Civic Knowledge Questions for the Elderly

Get U.S. Citizenship

If you are 65 years of age or older and you have been a permanent resident for at least 20 years at the time you submit your application for naturalization, you will answer 10 questions from a list of only 20 questions when you are tested on your basic understanding of U.S. history and government (civics). You must answer correctly at least 6 of the 10 questions to pass.  You also qualify to take the civics test in the language of your choice.  On this page you will find the list of 20 questions.


1. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?
2. What is the economic system in the United States?
3. Name one branch or part of the government.
4. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?
5. Who is one of your state's U.S. Senators?
6. In what month do we vote for President?
7. What is the name of the President of the United States now?
8. What is the capital of your state?
9. What are the two major political parties in the United States?
10. What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?
11. How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?
12. When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?
13. Who was the first President?
14. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?
15. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.
16. What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?
17. What is the capital of the United States?
18. Where is the Statue of Liberty?
19. Why does the flag have 50 stars?
20. When do we celebrate Independence Day?



1. Speech; religion; assembly; press; petition the government
2. Capitalist economy; market economy
3. Congress; Legislative; President; executive; the courts; judicial
4. The Senate and House (of Representatives)
5. Kirsten Gillibrand; Charles Schumer
6. November
7. Barack Obama; Obama
8. Albany
9. Democratic and Republican
10. Serve on a jury; vote
11. Eighteen (18) and older
12. April 15
13. (George) Washington
14. Freed the slaves (Emancipation Proclamation); saved (or preserved) the Union; led the United States during the Civil War
15. World War I; World War II; Korean War; Vietnam War; (Persian) Gulf War
16. Fought for civil rights; worked for equality for all Americans
17. Washington, D.C.
18. New York (Harbor); Liberty Island [Also acceptable are New Jersey, near New York City, and on the Hudson (River).]
19. Because there is one star for each state; because each star represents a state; because there are 50 states
20. July 4