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ON CITIZENSHIP TESTS

I have no problem with giving people a citizenship test, but it is only fair that tests given to immigrants should contain questions that any citizen could readily answer. It appears there was an incorrect question in the Danish test given immigrants. Question 27 asked about the responsibilities of the Nordic Council and the supposed correct answer was– to advise Parliament. According to the Nordic Council that is not the correct answer since their function is to advise the government, not Parliament. Brithe Hornblech, Minister of Immigration insists the answer is to advise Parliament regardless of what the Nordic Council tells her. She refuses to accept the possibility that her department made an error. In other words, if Ms. Hornbech took the test she would have an incorrect answer. Does this mean she should be returned to the nation of her origin?

I support any citizenship test that can be passed by 50% of the American people. If not, then it is Open Door to all immigrants. If we can’t pass our own citizenship tests, how can we ask immigrants to pass them?

P.S. I doubt if 20% of Americans could pass a test on the Bill of Rights!

Denmark Fails Its Own Citizenship Test

A new citizenship test being given to immigrants to Denmark has raised many issues due to mistakes on the test which resulted in some immigrants failing when they were right or failing because the question was wrong. The regulation requires a correct answer on 32 of the 50 questions but many students are complaining they were given incorrect test questions. It is always fascinating when test makers apparently don’t research the questions to ensure there is only one possible answer. Danish test makers made several mistakes concerning Danish history.

If Danish test makers have erroneous questions because of mistakes about Danish history does this suggest that immigrants should make the Danish citizenship test and it should be given to Danes, not immigrants?

Take The Test And Become A German Citizen

There were many critics who denounced the introduction of a new citizenship test in Germany when it appeared las year, but there is now evidence their fears were misplaced. The latest results indicate that 99% of those taking the test pass and become citizens of Germany. At the time the test was introduced, people like Hans-Christian Strobele of the Green Party insisted “many Germans would not pass the test.” Now, Green Party critics like Bilkay Oney argue, “if everyone passes anyway, then we don’t need the test.” Defenders of the test argue that even if immigrants are memorizing test answers, they at least are, for the moment, compelled to think about the issues raised by the test.

In the modern world, there are always people or organizations who, for a fee, will assist anyone to pass a test. The test has a potential 310 questions, but the actual test given to an individual has 33 questions and one only has to be correct on 17 responses. Anyone, wish to set up an office and begin helping people to memorize data?