Naturalization exam – I just took the exam this afternoon in DIGEMIN. As a public service I wanted to share the questions as best I can remember them. This is only to give you an idea of the type of questions that will be on the exam. I doubt very much these will be the same questions next time. Usually the test is given the last Friday of every month if there are people approved to take it. The exam only took about 20 minutes. There were 10 questions. Each one is worth 2 points maximum. I believe you have to get a score of at least 11 to pass. Questions as follows: 1) What is the oldest culture found in Peru that dates back 5,000 years? Possible answers – Chavin, Sechin, Caral correct answer - Caral; 2) The Inca empire was divided into four regions. What were they? Answer: Chinchasuyu (NW), Antisuyu (NE), Kuntisuyu (SW), and Qullasuyu (SE); 3) Peruvian independence was declared by who, what date and where? Answer: José de San Martín, July 28, 1821, Lima, Plaza Mayor; 4) What are the border limits of Peru? Answer: North – Ecuador and Colombia, East – Brazil, South – Bolivia and Chile, West – Pacific Ocean; 5) What is the highest snowcapped mountain in Peru? Answer: Huascarán, 6,768 msnm; 6) What is the deepest canyon in Peru, in Latin America and the world? Answer: Cotahuasi Canyon in southwestern Peru. I thought it was Colca Canyon as would most people, I assume. 7) What are the symbols in the shield of Peru? Draw two of them. Answer: (no need for this detail): There are four variants. All four share the same escutcheon or shield, consisting of three elements: the top left section shows the vicuña, the national animal, on a light-blue field, representing the fauna of Peru; the tree in the top right section is the cinchona tree (the source of quinine, a powerful anti-malarial drug and the key flavorant in tonic water), on a white background, representing the national flora; and the bottom cornucopia with coins spilling from it, on a red field, represents the mineral resources of the country. The drawing depends on your artistic ability, of course. The funny thing here is that on the top of the page was the shield next to the letterhead. Therefore, I'm pretty sure they won't have this question on the test again or at least not on a page with the shield on the top.
Who is the mayor of your district and who is the mayor of your province? Answer: Miraflores – Jorge Muñoz, Lima – Susan Villarán; 9) Who is the Prime Minister (President of the Council of Ministers), the President of the Congress and the President of the Judicial Power? Answer: Juan Jiménez Mayor, Victor Isla, Enrique Javier Mendoza Ramirez; 10) What does the acronym VRAE mean and what problems have there been in this area? Answer:Valle del Rio Apurimac y ENE. There have been problems of terrorism (Sendero Luminoso remantns) and narco trafficking in this area – narco terrorism. Both soldiers and police have been killed. There is a threat to the natural gas pipeline.
Apparently there is a commission that grades these tests and I should have the results next week. After that the whole file goes through four filters with the last one being the Office of the President (believe it or not he actually signs it, but I doubt that he reads it)
I hope this is helpful to those of you who will be taking this exam in the future.