Can You Pass the US Citizenship Test?

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Only 1/3 Americans can pass the U.S. citizenship test even when given multiple choice answers! Unless they are over 65, aspiring citizens must study from a 100 possible questions about the U.S. government and history. The test is so challenging that test prep services typically charge over 400 dollars to help a candidate study. Are you up to the challenge? Can you answer over 60% of these questions correctly?

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1. The two main political parties in the United States are:

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  1. Communist and Libertarian.
  2. Whig and Green.
  3. Socialist and Capitalist.
  4. Democratic and Republican.
The Democratic and Republican parties may be the biggest in the United States, but nearly 40% of U.S. Americans identify as Independent!
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2. The Atlantic Ocean:

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  1. borders Texas.
  2. is on the west coast.
  3. borders Alaska.
  4. is on the east coast.
The Atlantic Ocean, which graces the nation's east coast, occupies nearly 20% of the Earth's surface and is home to approximately 25,000 walrusses.
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3. Who is the Commander in Chief of the military?

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  1. The Secretary of Education
  2. The President
  3. The Secretary of State
  4. The Director of the CIA
As the Commander in Chief of Military, the President of the United States is also the world's largest employer. The Army alone is the nation's second-largest employer, behind Walmart.
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4. In what month do we vote for President?

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  1. July
  2. March
  3. January
  4. November
The first election held on November 4th was in 1884 when Democratic candidate Grover Cleveland defeated Republican James Blaine. Cleveland is, coincidentally, the only U.S. president to serve two non-consecutive terms in office.
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5. Which of the following historical figures fought for civil rights?

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  1. Elvis Presley
  2. Al Capone
  3. Christopher Colombus
  4. Martin Luther King Junior
Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Martin Luther King Jr., is such an iconic figure in U.S. history that he was awarded over 20 honorary degrees. Today, over 900 streets are named after him nationwide.
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6. The capital of the United States is:

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  1. Washington, DC
  2. New York, New York
  3. Portland, Oregon
  4. Miami, Florida
The United States' capital, Washington DC, often goes to great lengths to accommodate the personalities of the presidents it houses. When President Calvin Coolidge moved to the White House, a zoo moved with him. For the duration of his presidency, the White House grounds also housed dogs, cats, raccoons, a bobcat, a bear, an antelope, a hippo and lion cubs!
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7. When do we celebrate Independence Day?

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  1. July 4
  2. July 23
  3. February 18
  4. October 31
The United States celebrates its independence on July 4th, the day the Declaration of Independence was finalized. It was, however, 2 days earlier - on July 2 - that the Continental Congress officially declared independence from Great Britain.
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8. What is the highest court in the United States?

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  1. The Supreme Court
  2. United States Bankruptcy Court
  3. United States Court of International Trade
  4. The Fifth Circuit Court
Justices are appointed to the Supreme Court, the country's highest court, for life. The average tenure of a justice appointed to the Supreme Court is nearly 17 years.
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9. Two of the 13 original states are:

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  1. Texas and Montana
  2. California and Georgia
  3. Pennsylvania and Utah
  4. Massachusetts and Maryland
The 13 original colonies, founded between 1626 and 1732, were: Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.
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10. Who was the first President?

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  1. John F. Kennedy
  2. George W. Bush
  3. George Washington
  4. Woodrow Wilson
George Washington, the nation's first president, survived war, smallpox and a plentitude of dental infections during his life. He finally succumbed to a throat infection that he contracted in December of 1799 after coming in from a winter rainstorm and failing to change out of wet clothes.
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11. We elect a President for how many years?

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  1. 2
  2. 8
  3. 4
  4. For life
The country's 4-year election cycle is determined by Article II of the constitution. Article II also stipulates that no person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice.
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12. Which of the following is a national holiday in the United States?

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  1. Thanksgiving
  2. Halloween
  3. Mother's Day
  4. Valentines Day
During Thanksgiving, one of the United States' most beloved holidays, over 88% of US Americans eat turkey, leading to an average consumption of over 46 million birds!
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13. How many Supreme Court justices are there?

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  1. 3
  2. 16
  3. 29
  4. 9
The U.S. Constitution does not require a specific number of justices to sit on the Supreme Court. While the number has now settled at 9, throughout US history it has fluctuated between 5 and 10.
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14. Name one territory of the United States of America.

