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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