A thousand (high school) students were surveyed by telephone and given 10 questions drawn from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services item bank. Candidates for U.S. citizenship must answer six questions correctly in order to become citizens.
Here are the questions with the percent correct in parenthesizes. After each question is my suggestion for an updated 2009 answer.
What is the supreme law of the land? (28%) ~ The Fed
What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution? (26%) ~ Suggestions
What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress? (27%) ~ The embezzling part and the money laundering part
How many justices are there on the Supreme Court? (10%) ~ There's a Su-preme Court??
Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? (14%) ~ JP Morgan
What ocean is on the east coast of the United States? (61%) ~ The Gulf of Mexico
What are the two major political parities in the United States? (43%) ~ Socialists and Communists
We elect a U.S. senator for how many years? (11%) ~ Till they die
Who was the first President of the United States? (23%) ~ Marriner Eccles
Who is in charge of the executive branch? (29%) ~ Ben Bernanke