Bloomfield, Gary L. I Will Be An American . . . Someday Soon: The Questions & Answers to the Citizenship Test. ISBN: 978-1481012690 $10.00

This is a publication of Floricanto Press.

This is a publication of Floricanto Press. Gary Bloomfield’s has compiled and developed a list of the most frequent questions asked for the American citizenship test administered by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to those applying for U.S. citizenship. This questionnaire includes the precise answer to each of its questions. Those immigrants who desire to become American Citizens will be very well served preparing themselves for this test using and studying this brief manual.

 

Gary Bloomfield’s earliest memories are of growing up in La Rochelle, France. His father was an American soldier who only spoke English. His mother was Japanese, born in Canada and she spoke Japanese, English and French. Gary’s nanny was French who didn’t speak English, and so Gary’s first language was kiddie French. Then in the mid-1950s, France’s President Charles De Gaulle ordered all American troops out of the country, and suddenly Gary and his family felt like refugees, returning to the United States, temporarily living near his grandparents in Michigan. By then he was old enough to go to elementary school, but he couldn’t speak English, so the teachers put him in a special education class, for slow learners.

It took a few years, but eventually he learned English. His dad was sent to Colorado, and while they lived there, Gary’s mom was studying to take the American citizenship test. Gary would ask her questions and together they learned about American history, and how democracy works. Gary learned all of the state capitals and most of the Presidents. With his father in the Army, Gary would live in Michigan again, then Missouri and Germany, where he met his future wife, Anita, who was born in Germany, and she too would also one day become an American citizen. Two years after he graduated from high school, Gary joined the Army and was stationed in Korea, where he taught English to orphan school children, and Korean soldiers. He would return to Korea three years later, and again teach English to Korean college students, and Army soldiers. As often as possible he continued to meet with the orphan children he’d met during his first tour in Korea. Many of those children who he fondly remembers, eventually came to America and became U.S. citizens. When he returned to the United States, Gary volunteered as a tutor with Laubach Literacy, specializing in foreigners who wanted to improve on the English they learned in school, in their homelands. As they became more proficient with English, several of them wanted to become American citizens, so Gary continued tutoring them. He also simplified the citizenship questions and began writing this book, I Will be an American…Someday Soon. That title comes from a promise one of his students made. In fact, a year later, she did become an American.