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Germany to Give Citizenship Test, Are You In or Are You Out?

Yesterday the German government approved a plan to begin testing would-be citizens on German customs and history, as a condition of citizenship. Critics say the questions and language of the multiple choice test are too difficult. It has also caused a stir among Germany's religious communities. The word Holocaust is not mentioned anywhere on the history-oriented exam, and the Muslim community takes issue with the ideological nature of the questions.

Jewish leaders in Germany are puzzled that Judaism was not mentioned as one of four possible answers to the question: "Which religion exerted the most influence on German and European culture?" In fact some of the questions include references to Christian holidays, raising the question: Should assimilation tests be limited to civic knowledge, rather than "cultural" knowledge that could be exclusive?

Have a crack at some sample questions from the test, and see if you deserve a big plate of wiener schnitzel.

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Germany to Give Citizenship Test, Are You In or Are You Out?

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idawson idawson 8 years
A couple of weeks ago I did see all 33 questions on Der Spiegel.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I don't think that we do. Why would we?
MSucre MSucre 9 years
Anyone know if we talk about slavery or segregation in our American citizenship test?
rabidmoon rabidmoon 9 years
7/8, and I was guessing...vas ist das??!
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 9 years
Why is "assimilation" so important? I understand and accept citizen exams and civic exams but if you're talking about assimilating people that doesn't occur as a result of a test. And on another note, how would define assimilation? Is it such a good thing? And what's on the other side of that?
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
No clue :oops:
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Ah. I was just curious. Did they say the major religion in Germany was Lutheranism?
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
It's not in the quiz we get to take here, UD, but is reported to be a part of the citizenship test as a whole.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
"Jude C, I think they might just have put the 4 religions with the most followers (world wide) and that's why Judaism wasn't one of the possible answers. Also, question 7 does refer to the Holocaust, so I'm not sure why people say it's not included at all (I haven't seen the other questions). As weird as it may sound, the Holocaust is still so "present" in German society, that it's possible they simply didn't feel the need to address it directly in the questions." What question discusses religions? I must've missed it.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Another good theory, Mädchen :D
Mädchen Mädchen 9 years
Maybe they thought the question would be too difficult, if Judaism was one of the answers (instead of Hinduism say). ;)
True-Song True-Song 9 years
This seems so weird. I can just see the questions becoming controversial.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
"As weird as it may sound, the Holocaust is still so "present" in German society, that it's possible they simply didn't feel the need to address it directly in the questions." Yeah, that could be. Good point :) As far as the "most influential religion" question, however, since the question is specific to Germany and Europe, it still seems odd to me that Judaism wouldn't be a possible answer. :shrug:
Mädchen Mädchen 9 years
Jude C, I think they might just have put the 4 religions with the most followers (world wide) and that's why Judaism wasn't one of the possible answers. Also, question 7 does refer to the Holocaust, so I'm not sure why people say it's not included at all (I haven't seen the other questions). As weird as it may sound, the Holocaust is still so "present" in German society, that it's possible they simply didn't feel the need to address it directly in the questions.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I think it's important to understand at least the basics of the culture of the country to which one wants to immigrate, so I agree with the theory behind the test. Not so much the erasure of Judaism and the Holocaust from the questions, but the theory.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I wouldn't recomend it. I paid for it for several days afterward.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
they only have to get half right? what a bunch of whiners. give me a break! They should get points off for whining.
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
Wow. I'm going to call that a huge accomplishment! That's a goal I've yet to add to my to-do list. :drinks:
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I'm a token German every October. La Crosse has a HUGE Octoberfest. It's the only time I've ever been drunk twice in the same day.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
For some reason over the last couple days I cannot stop thinking about how delicious the bratwursts i had at Oktoberfest were and I keep wishing I had one right now....
Mädchen Mädchen 9 years
I agree, KrisSugar. Also, people will obviously have time to study for the test first and they only need to answer 17 out 33 questions correctly in order to pass. I really don't think this is asking that much.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
I would be proud to be a German citizen if I were to move there and they were to grant it to me. That being said, if you're applying for citizenship in any country, that's a HUGE deal. Citizenship isn't something that's just handed out anywhere to anybody. And if you want badly enough to be a citizen of a country, that you would be honored to hold citizenship in, you should be able to pass their test. If that means understanding their culture in a way that is different from your own, then do it. If that means taking it in their language and understanding their ideology, so be it. I don't see what is so bad about this test. If every country gave citizenship tests that were catered toward making it easier for outsiders, then citizenship wouldn't mean anything, would it?
Mädchen Mädchen 9 years
I also think Kramer is overreacting. Of course, I haven't seen all questions, but question 7 obviously is related to the Holocaust.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
Johan Christian Bach is the lesser known "London Bach" and eleventh son of Johan Sebastian Bach. ;-) He had a big influence on Mozart. Here's his wiki page if you're feeling dorky!
Mädchen Mädchen 9 years
If the rest of the questions are like this, I don't see what the fuss is about...
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