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Civics test: How much do you know about 'Merica?

FARGO - Do you know as much as a North Dakota eighth-grader about U.S. government and history? Put your knowledge to the test with these questions compiled by The Forum from materials supplied by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service:...

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FARGO – Do you know as much as a North Dakota eighth-grader about U.S. government and history?

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Put your knowledge to the test with these questions compiled by The Forum from materials supplied by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service:

1. Who is the current president of the United States?

• George Washington

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• Donald Trump

• Barack Obama

• George W. Bush

• Antonin Scalia

2. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?

• Call me Ishmael.

• We the People.

• In the beginning.

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• It'll be Yuuuuuuge!

• Enough is enough!

3. What is the name of the national anthem?

• "America the Beautiful"

• "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"

• "The Star-Spangled Banner"

• "Muskrat Love"

• "Oh, Canada!"

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4. Why does the American flag have 13 stripes?

• Because the stripes represent the 13 original colonies.

• Because our forefathers wanted to prove they weren't superstitious.

• Because a "baker's dozen" would prove we were serious about independence.

• Somebody miscounted and it feels awkward to point out the error at this point.

• Betsy Ross ran out of material.

5. When do we celebrate Independence Day?

• Jan. 1

• Feb. 14

• Dec. 25

• July 4

• March 17

6. What is the capital of the United States?

• Bismarck, N.D.

• Washington, D.C.

• St. Paul, Minn.

• New York City

• Philadelphia, Pa.

7. What state does not border Mexico?

• California

• Arizona

• New Mexico

• Texas

• Louisiana

8. What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?

• Pacific

• Atlantic

• Indian

• Arctic

• Southern

9. Which war was not fought by the U.S. in the 1800s.

• War of 1812

• Mexican-American War

• Civil War

• Spanish-American War

• World War I

10. Which of these things did Abraham Lincoln do?

• Freed the slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation

• Preserved the Union

• Led the United States during the Civil War

• Hunted vampires

• A, B and C

11. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

• Thomas Jefferson

• Rush Limbaugh

• Benjamin Franklin

• John Adams

• Tom Clancy

12. What is the reason the colonists came to America?

• Seek freedom and political liberty

• Economic opportunity

• Escape persecution

• Freedom to practice the religion of their choosing.

• All of the above

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

• Two

• Four

• Six

• Eight

• 10

14. What is the economic system of the United States?

• Capitalist economy

• Socialist economy

• Communist economy

• Federal Reserve

• Checks and balances

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

• The Bill of Fare

• The Bill of Rights

• The Bill of Sale

• The Don't Tread on Me 10

• The Top 10 Best Rights of the Revolution

 

The key: 1 - Barack Obama; 2 - We the People; 3 - The Star-Spangled Banner; 4 - Because the stripes represent the 13 original colonies; 5 - July 4; 6 - Washington, D.C.; 7 - Louisiana; 8 - Atlantic; 9 - World War I; 10 - E. A, B and C; 11 - Thomas Jefferson; 12 - All of the above; 13  -Six; 14 - Capitalist economy; 15 - The Bill of Rights

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Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at hschmidt@forumcomm.com, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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