On this Date in History George Washington Dies

On this day in 1799, George Washington died at the age of 67. He was the first President of the United States and is known as the father of the country. He was elected for two terms from 1789-1797 but refused to run for a third term. For the citizenship test, you could be asked who the first president was or who is known as the father of our country. For the writing and reading parts of the test, George Washington’s name also appears on the USCIS  vocabulary list. Here are two sample sentences with audio of what you might be asked to write or read:

Washington is the Father of Our Country.

Washington was the first President.

Practice listening to the questions and writing the sentences.

Japan attacks Pearl Harbor: The US enters World War II

“A date that will live in Infamy” December 7th, 1941, the U.S. was attacked with war planes by Japan at the Pearl Harbor Naval Base in Hawaii. Following that attack, the next day, Franklin Roosevelt went before Congress to get approval for declaring war on Japan, and with that, the United States was drawn into World War II. For the citizenship test, the following questions are asked:

  • #78-Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s
  • #80-Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II
  • #81-Who did the United States fight in World War II


Martin Luther King, Jr. & the Civil Rights Movement

On December 1st in 1955, Rosa Parks, known as the mother of the Civil Rights movement, refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. Her refusal to do that was a violation to the ordinances in Montgomery Alabama at that time. She was arrested and put in jail. This led to a young civil rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr., to call for the Montgomery bus boycott by black citizens on December 5th. The first day of the bus boycott (which lasted an entire year) was successful and caused MLK to speak to the crowd that night saying that “the great thing about democracy is the right to protest for right.” For the citizenship test, questions 84 & 85 ask about the Civil Rights Movement & Martin Luther King Jr.


The Gettysburg Address

On this day 154 years ago, Abraham Lincoln gave one of the most famous speeches in American history: The Gettysburg Address. It was given at a Civil War battle site being converted to a military cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Lincoln’s speech reminded the public of the meaning and purpose of the Civil War—that the founding fathers believed that “all men are created equal” and that slavery was contrary to those ideals and should be abolished. His words from that speech are carved into a wall of the Lincoln Memorial. For the citizenship test, there are 5 questions about the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln and slavery. (Read about those questions in the blog here)


Upcoming Citizenship Classes

Yesterday I shared with you a new online resource to help immigrants study for the citizenship test; today I’m sharing a list of upcoming citizenship classes. It’s by no means a complete list as these are just a few I was able to find searching online. If you don’t see a class in your area, contact your local literacy council or check the literacy directory online and if you do know of a class not on the list, please share in the comments and I’ll add it. The classes on the list are provided by non-profit organizations, adult education centers or libraries and are free or charge a nominal supply fee.

Why not start the new year off by starting on the path to citizenship?


ANCA-WR Launches HyeCitizen

There are many language and citizenship test resources available to immigrants; most though are designed with the Spanish speaker or Vietnamese speaker in mind since their populations represent the most legal permanent residents that become citizens. The Armenian National Committee of America Western Region (ANCA-WR) has just changed that by launching HyeCitizen, a bi-lingual training video, in both English and Armenian that covers the 100 questions on the citizenship test. This will help native speakers of Armenia, Artsakh, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia (and former Soviet Union countries) learn the questions and answers of the civics part of the test. Click here learn more about this resource.

American Indians and Questions 59 & 87 on the Citizenship Test

During the 1800s, with the development of the west, native American Indian tribes were forced by white Americans to relocate to reservations. On this day in history, one such tribe, the Osage, the largest of the southern Sioux Indian tribe, agreed to abandon their Missouri & Arkansas lands and relocate to a reservation in Oklahoma.  Most Indian tribes were devastated by these relocations; the Osage were fortunate in that Oklahoma had large reserves of oil and gas making their tribe today one of the Indian Nation’s wealthiest.  For the citizenship test, you will need to know who lived in America before the Europeans arrived and be able to name one American Indian tribe.
Study the flashcards below:

Election Day!

November 7th,  2017 and it’s Election Day!  We vote for the President and our elected representatives in the month of November. This year isn’t a presidential election year nor is it an election year for most Senators or House Representatives (except special elections).  The next presidential election will be in November 2020. One of the most important benefits and rights you have as a United States citizen is the right to vote.  Will you be able to vote in next year’s mid-term elections? Now’s the time to become a United States citizen and exercise that right!

Abraham Lincoln is Elected & Questions 72-76 on the Citizenship Test

  • Today in 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected the sixteenth and 1st Republican President. Lincoln is considered one of the greatest U.S. Presidents: for freeing the slaves, for leading the Union during the Civil War and for saving the Union. Question 75 on the citizenship test asks to name one thing Abraham Lincoln is known for. Since you don’t need to remember all three, pick one that is easiest for you to remember. Connecting that question to others might make it easier, for example, questions 72-76 (5 questions!) can all be answered by just knowing two things: slavery and Civil War. Here are those questions:

    Question 72: ​Name one war fought by the United States during the 1800s.
    Answer: ​Civil War

  • Question 73: Name the U.S. war between the North and South.
    Answer: Civil War
  • Question 74: Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
    Answer: Slavery
  • Question 75: What is one important thing that Abraham Lincoln is famous for?
    Answer: Led the U.S. during the Civil War
  •  Question 76: What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
    Answer: Freed the slaves

Happy Birthday John Adams!

http://www.citizenshipstudyguide.com/office/userfiles/images/john%20adams%281%29.jpgOn this day in 1735, the second President of the United States was born in Massachusetts.  He brokered the peace treaty with Britain that ended the American Revolutionary War, he was a founding father that helped craft the foundation of the American system of government, and he served as Vice-President to George Washington before later becoming the second President of the United States.  For the citizenship test his name doesn’t appear in any of the 100 questions but rather in the citizenship test writing vocabulary. Here is a sample sentence you may be given for the writing part of the citizenship test during your interview:

                   Adams was the second President of the United States.

Practice writing that sentence as all those words are in the USCIS vocabulary list.