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Question 1 of 24
Who were the first people to arrive in Britain in what we call the Stone Age?Correct
The first people to live in Britain were hunter-gatherers, in what we call the Stone Age.
Question 2 of 24
When did Britain become permanently separated from the continent by the Channel?Correct
Britain only became permanently separated from the continent by the Channel about 10,000 years ago.
Question 3 of 24
The Commonwealth has no power over its members and it cannot suspend their membership:Correct
The Commonwealth has no power over its members, although it can suspend membership.
Question 4 of 24
Which of the following statements regarding the Black Death is NOT true?Correct
In 1348, a disease, probably a form of plague, came to Britain. This was known as the Black Death. One third of the population of England died and a similar proportion in Scotland and Wales. This was one of the worst disasters ever to strike Britain. Following the Black Death, the smaller population meant there was less need to grow cereal crops. There were labour shortages and peasants began to demand higher wages.
Question 5 of 24
Who was reigning in England when Wales became formally united with England by the Act for the Government of Wales?Correct
During the reign of Henry VIII, Wales became formally united with England by the Act for the Government of Wales.
Question 6 of 24
The Elizabethan period is known for the richness of its poetry and drama, especially for the plays and poems of which playwright?Correct
The Elizabethan period is remembered for the richness of its poetry and drama, especially the plays and poems of William Shakespeare.
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 TWO of the following are environmental charities?Correct
The National Trust and Friends of the Earth are environmental charities.
Question 9 of 24
Which flag has a diagonal red cross on a white ground?Correct
The cross of St Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, is a diagonal red cross on a white ground.
Question 10 of 24
Where is the city of Swansea located?Correct
Swansea is located in Wales.
Question 11 of 24
When is Christmas Eve celebrated?Correct
Christmas Eve is celebrated on the 24th of December.
Question 12 of 24
Which British sportsman won five consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games in the rowing category?Correct
Sir Steve Redgrave won gold medals in rowing in five consecutive Olympic Games and is one of Britain’s greatest Olympians.
Question 13 of 24
What is the name of the centrepiece to the Remembrance Day service located in Whitehall, London?Correct
The Cenotaph in Whitehall is the site of the annual Remembrance Day service attended by the Queen, politicians and foreign ambassadors.
Question 14 of 24
Who was the inventor of the World Wide Web?Correct
The inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee (1955-), is British. Information was successfully transferred via the web for the first time on 25 December 1990.
Question 15 of 24
What does the UK offer to its residents or citizens (choose FIVE answers)?Correct
The UK offers to its residents or citizens: freedom of belief and religion, freedom of speech, freedom from unfair discrimination, a right to a fair trial and a right to join in the election of a government.
Question 16 of 24
When did the Wars of the Roses start?Correct
In 1455, a civil war was begun to decide who should be king of England. It was fought between the supporters of two families: the House of Lancaster and the House of York. This war was called the Wars of the Roses, because the symbol of Lancaster was a red rose and the symbol of York was a white rose.
Question 17 of 24
How many members does the Scottish Parliament have?Correct
There are 129 members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs), elected by a form of proportional representation.
Question 18 of 24
What does the term ‘coalition’ refer to?Correct
The government is usually formed by the party that wins the majority of constituencies. If no party wins a majority, two parties may join together to form a coalition.
Question 19 of 24
The public can listen to debates in the Palace of Westminster from public galleries in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
This statement is true.
Question 20 of 24
Pool and darts are traditional pub games.Correct
Question 21 of 24
When did the UK join the European Economic Community (EEC)?Correct
At first the UK did not wish to join the EEC but it eventually did so in 1973.
Question 22 of 24
What is the minimum age requirement in the UK to drink wine or beer with a meal provided you are with someone over 18?Correct
When they are 16, people can drink wine or beer with a meal in a hotel or restaurant (including eating areas in pubs) as long as they are with someone over 18.
Question 23 of 24
Who is the spiritual leader of the Church of England?Correct
The spiritual leader of the Church of England is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Question 24 of 24
Civil servants cannot stand for public office:Correct
Most citizens of the UK, the Irish republic or the Commonwealth aged 18 or over can stand for public office. There are some exceptions, including: members of the armed forces, civil servants, people found guilty of certain criminal offences.
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