Born in the U.S.A.

j0384725.jpgAt work today, we celebrated with a co-worker who recently became an American citizen. The man talked about coming to America in 1969 from another country and it made me think, what an experience that must be and one that those of us who were born in America will never feel.

I wrote an article a few years ago when I was still a newspaper reporter about a couple who came to the United States and became U.S. citizens. The wife described the process and talked about the citizenship test that those seeking to be U.S. citizens must pass. On the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services web site are 96 practice questions. Questions like “How many branches are there in the U.S. government?” (3), “What is the name of the President’s official home?” (the White House) and “What are the colors of our flag?” (red, white and blue).

I chose a few easy ones to post here but there were some that I know I learned in school but had to take a peek at the answers. Check out the complete sample Q and A here and see how you do. If you had to take a test to be an American, would you pass with flying colors – red, white and blue?


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