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. Immigration officials plan to refine the test before it’s rolled out nationwide in spring 2008.
Could you pass? Below are some sample questions. For the answers and more questions, go here).
Name one thing only the federal government can do.
Name two of the natural, or inalienable, rights in the Declaration of Independence.
Who is the Senate Majority Leader now?
What does it mean that the U.S. Constitution is a constitution of limited powers?
What type of economic system does the U.S. have?