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  1. Puerto Rico
  2. Mexico
  3. Bermuda
  4. New York
Tropical Puerto Rico, once a favorite destination for pirates, is now one of the country's preferred tourist getaways. With an average temperature of 79 degrees Fahrenheit, the island is home to over 50 species of birds, 11 species of bats, and 13 species of frogs.
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15. The economic system in the United States is:

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  1. Socialist
  2. Capitalist
  3. Totalitarian
  4. Communist
While the U.S. economy is proudly capitalist, the country does not rank among the top 10 capitalist countries in the world. Hong Kong, Singapore, Estonia, and the United Arab Emirates all have more capitalist economies than the United States.
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16. Which of following borders Canada?

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  1. Maine
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Florida
  4. Kentucky
Perhaps best known for its lobster, Maine's coast is over 3,500 miles long. The so-called 'Vacation State' is dotted with over 6,000 ponds and 17 million acres of forest.
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17. Colonists came to the United States to:

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  1. escape religious prosecution.
  2. find freedom from oppressive laws.
  3. all of the above.
  4. create more economic opportunities.
As of 1775, the United States was home to over 2 million settlers, roughly equivalent in population to today's Houston, Texas. Colonists came to the United States fleeing religious and political persecution or looking for economic opportunities abroad.
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18. The first three words of the constitution are:

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  1. God is mighty
  2. We the people
  3. We the citizens
  4. United we stand
While Thomas Jefferson is credited for writing the Consitution, it was founding father Gouverneur Morris who changed the document's beginnings to “We The People.” In doing so, he shifted the federal government's source of legitimacy dramatically. "We the people" is the basis for the United State's pluralistic democracy, in which political power is determined through popular vote.
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19. Name one branch of government.

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  1. The Executive
  2. The Press
  3. The Parliament
  4. The United Nations
The Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches, the three branches of the U.S. federal government, are all headquartered in Washington, DC. While the Legislative Branch makes laws, the Executive Branch enforces them and the Judicial Branch interprets them.
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20. Who did the United States fight in World War II?

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  1. The UK
  2. Canada
  3. Mexico
  4. Germany
The United States fought Germany, Japan, and Italy during World War II. The cost of the war was so great economically that many Americans planted so-called 'victory gardens' to grow their own food. Just 4 years after entering the war, over 20 million of such gardens were producing over 40% of the country's vegetables.
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21. If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?

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  1. The Secretary of the Treasury
  2. The Secretary of Defense
  3. The Vice President
  4. The Governor of Washington DC
Despite the position's importance as second in line to the presidency, before 1967 no official regulations ensured the existence of a Vice President. This legislative omission has led to over 37 years of US government history without an acting Vice President in office.
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22. When must all men register for the Selective Service?

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  1. At 30 years of age.
  2. At 18 years of age.
  3. At 15 years of age.
  4. They don't have to.
U.S. men are required to register with the Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthdays. Those who do not will not face consequences for another 8 years, when they permanently give up their rights to federally-funded job training programs.
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23. The Cherokee are:

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  1. a famous band.
  2. a baseball team.
  3. an indigenous American tribe.
  4. a traditional food.
The Cherokee Nation is the largest indigenous tribe in the United States. While originally from the country's Southeast, today there are over 370,000 tribe members worldwide.
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24. Name one state that borders Mexico.

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  1. Wisconsin
  2. Florida
  3. Colorado
  4. Texas
Texas, home to the world' s largest bat colony, is also geographically larger than any country in Western Europe. The state is one of the only states with a designated dinosaur, the Brachiosaur sauropod, Pleurocoelus.
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25. What is the name of the national anthem?

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  1. The Star-Spangled Banner
  2. America the Beautiful
  3. Born in the USA
  4. This Land is Your Land
While the Star-Spangled Banner was not officially the national anthem until 1931, the iconic song was first sung at a baseball game in Brooklyn, New York nearly 70 years prior.
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26. Which of the following is a right of everyone living in the United States?

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  1. The Right to a Living Wage
  2. The Right to Asylum
  3. The Right to Affordable Housing
  4. Freedom of Religion
Freedom of Religion is a right enjoyed by all United States residents, whether citizens or not. The country is home to over 313 religions or religious dominations. Roughly 60% of all adults in the country report to feel 'a deep sense of spiritual peace and well being.'
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27. Who vetoes bills?

