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- Question 1 of 24
What is the capital city of Northern Ireland?
The capital city of Northern Ireland is Belfast.
- Question 2 of 24
What name is given to the day when people play jokes on each other until midday?
April Fool’s Day, 1 April, is a day when people play jokes on each other until midday. The television and newspapers often have stories that are April Fool jokes.
- Question 3 of 24
Who is the fastest person to have sailed around the world single-handed?CorrectIncorrect
Dame Ellen MacArthur (1976-) is a yachtswoman and in 2004 became the fastest person to sail around the world singlehanded.
- Question 4 of 24
When did the First World War end?CorrectIncorrect
The First World War ended at 11.00 am on 11th November 1918 with victory for Britain and its allies.
- Question 5 of 24
What are Welsh cakes made of?CorrectIncorrect
Welsh cakes are a traditional Welsh snack made from flour, dried fruits and spices, and served either hot or cold.
- Question 6 of 24
Where is the London Eye situated?CorrectIncorrect
The London Eye is situated on the southern bank of the River Thames and is a Ferris wheel that is 443 feet (135 metres) tall.
- Question 7 of 24
What is the relationship between the monarch and the government?CorrectIncorrect
The monarch has regular meetings with the Prime Minister and can advise, warn and encourage, but the decisions on government policies are made by the Prime Minister and cabinet.
- Question 8 of 24
The UK is a ‘constitutional monarchy’:CorrectIncorrect
The UK has a constitutional monarchy.
- Question 9 of 24
What do you need to apply to become a permanent resident or citizen of the UK (Choose TWO options)?CorrectIncorrect
To apply to become a permanent resident or citizen of the UK, you will need to speak and read English and have a good understanding of life in the UK.
- Question 10 of 24
Which British scientist was awarded a Nobel Prize for discovering the structure of the DNA molecule?CorrectIncorrect
The structure of the DNA molecule was discovered in 1953 through work at British universities in London and Cambridge. This discovery contributed to many scientific advances, particularly in medicine and fighting crime. Francis Crick (1916-2004), one of those awarded the Nobel Prize for this discovery, was British.
- Question 11 of 24
Who established the Church of England?CorrectIncorrect
To divorce his first wife, Henry VIII needed the approval of the Pope. When the Pope refused, Henry established the Church of England. In this new church, the king, not the Pope, would have the power to appoint bishops and order how people should worship.
- Question 12 of 24
When does Lent take place?CorrectIncorrect
The 40 days before Easter are known as Lent. It is a time when Christians take time to reflect and prepare for Easter.
- Question 13 of 24
Which of the following national galleries is NOT located in London?CorrectIncorrect
The National Museum is located in Cardiff, Wales.
- Question 14 of 24
How much can you be fined if you watch TV but do not have a TV licence?CorrectIncorrect
You will receive a fine up to £1,000 if you watch TV but do not have a TV licence.
- Question 15 of 24
How old is the clock at the house of the parliament in London, also known as ‘Big Ben’?CorrectIncorrect
Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the House of Parliament in London. The clock is over 150 years old and is a popular tourist attraction.
- Question 16 of 24
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are elected on the basis of:CorrectIncorrect
Elections to the European Parliament use a system of proportional representation, where seats are allocated to each party in proportion to the total number of votes it has won.
- Question 17 of 24
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is a group of European and North American countries that was created with which TWO purposes:CorrectIncorrect
NATO is a group of European and North American countries that have agreed to help each other if they come under attack. It also aims to maintain peace between all of its members.
- Question 18 of 24
The small claims procedure is used in England and Wales for minor disputes for:CorrectIncorrect
This procedure is used for claims of less than £10,000 in England and Wales and £3,000 in Scotland and Northern Ireland. PLEASE be aware that in some handbooks (10th impression 2016 and previous ones) it says £5,000. However according to the Official Handbook 3rd edition (11th impression 2016) it is £10,000. Due to this difference in data, it is very unlikely that this question will come up in the official exam.
- Question 19 of 24
What name is given to the period in the 18th century when new ideas about politics, philosophy and science were developed?CorrectIncorrect
During the 18th century, new ideas about politics, philosophy and science were developed. This is often called ‘the Enlightenment’.
- Question 20 of 24
What is the meaning of ‘Magna Carta’?CorrectIncorrect
The Magna Carta (which means the Great Charter). The Magna Carta established the idea that even the king was subject to the law. It protected the rights of the nobility and restricted the king’s power to collect taxes or to make and change laws.
- Question 21 of 24
When did the War of the Roses end?CorrectIncorrect
The War of the Roses ended with the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.
- Question 22 of 24
Which of the following is the responsibility of the Chancellor of the Exchequer?CorrectIncorrect
The Chancellor of the Exchequer is responsible for the economy.
- Question 23 of 24
In which British university did Isaac Newton study?CorrectIncorrect
Isaac Newton studied at Cambridge University.
- Question 24 of 24
The UK is not a full member of the European Union because it does not use the Euro currency.CorrectIncorrect
The UK is a full member of the European Union but does not use the Euro currency.