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Preguntas cívica para el examen de la ciudadanía en inglés 1.

What is the supreme law of the land? The Constitution

2.

What is an amendment? A change to the Constitution

3.

How many amendments does the Constitution have? Twenty-seven (27)

4.

What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution? The Bill of Rights

5.

Name one branch or part of the government. Congress

6.

Who is in charge of the Executive Branch? The President

7.

Who makes federal laws? Congress

8.

What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress? The Senate and House of Representatives

9.

How many U.S. Senators are there? One hundred (100)

10.

For how many years do we elect a U.S. Senator? For six (6) years

11.

Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators now? (NYS) Kirsten Gillibrand or Charles Schumer

12.

The House of Representatives has how many voting members? Four hundred thirty-five (435)

13.

For how many years do we elect a U.S. Representative? For two (2) years

14.

Name your U.S. Representative. Answers will vary.

15.

For how many years do we elect the President? For four (4) years


16.

In what month do we vote for The President? In November

17.

What is the name of the President of the United States? Barack Hussein Obama

18.

What is the name of the Vice President of the United States? Joseph Biden or Joe Biden

19.

If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President? The Vice President

20.

If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President? The Speaker of the House

21.

Who is the Commander in Chief of the military? The President

22.

Who signs bills to become laws? The President

23.

What does the judicial branch do? It explains the laws

24.

What is the highest court in the United States? The Supreme Court

25.

How many justices are in the Supreme Court? Nine (9)

26.

Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now? John Roberts (John G. Roberts, Jr.)

27.

Who is the Governor of your state now? Andrew Cuomo

28.

What is the capital of your state? (NYS) Albany

29.

What are the two major political parties in the United States? Democrat and Republican

30.

What is the political party of our President? Democrat (Party)

31.

What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?


(John) Boehner 32.

What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens? Serve on a jury or vote in an election

33.

Name one right only for United States citizens. To vote

34.

What are two reasons colonists came to America? Religious freedom and economic opportunity

35.

Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived? American Indians

36.

Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? Thomas Jefferson

37.

When was the Declaration of Independence adopted? On July 4, 1776

38.

There were 13 original states. Name three. Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey

39.

When was the Constitution written? In 1787

40.

Who is the “Father of Our Country�? George Washington

41.

Who was the first President? George Washington

42.

What is the capital of the United States? Washington, D.C.

43.

What is the name of the national anthem? The Star-Spangled Banner

44.

When do we celebrate Independence Day? On July 4th

45.

What did the Declaration of Independence do? It declared our independence (from Great Britain)

46.

What is one right in the Declaration of Independence? Life or liberty or pursuit of happiness

47.

Who does a U.S. Senator represent? All the people of his state


48.

Why do some states have more Representatives than other states? (Because) they have more people

49.

Who vetoes bills? The President

50.

What does the President’s Cabinet do? Advises the President

51.

What are two rights of everyone living in the United States? Freedom of speech and freedom of assembly

52.

How old do citizens have to be to vote for the President? Eighteen (18)

53.

Name the U.S. war between the North and the South. The Civil War

54.

Name one reason or problem that led to the Civil War. Slavery or economic reasons

55.

What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did? Freed the slaves (Emancipation Proclamation)

56.

What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do? He fought for civil rights

57.

Who did the United States fight in World War II? Japan, Germany, and Italy

58.

Why does the flag have 13 stripes? Because there were 13 original colonies

59.

Why does the flag have 50 stars? Because there is one star for each state

60.

Name two national U.S. holidays. Independence Day, and Labor Day

61.

What does the Constitution do? It protects the basic rights of the Americans Citizens

62.

The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are the words? “We the People”

63.

What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment? Freedom of speech

64.

What is freedom of religion?


You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion. 65.

What is the economic system in the United States? Capitalist economy or a market economy

66.

What is the “rule of law�? Everyone must follow the law.

67.

What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful? Checks and balances

68.

What are two Cabinet-level positions? Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Education

69.

What is one power of the federal government? To print money

70.

What is one power of the states? To provide protection (police)

71.

There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them. Citizens eighteen (18) and older can vote

72.

What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance? To the United States and the flag

73.

What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen? To obey the laws of the United States.

74.

What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy? To vote and join a political party.

75.

When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms? April 15

76.

When must all men register for the Selective Service? Between eighteen (18) and twenty-six (26)

77.

What group of people were taken to America and sold as slaves? People from Africa

78.

Why did the colonists fight the British? Because of high taxes

79.

What happened at the Constitutional Convention? The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution.

80.

The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.


James Madison 81.

What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for? He was a U.S. diplomat

82.

What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803? Louisiana

83.

Name two wars fought by the United States in the 1800s. Mexican-American War and the Civil War

84.

What did the Emancipation Proclamation do? Freed the slaves

85.

What did Susan B. Anthony do? She fought for civil rights

86.

Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s. World War II

87.

Who was President during World War I? Woodrow Wilson

88.

Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II? Franklin Roosevelt

89.

Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in? World War II

90.

During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States? Communism

91.

What movement tried to end racial discrimination? The civil rights movement

92.

What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States? Terrorists attacked the United States.

93.

Name one or more American Indian tribe in the United States. Cherokee, Navajo, and Pueblo

94.

Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States. Missouri (River), Mississippi (River)

95.

What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States? The Pacific (Ocean)

96.

What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States? The Atlantic (Ocean)


97.

Name one or more U.S. territories. Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

98.

Name one or more states that border Canada. New York, Washington, and Alaska

99.

Name one or more states that border Mexico. California, New Mexico and Texas

100. Where is the Statue of Liberty? In New York (Harbor), or in Liberty Island


Preguntas cívica para el examen de la ciudadanía en inglés