FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Team 12 took to the streets to see what people knew about the reason behind the time off work, parades, barbecues and fireworks on the Fourth of July.
We brought along the 100 questions used on those wanting to become U.S. citizens to test our nation’s knowledge and pride. Below are the questions and their answers:
Q: When do we celebrate Independence Day?
A: July 4.
Q: Who is the governor of your state?
A: Doug Ducey
Q: What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
A: Voting and joining a political party.
Q: If the President can no longer serve, who takes over?
A: The Vice President
Benjamin Johnston who had just moved from Kansas City didn’t know the Constitution was the supreme law of the land.
“Can I call a friend or something?” Johnston asked.
The owner of The Route 66 Dog Haus, Gary McElfresh, gave himself a break from working with three generations at the family business.
When we asked him to choose a number, McElfresh answered, “How about 63, the year my wife and I were married.”
Question 63 asked when the Declaration of Independence was adopted. McElfresh answered correctly, "1776."
As a bonus round, to test their love for the U.S.A., we got a little more personal asking, “What does the Fourth of July mean to you?”
“Barbecues and fun,” Ashley Staie said.
Danielle Fuhrer answered, “Freedom, fun, family, bald eagles, hot dogs, ‘Murica.”
“The foundation of our country,” Steven Flanagan said.
“I like having the right of choice, like back then women weren’t as valued as men, so that’s awesome and being able to do what I want most of the time without parents saying no,” Claire Suraci Schlosser said.
“I’m just grateful to the Lord and to this country for what I have,” Garry McElfresh said.
“Celebrating the country that we live in. I feel like a lot of people take our freedoms for granted,” Cailey McElfresh said.
James Wood added, “We’re a free nation to do whatever we want.”
“I think that America is great. I like it a lot,” Baylee McElfresh said.
Justin McElfresh was grateful for the freedoms veterans have fought for.
“For me it’s kind of about family. My granddad served in the army, my great granddad served in the army and we have people who served in the military all the way back to the Revolutionary War. […] A lot of the things that we take for granted are thanks to them,” Justin McElfresh said.
For Eliese McElfresh it was “all about the history,” and Matthew McElfresh said anybody can do anything in this country and there’s never been anything like that in the history of the world.”
Click here to test your own U.S. civics knowledge and see if you know the answers to the questions asked in the naturalization exam.