Can you pass the test?

Name the 12th U.S. President (check one):
( ) Zachary Taylor ( ) Opie Taylor  ( ) Taylor Swift

Seriously, I was a bit shocked to see the results of a national survey regarding the level of knowledge regarding our own nation’s history this week.  Fifty percent of those born here in the United States of America would not pass the naturalization test if 70% (a grade of C, or 7 of 10 questions answered correctly) were the bar they needed to exceed.

Xavier University’s Center for the Study of the American Dream revealed that 33% of native-born citizens failed the civics portion of the naturalization test.  Compare this to the 97.5% pass rate among immigrants applying for citizenship.  Currently, passing requires answering six out of 10 questions correctly.

The study outlined how, if the pass rate were seven out of 10, 50% of native-born Americans would fail. The Center’s nationwide survey tested adult Americans on 10 random questions taken directly from the naturalization test.Other results:

  • 59% of survey respondents could not name one power of the federal government
  • 77% could not name one power of the states
  • 62% could not name the Governor of their state
  • 71% were unable to identify the Constitution as the “supreme law of the land”
  • 68% did not know how many justices are on the Supreme Court
  • 75% were not able to correctly answer “What does the judiciary branch do?”

Want to take the test?

I took it, and only missed two out of 60 questions attempted.  One was a stupid mistake about which war was fought when, but the other was an incorrect answer that the Constitution was written in 1776, when it was really written in 17–.  Want the answer?  Review your history book, or take the test and check your answers, or shoot me an email.

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