Would You Pass the US Citizenship Test?

By Christina Lorey

December 12, 2022

As born & bred Wisconsinites, we should be able to answer even the hardest questions… right? Let’s find out.

More than 50,000 immigrants living in Wisconsin are currently eligible for US citizenship– a long process that involves residing in the US for 3 to 5 years, proving they can read, write, and speak English, and passing a 10-question oral civics exam.  

That last part is not a multiple choice test, but rather a series of ten questions selected by an immigration officer during the final interview stage. Immigrants need to answer six of the ten (from a list of 100) correctly to pass.

96.1% do, and go on to earn US citizenship. But since most of us are born & bred Americans, lifelong Wisconsinites, we should be able to answer even the hardest questions… right?

Let’s find out!

Would You Pass the US Citizenship Test?

The Test

10. Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.

9. Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?

8. What is the rule of law?

7. Who was President during World War I?

6. Who is the current Chief Justice of the United States?

5. How many Justices are on the Supreme Court?

4. What year was the Constitution written?

3. The House of Representatives has how many members?

2. How many amendments does the Constitution have?

1. Name one writer of the Federalist Papers.

Remember: You need to answer 6 out of 10 correctly to pass.

Would You Pass the US Citizenship Test?

The Answers

10. The Mississippi and/or the Missouri River

9. Franklin D. Roosevelt

8. The rule of law is a set of principles, or ideals, for ensuring an orderly and just society.

7. Woodrow Wilson

6. John Roberts

5. 1787

4. 9

3. 435

2. 27

1. Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and/or John Jay

How did you do?

FUN FACT: Nearly one million immigrant adults became US citizens in 2022– not quite record-setting, but close!

Would You Pass the US Citizenship Test?

967,400 immigrants are now official Americans, which is the third-highest annual tally in US history, according to the latest Citizenship and Immigration Services report. That number was only topped in 1996 and 2008.

The majority of America’s newest citizens came from MexicoIndia, the PhilippinesCuba, or the Dominican Republic.


  • Christina Lorey

    Christina is an Edward R. Murrow-winning journalist and former producer, reporter, and anchor for TV stations in Madison and Moline. When she’s not writing or asking questions, you can find her volunteering with Girls on the Run, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and various mental health organizations.



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