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Editorial: How would you do?

If you’re reading this, odds are that American citizenship was your birthright. From the first time you opened your eyes, you were a real live niece or nephew of your Uncle Sam. At first, you probably didn’t give it much thought, any more than your sex, race or ethnicity. But as years go by, most of us are quite proud to be citizens.

But what if you weren’t born American? What if you had to take a test in order to earn your place as a member of the greatest nation on the face of the earth? How would you do?

For some 780,000 men and women who successfully completed the naturalization process in 2013, that isn’t a hypothetical question. They went through the necessary criteria (be at least 18 years of age, be a lawful U.S. permanent resident who has resided in the country for at least five years, be able to speak, read and write the English language, have good moral character) before being asked to demonstrate their knowledge of U.S. government and history.

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