Monday, December 13, 2010

Commentary: Could U.S. 'patriots' answer this history quiz like an immigrant can? | McClatchy

Commentary: Could U.S. 'patriots' answer this history quiz like an immigrant can? | McClatchy


1. The Federalist Papers are often injected into public discourse these days. Who wrote the papers, and what pen name was used by the authors when they were published?

2. What year was the Constitution written?

3. How many amendments does the Constitution have, and how many of the amendments are about who can vote?

4. What were the 13 original states?

5. Who becomes president of the United States if both the president and vice president are unable to serve?

6. Who was president during World War I?

7. What did Susan B. Anthony do?

8. Why does the flag have 13 stripes?

9. Name the U.S. territories.

10. How many U.S. states border Mexico? How many border Canada?

Pretty simple, huh? Especially for all you patriots who pride yourselves on your knowledge of the Constitution and American history.

But my guess is many of you did not make 100 percent on this quiz, not without looking up some answers on the Internet or in other source material.

What if I told you that thousands upon thousands of immigrants to this country can answer these questions and that many of them know more about U.S. history and government than a lot of native-born citizens?

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