U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is trying out a new naturalization exam that it hopes will promote less rote memorization and more conceptual understanding
of U.S. history and government. The new questions also cover some more current material. Example: Who is the Attorney General? (Answer: Alberto Gonzales).
Beginning early next year, the test will be piloted in 10 cities — Yakima
is the closest to us — to volunteer applicants, who can switch back to the old exam if they don’t score well on the experimental test.