Beginning in the next school year, students in Arizona high schools must pass the equivalent of the U.S. citizenship test to achieve their diploma under a new law the Republican-controlled state legislature approved.  The first such law in the nation was supported and signed into law on January by Governor Doug Ducey.

To pass, high school students must correctly answer at least 60% of the 100 questions from the civics portion of the exam that new immigrants take.  The test includes questions about basic U.S. history matters such as the Revolutionary War, the founding fathers, powers and rights as defined by the Constitution, and American political figures.

Here are 11 sample questions provided by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which requires immigrants to pass a 100-question test to obtain their citizenship.

You must score 60% or higher to get citizenship; but since you already have it, you’ll need 90% to pass; however, you don’t have to tell us whether you passed or not.

  1. Under our constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?
    1. Create an army
    2. Provide schooling and education
    3. Coin or print money
    4. Make treaties
  2. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States
    1. Slavs
    2. Zawi Chemi
    3. Cherokee
    4. Celts
  3. Who was president during the Great Depression and World War II?
    1. Herbert Hoover
    2. Calvin Coolidge
    3. Harry Truman
    4. Franklin Roosevelt
  4. What is freedom of religion?
    1. You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion
    2. No one can practice a religion
    3. You can’t choose the time you practice your religion
    4. You must choose a religion
  5. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
    1. 9
    2. 10
    3. 11
    4. 12
  6. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
    1. Freedom of worship and freedom to make treaties with other countries
    2. Freedom of speech and freedom to run for president
    3. Freedom to petition the government and freedom to disobey traffic laws
    4. Freedom of speech and freedom or worship
  7. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.
    1. George Washington
    2. James Madison
    3. John Adams
    4. Thomas Jefferson
  8. What did Susan B. Anthony do?
    1. The first woman elected to the House of Representatives
    2. Founded the American Red Cross
    3. Made the first flag of the United States
    4. Fought for women’s rights
  9. How old do citizens have to be to vote for president?
    1. 16
    2. 18
    3. 35
    4. 21
  10. What do we call the first amendments to the Constitution?
    1. The inalienable rights
    2. The Declaration of Independence
    3. The Articles of Confederation
    4. The Bill of Rights
  11. Under our constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?
    1. To provide police departments
    2. To issue driver’s licenses
    3. To make treaties
    4. To provide schooling

You probably got 100%, so I’m sure you can get a high school diploma in Arizona.

Just in case you have any doubt, here are the answers to this quiz:

  1. 2.  Provide schooling and education
  2. 3.  Cherokee
  3. 4.  Franklin Roosevelt
  4. 1.  You can practice any religion or not practice a religion
  5. 1.  9
  6. 4.  Freedom of speech and freedom of worship
  7. 2.  James Madison
  8. 4.  Fought for women’s rights
  9. 2.  18
  10. 4.  The Bill of Rights
  11. 3.  To make treaties


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  1. Gary W.

    Hi Art,
    That was fun. Got just one wrong (Susan B. Anthony – Only know her for being on the dollar coin) so I guess I passed…. whew!

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