What % British Are You?

LIFESTYLE

Zoe Samuel

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

What it means to be British is something that has evolved over thousands of years. Once, the Angles and Saxons weren't British. Then, the Danes who settled in England weren't British. Then the Normans weren't British. Over time, groups become British by dint of cultural exposure and contributing to Britain in their unique way. "John Bull" may be a cultural icon, but what said John should look like is open to debate.

What is Britishness now? Is it inventive like Brunel or Dyson? Is it creative genius, as with Shakespeare and Damien Hirst? Is it seeking to learn new things and explore the world, as with Darwin and Shackleton? Is it in our unique form of government? Perhaps Britishness is encoded into our environment; after all, despite our moaning about the weather, it is seldom as hot or cold as the truly hot or cold places in the world. Is it in the centers of productivity, as with The Weald as it made canon for Henry VIII, or London as it generates art and financial instruments for the world?

Perhaps Britishness is all of these things, but then maybe it is none of them, as these are qualities shared with other peoples. To find out how British you are, take this quiz, and we will do the hard work for you.

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How do you feel about the weather in Spain, when it's 40° and there are warnings to stay inside?

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How would you complete the statement "National Rail _________"?

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To how many National Trust sites have you been outside of the context of being taken there on a school trip?

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When traveling to major cities abroad, what parts of the cities do you see?

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How do you dress for an event (not black tie) in the countryside?

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What is the most beautiful place in the world?

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To whom do you turn to learn a new technical skill?

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How much time do you put into your appearance each morning?

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You arrive at immigration at the airport and an official is officious toward you. What do you say to them?

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An American you just met at a party wants to demonstrate their "really good" Cockney accent for you. What do you do?

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You have a choice: either spend a long flight crammed between two huge, unpleasant people, or moan about it all night whilst you wait for the next flight. What do you do?

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You have time to kill at home. What is your modus operandi?

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Which type of car is the kind you'd have?

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What are your expectations for Eurovision?

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In your opinion, which television programme best encapsulates what Britain is all about?

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How pernickety are you about grammar and spelling?

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You are in a theatre, attending a play. How do you respond to the stranger seated beside you, who records video with their mobile?

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What do you do for Boxing Day?

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Of which kind of dog do you most approve?

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If the PM ceased to exist tomorrow, who would you want to be the new PM?

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Which film maker's vision of Britain is closest to reality?

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How do you tan, if at all?

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If you are upset with something your government has done, what do you do?

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Someone shoves you in a public space. What happens next?

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How long do you take to get ready to go out with your friends?

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What idiom can you not seem to shake?

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No breakfast is complete without what item?

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It's 11 p.m. You're coming home hungry. Where do you pop in for a quick bite?

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What piece of music do you think most represents Britain today?

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