Are You Smarter Than an Oklahoma Teenager?


43669715-300x300-0-0_hasbroareyousmarterthana5thgradergameThree out of four Oklahoma teenagers can’t name the first President of the United States.

That’s according to the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, who commissioned a telephone survey of 1,000 Oklahoma high school students.  The teens were asked 10 questions from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services citizenship test, the test that immigrants need to take to become American citizens.  Only three percent of Oklahoma teens passed the test.  On the other hand, 92 percent of people applying for citizenship pass it on their first try.

Here are five questions from the survey — see how you measure up on the test below:

  1. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
  2. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?
  3. What ocean is on the east coast of the United States?
  4. What are the two major political parties in the United States?
  5. Who is in charge of the executive branch?

(Answers: 1. The Bill of Rights, 2. The House and the Senate, 3. Atlantic, 4. Democratic and Republican, 5. The President)

For all ten questions, click here.  How did you do?  And why do you think that teens aren’t coming out of school knowing these basic facts about our country?