Could You Pass the Citizenship Test

The Fourth of July was a very special holiday for many new citizens. On July 4, 2007, in Iraq, 161 soldiers celebrated the day by becoming naturalized citizens. But the question is, could you pass the citizenship test?

At Walt Disney World, around 1,000 people took the oath.

With so many people wanting to become citizens of the United States, we took a look at what they have to do to live the American Dream.

Love is what brought Heidi Duncan to the United States more than 30 years ago.

She met her husband while he was stationed in Italy.

"We got married over there, we had a child over there and when the baby was three-months-old, we moved over here to Kentucky," Duncan said.

After living in the United States for three decades, Heidi had a choice - to get another green card or to become an American citizen.

"I've been living here for so long, so I thought it was about time to join my family and get my citizenship," Duncan said.

Duncan went to the Bowling Green International Center to learn what she had to do to become a citizen.

She filled out paperwork documenting her time in Italy and the U.S. Duncan was fingerprinted, then she had to wait almost a year to see if she would be eligible to take the test.

"I had to study the questions - history, the government and just a little bit of everything," Duncan said.

With the American dream closely tied to many hearts, we took to the streets to see how many natural born citizens could answer some of the citizenship questions.

Here's a few of their answers.

What are the colors on the flag?
Everyone we asked got that one right as they all answered, "red, white and blue."

How many stars are there on the flag and what do they mean?
"Every star is every state and we have 51 - 52 - how many do we have? Fifty-one," asked Vicki Rutledge, a Grayson County resident.

"There's 51 stars, and that stands for the states in the union," said Dan Cann, a Grayson County resident.

"Fifty even," Rutledge asked.

"Ok, there's 50. What ever you said," Cann laughed.

What's a change to the constitution called?
"I don't know," Rutledge answered.

"An amend..." I prompted.

"An amendment. Yes, thank you," Rutledge answered.

Do you know how many amendments there are to the constitution?
"Twenty-one or 22 I think," answered Ron Williams, a resident of Warren County.

"A little bit higher," I prompted.

"Twenty-six, maybe 25? Twenty-seven," Williams asked.

Who are our senators from Kentucky?
"Mitch McConnell. Oh I don't know," answered Debbie Retzlaff from Warren County.

Who said give me liberty or give me death?
"I had that one on my questions! Patrick Henry," Duncan exclaimed.

For Duncan all of her hard work paid off. She's now living the American dream, as an American citizen.

"It feels good to be an American," Duncan said.

Duncan now volunteers at the Bowling Green International Center, so she can help others study for their test.

To see the questions and answers from the citizenship test you can log onto usgovinfo.about.com/blinstst.htm.


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