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About This QuizFor people who never leave their native countries, citizenship is simple as pie -- you simply have to be born. But being a citizen entails a lot more than just living in a nation. Test your knowledge about what it means to be a citizen.
As far as the United Nations is concerned, a child born on an airplane is a citizen of:
the country in whose airspace the birth took place
the country where the plane is registered
Under UN rules, a child born on an airplane is recognized as an official citizen of the country to which that plane is registered.
the country where the plane was headed
In Australia and the United States, people's names can't include what?
In both the United States and Australia, citizens aren't allowed to have numbers in their name. Just ask the Aussie parents who tried to name their child 4Real.
anything you'd have to push the shift key to write
In the United States, first preference for immigration is given to what kind of relative of a U.S. citizen?
adult unmarried children
Unmarried adult children of U.S. citizens are given first preference for immigration to the U.S.
In which nation was Earth's 6 billionth citizen born on Oct. 12, 1999?
Fatima Nevic, the estimated 6 billionth citizen in the world, was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on Oct. 12, 1999.
Until 2011, first three digits in an American citizen's social security number were issued based on what?
zip code or state code
Until 2011, the first three numbers in a social security number (the area number) were based on the zip code or state code where the person lives or was born.
month of birth
nothing, they're random
Passports didn't become a common requirement among nations of the world until after what year?
While passports have been used in some form for centuries, it wasn't until an executive order was signed in the United States in 1915 requiring all U.S. citizens leaving the country to have a passport that they began to be codified around the world.
After which war did Canada pass an act that made residents Canadian citizens rather than British citizens?
World War I
World War II
In 1946, after World War II, Canada passed a citizenship act that recognized residents as Canadian citizens, not British.
Where do international waters begin?
along a nation's coast
where the continental shelf ends
12 miles off a nation's coast
International waters begin 12 miles off the coast of a nation. It's here that jurisdiction becomes murky.
In which country do Easter Island's residents claim citizenship?
Easter Island's residents are citizens of Chile.
In what year did the U.S. government force citizenship onto all native-born American Indians?
In 1924, the U.S. government granted blanket citizenship to all native-born American Indians in recognition of Native Americans' service in World War I.
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