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Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 4:20 pm | Updated: 12:51 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

On Saturday, many of us will hoist American flags, attend barbecues festooned in red, white and blue, and stand shoulder-to-shoulder to watch colorful fireworks illuminate the night sky.

But before the newest Americans among us get to such celebrations, they'll be sworn in in ceremonies from George Washington's Mount Vernon to Walt Disney World in Florida - after passing a test and promising six things, of course.

You can try your hand at the test via our quiz, below. It takes its questions - all about American government, history and geography - directly from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the federal organization that administers the test required to become an American citizen.

As for the promises? Well, if you'd like to see how you're measuring up, they are: to give up loyalty to other countries; to defend the Constitution; to obey the laws of the United States; to serve in the U.S. military if needed; to serve the nation if needed; and to be loyal to the United States.

Happy Fourth of July, indeed.

1. What did the Declaration of Independence do?

2. What are two rights in the declaration of independence?

3. What is the supreme law of the land?

4. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?

5. What is an amendment?

6. What is one power of the federal government?

7. What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?

8. How many U.S. senators are there?

9. How many representatives?

10. Why does the American flag have 13 stripes?

11. Name three of the 13 colonies.

12. Name one war fought by the U.S. in the 1800s.

13. What is the title of the national anthem?

14. What was one problem that led to the Civil War?

15. What territory did the U.S. buy from France in 1803?

16. During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?

17. What are two rights of every person living in the United States?

18. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?

19. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.

20. Name one of the two longest rivers in the country.

21. Name one U.S. territory.

Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services civics flashcards for the new naturalization test

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