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UK Foreign Affairs Quiz


  1. Diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and which country were restored in 1989 following a meeting in Madrid?
  2. What name was given to the British Crown colony located in the south of Yemen from 1937 to 1963?
  3. Britain broke diplomatic relations with Iran in 1989 after Ruhollah Khomeini issues a fatwa sentencing which British author to death?
  4. Which English, and later British, joint-stock company was founded in 1600?
  5. What trade did Britain make criminal in 1807?
  6. The British Empire was devastated by the loss of how many American colonies in 1776?

  7. What name was given to a major scandal in twentieth-century British politics involving the Secretary of State for War in Harold Macmillan's government?
  8. In which year did Britain join the Common Market?
  9. The United Kingdom broke relations with Libya in 1984 after which British policewoman was killed by a diplomat?
  10. Who was the last Viceroy of India?
  11. In 1984 the United Kingdom signed a treaty to return what in 1997?
  12. Britain was obliged to defend which country under a treaty, but choose not to when it was invaded in 1974?
  13. Which country did Britain support in the 1904 Russo-Japanese War?
  14. What was the unusual name given to the 1739–1742 war with Spain over smuggling and trade?
  15. Which three word term is attributed to a 1960 speech given by Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in South Africa?
  16. The British government announced a series of punitive measures against Russia in 2018 over the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in which British city?
  17. Which famous term was first used in a 1946 speech by Winston Churchill in Fulton, Missouri?
  18. What was the name of the treaty that followed military victory in First Opium War with China?
  19. After Britain signed the Munich Agreement with Nazi Germany in 1938, what term did Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain use to describe it?
  20. In 1903, which new British king made a highly successful visit to Paris, turning hostility into friendship?
  21. Which two countries joined the United Kingdom in 1956 in an invasion of Egypt which was called the Suez Crisis?
  22. Which two word Latin term was used to describe the period of relative peace, circa 1815 to 1914, in the regions to which Britain's power extended?
  23. What was the name given to the 1917 declaration which gave British support for a Jewish "national home" in Palestine?
  24. From 1875 to 1900 Britain joined in the scramble for where?
  25. What, currently housed in the British Museum, are at the centre of a diplomatic row with Greece that stretches back decades?
  26. Which religious group of French Protestants did England help protect, starting in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in 1562?
  27. Which British mining magnate and politician served as Prime Minister of the Cape Colony from 1890 to 1896 and was a passionate believer in British imperialism?
  28. Britain's conflict with Russia in the Crimean War was to protect which decaying empire from Russian advances?
  29. What number article in the Northern Ireland protocol has been described as the protocol's emergency cord?
  30. In 1977, whose appointment to the post of Ambassador to the United States caused controversy and accusations of nepotism?


  1. Argentina
  2. Aden
  3. Salman Rushdie
  4. The East India Company
  5. The international slave trade
  6. Thirteen
  7. The Profumo affair
  8. 1973
  9. Yvonne Fletcher
  10. Louis Mountbatten
  11. Hong Kong (to China)
  12. Cyprus
  13. Japan
  14. War of Jenkins' Ear
  15. Wind of Change
  16. Salisbury
  17. Iron Curtain
  18. Treaty of Nanking
  19. Peace for our time
  20. King Edward VII
  21. France and Israel
  22. Pax Britannica
  23. Balfour Declaration
  24. The Scramble for Africa
  25. The Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles
  26. Huguenots
  27. Cecil Rhodes
  28. Ottoman Empire
  29. Article 16
  30. Peter Jay (son-in-law of then Prime Minister James Callaghan)