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Editor’s Notebook: The Naturalization Process Requires a Civics Test-Can You Pass the Test?

It’s time to test your knowledge about our country and see if you can pass the same test someone going through the naturalization process has to pass.

Last year 694,193 people were sworn in as new citizens of the United States.  Each one of these new citizens had to take a civics test that showed they have a basic understanding of our history, economy, and political makeup. 

I took the test Tuesday night and I passed.

How do you think you would do on this test?  If you have the confidence, give yourself about 20-30 minutes to take the test.

I hope Benicia Patch readers will take the test and then tell us your score in the comments section.

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Marnix A. van Ammers July 18, 2012 at 05:34 PM
The test doesn't seem to stop. After a short while it will repeat previously asked questions. I was able to answer all the questions I got correctly. I was born in the Netherlands and became a citizen in 1960 when my parents became citizens. Since I was only 16 I didn't have to take a test. But besides the test there was an application form that had to be filled out. My parents often joked about having to answer the question "Are you planning to overthrow the United States government?". That question wasn't the funny part though. The funny part was the follow=up question: "If so, how?".
Insider July 20, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Thanks for sharing your story, made me laugh, "if so, how". It still amazes me how some people choose to believe that if the person is not Caucasian,  they are not an American.  These so called "Americans"only see  skin color and associate it with being a "Non USA" citizen, True ignorance at its best.  We are a great country , a melting pot of many, God I love this country, but the the ignorance can be blinding.
John Headley July 25, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Insider, I. Think you are mixing American, with True American. Even Daniel Day Lewis knows you have to be an Italian to be a true American.
Robert Livesay July 25, 2012 at 02:52 PM
John are you Italian or across from the boot. Kee Fi. You are not a Momaluke are you?
John Headley July 26, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Maltese.
Robert Livesay July 26, 2012 at 02:17 PM
close enough
julie July 26, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Good article and I had no problems taking the test. Thanks for the warning about time needed and the test. Since only 58 of 96 questions need to be answered correctly I wonder what the scores look like and what is pass fail percentage. I passed. Did not think we still had selective service due to volunteer army and missed # reps in congress.
Insider July 28, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Ahh, yes the true American, the Nordic tribesmen. Landing on America, and then moving on. I believe that Robert's thoughts on who is a "true American " is clouded by his narrow views of the world, a very bland spectrum of color. Just my opinion, but he seems to be one who Has the idea that the city of Benicia and the USA in general was founded on upright citizens. Benicia for example was a deal between Robert Semple and General Vallejo as they kidnapped him from his home on the way to taking him to jail, Bear Flag Revolt. Sounds like he had no other choice. Cracks me up how many are unaware of how this town began. Although I love the history here and this community. Charles P Stone, young general and architect designer of the Arsonal (Camel Barn) and overseer Of the building of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, the Arsonal has a certificate issued to the city of Benicia from New York. So, the historical society overseers should tell people the truth about this city, not as a way faulting Benicia, just give the facts, Benicia pronounced Ba-nieese-see-ah. Seems our history books need to be updated. American, what is an American?, please share .
Robert Livesay July 28, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Everything is angolosized.; Even your name Insider. Could be Ins ider or in sid er. Who knows. I do believe all American citizens are Americans. Some just got that way differently.
Insider July 29, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Even as an Anglo Man as well , and you Robert can see that history is told in a manner that leaves many facts aside. The good and the bad, the ying and the yang we need it all to come to a truthful base. Ro bert live Say. Ken Insider. Or Ken Ins Ider if you please
Robert Livesay July 29, 2012 at 03:50 PM
You do have a sense of humor. I like that
Insider July 29, 2012 at 06:21 PM
As you do as well. Have a good Sunday, step away from the PC, MAC or other digital realm and enjoy the day! Ken

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