Christopher Knowles wins Times civics quiz contest


Christopher Knowles of Vineyard Haven is the winner of dinner for two at the beautiful Lure Grill restaurant in Katama.

A total of 89 people took part in a U.S. civics quiz, published in the July 1 issue of The Times. The quiz ran alongside a story of a newly minted citizen (“For a new American, the nation’s birthday is now hers to celebrate“). Almost half, 44 people, answered all ten questions correctly to qualify for the random drawing.

The questions were drawn from the list of 100 possible questions the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services provides applicants. A USCIS officer asks each applicant 10. The applicant must answer six questions correctly to pass. The Times invited readers to test their civics skills, but raised the bar so that only those with 10 correct answers to the 10 questions posed were entered in the drawing.

Mr. Knowles’ prize was donated by Lure Grill, which specializes in wood-fired menu items, many harvested on Martha’s Vineyard ( The prize includes the opportunity to travel by sunset water taxi from Edgartown Harbor to Katama, with return by shuttle van.

The questions and Mr. Knowles’ answers follow:

1. What is the supreme law of the land?

The Constitution

2. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?

We, the people

3. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?

The Bill of Rights

4. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?

Freedom of speech

5. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?

6 years

6. Who does a U.S. Senator represent?

A state

7. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?


8. Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now?

John Roberts

9. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.

Alexander Hamilton

10. Why does the flag have 13 stripes?

To represent the original thirteen colonies