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Question 1 of 24
Which of the following territories does not belong to Great Britain?Correct
The official name of the country is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. ‘Great Britain’ refers only to England, Scotland and Wales, not to Northern Ireland.
Question 2 of 24
Who was the first Briton to win the ‘Tour de France’?Correct
Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win the ‘Tour de France’.
Question 3 of 24
Which of the following statements is TRUE?Correct
The English language has many accents and dialects.
Question 4 of 24
How old do you need to be to go into betting shops or gambling clubs?Correct
In the UK, you have to be 18 to go into betting shops or gambling clubs.
Question 5 of 24
What do Ian McEwan, Hilary Mantel and Julian Barnes have in common?Correct
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is awarded annually for the best fiction novel written by an author from the Commonwealth, Ireland or Zimbabwe. It has been awarded since 1968. Past winners include Ian McEwan, Hilary Mantel and Julian Barnes.
Question 6 of 24
In Northern Ireland members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) are elected on the basis of:Correct
The Northern Ireland Assembly has 108 elected members, known as MLAs (members of the Legislative Assembly). They are elected with a form of proportional representation.
Question 7 of 24
How can MPs be contacted (choose TWO options)?Correct
You can contact MPs by letter or telephone at their constituency office, or at their office in the House of Commons: The House of Commons, Westminster, London SW1A OAA, telephone 0207729 3000.
Question 8 of 24
What did the’Bill of Rights’ confirm in 1689?Correct
The Bill of Rights, 1689, confirmed the rights of Parliament and the limits of the king’s power. Parliament took control of who could be monarch and declared that the king or queen must be a Protestant.
Question 9 of 24
Who designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge located over the Avon George?Correct
The Clifton Suspension Bridge was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Question 10 of 24
Does Britain have a written constitution?Correct
The British constitution is not written down in any single document, and therefore it is described as ‘unwritten’. This is mainly because the UK, unlike America or France, has never had a revolution which led permanently to a totally new system of government.
Question 11 of 24
What was the estimated population of the British Empire during the Victorian period?Correct
During the Victorian period, the British Empire grew to cover all of India, Australia and large parts of Africa. It became the largest empire the world has ever seen, with an estimated population of more than 400 million people.
Question 12 of 24
Which of the following countries was NOT part of the Allied Powers during the First World War?Correct
Bulgaria formed part of the Central Powers during the First World War.
Question 13 of 24
How many times have the Olympic Games been hosted in the UK?Correct
The UK has hosted the Olympic games on three occasions: 1908, 1948 and 2012.
Question 14 of 24
When were films first shown publicly in the UK?Correct
Films were first shown publicly in the UK in 1896 and film screenings very quickly became popular.
Question 15 of 24
What is the name of the building where the Welsh Assembly members meet?Correct
Elected members of the Welsh Assembly meet in the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.
Question 16 of 24
Where is the city of Southampton located?
Southampton is located in England.
Question 17 of 24
When did the First World War finish?Correct
The First World War ended at 11.00 am on 11th November 1918 with victory for Britain and its allies.
Question 18 of 24
Florence Nightingale was known for her work on:Correct
Florence Nightingale is often regarded as the founder of modern nursing.
Question 19 of 24
Which Act abolished slavery throughout the British Empire in 1833?Correct
In 1833 the Emancipation Act abolished slavery throughout the British Empire. The Royal Navy stopped slave ships from other countries, freed the slaves and punished the slave traders.
Question 20 of 24
How long does Diwali last for?Correct
Diwali normally falls in October or November and lasts for five days.
Question 21 of 24
Who became King of England when Queen Anne died in 1714?Correct
When Queen Anne died in 1714, Parliament chose a German, George I, to be the next king, because he was Anne’s nearest Protestant relative.
Question 22 of 24
What was the population of the UK in 2005?Correct
The population of the UK in 2005 was just under 60 million people.
Question 23 of 24
When did the ‘Habeas Corpus Act’ become law?Correct
The Habeas Corpus Act became law in 1679.
Question 24 of 24
Who discovered the penicillin in 1928?Correct
Alexander Fleming was researching influenza (the ‘flu’) in 1928 when he discovered penicillin.
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