On Thursday, Arizona governor Doug Ducey signed new bill passed by Arizona legislators requiring students take and pass a civics test. All high school students will have to pass the exam before they can graduate.
They must correctly answer 60 of 100 questions on government subjects. this means that a D is passing.
These include current and past presidents, and details of the Constitution.
Arizona’s new legislation is part of a nationwide push by the Joe Foss Institute, which aims to have all 50 states adopt the requirement by 2017.
“The bill is part of a larger campaign by the Civics Education Initiative, an affiliate of the Joe Foss Institute, a nonpartisan nonprofit based in Scottsdale, Ariz., to mandate the U.S. citizenship exam in schools around the country. The group said that 18 additional states are reviewing similar bills, noting that the North Dakota House of Representatives also passed a civics-education bill Thursday.”
The next thing we need to do is give a similar test to voters and a test on the Constitution to Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Executive Branch.
How much do you want to bet that the ACLU, CAIR, and La Raza will issue formal complaints and threaten legal suits claiming that the test “discriminates against people of different cultures. We’re citizens of the world!”
A United States of America Citizenship Test is available online that’s filled with civics. The test includes 100 potential questions. Here are some sample questions on American Government.
Here are ten sample questions from the Arizona civics test:
1. How many amendments does the Constitution have?
12, 27, 35 or 42
2. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
4, 8, 6 or 10
3. We elect a president for how many years?
4, 12, 8 or 5
4. What is the name of the president of the United States now?
Barack Obama, Gerald Ford, William Jefferson Clinton or George W. Bush
5. If the president can no longer serve, who becomes president?
Chief of staff, the vice president, secretary of state, lead general
6. What do we call the first 10 amendments to the constitution?
The Bill of Rights, the Ten Commandments, the Bill of Lading or the List of Ten
7. Which is a right or freedom from the First Amendment?
Right to vote, right to avoid taxes, right to free exercise of religion, or right to bear arms
8. What was the purpose of the Declaration of Independence?
Formed an alliance with South America, announced our independence from Great Britain, announced our independence from Germany or freed the slaves
9. What is one purpose of the U.S. Constitution?
Declare war, define state laws, protect the basic rights of Americans, or establish treaties
10. Before he was president, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?
World War II, World War I, Civil War
11. Name one state that borders Canada.
California, Idaho, Ohio or Massachusetts
Answers: 1. 27; 2. 6; 3. 4; 4. Obama; 5. The vice president; 6. The Bill of Rights; 7. Right to free exercise of religion; 8. Announced our independence from Great Britain; 9. Protects the basic rights of Americans; 10. World War II; 11. Idaho.