of the debate, I think it’s worth thinking about what it means to be a good American, from the standpoint of the US Naturalization Test.

I hope that by the time I’m 125 years old, I’ll have yet to turn green

The test is administered to individuals who have completed an Application for Naturalization form, and who’ve gotten their fingerprints taken, and focuses on these two questions:

-Can the individual read, write, and speak basic English?

-Does the individual have a basic knowledge of US History and Government?

This last one has always intrigued me, since more people seem to know the entire cast of Jersey Shore than can name a single Supreme Court Justice.  Could you pass this test?

Here’s a link to the official Civics Flash Cards for the Naturalization Test.  Note: there are 100 total – I’d suggest giving ten of them a try, and seeing how you’re doing.

Good luck!  Let us know how you did!