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SAY WHAT?: Can You Pass the Citizenship Test?

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA  (( CBS2/FOX28 )) -- Would some of us have trouble passing the U.S. Citizenship Test?  Every Sunday Reporter Matt Hammill asks for your thoughts on the issues of the day in Say What.  This weeks topic examines the test questions for citizenship.

Amid the debate raging over immigration, it never takes long for someone to ask, how many of us born in the USA  Americans could qualify to be citizens?   On a frosty afternoon in the Newbo Neighborhood we asked shoppers seven of the  study questions on the test for citizenship.  Dora Jacobson proudly tells us she was home schooled, correctly tells us the first ten amendments to the constitution are called The Bill of Rights and then goes on to take an educated guess at the total number of amendments to the Constitution. There's more than 21 .. but I don't think there's more than 30  .. so Im going  take a stab at 27.

We posted the same questions on Facebook where Cara writes .. Im pretty sure over 50% of Americans couldnt pass it.   Mike says .. I helped my wife study for her citizenship exam and I found the questions to be slightly challenging, but pertinent.    Elsa writes ..  I had to study 100 questions, but I was only asked three.  Every American citizen should know those.   And Allison says the test is fair ..  I dont think its unreasonable that Immigrants are expected to know these things.

Meantime, back in Newbo, a group effort comes up with correct answers to all seven questions.  Sarah, Negebe and Jennifer quickly run down the list and dont even have to phone a friend.  They say really all of us should know the answers to some of the simplest questions on the citizenship exam. Negebe says many kids could pass it.    I  teach 6th grade social studies and every one of my students could answer all of these with the exception of one ..  I don't think they know how many amendments are in the constitution all together     

You can still find the seven questions on our Facebook page.  We invite you to see if you can answer them correctly and leave your thoughts on whether the questions are fair as part of the U.S. Citizenship Test.

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