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Recorded By: Jeff McQuillan and Lucy Tse
Do you want to know more about the United States?
Do you want to be able to talk with Americans knowledgeably about the U.S.?
Do you want to know how the U.S. government works?
Do you want to know more about the different parts of the U.S., its history, and its people?
“Introduction to the United States” is a course that answers your questions about the United States in a new and exciting way. This course uses the 100 questions from U.S. naturalization test, the test that people take to become a citizen of the United States. It focuses on how the U.S. was formed and how it works, who the important people are in its history and in the current government, and the different parts of this very big and diverse country.
Each question is followed by
a) A simple answer
b) A longer explanation
The explanation goes far beyond the simple answer to give in-depth background information, allow you to really understand the topic. Each explanation brings the facts and the history and stories behind them alive, making learning about the U.S. exciting and fun.
Learning about the U.S. has never been easier. After listening to this course, you’ll know what most Americans do about the United States!
What You Get
1. MP3 Audio Files for All 100 Questions
2. Learning Guide: This is a written guide with
• A full transcript of every word from every question, answer, and explanation
• Glossaries with definitions
• Sample sentences
3. Index of Glossary Terms: It includes all glossary terms from all 100 questions with definitions and easy reference number to the questions where the term appears
How it Works
Each question is divided into three parts. You will first hear the question read, then the short answer, and then a longer explanation of the topic. The longer explanation has built-in definitions of new terms and phrases, so you will understand it just by listening.
You will listen to the question-answer-explanation first at a slow speed, and then again at a normal rate of speech (fast). In this course, you encounter the important key vocabulary several times throughout the course, helping you really understand the meaning of the terms and expressions, and how to use them correctly.
Don’t Just Listen – Read it, too!
Get the most out of “Introduction to the United States” by following along with the Learning Guide, which has a complete written transcript of every word spoken in the lessons. All of the vocabulary and expressions used in the lesson are also listed and defined in the “Glossary” of the Learning Guide, giving you the opportunity to read and review whenever you’d like. Plus, you are provided with an extra sample sentence using the word correctly in context. Finally, you will receive a BONUS “Index of Glossary Terms,” which lists all of the glossary terms and their definitions from all 100 questions, with easy reference number listed so you can easily find the question(s) where they appear. By listening to and reading each lesson, you’ll have a truly powerful way to increase your skills in English.
These are the 100 questions answered and explained in this course:
A: Principles of American Democracy
1. What is the supreme law of the land?
2. What does the Constitution do?
3. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
4. What is an amendment?
5. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
6. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?
7. How many amendments does the Constitution have?
8. What did the Declaration of Independence do?
9. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
10. What is freedom of religion?
11. What is the economic system in the United States?
12. What is the “rule of law”?
B: System of Government
13. Name one branch or part of the government.
14. What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?
15. Who is in charge of the executive branch?
16. Who makes federal laws?
17. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?
18. How many U.S. Senators are there?
19. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
20. Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators now?
21. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
22. We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?
23. Name your U.S. Representative.
24. Who does a U.S. Senator represent?
25. Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?
26. We elect a President for how many years?
27. In what month do we vote for President?*
28. What is the name of the President of the United States now?
29. What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?
30. If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
31. If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
32. Who is the Commander in Chief of the military?
33. Who signs bills to become laws?
34. Who vetoes bills?
35. What does the President’s Cabinet do?
36. What are two Cabinet-level positions?
37. What does the judicial branch do?
38. What is the highest court in the United States?
39. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
40. Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now?
41. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?
42. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?
43. Who is the Governor of your state now?
44. What is the capital of your state?
45. What are the two major political parties in the United States?
46. What is the political party of the President now?
47. What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?
C: Rights and Responsibilities
48. There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
49. What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?
50. Name one right only for United States citizens.
51. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
52. What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?
53. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?
54. How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?
55. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
56. When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?
57. When must all men register for the Selective Service?
A: Colonial Period and Independence
58. What is one reason colonists came to America?
59. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
60. What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?
61. Why did the colonists fight the British?
62. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
63. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
64. There were 13 original states. Name three.
65. What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
66. When was the Constitution written?
67. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.
68. What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
69. Who is the “Father of Our Country”?
70. Who was the first President?
71. What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
72. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.
73. Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.
74. Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
75. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?
76. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
77. What did Susan B. Anthony do?
C: Recent American History and Other Important Historical Information
78. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.
79. Who was President during World War I?
80. Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?
81. Who did the United States fight in World War II?
82. Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?
83. During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?
84. What movement tried to end racial discrimination?
85. What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?
86. What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States?
87. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.
88. Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.
89. What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?
90. What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?
91. Name one U.S. territory.
92. Name one state that borders Canada.
93. Name one state that borders Mexico.
94. What is the capital of the United States?
95. Where is the Statue of Liberty?
96. Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
97. Why does the flag have 50 stars?
98. What is the name of the national anthem?
99. When do we celebrate Independence Day?
100. Name two national U.S. holidays.