Study Questions for Citizenship



1.      Q.  What are the colors of our flag?

A.     Red, white, and blue


2.      Q.  How many stars are there in our flag?

A.     Fifty  (50)


3.      Q. What colors are the stars on our flag?

 A. White


4.      Q. What do the stars on our flag mean?

 A. One for each state in the Union (United States)


5.      Q. How many stripes are there in the flag?

A.     Thirteen  (13)


6.      Q. What color are the stripes?

A.     Red and white


7.      Q. What do the stripes on the flag mean?

A.     They represent the original thirteen  (13) states


8.      Q.  How many states are there in the Union  (United States)?

A.     Fifty (50)


9.      Q.  What is the fourth of July?

A.     Independence Day


10.    Q.  What is the date of Independence Day?

A.     The fourth of July


11.    Q.  Independence from whom?

A.     England


12.    Q. What country did we fight during the Revolution War?

A.     England


13.     Q. Who was the first President of the United States?

A.     George Washington


14.     Q. Who is the President of the United States today?

          A.  George Bush


15.     Q. Who is the Vice-President of the United States today?

          A.  Richard Cheney


16.     Q. Who elects the President of the United States?

A.     The electoral college



17.     Q.  Who became President of the United States if the President should die?

A.     Vice-President


18.     Q.  For how long do we elect the President?

A.     For  (4) years


19.     Q.  What is the Constitution?

A.     The supreme law of the land


20.     Q.  Can the Constitution be changed?

A.     Yes


21.     Q. What do we call a change to the  Constitution ?

A.     An amendment


22.     Q. How many changes or amendments are there to the Constitution?

A.     Twenty-seven (27)


23.     Q. How many branches are there in our government?

A.     Three (3)


24.     Q. What are the three branches of our government?

A.     Legislative, executive, and judicial


25.     Q. What is the legislative branch of our government?

A.     Congress


26.     Q. Who makes the laws of the United States?

A.     Congress


27.    Q. What is the Congress?

A.     The Senate and the House of Representatives


28.    Q.  What are the duties of Congress?

A.     To make laws


29.    Q.  Who elects Congress?

         A.  The people


30.    Q.  How many senators are there in Congress?

A.     One hundred (100)


31.    Q.  Can you name the two senators from your state?

         A.  Senators Jack Reed and Lincoln Chafee


32.    Q.  For how long do we elect each senator?

A.     Six  (6) years


33.    Q.  How many representatives are there in Congress?

A.     For hundred and thirty – five (435)


34.    Q.  For how long do we elect the representatives?

A.     Two ( 2 ) years


35.    Q.  What is the executive branch of our government?

A.     the President, the Cabinet, and departments under the Cabinet members


36.    Q.  What is the judicial branch of our government?

A.     The Supreme Court


37.    Q.  What are duties of the Supreme Court?

A.     To interpret laws


38.    Q.  What is the supreme law of the United States?

A.     The Constitution


39.    Q.  What is the Bill of Rights?

A.     The first ten amendments to the Constitution


40.    Q.  What is the Capital of your state?

A.     Providence


41.    Q.  Who is the current governor of your state?

         A.  Lincoln Almond


42.    Q.  Who becomes President of the United States if the President and the

                Vice-President should die?

A.      Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert



43.     Q.  Who is the chief Justice of the Supreme Court?

          A.  William Rehnquist


44.     Q.  Can you name the thirteen original states?

A.     Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts,

Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia,

Rhode Island, and Maryland


45.     Q.  Who said “Give me liberty or give me death”?

A.     Patrick Henry


46.     Q.  Which countries were our principal aliens (friends) during World War II?

A.     United Kingdom (Great Britain), Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France,

Russia (U.S.S.R.), and China


47.     Q.  What is the 49th state of the Union (United States )?

A.     Alaska


48.     Q.  How many terms can a President serve?

A.     Two (2)


49.     Q. Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.?

A.     A civil rights leader   


50.     Q. Who is the head of your local government?

A.     Providence: Mayor Vincent Cianci, Pawtucket: James E. Doyle, Central Falls:

Lee M Matthews, Cranston: John O'Leary, Warwick: Scott Avedisian.


51.     Q. According to the Constitution, a person must certain requirements in order to be

               eligible to become President.  Name one of these requirements.

A.     Must be a natural born citizen of the United States; must be at least 35 years

by the time he/she will serve; must have lived in the United States for at least 14 years.


