3 questions about the United States most Americans cannot answer NOTE: This is an ice breaker for diversity training classes. Use it to show that even though we expect others to learn English and understand American cultures there are many aspects of America most Americans do not know.
Before being granted citizenship immigrants must prove they know certain things about government and heritage of the United States. Yet there are many interesting questions about the country citizens of the United States call America that even 10th and 11th generation immigrants cannot answer.
The reason is that many who grew up in USA have not been exposed to a world view of geography. For example, the term “Americans” is used globally to refer to people from the United States as well as people from any country in North or South American.
Even the term “United States”, which is used globally, is duplicated in North America. The legal name of Mexico is the “United States of Mexico”.
Many of you have already learned something in this article so let us keep that learning going with three more compelling interrogatives. These questions will appear on the citizenship exam but they are entertaining to consider.
See if you can guess the answers to these questions.
1. Which state is most often misspelled? One state has the distinction of being misspelled almost all of the time. In fact many people who have been to the state and seen how the state spells its name still misspell it.
What state is it? Think for a few moments and then click here for the answer.
2. Which is named after the other: Lake Michigan or the State of Michigan? When you look at a map you see two large bodies known as Michigan: One is a lake and the other a state. It is a logical conclusion that one is named after the other. The conclusion is correct but which one was named first?
Since the United States was settled by the Europeans from England migrating to the West it seems logical that the state, which is east of the lake, would have been named first.
But was it? Give it some thought and then click here to find out.
3. Which state flag is allowed to fly at the same height as the US flag?
Did you know that no flag is to fly higher than the United States flag? When multiple flags are flying foreign flags are allowed to fly at the same height, but not even a smidgen of an inch higher. State flags, company flags, city flags or any other type of flag must fly lower in the American flag.
But there is one exception.
Although 49 flags are prohibited from flying at the same height or higher than the US flag one state’s flag is to be flown at the same height as Old Glory.
Which state is it?
Think about which data might be and when you think you know click here for the answer.