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  1. The President
  2. The Vice President
  3. The House of Representatives
  4. The Supreme Court
Article 1 of the constitution grants the president the authority to veto. The current record holder for presidential vetos is Franklin D. Roosevelt, who vetoed over 600 congressional bills in his tenure.
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28. Where is the Statue of Liberty?

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  1. Arkansas
  2. New York
  3. Utah
  4. Vermont
At home in New York, the Statue of Liberty's full name is "Liberty Enlightening the World." Measuring 22 stories in height, its construction required over 300 different types of hammers.
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29. Why does the flag have 13 stripes?

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  1. Because that is the number of stripes that fit into the fabric pattern.
  2. To represent Colombus' 13 ships.
  3. Because 13 is an unlucky number.
  4. To represent the 13 original colonies.
The 13 stripes on the U.S. flag, representing 13 original colonies, are complemented by its 50 stars, representing the nation's 50 states. The flag can be found in just about any place explored by mankind, including the South Pole, Mt. Everest, and the moon, which houses 6.
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30. A state government cannot:

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  1. collect taxes.
  2. build roads.
  3. conduct elections.
  4. declare war.
While a state government can definitively not declare war, it does share many powers with the federal government. These include the power to collect taxes, educate its citizens, and enforce criminal justice. States also have the discretion not to enforce federal laws that it deems to be unconstitutional according to state law.
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31. The first 10 amendments to the Constitution are called:

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  1. the Louisiana Purchase.
  2. the Bill of Rights.
  3. the Monroe Doctrine.
  4. the Magna Carta.
Since the passage of the first 10 amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, over 10,000 amendments have been proposed. Only 17 additional amendments have been approved.
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32. How many United States of America senators are there?

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  1. 100
  2. 10
  3. 500
  4. 50
The senate, which held its first meeting in 1789 in New York City, is composed of 100 members, 2 from each state. In 1932 Arkansas became the first state to elect a woman senator, Hattie Caraway.
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33. The longest river in the United States is:

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  1. the Missouri River
  2. the Penobscot River
  3. the Nile
  4. the Little Tennessee River
The 30-million-year-old Missouri River flows for over 2,340 miles, or 4/5th the distance between Los Angeles and New York City. While it is the longest in the United States, it is only the 15th longest in the world.
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34. Name the war that took place between the United States' Northern and the Southern states

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  1. The Civil War
  2. The Mexican-American War
  3. The War of 1812
  4. The Revolutionary War
The nation's most deadly war to date, the Civil War, claimed over 625,000 lives, more than World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War combined.
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35. The Judicial Branch does not:

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  1. decide if a law goes against the Constitution.
  2. review laws.
  3. pass bills.
  4. resolve disputes.
Comprised of 94 district courts, 90 Bankruptcy courts, 13 circuit courts, and the Supreme court, the United State's judicial branch reviews laws, resolves disputes and decides if a law goes against the Consitution.
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36. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

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  1. Marylin Monroe
  2. Thomas Jefferson
  3. Franklin D. Roosevelt
  4. Pocahontas
Thomas Jefferson is famous for writing the Declaration of Independence, but he was also a foodie! Historians believe he popularized some of the United States' most symbolic foods, including ice cream, macaroni and cheese, and french fries.
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37. If you are not a United States Citizen, you cannot:

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  1. pay taxes.
  2. go to college in the United States.
  3. vote in a federal election.
  4. buy a house in the United States.
U.S. citizens do not enjoy substantially more rights than resident non-citizens. Exclusive to citizens, however, are the rights to vote in a federal election and to run for elected office.
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38. An amendment is:

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  1. a traffic law.
  2. another word for a veto.
  3. a Supreme Court ruling.
  4. a change or an addition to the constitution.
A change or addition to the constituion, consitutional amendments speak to the heart of U.S. democracy. That's because lawmakers traditionally consider the constitution to be a 'living document' which can be amended and interpreted in light of the moral, political, cultural contexts of the time.
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39. The colonists fought the British for all of the following reasons except:

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  1. the colonists wanted to take over the British government.
  2. the British often took over colonists' houses without compensation.
  3. lack of self government.
  4. unfair taxation.
The colonists rose up against Great Britain not only to protest taxation without representation and lack of self-governance but also because of the Quarterings Acts. These acts stipulated that, when in need of housing, the British military could take over inns, livery stables, alehouses, and other commercial properties at will.
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40. Who does a senator represent?

