American History and Civics 101

By: Eyewitness News; Newsweek Email
By: Eyewitness News; Newsweek Email

Tallahassee, FL -July 2, 2012-

Every year, thousands of immigrants take the U.S. Naturalization Test in hopes of becoming U.S. Citizens. The exam tests their knowledge of basic U.S. History and Civics. According to the U.S, Citizenship and Immigration Services, about 93 percent of them pass. But how would the average American do?

Newsweek Magazine quizzed a thousand people last year using examples from the U.S. Naturalization Test. Only 62 percent of those surveyed passed.

Newsweek found 29 percent of those surveyed couldn't name the vice president. While 73 percent didn't know why America fought the Cold War.

Experts say one of the reasons some Americans fell short on the test is because of the economic disparity in the county. They say not everyone has the same access to information and education.

Experts also say the complexity of the U.S. Government and political system only compounds the problem further.

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