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British Culture Quiz I

  1. And did those feet in ancient time is a poem by William Blake, but is also the first line from which hym written by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916?




  2. Can you name the children's version of Penguin Books? And which Barbara Euphan Todd story was the first of these children's books in 1941?
  3. Churchill called them "the good companions" and George Orwell referred to them as a "chief comfort" of the working class. They were created in 1860 in the East End of London by a Jewish immigrant, Joseph MalinWinston, what are they?
  4. The Beatles made their film debut in 1964 with which film that portrays 36 hours in their lives?
  5. A blue plaque outside Mrs Pratchett's former sweet shop in Llandaff, Cardiff, commemorates the mischief of which young schoolboy who once put a mouse in the gobstoppers jar?
  6. The ENO is resident in St Martin's Lane, London, what does the abbreviation ENO stand for?
  7. The British Library times two, Lincoln Castle times one, and Salisbury Cathedral times one. What are we talking about?
  8. 1952 saw the first performance of which Agatha Christie play, a drawing-room murder mystery and the longest-running West End show?
  9. The League of Gentlemen is a British comedy television series that is set in which fictional Northern England town?
  10. In 1948, this future Prime Minister visited the Transport Research Lab which was working on a new idea for safe pedestrian crossings and on being shown a design he is said to have remarked that it resembled a zebra, hence, giving the name to the zebra crossing. Name the Prime Minister?
  11. Robert Burns is regarded as the national poet of Scotland, in which month of the year is Burns' Night?
  12. Which Henry Lyte's Christian hymn is sung prior to kick-off at every FA Cup Final, a tradition since 1927?
  13. In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, "the face of God" during the sequence in which God sends the knights out on their quest for the grail is the face of which British sporting icon?
  14. What's the name of the famous red double-decker busses that were designed by London Transport and built by the Associated Equipment Company and Park Royal Vehicles?
  15. What name is given to a British cold meal of bread, cheese, and onions, usually accompanied by butter and pickle?

Answers:

  1. Jerusalem
  2. Puffin Books. Worzel Gummidge was the first Puffin Book published in 1941.
  3. Fish and chips
  4. A Hard Day's Night
  5. Roald Dahl





  6. English National Opera
  7. The only original copies of the Magna Carta
  8. The Mousetrap
  9. Royston Vasey
  10. James Callaghan
  11. January (25th)
  12. Abide with Me
  13. WG Grace
  14. Routemaster (AEC Routemaster)
  15. Ploughman's lunch



British culture Quiz II

  1. The longest mainland road distance in the UK is from Land’s End to John O’Groats. What is the total distance: (a)974 miles, (b)874 miles, or (c) 774 miles?
  2. Seaweed is boiled then chopped and mashed, rolled in oatmeal and then fried. It's often referred to as Welsh caviar. What is it?
  3. Which English city is known as "The Potteries" or "the city of six towns"?
  4. Which British Musical Festival was held between the 13th and 16th of June, 2019?
  5. Which festival held in Wales, for ten days from May to June, was described by Bill Clinton in 2001 as "The Woodstock of the mind" and of which Tony Benn said: "In my mind it's replaced Christmas"?
  6. Which writer was born first: Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, or Charlotte Bronte?
  7. Which small street in London is widely known as the location of the bakery where the Great Fire of London started in 1666?
  8. Name the only person to have won BAFTAs for programmes in each of black and white, colour, HD, and 3D?
  9. Which pedestrianised shopping street in Soho, Central London, is for the 'dedicated follower of fashion'?
  10. The Goose Fair is an annual travelling funfair held in which city?
  11. Which Turner Prize winning artist designed the ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture at the Olympic Park in London and the statuette for the 2018 Brit Awards?
  12. How is Hermione Makepeace better known in the The Beano comic?
  13. In which year was the first ever Boat Race between Oxford University and Cambridge University: (a)1829, (b)1849, (c)1869, or (d)1889?
  14. Alf Garnett, the East End patriarch first seen in the sitcom Till Death Us Do Part, was created in 1965 by which writer?
  15. Which chain of British steakhouses, established in 1955, was the largest food chain outside the USA, and was sold to Whitbread in 1995 who converted the outlets into their own Beefeater and Brewers Fayre restaurants?

Answers:

  1. 870 miles
  2. Laverbread
  3. Stoke-on-Trent
  4. The Isle of Wight Festival
  5. Hay-on-Wye (The Hay Festival of Literature & Arts)
  6. Jane Austen (Jane Austen 1775, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born in 1797, and Charlotte Bronte born 1816)
  7. Pudding Lane
  8. David Attenborough
  9. Carnaby Street
  10. Nottingham
  11. Sir Anish Kapoor
  12. Minnie the Minx
  13. 1829
  14. Johnny Speight
  15. Berni Inn



British Culture Trivia III

  1. Which artist's notable works include Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995 and My Bed?
  2. Dolly Pentreath who died in 1777, is said to be the last native speaker of which language?
  3. What's the name of the sheep that is a spin-off of the Wallace and Gromit franchise?
  4. What is a tam o' shanter?
  5. Which former sportsman has undertook a total of 12 long-distance charity walks, his first, in 1985, was a trek from John o' Groats to Land's End?
  6. The John Lewis 2018 Christmas advert, The Boy & The Piano, featured which singer?




  7. Richard O'Brien is best known for writing which musical stage show in 1973?
  8. Three Scottish corporate banks still issue their own banknotes. The Bank of Scotland and the Royal Bank of Scotland are two, can you name the third?
  9. Name the only monarch to have both been born and died at Buckingham palace?
  10. Where have Sir Bruce Forsyth's ashes been laid to rest?
  11. Which English stage, screen and radio comedian of the pre- and post-war years had the catchphrase 'You lucky people'?
  12. Considered an icon of 1960s British popular culture, who designed the distinctive two-door mini car?
  13. The Hay Wain, a painting by John Constable, depicts a rural scene on which river between the English counties of Suffolk and Essex?
  14. Which play by Noel Coward concerns the socialite Charles Condomine inviting the eccentric clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his home to conduct a seance?
  15. Whose 2010 documentary film Exit Through the Gift Shop was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary? Also in 2014, this person was awarded Person of the Year at the 2014 Webby Awards?

Answers:

  1. Tracey Emin
  2. Cornish
  3. Shaun the Sheep
  4. A hat (a traditional Scottish bonnet worn by men)
  5. Ian Botham





  6. Elton John
  7. The Rocky Horror Show
  8. The Clydesdale Bank
  9. Edward VII (1841–1910)
  10. Under the stage at the London Palladium
  11. Tommy Trinder
  12. Sir Alec Issigonis
  13. River Stour
  14. Blithe Spirit
  15. Banksy



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