Civics (History & Government) Questions for the Naturalization Test
Colonial Period and Independence
- What is one reason colonists came to America?
▪ political liberty
▪ religious freedom
▪ economic opportunity
▪ practice their religion
▪ escape persecution
- Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
▪ American Indians
▪ Native Americans
- What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?
▪ people from Africa
- Why did the colonists fight the British?
▪ because of high taxes (taxation without representation)
▪ because the British army stayed in their houses (boarding, quartering)
▪ because they didn’t have self-government
- Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? – (Thomas) Jefferson
- When was the Declaration of Independence adopted? – July 4, 1776
- There were 13 original states. Name three.
▪ New Hampshire
▪ Rhode Island
▪ New York
▪ New Jersey
▪ North Carolina
▪ South Carolina
- What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
▪ The Constitution was written.
▪ The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution.
- When was the Constitution written? – 1787
- The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.
▪ (James) Madison
▪ (Alexander) Hamilton
▪ (John) Jay
- What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
▪ U.S. diplomat
▪ oldest member of the Constitutional Convention
▪ first Postmaster General of the United States
▪ writer of “Poor Richard’s Almanac”
▪ started the first free libraries
- Who is the “Father of Our Country”? – (George) Washington
- Who was the first President? – (George) Washington
The 100 civics (history and government) questions and answers for the naturalization test
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