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The Hardest Questions on the US Citizenship Test

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The House of Representatives has how many members?

Maybe there is just something about people and numbers that just makes them hard to memorize. It’s a big House, and it has 435 voting members.

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How many Justices are on the Supreme Court?

Another question the answer to which is a single number that you just have to remember — nine. (At least you don’t have to know all justices currently serving on the court.)

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What is the “rule of law”?

There are four ways you can answer that are considered correct: Everyone must follow the law; leaders must obey the law; government must obey the law; no one is above the law.

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Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.

One of them is perhaps the most famous river in the country — the Mississippi River. The other one is the Missouri River. (Two rivers named after states and both start with the letter M. It should be easy enough to remember.)

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We elect a U.S. senator for how many years?

Again, a question with a simple, singular answer — six years. It’s not difficult to see why some people may find it confusing. After all, presidents are elected for four years, members of the House of Representatives for two, governors for four (except those of Vermont and New Hampshire), and senators for six. Too many numbers to remember…

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