A bill, which is currently before the Alaska Senate, would require all high school seniors to pass the test used by Homeland Security when determining U.S. citizenship before they can graduate. It is scheduled for a hearing on March 10 in the Senate Education Committee.

Sponsored by Sen. Tom Begich (D-Anchorage) and Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak) Senate Bill 72 states: “A school may not issue a secondary school diploma to a student unless the student receives a score of at least 60 percent on an examination consisting of, at a minimum, the 128 questions of the civics portion of the naturalization tests used by the United State Citizenship and Immigration Services of the Department of Homeland Security.”

The civics test is part of the final interview for those hoping to become permanent U.S. citizens. The test is administered at immigration offices, and if all goes well citizenship is granted at the end of the appointment.

The test includes question about the Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, the economic system of the U.S., the role and structure of the three branches of government, the Electoral College and much more.

Here is a sampling of some of the questions. Click here to see the entire list.

  1. What is the form of government of the United States?
  2. What does the Bill of Rights protect?
  3. What founding document said the American colonies were free from Britain?
  4. Why does each state have two senators?
  5. Why is the Electoral College important?
  6. What are three rights of everyone living in the United States?
  7. Name one reason why the Americans declared independence from Britain.
  8. There were 13 original states. Name five.
  9. George Washington is famous for many things. Name one
  10. When did all women get the right to vote?
  11. Name one example of an American innovation.
  12. The Nation’s first motto was “E Pluribus Unum.” What does that mean?

Senators want Alaska students to pass civics portion of U.S naturalization test before graduating

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Bill Hendricks says:

    Should have been mandatory years ago

  • Mongo Like Candy says:

    The way the captured Vichy Federal Govt is going warp speed toward outright Communism, I wouldn’t base anything they produce.

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    I find this completely reasonable . If I were in charge there would be many more questions.

  • Art Chance says:

    That’s really going to cut down on the already paltry number of Alaska students with a diploma. Only some AP students will have a clue what the questions are even about. A better idea would be to require people to pass it before they can register to vote.

  • CJ ROOK says:

    You mean they don’t teach this anymore???

  • G Aleution says:

    A minimal start. Federalist papers should be required reading. Read books written by the founding fathers. The Constitution is quite an inheritance that should not be neglected.