Can You Pass a 7th Grade Civics Test?

For us that have grown up, become adults, finished our education, and working now, probably most of the things we learned in school have been forgotten. Do you have an idea of how many things we have forgotten?

We aren’t talking about, for example, an English class, where you might have been an amazing speller or your vocabulary is quite good. Maybe you have remembered to show every state on the map, but we want to know how much do you remember about civics. The study of the United States government and Constitution.

You may recall some of the responsibilities and liberties that you have as a citizen, or you might know how politics are set up. But do you remember the difference between an Oligarchy and a Democracy? Can you remember what things people need to know and what kinds of tests they need to pass to become citizens of the US?

This test has been designed to test your 7th grad civics knowledge. So sit down, maybe bring a friend and start answering the question.

For us that have grown up, become adults, finished our education, and working now, probably most of the things we learned in school have been forgotten. Do you have an idea of how many things we have forgotten?

We aren’t talking about, for example, an English class, where you might have been an amazing speller or your vocabulary is quite good. Maybe you have remembered to show every state on the map, but we want to know how much do you remember about civics. The study of the United States government and Constitution.

You may recall some of the responsibilities and liberties that you have as a citizen, or you might know how politics are set up. But do you remember the difference between an Oligarchy and a Democracy? Can you remember what things people need to know and what kinds of tests they need to pass to become citizens of the US?

This test has been designed to test your 7th grad civics knowledge. So sit down, maybe bring a friend and start answering the question.

What do you call a person who is allowed to live in the US, but they are not a citizen of the country?

  • Alien
  • American Citizen
  • Naturalize Citizen
  • Lawful Permanent Resident

Also known as 'green card holders,' these people are given the right to sign legal documents and be able to get a job.

Also known as 'green card holders,' these people are given the right to sign legal documents and be able to get a job.

What do you need to do to become a citizen of the United States?

  • Show good moral character
  • Pass a civic test
  • Prove that you can communicate in English
  • All of the above

You need to pass two types of tests; first, an English test, where speaking, reading, and writing are tested, and then a civic test.

You need to pass two types of tests; first, an English test, where speaking, reading, and writing are tested, and then a civic test.

Which one of these rights doesn't exist?

  • Political rights
  • Civic Rights
  • Homeowner's Rights
  • Economic Rights

All of the given answers except Homeowner's rights are a part of and in the Constitution.

All of the given answers except Homeowner's rights are a part of and in the Constitution.

What are the obligations that a citizen has?

  • Social responsibilities
  • Economic responsibilities
  • Civic responsibilities
  • Personal responsibilities

When everyone follows the rules in public, that is considered social responsibility.

When everyone follows the rules in public, that is considered social responsibility.

What is considered a signed agreement?

  • Law
  • Contract
  • Bill
  • Document

Even though a document and a bill also have places on them for a signature, a contract is an agreement between two or more people.

Even though a document and a bill also have places on them for a signature, a contract is an agreement between two or more people.

Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" was used by the colonists for what?

  • Sabotaging British merchants
  • Joining the militia rather than the army
  • Declaring independence from Britain
  • Supporting the British Monarchy

Because most people back then weren't very literate, Thomas Paine used biblical references that everyone could understand and kept everything short.

Because most people back then weren't very literate, Thomas Paine used biblical references that everyone could understand and kept everything short.

Why was the Declaration of Independence created?

  • The British ignored colonist grievances over taxation
  • The British were demanding lumber and stripping the forest
  • The British were sending troops and expecting the citizens to feed them
  • The British left the American colonies out of homeland holidays

Because the British ignored all the requests that the colonies sent for the lowering of taxes, the Declaration of Independence was created.

Because the British ignored all the requests that the colonies sent for the lowering of taxes, the Declaration of Independence was created.

What was a weakness of the Articles of Confederation?

  • The government had too much power
  • The states could not mint their own money
  • The President could freely spend taxes
  • There was no separate judicial branch in the government

Laws can be applied and interpreted by the judicial branch, so as times change, so does society change, but the laws can still serve the people.

Laws can be applied and interpreted by the judicial branch, so as times change, so does society change, but the laws can still serve the people.

What does "insure domestic tranquility" mean?

  • Give land to aliens
  • Keep the homeland at peace
  • Give insurance to all citizens
  • Fight wars on foreign and local soil

This means that the laws will be upheld and would keep citizens safe.

This means that the laws will be upheld and would keep citizens safe.

One political group didn't believe that the Constitution gave enough power to the states – which was it?

  • Democrats
  • Republicans
  • Federalists
  • Anti-federalists

The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union were already in place, so the Anti-federalists didn't believe in the Constitution.

