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Barbara Walking in the Valley
A weekly column for those who live and walk in Silicon Valley

by Barbara Dahlgren

Passing the Test
Column for the week of June 29-July 5, 2003

Each year scores of immigrants desire to become citizens of the United States of America, a privilege so many of us take for granted. In order to do this they must pass a test. Here are just a few of the questions on that exam selected at random. Let’s see how you do.

1. Who elects the President of the United States?
2. How many stripes are on our flag and what do they represent?
3. What color are the stars on our flag and what do they represent?
4. What is the 4th of July and what does it represent?
5. How many terms can our President serve?
6. What is the Constitution?
7. What do we call a change to the Constitution?
8. How many branches are there in our government and name them?
9. Who makes the laws in the United States?
10. What are the duties of the Supreme Court?
11. How many Supreme Court justices are there and how do they come to office?
12. Who said, "Give me liberty or give me death."?
13. What countries were our enemies in World War II?
14. According to the Constitution, a person must meet certain requirements in order to
be eligible to become President. Name one of these requirements. .
15. What is the national anthem of the United States and who wrote it?
16. What is a minimum voting age in the United States?
17. Who was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence?
18. Who has the power to declare the war?
19. What kind of government does the United States have?
20. What special group advises the President?
21. In what year was the Constitution written?
22. How many times can a Congressman be elected?
23. Whose rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?
24. What is the introduction to the Constitution called?
25. What is the most important right granted to U.S. citizens?

These are but a few of the questions someone seeking U.S. citizenship must answer. How did you do? Be honest! How much do you know about this great country we live in? If you had to take a test today in order to keep your citizenship, would you pass? Perhaps if such tests were mandatory we would appreciate what we have so much more.

It gives us something to think about as we approach Fourth of July. July 4th celebrates our Independence Day. I pray we never become so independent that we aren’t grateful for what we have. May God bless America and may we never take God or America for granted.


1. The electoral college
2. 13, representing the original 13 states
3. White, one for each state in the Union.
4. Independence Day, celebrating our independence from England
5. 2 - four year terms
6. The supreme law of the land
7. An Amendment
8. 3 - Legislative, Executive, and Judiciary
9. Congress
10. To interpret laws
11. 9, appointed by the President
12. Patrick Henry
13. Japan, Germany, Italy
14. Must be a natural born citizen of the United States; must be at least 35 years old by the time he/she will serve; must have lived in the United States for at least 14 years
15. The Star-Spangled Banner, Francis Scott Key
16. Eighteen (18)
17. Thomas Jefferson
18. The Congress
19. The U.S. is a Republic not a Democracy
20. The Cabinet
21. 1787
22. There is no limit
23. Everyone (citizens and non-citizens) living in U.S.
24. The Preamble
25. The right to vote

©June 2003

Be sure to visit this page every week to read the next edition of Walking in the Valley. You can write to the author at bdahlgren@wcgsouthbay.org.



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