Well, there is a question I had not thought about? I was an American....but other than the fact I was born in the United States...how would anyone know? The first time I thought about this question was many years ago sitting in a college classroom. The question was one of those that just forced me to look at myself, my country, and my fellow countrymen in a totally different way. This was one adventure that changed my outlook on not just my country, but also the world...and inevitably myself.
As a Security Police Training Instructor I had learned how to formulate questions to evaluate different aspects of that job. One thing I learned in creating those questions is that the question reveals much more than an individuals knowledge...that truth is hard to explain in the space of a small blog...so I will not try...just think about it.
In verbal communications...face to face...Humans are able to express much more meaning than is possible in written form. For instance: "What is a duck"? If you saw that question on a written test you would likely attempt to describe a duck. If someone said this on the phone in a dismissive manner, you would think they may dislike ducks. In a face to face encounter they may grimace while saying it and that might lead you to believe that to them a duck is disgusting. Why is that even important? It is because of the person who asked "What is an American"?