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Question 1 of 24
How old was the Queen of Scotland, Mary Stuart, when she became queen?Correct
The queen of Scotland, Mary Stuart (often now called ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’) was a Catholic. She was only a week old when her father died and she became queen.
Question 2 of 24
Where was the first tennis club founded?Correct
The first tennis club was founded in Leamington Spa in 1872.
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Which British playwright invented many common English words and had a great influence on the English language?Correct
Shakespeare had a great influence on the English language and invented many words that are still common today.
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In which city is the Northern Ireland Assembly building, also known as Stormont, located?Correct
The Northern Ireland Assembly building is known as Stormont and it is located in Belfast.
Question 5 of 24
What proportion of the population died as a result of the Black Death in England?Correct
As a result of the Black Death, one third of the population of England died and a similar proportion in Scotland and Wales.
Question 6 of 24
Which famous poem tells the story of the knights at the court of King Arthur?Correct
Poems which survive from the Middle Ages include Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and a poem called Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, about one of the knights at the court of King Arthur.
Question 7 of 24
Which of the following is NOT a fundamental principle of British life?Correct
The fundamental principles of British life include: tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, the rule of law, democracy, individual liberty and participation in community life.
Question 8 of 24
Which flower is associated with Northern Ireland?Correct
The shamrock is the flower associated with Northern Ireland.
Question 9 of 24
The longest distance on the mainland in the UK is from John O’Groats on the north coast of Scotland to a place in the south-west corner of England known as:Correct
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 10 of 24
Who wrote a famous series of poems about a group of people going to Canterbury on a pilgrimage known as ‘The Canterbury Tales’?Correct
In the years leading up to 1400, Geoffrey Chaucer wrote a series of poems in English about a group of people going to Canterbury on a pilgrimage. The people decided to tell each other stories on the journey, and the poems describe the travellers and some of the stories they told. This collection of poems is called The Canterbury Tales.
Question 11 of 24
Which of the following categories is recognised at the Laurence Olivier Awards?Correct
The Laurence Olivier Awards recognise achievements in the area of theatre.
Question 12 of 24
In the UK, there is a National Lottery for which draws are made every day.Correct
In the UK, there is a National Lottery for which draws are made every week.
Question 13 of 24
Where is Europe’s longest dry ski slope located?Correct
There are five ski centres in Scotland, as well as Europe’s longest dry ski slope near Edinburgh.
Question 14 of 24
Which TWO of Henry VIII’s wives were accused of taking lovers and executed?Correct
Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard were accused of taking lovers and executed.
Question 15 of 24
Who is the head of the state in the UK?Correct
Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state in the UK.
Question 16 of 24
What was the population of the UK in 1600?Correct
The population of the UK in 1600 was just over 4 million people.
Question 17 of 24
What name is given to the 31st of December in Scotland?Correct
In Scotland, 31 December is called Hogmanay.
Question 18 of 24
In which of the following languages is the life in the UK test NOT available?Correct
The Life in the UK test is usually taken is English, although special arrangements can be made if you wish to take it in Welsh or Scottish Gaelic.
Question 19 of 24
Which two scientists were successful at cloning the first mammal, Dolly the sheep?Correct
In 1996, two British scientists, Sir Ian Wilmot and Keith Campbell, led a team which was the first to succeed in cloning a mammal, Dolly the sheep.
Question 20 of 24
When is the Sikh Vaisakhi festival celebrated?Correct
Vaisakhi (also spelled Baisakhi) is a Sikh festival which celebrates the founding of the Sikh community known as the Khalsa. It is celebrated on the 14th of April each year with parades, dancing and singing.
Question 21 of 24
Who were the Pre-Raphaelites?Correct
The Pre-Raphaelites were an important group of artists in the second half of the 19th century. They painted detailed pictures on religious or literary themes in bright colours. The group included Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Sir John Millais.
Question 22 of 24
When was St Pancras Station built?Correct
St Pancras Station was built in the 19th century.
Question 23 of 24
Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) are elected on the basis of:Correct
Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) are elected by a form of proportional representation.
Question 24 of 24
Which TWO of the following soap operas are popular in the UK?Correct
Popular programmes in the UK include regular soap operas such as Coronation Street and EastEnders.
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