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- Question 1 of 24
In which English county is the monument of Stonehenge located?CorrectIncorrect
The ancestors of these first farmers probably came from south-east Europe. These people built houses, tombs and monuments on the land. One of these monuments, Stonehenge, still stands in what is now the English county of Wiltshire.
- Question 2 of 24
What is the best-known work from Robert Burns?CorrectIncorrect
Burns’ best-known work is probably the song Auld Lang Syne, which is sung by people in the UK and other countries when they are celebrating the New Year (or Hogmanay as it is called in Scotland).
- Question 3 of 24
Which of the following crosses does NOT form part of the Union Flag?CorrectIncorrect
The cross of St David, patron saint of Wales does not form part of the Union Flag because, when the first Union Flag was created in 1606 from the flags of Scotland and England, the Principality of Wales was already untied with England.
- Question 4 of 24
What day is Halloween celebrated?CorrectIncorrect
Halloween is celebrated on the 31st of October.
- Question 5 of 24
Who was the first British distance runner to win a gold medal in the Olympic games in the 10,000 metres?CorrectIncorrect
Mo Farah (1983-) is a British distance runner, born in Somalia. He won gold medals in the 2012 Olympics for the 5,000 and 10,000 metres and is the first Briton to win the Olympic gold medal in the 10,000 metres.
- Question 6 of 24
Which of the following statements is TRUE?CorrectIncorrect
In Scotland, the 31st December is called Hogmanay and 2 January is also a public holiday. For some Scottish people, Hogmanay is a bigger holiday than Christmas.
- Question 7 of 24
Light-hearted plays with music and comedy, which are enjoyed by family audiences and based on fairy stories are known as:CorrectIncorrect
Many theatres produce a pantomime at Christmas time. They are based on fairy stories and are light-plays with music and comedy, enjoyed by family audiences.
- Question 8 of 24
What British actor was best known for his roles in various Shakespeare plays?CorrectIncorrect
The Laurence Olivier Awards take place annually at different venues in London. There are a variety of categories, including best director, best actor and best actress. The awards are named after the British actor Sir Laurence Olivier, late Lord Olivier, who was best known for his roles in various Shakespeare plays.
- Question 9 of 24
Who built the Tower of London after becoming king in 1066?CorrectIncorrect
The Tower of London was first built by William the Conqueror after he became king in 1066.
- Question 10 of 24
When was the Treaty of Rome signed?CorrectIncorrect
The European Union (EU), originally called the European Economic Community (EEC), was set up by six western European countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands) who signed the Treaty of Rome on 25 March 1957.
- Question 11 of 24
Who composed a suite of pieces themed around the planets and the solar system called ‘The Planets’?CorrectIncorrect
More recently, important composers include Gustav Holst (1874-1934), whose work includes The Planets, a suite of pieces themed around the planets and the solar system.
- Question 12 of 24
What was the population of the UK in 1998?CorrectIncorrect
The population of the UK in 1998 was 57 million people.
- Question 13 of 24
Who is the chief officer of the House of Commons?CorrectIncorrect
Debates in the House of Commons are chaired by the Speaker. This person is the chief officer of the House of Commons.
- Question 14 of 24
What characterises the British constitution?CorrectIncorrect
The British constitution is not written down in any single document, and therefore it is described as ‘unwritten’.
- Question 15 of 24
How old was Queen Victoria when she became Queen in 1837?CorrectIncorrect
In 1837, Queen Victoria became queen of the UK at the age of 18.
- Question 16 of 24
When did the First World War start?CorrectIncorrect
On 28 June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated. This set off a chain of events leading to the First World War (1914-18).
- Question 17 of 24
Who forms the judiciary?CorrectIncorrect
Judges (who are together called ‘the judiciary’) are responsible for interpreting the law and ensuring that trials are conducted fairly.
- Question 18 of 24
Which of the following is a musical venue located in London?CorrectIncorrect
There are many large venues that host music events throughout the year, such as: Wembley Stadium; The O2 in Greenwich, south-east London.
- Question 19 of 24
Who directed the movie ‘The Killing Fields’ in 1984?CorrectIncorrect
The Killing Fields (1984) was directed by Roland Joffé.
- Question 20 of 24
Which TWO of the following castles are located in Scotland?CorrectIncorrect
Inveraray Castle and Crathes Castle are located in Scotland.
- Question 21 of 24
Which battle signified the end of the War of the Roses?CorrectIncorrect
The War of the Roses ended with the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.
- Question 22 of 24
Which court deals with minor criminal offences in Scotland?CorrectIncorrect
In Scotland, minor criminal offences go to a Justice of the Peace Court.
- Question 23 of 24
If an MP dies or resigns, there will be a fresh election, which is known as:CorrectIncorrect
If an MP dies or resigns, there will be a fresh election, called a by-election, in his or her constituency.
- Question 24 of 24
A person who has not paid enough National Insurance contributions will not be able to receive certain contributory benefits including (choose TWO options):CorrectIncorrect
Anyone who does not pay enough National Insurance Contributions will not be able to receive certain contributory benefits such as Jobseeker’s Allowance or a full state retirement pension.