American flags wave at a ceremony in Anderson County. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
The country celebrated America's birthday Wednesday with barbeques and fireworks, but most people don't give much thought to what it takes to be a U.S. citizen, but some people must.
Those who weren't born in the United States, but want to become citizens have to pass a civics test. Officials said that about 92 percent of applicants pass the quiz, but would you be able to ace the same exam?
FOX Carolina's Nikki Davidson quizzed about a dozen people Wednesday, asking them questions with no multiple choice options, just like an immigration agent would ask a candidate for naturalization.
There are 96 U.S. citizenship questions. In order to pass the quiz, candidates must correctly answer six out of 10 randomly chosen questions - some are easy, but others are not.
There were questions nearly everyone who Davidson quizzed got right, for example the first three words of the Constitution.
"I do believe it's 'We the people,'" said Seth Fargher.
However, the names of some of our current leaders slipped the minds of a few, for example, the leader of the executive branch (President Barack Obama) and his second-in-command (Vice President Joe Biden) seemed even harder for some.
The people Davidson quizzed said it was a toss-up on whether some of the questions are just too hard.
"I think most Americans wouldn't get these questions right," said Krista Giuliana. "I don't get how foreign citizens would."
"If you are a citizen, you should be able to speak the language and know the answers to simple questions like that," said Fargher.
Most everyone agreed the information is important for everyone to know.
"I think it's very important with an election coming up that people know some of the issues the country is facing," said John Asher.
In 2011, 694,193 people naturalized to the United States, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security. The data showed that most of those new citizens live in California, New York and Florida.
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