Like many national holidays, the Fourth of July has become one in which people tend to focus more on how to celebrate rather than why.
On July 4, 1776, representatives from 13 colonies declared their independence from England, setting in motion the creation of what we believe is the greatest country in the world.
And while many people will be thinking about picnics and late night fireworks, we offer a diverting little quiz to add a dash more patriotism to the celebration today.
We have picked 25 questions from the 100 listed on the study guide for the naturalization test given by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Those who want to become U.S. citizens must correctly answer six of 10 random questions. For them, it is an oral test.
For you, be honorable and don’t cheat by peeking at the answers at the bottom.
1. What is the supreme law of the land?
2. What do we call the first 10 amendments to the Constitution?
3. How many amendments does the Constitution have?
4. What is the “rule of law”?
5. What is the economic system in the United States?
6. How many U.S. senators are there?
7. We elect a U.S. senator for how many years?
8. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
9. We elect a U.S. representative for how many years?
10. Why do some states have more representatives than others?
11. We elect a president for how many years?
12. What is the name of the current vice president of the United States?
13. What does the president’s Cabinet do?
14. What are two Cabinet-level positions?
15. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
16. Who is the current Chief Justice of the United States?
17. What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?
18. Name one right only for United States citizens.
19. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
20. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?
21. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
22. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
23. What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
24. When was the Constitution written?
25. When do we celebrate Independence Day?
Answers to the citizenship quiz
1. The Constitution
2. The Bill of Rights
4. Everyone must follow the law; leaders must follow the law; government must obey the law; no one is above the law.
5. Capitalist economy, Market economy
6. 100 members
7. Six years
8. 435 members
9. Two years
10. Because some states have more people than other states
11. Four years
12. Vice President Joe Biden
13. Advises the President
14. Secretary of: Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, the Interior, Labor, Transportation, Veteran’s Affairs, the Treasury, and the Attorney General and Vice President.
16. Chief Justice John Roberts
17. Serve on a jury; vote in a federal election
18. Vote in a federal election; run for federal office
19. Freedom of: Expression, Speech, Assembly, Religion; Freedom to Petition the Government and the Right to Bear Arms
20. Give up loyalty to other countries; defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States; obey the laws of the United States; serve in the U.S. Military (if needed); serve the nation (if needed) and be loyal to the United States.
21. July 4, 1776
22. Thomas Jefferson
23. The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution
25. July 4