“Ik ben een Amerikaanse”
“I beg your pardon?”
“Soy un Americano.”
“Will you stop it?”
“Je suis un Américain.”
“C.W., will you shut up for a second?”
“Qu'est-ce que vous voulez?”
“I want you to shut the … to tell me what you are doing?”
“I am preparing,” the figure of a young farm worker, dressed in work clothes and a straw hat said.
“Preparing for what?”
“Citizenship?” I said.
“The Falloonian Elders think it would be nice if I could demonstrate an ability to pass.”
“Pass as a citizen of your country.”
“Why the languages?”
“What do you mean quotas?”
“Don’t you have quotas for citizenship based on country of origin?”
I thought. “Good point. Best you forget the Spanish. Stick with the northern Europeans.”
“I agree,” he said. “Want to help me with the test?”
“The Elders sent me some practice questions based on my monthly reports and they wish me to study them.” He held up a large sheath of papers. He read one and then said, “For example, ‘The teacher at a major university will receive the highest salary for teaching: 1.physics, 2. heart surgery, 3.chemistry, or 4.football.’ That’s a no-brainer, right?”.
“I’m afraid so.”
“Here’s another. ‘Marijuana is considered an illegal possession in the United States because, 1.it makes a person do silly things, 2.enforcement creates jobs, 3.it keeps amateurs out of the production and distribution processes, or 4.all of the above.”
“Who did you say wrote these?”
“Our planetary research institute. I send them material such as newspapers and social network videos.”
I must have looked startled.
“How about this one? ‘Social concern for the nation’s needy children ends 1.upon graduation from high school, 2.after adolescence, 3.after pre-school status, or 4.after gestation?’”
“And your answer would be?”
“I’m stumped. It would seem to depend upon your political persuasion.”
“And they think these questions will be on the citizenship test?”
“Based on your popular media outlets, yes. Here’s another, ‘The founders of the United States did not wish to maintain a standing army. Today we consider this attitude 1.stupid, 2.out of date, 3.bad for the economy, or 4.chicken shit.”
“Chicken shit? Is that really a choice?”
“That’s what they sent me.”
“What kind of material are you sending them?”
“Oh, talk radio broadcasts, news segments, blogs. You know. Typical Americana.”
“Are you sending them Fox News Broadcasts?”
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“Want to hear another?”
He looked at the floor. “I may have sent them a couple.”
“He’s very popular.”
“How could I ignore him?”
“Don’t tell me that your superiors think they are typical of our country.”
“Jag är en Amerikansk,” he said, returning to his studies.