52.     Q.  Why are there 100 Senators in the Senate?

A.     Two (2) from each state


53.     Q.  Who selects the Supreme Court justices?

A.     They are appointed by the President


54.     Q.  How many Supreme Court justices are there?

A.     Nine (9)


55      Q.  Why did the Pilgrims come to America    

          A. For religious freedom


56.     Q.  What is the head executive of a state government called?

A.     Governor


57.     Q.  What is the head executive of a city government called?

A.     Mayor


58.     Q.  What holiday was celebrated  for the first time by the American colonists?

A.     Thanksgiving


59.     Q.  Who was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence?

A.     Thomas Jefferson


60.     Q.  When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?

A.     July 4, 1776


61.     Q.  What is the basic belief of the Declaration of Independence?

A.     That all men are created equal


62.     Q.  What is the national anthem of the United states?

A.     The Star-Spangled Banner


63.     Q.  Who wrote the Star-Spangled Banner?

A.     Francis Scott Key


64.     Q.  Where does freedom of speech come from?

A.     The Bill of Rights


65.     Q.  What is the minimum voting age in the United States?

A.     Eighteen (18)


66.     Q.  Who signs bills into laws?

A.     The President


67.     Q.  What is the highest court in the United States?

A.     The Supreme Court


68.    Q.  Who was the President during the Civil War?                                                                                              

A.     Abraham Lincoln


69.    Q.  What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?

A.     Freed many slaves


70.    Q.  What special group advises the President?

A.     The Cabinet 



71.     Q.  Which President is called the “Father of our country”?

A.     George Washington


72.     Q.  What is the 50th state of the Union ( United States )?

A.     Hawaii


73.     Q.  Who helped the Pilgrims in America?

A.     the American Indians ( Native Americans )


74.     Q.  What is the name of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America?

A.     the Mayflower


75.     Q.  What were the 13 original states of the U.S. called?

A.     Colonies


76.     Q.  Name 3 rights or freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights

A.     1.  The right of freedom of speech, press, religion, peaceable assembly and

      requesting change of government

2.  The right to bear arms (the right to have weapons or own a gun, though

     subject to certain regulations )

3.  The government may no quarter, or house, soldiers  in  people’s home

     during peacetime without the people’s consent

4.  The government may not search or take a person’s property without a 


5.  A person may not be tried twice for the same crime and does not have to

6.  A person charge with a crime still has some rights, such as the right to a

     trial  and to have a lawyer

7.  The right to trial by jury  in most cases

8.  Protects people against excessive or unreasonable fines or crucial and

     unusual punishment

9.  The people have rights other than those mentioned in the Constitution

10. Any power not given to the federal government by the Constitution is

      a power of either the state or the people


77.     Q.  Who has the power to declare war?

A.     The Congress   


78.     Q.  Name one amendment which guarantees or address voting rights.

A.     15th, 19th, 24th, 26th


79.     Q.  Which President freed the slaves?

A.     Abraham Lincoln


80.     Q.  In what year was the Constitution written?

A.     1787


81.     Q.  What are the first amendments to the Constitution called?

A.     The Bill of Rights


82.     Q.  Name one purpose of the United Nations.

A.     For countries to discuss and try to resolve world problems; to provide economic

aid  to many countries


83.     Q.  Where does the Congress meet?

A.     In the Capitol in Washington, D. C.


84.     Q.  Whose rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?

A.     Everyone’s (citizens and non-citizens living in the U.S.)


85.     Q.  What is the introduction to the Constitution called?

A.     The Preamble


86.     Q.  Name one benefit of being a citizen of the United of States.

A.     Obtain a federal government jobs, travel with a U.S. passport, petition for close

relatives to come to the U.S. to live


87.     Q.  What is the most important right granted to U.S. citizens?

A.     The right to vote


88.     Q.  What is the United States Capitol building?

A.     The place where Congress meets


89.     Q.  What is the White House?

A.     The President’s official home


90.     Q.  Where is the White House located?

A.     Washington, D.C. (1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.)


91.     Q.  What is the name of the President’s official home?

A.     The White House


92.     Q.  Name one right guaranteed by the first amendment

A.     Freedom of: speech, press, religion, peaceable assembly, and, requesting

change of government


93.     Q.  Who is the commander in Chief of the U.S. military?

A.     The President


94.     Q.  Which President was the first Commander in chief of the U.S. military?

A.     George Washington



95.     Q.  In what month do we vote for the President?

A.     November


96.     Q.  In what month is the new President inaugurated?

A.     January


97.     Q.  How many times may a Senator be reelected?

A.     There is not limit   


98.     Q.  How many times may a Congressman be reelected?

A.     There is not limit


99.     Q. What are the two major political parties in the U.S. today?

A.     Democratic and Republican


100.   Q.  How many states are in the United States?

A.     50


101.   Q.  Name the Representatives of your state

A.     Patrick Kennedy and James Langevin


102.   Q. Who is the Speaker of the House?

          A.  Dennis Hastert


103.   Q.  What countries were our principal enemies in World War II?

A.     Germany, Italy and Japan


104.   Q.  What countries were our principal enemies in World War I?

A.     Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Turkey


105.   Q.  What  countries  were our principal aliens  in World War I?

A.     England, France and Russia



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