Laura Trevelyan Recounts US Citizenship Stories

laura TrevelyanIf you are  preparing for the US Citizenship Test, then you HAVE GOT TO read through this wonderful narrative that Laura Trevelyan had experienced.

Laura recounts her days of  preparing for the US citizenship test,  saying that her first attempt to give the US citizenship test was 25 years ago!

She was quite frank about the fact that her initial attempts were pathetic and dismal failures. To prepare for the test, she used a large booklet called “Learn about the United States: Quick Civics Lessons for the Naturalization Test.

She adds humor to the fact that she was handling the important document in a very poor way. Spilling wine, coffee and wrapping it up in her bag, were some of the things Laura mentioned while describing her “treatment” towards the booklet.

She mentioned her difficulties in remembering dates and numbers given in the booklet, and swiftly blamed it on her age!  Laura’s sons were quite delighted to pick up her booklet and start a quiz regarding the questions.

In one particular  scenario, she even ended up saying that there are 72 amendments in the US constitution, whereas there are just 27! She missed out on the fact that the constitution of America was written in 1787 not in 1776, which was the year when The Declaration of Independence was written.

In spite of so many  things that she failed to remember, she did like one section in the booklet, “why colonists fought with Brits.” As a Briton who was paying taxes without a right to vote, living in America…she knew the fact evidently.. She also mentions  the Broadway Musical hit, ‘Hamilton’. The musical was about the founder Alexander Hamilton. Laura quoted that it was quite helpful for her.

She related the Broadway musical hit with Question No. 67, “The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the US Constitution. Name one of the writers.” Alexander Hamilton  alias Publius,. The old saying came true for her, “I see and I remember.”

She carried her experience of preparation towards  linking one question to the other. She  nailed the question- who is the “Father of our Country?” by  stating George Washington. He was also the first president of United States.

She felt clueless at the question – “Which territory did the United States buy from France in 1803? Clue: It’s a large area west of the Mississippi river. It was 828,000 square miles and the US paid the French $15m for it (about $300m in today’s dollars). Major shipping port, doubled the size of the United States?”

The answer was Louisiana.

She could answer questions based on Mexican American war of 1846 though!

She went back to question number 53. “What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?” She mentioned that in her booklet it was written as “You have to give up loyalty to other countries,” which means that even if she  was a UK citizen, she will only be loyal to the US and US flag.

Some important facts about US citizenship tests which Laura has mentioned are:

  1. There are 100 possible questions of which only 10 are asked.
  2. You can’t afford to get more than four wrong.
  3. As of May 2016, 91.6% is the passing benchmark.
  4. Since October 2009 until May 2016, more than 5 million tests have been taken.

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