In order to become an American citizen, under current immigration law, the applicant has to answer correctly at least 6 questions out of a 10-question test on 100 facts about American history and civics. And when my American-born friends and I quizzed each other, I was shocked to learn that they didn't know some of the answers — such as:
1. What Does the Constitution Do?
My friends: "Provides freedom and the pursuit of happiness..."
USCIS: "Sets up the government, and protect the rights of Americans."
2. Who Becomes President if the President, and Vice President, Can No Longer Serve?
My friends: "The secretary of state..."
USCIS: "The speaker of the House of Representatives."
3. How Many Amendments Does the Constitution Have?
My friends: "23, 25..."
USCIS: "Twenty-seven (27)."
4. What is Freedom of Religion?
My friends: "The right to practice your religion..."
USCIS: "The right to practice any religion or not practice any religion."
5. What Stops one Branch of Government From Becoming too Powerful?
My friends: "The Supreme Court..."
USCIS: "the separation of powers/checks and balances."
Did you get all of these right? Let me know on Twitter @marin_alex