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  1. Only people belonging to her political party.
  2. Everybody in their state.
  3. The entire country.
  4. Only the people who voted for her.
While a senator should represent all people in his or her state regardless of political affiliation, they often have statistically lower approval ratings than: dog poop, toenail fungus, zombies, and cockroaches.
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41. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?

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  1. Gave women equal rights.
  2. Freed most slaves.
  3. Committed the United States to a free market economic system.
  4. Upheld the railroad workers' right to strike.
The Emancipation Proclamation freed only 3.1 million of the nation's 4 million slaves, a number corresponding to those living in the 10 states that were still part of the confederacy at the war's end. It did not free those slaves in Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland, or Delaware.
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42. The President's Cabinet:

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  1. are elected by popular vote.
  2. are the president's lawyers.
  3. are not allowed to work on Tuesdays.
  4. advises the president.
A body charged with advising the president, the Cabinet consists of the vice president and the heads of 15 executive departments. While it wields a tremendous amount of political power, the cabinet is not elected by popular vote.
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43. On September 11, 2001:

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  1. the United States began the Vietnam War.
  2. President Clinton was impeached.
  3. terrorists attacked the United States.
  4. the Cuban Missile Crisis was averted.
The 9/11 terrorist attacks killed a total of 2,996 people from over 78 countries. Beyond the tragic toll on human life, the attacks decimated New York City's economy, costing it nearly half a million jobs over 3 years.
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44. When becoming a United States citizen:

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  1. You must wear red, white, and blue to your naturalization oath ceremony.
  2. you promise to renounce all allegiances to other countries.
  3. the United States government gives you a 50 dollar gift certificate to Wal Mart.
  4. You must correctly sing the Star-Spangled Banner.
When being naturalized, new US citizens must vow to 'absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty.' Over the last decade, the nation has naturalized over 7.2 million citizens, mostly from Mexico, India, Philippines, Cuba, and People’s Republic of China.
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45. If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?

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  1. The Secretary of the Treasury
  2. The Secretary of Health and Human Services
  3. The Speaker of the House
  4. The Designated Survivor
Should neither the President nor Vice President be able to serve, the Speaker of the House assumes the presidency, making the position one of the most underestimated in importance in the United State's government structure. 8 out of the country's 54 Speakers of the House were from Massachusetts.
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46. Some states have more representatives than others:

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  1. because it was stipulated as such in the Bill of Rights.
  2. because of their political party affiliation.
  3. due to their population.
  4. due to the geographical size of the state.
The House's 435 members are divided between states according to population. California has long held the largest proportion of representatives at 53, while smaller states like Vermont and Delaware only have one.
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47. Benjamin Franklin is famous for everything but:

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  1. writing "Poor Richard's Almanac."
  2. starting the first free libraries.
  3. being the oldest member of the consitutional convention.
  4. inventing the automobile.
In addition to being a prolific writer, founding the first free libraries, and being the oldest member of the constitutional convention, Franklin was an ingenious inventor. He is responsible for the existence of the pointed lightning rod, bifocals, swimming fins, and urinary catheters.
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48. One power of a state government is:

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  1. to approve zoning and land use.
  2. to create an army.
  3. to print money.
  4. to make treaties.
Zoning and land-use laws dramatically affect states' landscapes. Houston, Texas is the only major city in the United States that has never enacted zoning, and the city is notorious for its hodgepodge of housing, business, and industry.
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49. How many amendments does the Constitution have?

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  1. 30
  2. 27
  3. 13
  4. 4
As stands, there are 27 amendments to the constitution, however, this is liable to change. The most recent of the country's 27 amendments was proposed in the 1700s, but approved in 1992. It restricts Congress' ability to give itself a pay raise or cut.
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50. During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?

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  1. Biological Warfare
  2. Global Warming
  3. Terrorism
  4. Communism
The Cold War, the United States' largely ideological war against communism, is the longest war in U.S. history, lasting between 1945 and 1991. While the nation did not participate in many physical military skirmishes during the war, it spent an average of $35 billion a year on its nuclear weapons program during it, in an attempt to win the arms race against Russia.
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