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The next naturalization ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. July 12 at the Federal Courthouse.

For more information on what it takes to become a U.S. citizen, visit the U.S. Citizens and Immigration Services website.

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 12:01 am

The Fourth of July is the time for Americans to celebrate the country's rich history and honor the patriots who help make the United States what it is today. From tales of valor to accounts of historical events, this day is more than beer and grilling.

Being an American citizen comes with responsibility. For immigrants wanting to call America their own and gain citizenship, people are required to pass a naturalization test. But could you pass the test that quizzes you on history, government, language, reading and speech?

Give the test below a try and see if you know as much about America as a newly named American citizen.

For more information on what it takes to become a U.S. citizen, visit the U.S. Citizens and Immigration Services website.

Take the civics test

1. Name one U.S. territory 2. What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful? 3. What are two Cabinet-level positions? 4. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government? 5. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states? 6. Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States. 7. Who was President during World War I? 8. Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II? 9. Who did the United States fight in World War II? 10. Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in? 11. What is the highest court in the United States? 12. How many justices are on the Supreme Court? 13. Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now?


1. Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands and Guam

2. Checks and balances and separation of powers

3. Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Education, Secretary of Energy, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Secretary of Homeland Security, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of Labor, Secretary of State, Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Attorney General and Vice President

4. Print money, declare war, create an army and make treaties

5. Schooling and education, protection (police), safety (fire departments), driver's license and zoning and land use

6. Missouri River and Mississippi River

7. Woodrow Wilson

8. Franklin Roosevelt

9. Japan, Germany and Italy

10. World War II

11. The Supreme Court

12. Nine

13. John Roberts