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Civics Questions for the 65/20 Exemption

1. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?

▪ speech

▪ religion

▪ assembly

▪ press

▪ petition the government

2. What is the economic system in the United States?

▪ capitalist economy

▪ market economy

3. Name one branch or part of the government.

▪ Congress

▪ legislative

▪ President

▪ executive

▪ the courts

▪ judicial

4. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?

▪ the Senate and House (of Representatives)

5. Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators now?

▪ Answers will vary. [District of Columbia residents and residents of U.S. territories should answer that D.C. (or the territory where the applicant lives) has no U.S. Senators.]

6. In what month do we vote for President?

▪ November

7. What is the name of the President of the United States now?

▪ Donald J. Trump 

8. What is the capital of your state?

▪ Answers will vary. [District of Columbia residents should answer that D.C. is not a state and does not have a capital. Residents of U.S. territories should name the capital of the territory.]

9. What are the two major political parties in the United States?

▪ Democratic and Republican

10. What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?

▪ serve on a jury

▪ vote in a federal election

11. How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?

▪ eighteen (18) and older

12. When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?

▪ April 15

13. Who was the first President?

▪ (George) Washington

14. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?

▪ freed the slaves (Emancipation Proclamation)

▪ saved (or preserved) the Union

▪ led the United States during the Civil War


15. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.

▪ World War I

▪ World War II

▪ Korean War

▪ Vietnam War

▪ (Persian) Gulf War

16. What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?

▪ fought for civil rights

▪ worked for equality for all Americans

17. What is the capital of the United States?

▪ Washington, D.C.

18. Where is the Statue of Liberty?

▪ New York (Harbor)

▪ Liberty Island


19. Why does the flag have 50 stars?

▪ because there is one star for each state

▪ because each star represents a state

▪ because there are 50 states


20. When do we celebrate Independence Day?

▪ July 4

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