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Kairho
10-01-2007, 10:50 AM
Answer selected questions from the new naturalization test (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21019797/).

stephen_s
10-01-2007, 11:05 AM
92%. Not bad :).

jfrenaye
10-01-2007, 11:16 AM
Me too missed the number of amendments and the war for Eisenhower

jimtbay
10-01-2007, 11:24 AM
I know it well, missed the amendments only.

icymrot
10-01-2007, 11:26 AM
96%, missed the number of amendments....

Loonbeam
10-01-2007, 11:47 AM
96 as well - also missed amendments....

Ned
10-01-2007, 12:25 PM
100%. I might have missed the number of amendments question except that I was doing some research a few weeks ago for a piece I was writing.

dminter
10-01-2007, 12:57 PM
96 is popular only missed on the amendments. I sent it on to our other social studies teachers, we will see how well they do.
Dan

weblet
10-01-2007, 01:04 PM
I'd've had 100% except I second guessed myself on the amendments and years a senator can serve...

Kairho
10-01-2007, 01:38 PM
I got 100 but only because I saw the amendments question very recently.

But is this the new new test? I though I heard that the test was being revamped to get rid of the rote booklearning and trivia, and to be more in tune with rights and responsibilities rather than memorization. Some of these questions meet that but the number of amendments isn't really all that important ... at least not as compared to what they say.

Gesualdo
10-01-2007, 01:54 PM
I got 100 but only because I saw the amendments question very recently.

But is this the new new test? I though I heard that the test was being revamped to get rid of the rote booklearning and trivia, and to be more in tune with rights and responsibilities rather than memorization. Some of these questions meet that but the number of amendments isn't really all that important ... at least not as compared to what they say.

I agree. How many people know there are 27 amendments vs. how many people know what the 5th amendment is about? Which is more important to know? Hmmm...

Ned
10-01-2007, 01:54 PM
We've had many of these questions in other tests before, but this particular test is not one that I believe we've had a link in the past.

I got 100 but only because I saw the amendments question very recently.

But is this the new new test? I though I heard that the test was being revamped to get rid of the rote booklearning and trivia, and to be more in tune with rights and responsibilities rather than memorization. Some of these questions meet that but the number of amendments isn't really all that important ... at least not as compared to what they say.

Kairho
10-01-2007, 02:11 PM
We've had many of these questions in other tests before, but this particular test is not one that I believe we've had a link in the past.
I was referring to the actual naturalization test given to those applying for citizenship. The test above, from MSNBC, is supposedly culled from the new version of that government test. But it doesn't seem quite right to me.

OK, I did a little digging (shallow, of course) and the newly Redesigned Naturalization Test (http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=d1fc9f9934741110VgnVCM1000000ecd190aRCR D&vgnextchannel=d1fc9f9934741110VgnVCM1000000ecd190a RCRD)actually takes effect today!

And I found a list of the old questions (http://usgovinfo.about.com/blinstst.htm) and of the new questions effective today (http://usgovinfo.about.com/library/blinstst_new.htm). Now I need to find time to see from which the MSNBC questions were taken although a glance seems to indicate they truly are from the new test.

ARTraveler
10-01-2007, 02:24 PM
92% - Woodrow Wilson (president during WWI) and the number of chief justices got me. And the chief justices were just in the news this weekend!

wrp96
10-01-2007, 02:27 PM
From what I understand they are keeping some of the previous topics and questions, but just adding more topics. Most of the new topics are focusing on issues that could be considered unique to the US, like our voting system. Unfortunately the nature of the test (multiple choice instead of essay) limits the ability to completely get away from the rote memorization type questions.

Ned
10-01-2007, 09:08 PM
I went through the Redesigned Naturalization Test: Civics (History and Government) Items (http://www.uscis.gov/files/nativedocuments/100q.pdf), and it appears as though it is the source for the MSNBC quiz.

I was referring to the actual naturalization test given to those applying for citizenship. The test above, from MSNBC, is supposedly culled from the new version of that government test. But it doesn't seem quite right to me.

OK, I did a little digging (shallow, of course) and the newly Redesigned Naturalization Test (http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=d1fc9f9934741110VgnVCM1000000ecd190aRCR D&vgnextchannel=d1fc9f9934741110VgnVCM1000000ecd190a RCRD)actually takes effect today!

And I found a list of the old questions (http://usgovinfo.about.com/blinstst.htm) and of the new questions effective today (http://usgovinfo.about.com/library/blinstst_new.htm). Now I need to find time to see from which the MSNBC questions were taken although a glance seems to indicate they truly are from the new test.

trojan
10-02-2007, 03:37 AM
I earned 100%.

Does this mean I am allowed to order at Geno's? ;)

Ned
10-02-2007, 07:24 AM
While I know Rudi Giuliani went there yesterday, he only went there because of owner Joe Vento's very public stance on immigration reform, and Giuliani wanted to make points during his campaigning here.

You are not allowed to order at Geno's. You are required to order the superior steak at Pat's, diagonally across the street. You'll be a better person for it.:rolleyes:

I earned 100%.

Does this mean I am allowed to order at Geno's? ;)

tdew
10-02-2007, 04:51 PM
Those pesky amendments tripped me up too.

mercwyn
10-02-2007, 06:06 PM
100%, although the question about who wrote the Declaration of Independence is sort of a tricky one since Jefferson was the principal but not sole author of the Declaration of Independence.

stephen_s
10-08-2007, 07:45 PM
Attached are ten questions and ten answers from the Naturalization test.

Take the test before you look at the answers. See how well you did.