Building more informed citizens with Maps101

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Recently, Newsweek surveyed 1000 Americans to find out how many of us could pass the Government’s Citizenship Test. The test uses a database of 100 questions, of which the taker must answer 10. A pass is awarded for 6/10 or 60% correct answers.

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US Government - House of Representatives

The questions cover a variety of topics American History, American government, systems of government, civics, and rights and responsibilities. The findings of the survey revealed that 38% of Americans would not pass the test, and showed wide variations in knowledge across different subject areas.

For example, 80% of respondents did not know the name of the President during World War I (Woodrow Wilson), and only 53% correctly stated that the first ten amendments to the constitution was known as the Bill of Rights.

Through Maps101, students can learn about American and World History, Civics, Government and Economics through a variety of engaging content. From videos about the history of the Constitution, the Civil Rights movement and the Civil War, to news articles and lesson plans covering the Cold War, Presidential Elections of the past, and Interactive Maps that enable students to conduct independent and guided research, we provide the answers to many of these questions in a variety of support materials that other online resources cannot match. Our reference atlas includes comprehensive, searchable data on every continent and country and is frequently updated.

We have included a selection of questions from the citizenship test below, with links to the content that holds the answers withing Maps101. If you are not a Maps101 subscriber, visit our website, set up a free trial login and try out the content for yourself. Get a PDF of theĀ questions and answers here.

US Citizenship Test

When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?

National Geographic Video – The Impact of the Declaration of Independence.

The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.

National Geographic Video – Bill of Rights.

Who was president during World War I?

Western Civilizations Map – League of Nations.

Who did the US Fight against in World War 2?

National Geographic Video – World War II

During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?

Grade 9-12 Lesson Plan – The United States in the Cold War.

What did Susan B. Anthony do?

Women’s History interactive Bing Map.

What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?

National Geographic Video – Impact of Civil Rights.

US Government – Who is in charge of the executive branch?

Reference Atlas Statistics – US Government.

We elect a U.S. senator for how many years?

Reference Atlas Statistics – US Government.

The House of Representatives has how many voting members?

Geography in the News article #555.

How many justices are on the Supreme Court?

Reference Atlas Statistics – US Government

What do we call the first 10 amendments to the Constitution?

National Geographic Video – Bill of Rights

What is the supreme law of the land?

National Geographic Video – Bill of Rights

What is the name of the vice president of the United States now?

Reference Atlas Statistics – US Government

What is the economic system in the United States?

Reference Atlas Statistics – US Economy


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