The Great American Citizenship Quiz Revised and Updated

Solomon M. Skolnick

Bloomsbury USA




176 Pages



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The Great American Citizenship Quiz, revised to reflect the new citizenship test introduced in 2009, provides the core questions and answers about our history that anyone seeking citizenship needs to know—plus much more: hundreds of intriguing stories and facts behind the answers, many of them new to this edition, which will add sparkle to your historical vocabulary and deepen your appreciation for our form and method of government.

How many verses are there in "The Star-Spangled Banner"? Who was the first woman appointed to the Cabinet? How does the Electoral College really work? I ncluding appendices with the entire texts of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and Amendments, and the Emancipation Proclamation, The Great American Citizenship Quiz is essential reading for anyone aspiring to citizenship and a vital pocket history for Americans of all ages.


Praise for The Great American Citizenship Quiz

"Most readers have probably never seen the test on U.S. history given to new immigrants attempting to gain citizenship each year. This test—or one version of it—is reproduced here for those itching to see if they would make the cut as American citizens. The 91-question quiz will probably be stress-free for most people drilled in high school on the significance of the Electoral College. It kicks off breezily with, 'What is the name of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America?' But a few questions might make readers strain to recall their history lessons, especially the ones that demand amendment names and numbers. Some of the questions are intriguing simply because their wording is so ambiguous (i.e., 'Who helped the Pilgrims in America?'). Others seem oddly subjective: 'What is the most important right granted to U.S. Citizens?' But it is this overall arbitrariness that makes the quiz a stimulating read."—Publishers Weekly

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  • Solomon M. Skolnick

  • Solomon M . Skolnick's work has appeared in the New York Times and many other publications. His books include Simple Gifts: The Shaker Song.