Who is president? A few questions from Arizona's civics test

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

Starting with the class of 2017, Arizona students will be required to pass the U.S. citizenship test on civics before they can graduate.

The new legislation, signed Thursday by Gov. Doug Ducey, is part of the primarily conservative Civics Education Initiative, whose goal is to get all 50 states to adopt the requirement in the next two years. About 15 states are expected to consider the measure this year.

The test's overall goal is to increase students' knowledge of basic government.

Here is a sampling of the multiple-choice questions, with the answers in parentheses:

How many amendments does the Constitution have?

12, (27), 35 or 42

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

4, 8, (6) or 10

We elect a president for how many years?

(4), 12, 8 or 5

What is the name of the president of the United States now?

(Obama), Ford, Clinton or Bush

If the president can no longer serve, who becomes president?

Chief of staff, (the vice president), secretary of state, lead general

What do we call the first 10 amendments to the constitution?

(The Bill of Rights), the Ten Commandments, the Bill of Lading or the List of Ten

Which is a right or freedom from the First Amendment?

Right to vote, right to avoid taxes, (right to free exercise of religion) and right to bear arms

What was the purpose of the Declaration of Independence?

Formed an alliance with South America, (announced our independence from Great Britain), announced our independence from Germany or freed the slaves

What is one purpose of the U.S. Constitution?

Declared war, defines state laws, (protects the basic rights of Americans) or establishes treaties

Before he was president, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?

(World War II), World War I, Civil War

Name one state that borders Canada.

California, (Idaho), Ohio or Massachusetts

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Information from: Civics Education Initiative

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Online: http://civicseducationinitiative.com/take-the-test/

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[Click here to take a civics quiz]

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