Marine Felt American Long Before Citizenship Oath

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Jose Rodrigues came to the United States from Angola as a teenager and joined the Marines out of high school.

He served in Iraq twice, and he's one of 26,000 service members whose citizenship has been expedited because of his military service.

He's in trade school now, just outside of Boston, and will soon graduate with a certificate in heating and air-conditioning repair.

He says that taking the oath of citizenship didn't make him feel more American — he's considered himself an American for a long time.

Test Your Citizenship Knowledge: Practice Questions

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A sampling of questions from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' new naturalization test:

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1. What type of economic system does the U.S. have?

2. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?

3. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?

4. Who is the Commander-in-Chief of the military?

5. Name one thing only the federal government can do.

6. Who is the Senate Majority Leader now?

7. Name one responsibility that is only for United States citizens.

8. When was the Constitution drafted?

9. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?

10. Which U.S. World War II general later became President?


All questions and answers from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services



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