Can you pass the U.S. Citizenship Test? Most Americans can't.
According to a study by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 64% of Americans wouldn’t be able to pass the U.S. Citizenshp Test. In order to become naturalized citizens, immigrants must correctly answer 6 out of 10 questions to pass.
“Unfortunately this study found the average American to be woefully uninformed regarding America’s history and incapable of passing the U.S. Citizenship Test. It would be an error to view these findings as merely an embarrassment. Knowledge of the history of our country is fundamental to maintaining a democratic society, which is imperiled today,” Woodrow Wilson Foundation President Arthur Levine said.
Some of the major findings::
Seventy-two percent of respondents either incorrectly identified or were unsure of which states were part of the 13 original states;
Only 24 percent could correctly identify one thing Benjamin Franklin was famous for, with 37 percent believing he invented the lightbulb;
Only 24 percent knew the correct answer as to why the colonists fought the British;
Twelve percent incorrectly thought WWII General Dwight Eisenhower led troops in the Civil War; 6 percent thought he was a Vietnam War general; and
While most knew the cause of the Cold War, 2 percent said climate change.