U.S. Civics Test – Geography

United States Civics Quiz - Geography

# 1: Which of the following is a U.S. territory?

There are five major U.S. territories: American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A U.S. territory is a partially self-governing piece of land under the authority of the U.S. government. U.S. territories are not states, but they do have representation in Congress. Each territory is allowed to send a delegate to the House of Representatives. The people who live in American Samoa are considered U.S. nationals, the people in the other four territories are U.S. citizens.

# 2: Which of the following states borders Mexico?

The border between the United States and Mexico is about 1,900 miles long and spans four U.S. states: Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas.

# 3: Where is the Statue of Liberty?

The Statue of Liberty is on Liberty Island, a 12-acre island in the New York harbor. France gave the statue to the United States as a gift of friendship. French artist Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi made the statue. It shows a woman escaping the chains of tyranny and holding a torch symbolizing liberty.

# 4: Which of the following states borders Canada?

The northern border of the United States stretches more than 5,000 miles from Maine in the East to Alaska in the West. There are 13 states on the border with Canada.

  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Montana
  • Idaho
  • Washington
  • Alaska

# 5: Which of the following states borders Mexico?

The border between the United States and Mexico is about 1,900 miles long and spans four U.S. states: Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas.

# 6: Which is one of the longest rivers in the United States?

The Mississippi River is one of America's longest rivers. It runs through 10 U.S. states. The Mississippi River was used by American Indians for trade, food, and water before Europeans came to America. It is nicknamed the Father of Waters. Today, the Mississippi River is a major shipping route and a source of drinking water for millions of people.

The Missouri River is also one of the longest rivers in the United States. The Missouri River is actually longer than the Mississippi River. It starts in Montana and flows into the Mississippi River.

# 7: Which ocean is on the West Coast (A) of the United States?

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The Pacific Ocean is on the West Coast of the United States. It is the largest ocean on Earth and covers one-third of the Earth's surface.

# 8: Which is the capital of the United States?

When the Constitution established our nation in 1789, the capital of the United States was in New York City.

Congress soon began discussing the location of a permanent capital city. In Congress, representatives of northern states argued with representatives of southern states. Each side wanted the capital to be in its own region. As part of the Compromise of 1790, the capital would be located in the South. In return, the North did not have to pay the debt it owed from the Revolutionary War. George Washington chose a location for the capital along the Potomac River between Maryland and Virginia. As part of the compromise, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, became the temporary new location for the capital. In 1800, after 10 years, the capital was moved to its current location of Washington, D.C.

# 9: Which ocean is on the East Coast (B) of the United States?

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The Atlantic Ocean is on the East Coast of the United States. The ocean was named after the giant Atlas from Greek mythology. It is the second largest ocean in the world.

# 10: Which of the following is a U.S. territory?

There are five major U.S. territories: American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A U.S. territory is a partially self-governing piece of land under the authority of the U.S. government. U.S. territories are not states, but they do have representation in Congress. Each territory is allowed to send a delegate to the House of Representatives. The people who live in American Samoa are considered U.S. nationals, the people in the other four territories are U.S. citizens.

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Do You Know this about American Geography?

A quiz with 10 geography questions based on the United States Naturalization Test.

These are the original questions and some slight variations to help you learn and memorize faster.

On the Naturalization Test a USCIS Officer will ask anyone applying for American citizenship up to 10 of the 100 civics questions from an exam guide.

The applicant must answer 6 out of 10 questions correctly to pass the civics portion of the naturalization test.

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