New U.S. citizens attend a naturalization ceremony at the Convention Center in Los Angeles on May 22. (Etienne Laurent/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
By Abigail Hauslohne
Washington Post July 19, 2019 r
If you were to take the test to become a U.S. citizen tomorrow, you might be asked to name one of five U.S. territories, or two of the rights contained in the Declaration of Independence, or to provide the correct number of amendments to the Constitution.
The naturalization test is a crucial part of an immigrant’s journey to becoming an American. And, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, it is meant not just as a measure of U.S. civics knowledge, but also as a reason to study and absorb the principles, values and functions of the U.S. government, including the rights and responsibilities that come with citizenship.
(Question No. 49: What is one responsibility that is only for United States’ citizens? Answer: “Serve on a jury” or “vote in a federal election.”)
The Trump administration is planning to update the test, and a new version is slated to debut before the end of President Trump’s first term, officials said Friday. A pilot test should be available this fall.
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