American citizenship is truly the gold standard of global passports. It guarantees the might of the world's most powerful nation to protect you. Who wouldn't want to join such a winning team?
America is certainly going through strange times. The stock market is up and employment is very high. Women's rights have progressed exponentially in the last 50 years, and many indicators are moving in the right direction. However income equality is getting worse, infrastructure is in a pretty bad state and the government is absolutely dysfunctional. Still, however you feel about a given administration or the state of the union generally, it’s still the case that being an American citizen is like winning a sort of lottery, conferring all sorts of rights and opportunities. For millions of people all over the world, the American dream is still staggering along - and many of them are willing to work hard, fly far and study thoroughly in order to enjoy it for themselves.
About a million legal immigrants a year come to the U.S. This doesn't mean they all become citizens, though: the figure for the last decade is approximately 7.4 million naturalized Americans. They not only had to file their paperwork and stay on the right side of the law, but they also had to take a test including all sorts of facts and figures about their new home. Whether you're born in the U.S.A. or thinking of following in their fabulous footsteps, take this quiz to see if you're ready to pass the test yourself!