The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union were already in place, so the Anti-federalists didn't believe in the Constitution.

Government officials and institutions are also held accountable to the law – but what holds them accountable?

  • The rule of law
  • Amendment I
  • Good moral character
  • Civil Responsibility

The rule of law is set to treat everyone equally, ensuring that no person or institution is above power.

The rule of law is set to treat everyone equally, ensuring that no person or institution is above power.

Directly or indirectly, one type of government is run by the people – which one is it?

  • Communism
  • Autocracy
  • Democracy
  • Oligarchy

Citizens vote for who they want to be in power.

Citizens vote for who they want to be in power.

There are two types of responsibilities that US citizens have – what are they?

  • Personal, Political
  • Civic, Political
  • Economic, Personal
  • Personal, Civic

It is a part of Democracy that citizens are involved in politics. Plus, as individuals, they have to be involved in civil matters.

It is a part of Democracy that citizens are involved in politics. Plus, as individuals, they have to be involved in civil matters.

Citizens must perform these actions for the benefit of the Common Good – what actions are they?

  • Volunteer in the community
  • Attend public meetings
  • Follow the rules at landmarks
  • All of the above

If citizens ignore these things, then the community and the areas that are near will face the consequences. This will also lessen the quality of life in those areas.

If citizens ignore these things, then the community and the areas that are near will face the consequences. This will also lessen the quality of life in those areas.

The government provides programs for needy citizens – how do they do it?

  • By requiring citizens to file legal documents with the government
  • By increasing taxes
  • By relying on charities
  • By spreading taxes in an even percentile

This gives the government an idea of the economic situations that certain areas are in. With that information, then the government creates programs for those areas.

This gives the government an idea of the economic situations that certain areas are in. With that information, then the government creates programs for those areas.

Because the free press is a constitutional guarantee- what has that lead to?

  • More magazine companies across the country
  • More false news and mudslinging
  • A government more responsive to the needs of the people
  • A government less responsive to the opinions of the people

This way, officials have more access to what people have to say, and with that, they can go on to create law and interpreting them.

This way, officials have more access to what people have to say, and with that, they can go on to create law and interpreting them.

What was the movement that pursued the end of discrimination?

  • Woman's Suffrage
  • Civil Rights
  • Patriot Movement
  • Prohibition

The Civil rights movement began in the 50s and continued in the 60s where African Americans finally pushed for equal rights.

The Civil rights movement began in the 50s and continued in the 60s where African Americans finally pushed for equal rights.

What age do you need to be to start participating in elections?

  • Sixteen
  • Seventeen
  • Twenty-one
  • Eighteen

Before 1971, the voting age was 21, but it was lowered per the Constitution's 26th Amendment.

Before 1971, the voting age was 21, but it was lowered per the Constitution's 26th Amendment.

There is a term in the Fourteenth Amendment used for people born or naturalized in the US – what is that term?

  • Citizens
  • Aliens
  • Residents
  • Immigrants

A person who is born or naturalized in the US is called a citizen.

A person who is born or naturalized in the US is called a citizen.

When the US Constitution was created, an executive branch was created- why?

  • To add rights
  • To give the President more power
  • To enforce laws
  • To allow loopholes for officials

Giving all the power to one branch would seem unfair, so that is why executive branches were created so the power would be spread all around.

Giving all the power to one branch would seem unfair, so that is why executive branches were created so the power would be spread all around.

The First Amendment protects something – what is it?

  • Due process
  • Free speech
  • Unenumerated rights
  • Search and seizure

The First Amendment is part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects many freedoms, including the freedom of speech.

The First Amendment is part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects many freedoms, including the freedom of speech.

What is the 4th of July?

  • Labor day
  • Freedom day
  • Memorial day
  • Independence day

On the 4th of July, the US declared independence from Great Britain.

On the 4th of July, the US declared independence from Great Britain.

What does the President's Cabinet represent?

  • His advisor
  • The branch of government that controls the military
  • A food pantry program for the poor
  • The place where he keeps his top-secret files

This branch includes the Vice President and the heads of the other 15 government branches.

This branch includes the Vice President and the heads of the other 15 government branches.

What does a constitutional amendment represent?

  • Part of the Declaration of Independence
  • A change to the Constitution
  • A preamble to the Constitution
  • A summary of the Constitution

Up until 2019, there have been 27 ratified amendments.

Up until 2019, there have been 27 ratified amendments.

The Declaration of Independence has two rights – what are they?

