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If You Can’t Pass This US Citizenship Test, You Shouldn’t Vote At All

Written by Tom Ewing

Just because you can vote doesn’t mean you should. And if you can’t pass this sample US Citizenship test, you shouldn’t.

aNewDomain — Voting. You can’t drive a car without passing a licensing test. You can’t be a lawyer or a doctor without passing an exam. You can’t be a plumber, carpenter, or electrician without passing an exam. There are probably dozens of things you can’ t do without having to pass a test.

But voting isn’t one of them.

Maybe we should consider disenfranchising people who can’t successfully complete a basic citizenship test. Of course, there is a huge potential for abuse. But then again, how many of the folks who are about to decide whose finger rests on the atomic bomb, whose decisions decide the fate of the US economy, and other fairly weighty matters could actually pass a citizenship test?

Here’s a humble proposition: If you can’t answer six out of the following 10 questions, then maybe you should seriously consider not voting.

Here’s the test. Good luck. 

US Citizenship Test: 10 Questions

american citizenship test

Here are 10 questions from the official US Citizenship test, the same one immigrants must pass before being allowed to become American citizens. See how you do.

For aNewDomain, I’m Tom Ewing.


Cover image: Voting in Afghanistan, Public Domain, Link

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Tom Ewing

Based in San Francisco, Tom Ewing leads our legal coverage here at He also is a commercial lawyer specializing in intellectual property and the founder of IAM Magazine has named Tom one of the world’s top 250 IP strategists each year since 2009. Email him at He's +Tom Ewing on Google+

  • EasttoAK

    Does no one see the irony in this quiz? For years America kept “undesirables” or “weak people” from having the vote. Now this columnist, under the guise of understanding citizenship, is encouraging us to go back to the 19th century suffrage laws. Some of the writers for this site aren’t half as smart as they seem to think they are.