100 Sample Citizenship Interview Test Practice Questions
SECTION 2: AMERICAN HISTORY (New Test Questions)
Note: If you are applying for citizenship application after Oct 1, 2008,
when you are having an interview with a Citizenship Officer, you will be asked some of the questions
listed below. To prepare for your interview test, the best tool you can use is the Free U.S. Citizenship Test Practice System.
* If you are 65 years old or older and have been a legal permanent resident of the United States for 20 or more years, you may study just the questions that have been marked with an asterisk.
Part A: Colonial Period and Independence
58. What is one reason colonists came to America?
practice their religion
59. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
60. What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?
people from Africa
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61. Why did the colonists fight the British?
because of high taxes (taxation without representation)
because the British army stayed in their houses (boarding, quartering)
because they didn't have self-government
62. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
63. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
July 4, 1776
64. There were 13 original states. Name three.
65. What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
The Constitution was written.
The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution.
66. When was the Constitution written?
67. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.
68. What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
oldest member of the Constitutional Convention
first Postmaster General of the United States
writer of "Poor Richard's Almanac"
started the first free libraries
69. Who is the "Father of Our Country"?
70. Who was the first President?*
Part B: 1800s
71. What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
the Louisiana Territory
72. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.
War of 1812
73. Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.
the Civil War
the War between the States
74. Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
75. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?*
freed the slaves (Emancipation Proclamation)
saved (or preserved) the Union
led the United States during the Civil War
76. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
freed the slaves
freed slaves in the Confederacy
freed slaves in the Confederate states
freed slaves in most Southern states
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77. What did Susan B. Anthony do?
fought for women's rights
fought for civil rights
Part C: Recent American History and Other Important Historical Information
78. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.*
World War I
World War II
(Persian) Gulf War
79. Who was President during World War I?
80. Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?
81. Who did the United States fight in World War II?
Japan, Germany, and Italy
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82. Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?
World War II
83. During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?
84. What movement tried to end racial discrimination?
civil rights (movement)
85. What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?*
fought for civil rights
worked for equality for all Americans
86. What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States?
Terrorists attacked the United States.
87. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.
[USCIS Officers will be supplied with a list of federally recognized American Indian tribes.]
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