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U.S. citizenship test is no easy A

Passersby at St. Armands Circle were given the quiz and got mixed results.
by: Ryan Kohn Sports Reporter

Americans like to think we know everything about the country we call home. How true is that? Could we pass our own citizenship test without studying the answers? Here are 13 questions from the actual citizenship test to see how you stand. 

1. What is the supreme law of the land?

2. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?

3. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?

4. Who was President during World War I?

5. How many U.S. Senators are there?

6. Who is one of Florida's two U.S. senators?

7. What is the name of one U.S. territory?

8. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?

9. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?

10. What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?

11. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

12. When was the Constitution written?

13. Who is the “Father of Our Country”?




Excuse me, we're from the Observer . . . 

We thought it would be fun to put folks on the spot as they made their way around St. Armands Circle one day to test their knowledge of basic United States information. You know, the stuff people who are seeking citizenship have to learn. Watch the whole video at (or hover your smartphone camera over the QR code and tap the screen when instructed. Carlos Palma was one of those brave enough to go on camera with us (along with a very knowledgable dog). 

Here's an example of some of Carlos' answers: 

Question: The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?

Palma's answer: (Laughs) "My fellow Americans?" 

Question: Who is one of Florida's two U.S. senators?

Palma's answer: I know one is DeSantos … oh wait, he's the governor. Then I don't know my senators. 

Question:  What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?

Palma's answer: Ooh, I hope I'm not breaking any. I have no idea honestly. [After hearing the answers:] Oh wow. Some of the most simple things. I do one of them, I promise you.

Question: When was the Constitution written?

Palma's answer: I do not know when it was written. 1768? 

Question: What is the name of one U.S. territory?

Palma's answer: Puerto Rico. I think another is St. … no, the [U.S.] Virgin Islands. It makes me feel good that I know something. I almost said St. Petersburg, but that isn't right. 

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I’m the sports reporter for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. I was born and raised in Olney, MD. My biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. My strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.

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