The Trump Administration Just Made the Citizenship Test Harder. How Would You Do?

The Trump Administration Just Made the Citizenship Test Harder. How Would You Do?

Originally Published in The New York Times

Clinton Cargill - December 3, 2020

Matt Barnard/Tulsa World, via Associated Press

The Trump administration adopted changes to the citizenship test that could make it more difficult to pass. The new test draws from 128 possible questions, up from 100, and prospective citizens now have to answer 12 out of 20 questions correctly in order to pass. Previously, passing required correctly answering six out of 10 questions.

You can read our full article about the changes to the citizenship test here.

The quiz below draws from the new or revised questions introduced in 2020. We have converted the questions to multiple choice. You can find all 128 questions on the new test here.

1 of 9

James Madison is famous for many things. Name one.

President during the War of 1812

Fifth president of the United States

Writer of the Declaration of Independence

First Secretary of State

2 of 9

The American Revolution had many important events. Name one.

Washington crossing the Delaware

Battle of Tippecanoe

Battle of Fort Niagara

The Treaty of Ghent

3 of 9

What is the purpose of the 10th Amendment?

It guarantees the rights of criminal defendants.

It states that the powers not given to the federal government belong to the states or to the people.

It abolished slavery.

It prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures by the government.

4 of 9

Whom does a member of the House of Representatives represent?

People living in their state

People living in their congressional district

Citizens in their congressional district

Their political party

5 of 9

Who appoints federal judges?

The chief justice

The Senate

The president

The attorney general

6 of 9

How many Supreme Court justices are usually needed to decide a case?





7 of 9

The Civil War had many important events. Name one.

The Missouri Compromise

The Trail of Tears

The Battle of Little Bighorn

Sherman’s March

8 of 9

Name one leader of the women’s rights movement in the 1800s.

Clara Barton

Eleanor Roosevelt

Mary Baker Eddy

Sojourner Truth

9 of 9

The Nation’s first motto was “E Pluribus Unum.” What does that mean?

We the people


Out of many, one

One nation, indivisible


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