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- Question 1 of 24
When did Henry VIII die?CorrectIncorrect
Henry VIII died on the 28th of January 1547.
- Question 2 of 24
Which of the following lines from Shakespeare’s plays and poems is often still quoted?CorrectIncorrect
‘The darling buds of May’ is a line from William Shakespeare’s play Sonnet 18 – Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day.
- Question 3 of 24
Which TWO of the following are fundamental principles of British life?CorrectIncorrect
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and the rule of law are fundamental principles of British life.
- Question 4 of 24
What is the capital city of the UK?CorrectIncorrect
The capital city of the UK is London.
- Question 5 of 24
Which of the following statements about Mary, Queen of Scotland, is NOT true?CorrectIncorrect
The queen of Scotland, Mary Stuart (often now called ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’) was a Catholic.
- Question 6 of 24
When did Ireland become unified with England, Wales and Scotland?CorrectIncorrect
In 1801, Ireland became unified with England, Scotland and Wales after the Act of Union of 1800. This created the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
- Question 7 of 24
What is Hogmanay?CorrectIncorrect
In Scotland, the 31st of December is called Hogmanay.
- Question 8 of 24
The devolved administrations of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland each have their own civil service:CorrectIncorrect
The devolved administrations each have their own civil service.
- Question 9 of 24
On Remembrance Day, there is a two-minute silence at 11 AM to commemorate those who died fighting during the First World War.CorrectIncorrect
On Remembrance Day at 11.00 am there is a two-minute silence and wreaths are laid at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London.
- Question 10 of 24
What is the distance between the north coast of Scotland and the south-west corner of England?CorrectIncorrect
In the UK, the longest distance on the mainland is from John O’Groats on the north coast of Scotland to Land’s End in the south-west corner of England. It is about 870 miles (approximately 1,400 kilometres).
- Question 11 of 24
Who was Henry Purcell?CorrectIncorrect
Henry Purcell (1659-95) was the organist at Westminster Abbey. He wrote church music, operas and other pieces, and developed a British style distinct from that elsewhere in Europe.
- Question 12 of 24
How are life peers appointed?CorrectIncorrect
Life peers are appointed by the monarch on the advice of the Prime Minister.
- Question 13 of 24
Where is the Giant’s Causeway located?CorrectIncorrect
The Giant’s Causeway is located on the north-east coast of Northern Ireland.
- Question 14 of 24
Who proposed that enemy aircrafts could be detected by radio waves and is responsible for the development of the radar?CorrectIncorrect
The radar was developed by Scotsman Sir Robert Watson-Watt (1892-1973), who proposed that enemy aircraft could be detected by radio waves. The first successful radar test took place in 1935.
- Question 15 of 24
During Halloween people carve lanterns out of ______ and put a candle inside of them.CorrectIncorrect
During Halloween people carve lanterns out of pumpkins and put a candle inside of them.
- Question 16 of 24
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, if an accused person is aged 18, the case will be heard in a Youth Court:CorrectIncorrect
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, if an accused person is aged 10 to 17, the case is normally heard in a Youth Court in front of up to three specially trained magistrates or a District Judge.
- Question 17 of 24
What is NOT included in the written contract or statement that your employer gives you when you start a new job?CorrectIncorrect
The written contract or statement that your employer gives you when you start a new job should include your responsibilities, pay, working hours, holidays, sick pay and pension. It should also include the period of notice that both you and your employer should give for the employment to end.
- Question 18 of 24
Royal Ascot is a four-day horse race meeting in Berkshire attended by members of the Royal Family:CorrectIncorrect
Royal Ascot , a five-day race meeting in Berkshire attended by members of the Royal Family.
- Question 19 of 24
Who sat at the House of Lords during the Middle Ages?CorrectIncorrect
During the Middle Ages, great landowners and bishops sat in the House of Lords.
- Question 20 of 24
Which of the following statements regarding Scottish television is TRUE?CorrectIncorrect
In Scotland, some Scotland-specific programmes are shown and there is also a channel with programmes in the Gaelic language.
- Question 21 of 24
Where does the biggest and most well-known Fringe Festival take place?CorrectIncorrect
The biggest and most well-known Fringe Festival is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
- Question 22 of 24
The UN was set up after the First World War and aims to prevent war and promote international peace and security:CorrectIncorrect
The UN was set up after the Second World War and aims to prevent war and promote international peace and security.
- Question 23 of 24
Which of the following countries was NOT part of the Central Powers during the First World War?CorrectIncorrect
During the First World War Serbia formed part of the Allied powers.
- Question 24 of 24
What is played at important national occasions and at events attended by the Queen or the Royal Family?CorrectIncorrect
The National Anthem of the UK is ‘God Save the Queen’ is played at important national occasions and at events attended by the Queen or the Royal Family.