Following is the last of our annual two-part summer feature on the 100 questions U.S. naturalization candidates can be asked during a citizenship interview, as provided by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.
Here are the last 50, with acceptable answers. For more information on naturalization, visit www.uscis.gov.
51. What are two rights of everyone living in the U.S.?
52. What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?
53. What is one promise you make when you become a U.S. citizen?
54. How old do citizens have to be to vote for president?
55. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
56. When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?
57. When must all men register for Selective Service?
58. What is one reason colonists came to America?
59. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
60. What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?
61. Why did the colonists fight the British?
62. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
63. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
64. There were 13 original states. Name three.
65. What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
66. When was the Constitution written?
67. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.
68. What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
69. Who is the “father of our country?”
70. Who was the first president?
71. Which territory did the U.S. buy from France in 1803?
72. Name one war fought by the U.S. in the 1800s
73. Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.
74. Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
75. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?
76. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
77. What did Susan B. Anthony do?
78. Name one war fought by the U.S. in the 1900s
79. Who was president during World War I?
80. Who was president during the Great Depression and World War II?
81. Who did the U.S. fight in World War II?
82. Before he was president, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?
83. During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the U.S.?
84. What movement tried to end racial discrimination?
85. What did Martin Luther King Jr. do?
86. What major event happened on September 11, 2001 in the U.S.?
87. Name one American Indian tribe in the U.S.
88. Name one of the two longest rivers in the U.S.
89. What ocean is on the West Coast of the U.S.?
90. What ocean is on the East Coast of the U.S.?
91. Name one U.S. territory.
92. Name one state that borders Canada.
93. Name one state that borders Mexico.
94. What is the capital of the U.S.?
95. Where is the Statue of Liberty?
96. Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
97. Why does the flag have 50 stars?
98. What is the name of the national anthem?
99. When do we celebrate Independence Day?
100. Name two national U.S. holidays.
51. Freedom of expression, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom to petition the government, freedom of worship, the right to bear arms; 52. United States, the flag; 53. Give up loyalty to other countries, defend the Constitution and laws of the U.S., obey the laws of the U.S., serve in the U.S. military (if needed), serve (do important work for) the nation (if needed), be loyal to the U.S.; 54. 18; 55. Join a political party, help with a campaign, join a civic group, join a community group, give an elected official your opinion on an issue, call senators and representatives, publicly support or oppose an issue or policy, run for office, write to a newspaper; 56. April 15; 57. Between 18 and 26; 58. Freedom, political liberty, religious freedom, economic opportunity, practice their religion, escape persecution; 59. American Indians, Native Americans; 60. Africans, people from Africa; 61. Because of high taxes (taxation without representation), because the British Army stayed in their houses (boarding, quartering), because they didn’t have self-government; 62. Thomas Jefferson; 63. July 4, 1776; 64. New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia; 65. The Constitution was written, the founding fathers wrote the Constitution; 66. 1787; 67. James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay; 68. U.S. diplomat, oldest member of the Constitutional Convention, first postmaster general of the U.S., writer of Poor Richard’s Almanac, started the first free libraries; 69. George Washington; 70. George Washington; 71. Louisiana Territory, Louisiana; 72. War of 1812, Mexican American War, Civil War, Spanish-American War; 73. Civil War,
the War between the States; 74. Slavery, economic reasons, states’ rights; 75. Freed the slaves (Emancipation Proclamation), saved (or preserved) the Union, led the U.S. during the Civil War; 76. Freed the slaves, freed slaves in the Confederacy, freed slaves in the Confederate states, freed slaves in most southern states; 77. Fought for women’s rights, fought for civil rights; 78. World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, (Persian) Gulf War; 79. (Woodrow) Wilson; 80. Franklin Roosevelt; 81. Japan, Germany, and Italy; 82. World War II; 83. Communism; 84. Civil rights movement; 85. Fought for civil rights, worked for equality for all Americans; 86. Terrorists attacked the U.S.; 87. Cherokee, Navajo, Sioux, Chippewa, Choctaw, Pueblo, Apache, Iroquois, Creek, Blackfeet, Seminole, Cheyenne, Arawak, Shawnee, Mohegan, Huron, Oneida, Lakota, Crow, Teton, Hopi, Inuit; 88. Missouri River, Mississippi River; 89. Pacific Ocean; 90. Atlantic Ocean; 91. Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam; 92. Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Alaska; 93. California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas; 94. Washington, D.C.; 95. New York (Harbor), Liberty Island (Also acceptable are New Jersey, near New York City, and on the Hudson River); 96. Because there were 13 original colonies, because the stripes represent the original colonies; 97. Because there is one star for each state, because each star represents a state, because there are 50 states; 98. The Star-Spangled Banner, 99. July 4; 100. New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas.