One Hundred Civics Questions




One Hundred Civics Questions


I recently read an article that described American’s as being severely uneducated when it comes to knowledge of US History and Government. I thought it would be interesting to see just how knowledgeable we are WITHOUT USING GOOGLE or Siri.


  1. Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?
  2. During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?
  3. How many amendments does the Constitution have?
  4. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
  5. How many U.S. Senators are there?
  6. How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?
  7. If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
  8. If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
  9. In what month do we vote for President?
  10. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.
  11. Name one branch or part of the government.
  12. Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.
  13. Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
  14. Name one right only for United States citizens.
  15. Name one state that borders Canada.
  16. Name one state that borders Mexico.
  17. Name one S. territory.
  18. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.
  19. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.
  20. Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.
  21. Name two national U.S. holidays.
  22. Name your U.S. Representative.
  23. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.
  24. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
  25. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
  26. There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
  27. There were 13 original states. Name three.
  28. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?
  29. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?
  30. We elect a President for how many years?
  31. We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?
  32. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
  33. What are the two major political parties in the United States?
  34. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?
  35. What are two Cabinet-level positions?
  36. What are tworights in the Declaration of Independence?
  37. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
  38. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
  39. What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?
  40. What did Susan B. Anthony do?
  41. What did the Declaration of Independence do?
  42. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
  43. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
  44. What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?
  45. What does the Constitution do?
  46. What does the judicial branch do?
  47. What does the President’s Cabinet do?
  48. What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?
  49. What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
  50. What is an amendment?
  51. What is freedom of religion?
  52. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?
  53. What is one reason colonists came to America?
  54. What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?*
  55. What is oneright or freedom from the First Amendment?
  56. What is onething Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
  57. What is the “rule of law”?
  58. What is the capital of the United States?
  59. What is the capital of your state?
  60. What is the economic system in the United States?
  61. What is the highest court in the United States?
  62. What is the name of the national anthem?
  63. What is the name of the President of the United States now?
  64. What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?
  65. What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?
  66. What is the political party of the President now?
  67. What is the supreme law of the land?
  68. What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States?
  69. What movement tried to end racial discrimination?
  70. What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?
  71. What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?
  72. What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?
  73. What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
  74. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?
  75. When do we celebrate Independence Day?
  76. When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?
  77. When must all men register for the Selective Service?
  78. When was the Constitution written?
  79. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
  80. Where is the Statue of Liberty?
  81. Who did the United States fight in World War II?
  82. Who does a U.S. Senator represent?
  83. Who is in charge of the executive branch?
  84. Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators now?
  85. Who is the “Father of Our Country”?
  86. Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now?
  87. Who is the Commander in Chief of the military?
  88. Who is the Governor of your state now?
  89. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
  90. Who makes federal laws?
  91. Who signs bills to become laws?
  92. Who vetoes bills?
  93. Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?
  94. Who was President during World War I?
  95. Who was the first President?
  96. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
  97. Why did the colonists fight the British?
  98. Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?
  99. Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
  100. Why does the flag have 50 stars?


The questions above have been scrambled and listed in alphabetical order so as to make them a bit more challenging.  What if, you had to answer 60% of them correctly in order to maintain your US Citizenship, could you?


How much of this information is being taught in our public schools or reinforced in our institutions of higher learning? That might be an interesting statistic? Next time you have friends over don’t play scrabble, monopoly or video games or watch TV or a movie without first doing this Civics quiz. You could make it more interesting by posting these 100 Civics questions along with YOUR ANSWERS. Are you up to it? – I am the Real Truckmaster!


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