British Culture Quiz – the Answers

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Congratulations to all that were brave enough to take this quiz! Here are the answers.

1. What are the nations that compose the UK?
England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Island
2. What is England’s national flower?
The rose
3. How many inhabitants are there in England?
52 million
4. What is the most popular food in Britain?
Fish and chips (curry is another possible answer)
5. What river flows in London?
The Thames
6. What is the Tube?
The London underground
7. What is a double-decker?
A bus that has two storeys
8. What is the name of the famous London clock?
Big Ben
9. Who is David Cameron?
The Prime Minister
10. Saint George is the patron saint of England. He was famous for killing something, what was it?
A dragon

11. Where is the Rosetta Stone?
In the British Museum
12. Where are the House of Lords and the House of Commons situated?
In Westminster Palace
13. What is Madame Tussauds?
A wax museum
14. What is the British currency?
The pound
15. What is 221B Baker Street famous for?
Sherlock Holmes’s fictional address
16. Why is 10 Downing Street famous?
Residence and office of the Prime minister

17. What is a bobby?
A policeman
18. What village in Somerset is famous for its cheese?
Cheddar
19. What is the name of the British flag?
The Union Jack
20. What is the town of Stratford upon Avon famous for?
Shakespeare’s birthplace

21. What is Liverpool famous for?
The Beatles
22. What are the main two political parties? Are they right or left wing?
Conservative party (Tories) right-wing, Labour party (Whigs) left-wing
23. Which religious building did Christopher Wren build?
Saint Paul’s Cathedral
24. What is Hadrian’s Wall?
A stone and turf fortification built by the Roman Empire in northern England to stop attacks by Scottish tribes
25. Who won the Battle of Trafalgar?
Admiral Nelson
26. Who were Elizabeth the first’s parents?
Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn
27. Name Henry VIII’s six wives.
Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr
28. What is Harrods?
An upmarket department store
29. Name the four Beatles.
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr
30. What did Forrest Mars invent in 1933?
The chocolate Mars bar

31. Who is Nessie?
The Loch Ness monster
32. When is Poppy Day? What do the English celebrate?
November 11th; a memorial day observed since the end of World War I to remember the members of the armed forces who have died in wars
33. When is Boxing Day? What do people do?
December 26th; beginning of the sales
34. What do the letters BBC stand for?
British Broadcast Corporation
35. What is a GP?
General Practitioner
36. What is an MP?
Member of Parliament
37. What is the NHS?
the National Health Service
38. What is the RSPCA?
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
39. What is the RAF?
the Royal Air Force
40. In what book can you find the following quotation: “To be or not to be, that is the question.”
Hamlet

41. Who wrote Murder on the Orient Express?
Agatha Christie
42. Who wrote Robinson Crusoe?
Daniel Defoe
43. Who wrote Pride and Prejudice?
Jane Austen
44. Who wrote Oliver Twist?
Charles Dickens
45. Who wrote Animal Farm?
George Orwell
46. Who wrote Harry Potter?
J.K. Rowling
47. Who wrote A Brave New World?
Aldous Huxley
48. Who wrote The War of the Worlds?
H.G. Wells
49. Who wrote Frankenstein?
Mary Shelley
50. Who wrote Wuthering Heights?
Emily Bronte

51. When was the Queen born?
April 21st, 1952
52. When was her coronation service held?
June 2nd, 1953
53. What is the name of the primary residence of the British monarch?
Buckhingham Palace
54. Name Queen Elizabeth’s four children.
Charles, Anne, Andrew, Edward
55. Who was the Prime Minister when Queen Elizabeth acceded to the throne?
Winston Churchill
56. What is the motto of the British monarch?
Dieu et mon droit
57. Who is the only British monarch who has reigned longer than Queen Elizabeth?
Queen Victoria
58. What was Prince Philip’s religion before he married the Queen?
Greek Orthodox
59. What is Queen Elizabeth’s favourite breed of dog?
The Welsh Corgi
60. Concerning the line of succession, what is the main difference between the British monarchy and the Swedish monarchy?

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