  • The pursuit of happiness and justice
  • Freedom of religion and liberty
  • Life and the pursuit of happiness
  • Life and the right to vote

It states that every citizen has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It states that every citizen has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

What right allows you to practice any religion?

  • Freedom of speech
  • Freedom to assemble
  • Freedom to petition government
  • Freedom of religion

You have the right to practice any religion or none at all.

You have the right to practice any religion or none at all.

Are poll taxes legal in the United States?

  • No, poll taxes are illegal
  • Yes, states can elect to charge a poll tax
  • Yes, poll taxes allow foreigners to vote
  • Yes, all citizens must pay to vote

This was made illegal back in 1964.

This was made illegal back in 1964.

How long does a senator serve?

  • Six years
  • Ten years
  • Four years
  • Two years

When elected, they serve for six years and can later run as many times as they want.

When elected, they serve for six years and can later run as many times as they want.

The Ninth Amendments protects something – what is that?

  • The right to gamble
  • Other rights kept by the people
  • Rights to citizen's pets
  • The right to free speech

This Amendment discouraged institutions and other government bodies from making laws that would cause trouble to individual citizens.

This Amendment discouraged institutions and other government bodies from making laws that would cause trouble to individual citizens.

There is a right protected by the Bill of Rights form this situation – what is it?

  • The ability to own a gun
  • Freedom to join a church of choice
  • Freedom to publish opinions in a local newspaper
  • All of the above

This allows people to change some parts of their lives if the world around them changes.

This allows people to change some parts of their lives if the world around them changes.

What is an amendment?

  • Vote
  • Change
  • Constitutional Right to Reject
  • Veto

An amendment is an alteration of or addition to a motion, bill, constitution, etc.

An amendment is an alteration of or addition to a motion, bill, constitution, etc.

One of these locations currently has "non-voting members" in Congress?

  • Hawaii
  • Alaska
  • Puerto Rico
  • Mexico

Non-voting members of the United States House of Representatives are representatives of their territory in the House of Representatives, who do not have a right to vote.

Non-voting members of the United States House of Representatives are representatives of their territory in the House of Representatives, who do not have a right to vote.

The first three words of the constitution are...?

  • I have a dream...
  • Let us hear...
  • The executive power...
  • We the people...

We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense...

We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense...

Which year did Martin Luther King Jr. gave the "I have a dream" speech?

  • 1963
  • 1960
  • 1639
  • 1936

The "I have a dream" speech was held on August 28, 1963, by Martin Luther King Jr.

The "I have a dream" speech was held on August 28, 1963, by Martin Luther King Jr.

Who becomes a President if both the President and the Vice President can't serve?

  • Secretary of Defense
  • Attorney General
  • Speaker of House
  • Secretary of State?

The United States Presidential line of succession is the order in which government officials replace the United States President and this is how it goes: -President -Vice President -Speaker of House

The United States Presidential line of succession is the order in which government officials replace the United States President and this is how it goes: -President -Vice President -Speaker of House

Who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces?

  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of Defense
  • Secretary of State?
  • President

The Constitution provides: “The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia

The Constitution provides: “The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia

Who said: "...ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • George Bush
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Bill Clinton

It was also in his inaugural address that John F. Kennedy spoke his famous words, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

It was also in his inaugural address that John F. Kennedy spoke his famous words, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

When did the US purchase Alaska from Russia?

  • 1903
  • 1867
  • 1967
  • 1803

On March 30, 1867, the United States reached an agreement to purchase Alaska from Russia for a price of $7.2 million.

On March 30, 1867, the United States reached an agreement to purchase Alaska from Russia for a price of $7.2 million.

Which is the 50th state of the US?

  • Alaska
  • Hawaii
  • Arizona
  • New Mexico

The modern United States receives its crowning star when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a proclamation admitting Hawaii into the Union as the 50th state. The president also issued an order for an American flag featuring 50 stars arranged in staggered rows: five six-star rows and four five-star rows. The new flag became official on July 4, 1960.

The modern United States receives its crowning star when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a proclamation admitting Hawaii into the Union as the 50th state. The president also issued an order for an American flag featuring 50 stars arranged in staggered rows: five six-star rows and four five-star rows. The new flag became official on July 4, 1960.

Which document declared that "all persons held as slaves... shall be free."

  • Emancipation Proclamation
  • Magna Carta
  • Declaration of Independence
  • Constitution

It was more than 150 years ago when President Abraham Lincoln issued his landmark Emancipation Proclamation declaring that “all persons held as slaves” shall be free.

It was more than 150 years ago when President Abraham Lincoln issued his landmark Emancipation Proclamation declaring that “all persons held as slaves” shall be free.

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