Can You Pass This British General Knowledge Quiz?

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Think you're up to date on all things British? Take this quiz to find out.

So, what is the difference between an Anglophile or a Britophile? Well, an Anglophile is someone who admires all things related to the people, places, and culture of England, whereas a Britophile (yes, it's really a word) refers to someone who admires all things related to the people, places and culture of Great Britain. So, if your admiration of the British is limited to the people, places, and culture of England alone, you're an Anglophile, but if your admiration extends to all of the more than 6,000 British Isles, then you're a Britophile.

Since most of us are relatively unfamiliar with most of what goes on in the British Isles, fans of England and Britain are probably best described as Anglophiles. In fact, they are described as Anglophiles. The term Britophile is a relatively obscure term. We might even bet that you've never heard it before. Conversely, someone who is not enamored at all with all things British would be called an Anglophobe. Although Anglophobe could refer to the fear or hatred of England, its people, its places, and its culture, the term is most often used today to describe anti-British sentiment.

Do you think you can ace this British general knowledge quiz? Let's get started.

What country/countries make up the UK?

Britain, Scotland and Northern Ireland are all part of the UK. Wales is also part of the UK.

Who was the first British prime minister?

William Gladstone was the first British Prime Minister. He served from 1868 to 1894.

What British king established the Church of England?

King Henry VIII established the Church of England. He broke with the Catholic church so he could marry Anne Boleyn.

What percentage of the population was killed in the Black Death?

About 20% of the British population was killed during the Black Death. The Black Death was the plague. It killed many more people throughout the rest of Europe.

What document helped establish the British Parliament?

The Magna Carta helped establish the British Parliament. The Magna Carta was signed in 1215.

When did Britain take over Wales?

Britain conquered Wales in 1282. The country was conquered by British King Edward I.

Serfdom was common under what British system?

Serfdom was common under Feudalism. Feudalism was once common in all of Europe.

What Irish event resulted in the deaths of about one million people?

The Potato Famine resulted in the deaths of about one million people in Ireland. More than one-third of the Irish population was dependent on potatoes, so the famine was particularly devastating in Ireland.

Which of the following was a British colony?

Bermuda, the United States and Hong Kong were all British colonies at one time. Many other countries throughout the world were once part of the British Empire.

What British queen is the head of state of Canada?

Elizabeth II is the Head of State of Canada. Canada is a commonwealth of Britain.

What do the British call cookies?

The British call cookies "biscuits." This is the case throughout the UK.

Which of the following is the national dish of Scotland but is enjoyed in Britain?

Haggis is the national dish of Scotland but is enjoyed in Britain. Haggis is a combination of sheep's liver, heart and lungs, combined with spices and onions and encased in the sheep's stomach.

British author Mary Shelley wrote what famous novel?

Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein. Shelley published the novel anonymously when she was only 20.

How old do you have to be to receive a personalized card from Queen Elizabeth II?

British citizens receive a personalized card from Queen Elizabeth Ii when they reach their 100th birthday. Other UK citizens also receive a card from the queen.

What is it illegal to do in the British House of Parliament?

It is illegal to die in the British House of Parliament. One must wonder why that law became necessary.

Which of the following countries is a commonwealth of Britain?

Canada is a British commonwealth. Queen Elizabeth II is the official monarch.

What British citizen does not have a British passport?

Queen Elizabeth II does not have a British passport. Because all British passports are issued in her name, she does not need one.

What does the US do to their eggs that the UK does not?

Eggs are not washed in the UK. Eggs must be washed in the U.S.

What is the name of Prince William's wife?

Prince William's wife is Kate Middleton. Together, they are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Who was the first female prime minister of Britain?

Margaret Thatcher was the first female prime minister of Britain. She was also a Baroness.

True or false? The death penalty is legal in Britain.

This is false. The death penalty has been outlawed in Britain.

What do the British call the restroom?

The British call the restroom the "loo." They might say, "I'm going to the loo."

The basic unit of British money is the ____.

The basic monetary unit in Britain is the pound. The pound may also be referred to as British Sterling.

Which of the following countries are part of Great Britain?

Britain, Wales, and Scotland are all part of Great Britain. The UK also includes Northern Ireland.

Who is next in line to the British throne?

Prince Charles is next in line for the throne. Charles is the father of William and Harry.

King Richard III's bones were found where?

King Richard III's bones were uncovered from under a parking lot. The parking lot was located where there once was a church.

What river flows through London?

The Thames river runs through London. It is the longest river in England.

What do the British call french fries?

The British call french fries "chips." They are usually larger than American fries, sort of like our "steak fries."

What fortress is located in the middle of London?

The tower of London is located in the middle of London. The official name of the Tower of London is Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London.

What is the name of the bell in the clock at Westminster Palace?

The name of the bell in the clock at Westminster Palace is called Big Ben. Big Ben weighs more than 13 tons.

Who is the current prime minister of England?

Theresa May is the current Prime Minister of England. She assumed office in 2016.

What is the name of the Ferris wheel on the Thames?

The Ferris wheel on the Thames is called the London Eye. The London Eye opened to the public in 2000.

What is the capital of England?

London is the capital of England. It is also the most populated city in England.

What do the British call an apartment?

The British call an apartment a "flat." Other UK countries do this as well.

Which of the following countries is NOT part of Great Britain?

Northern Ireland is NOT part of Great Britain. It is part of the UK, but Great Britain includes only England, Wales and Scotland.

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