British Culture Quiz

Calling People Names

 

People from different parts of England are called by different names. Geordies come from Tyneside in the North-East of the country. Can you match the names to the places?

 

Scouser               Manchester

Mancunian           London

Brummie              Liverpool

Cockney              Birmingham

 

Votes for All

 

The road to democracy has been a long and slow one. When do you think suffrage was introduced for all men?

 

a) 1215       b) 1649     c) 1871    d) 1918

 

And for all women?

 

a) 1871       b) 1928    c) 1946    d) 1971

 

Fine examples of Georgian architecture can be seen in the city of Bath and in London in the Nash terraces around Regent’s Park. Match the London buildings with these other architectural styles. 

 

Neo-Gothic                        Hampton Court

Baroque                            Westminster Abbey

Structural Expressionist    Houses of Parliament

Tudor                                St Paul’s Cathedral

Gothic                               Lloyd’s Building

 

National newspapers can broadly be divided into the so-called ‘tabloids’ and ‘broadsheets’ (sometimes called ‘the quality press’). See if you can put these in order of which sells the most copies.

 

Tabloids

The Sun          

Daily Mirror   

Daily Express  

Daily Mail      

Broadsheets

The Guardian      

The Times           

Daily Telegraph  

The Independent 

  

Of all these newspapers, which do you think are the two oldest? Choose from these four dates for when they
began. 

 

a) 1855     b) 1821    c) 1788     d) 1665

 

1.  ……………………………….   year:…………..

 

2.   ……………………………….  year:…………..

 

 

Can you match these six writers with their works?

 

Shakespeare               Frankenstein

Milton                           Paradise Lost

Mary Shelley                The Mousetrap

Christie                         All’s Well That Ends Well

Ballard                          The Jungle Book

 

Which of these wasn’t born in England?

 

Cary Grant

Jerry Springer

Audrey Hepburn

Charlie Chaplin

 

Can you also match these well-known people to their real names?

 

Elton John                Richard Starkey

George Orwell          Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong

Ringo Starr               Eric Blair

Sid Vicious                Farrokh Bulsara

Dido                          Simon John Ritchie

Freddie Mercury       Reginald Dwight

 

Who's the odd one out (meaning the one who doesn't fit) and why?

 


Name that Politician

 

Match these political figures to their job descriptions.

 

David Cameron           Mayor of London

Jeremy Corbyn            Home Secretary

Boris Johnson              Leader of the Opposition

Nicola Sturgeon           Prime Minister

Teresa May                  Chancellor of the Exchequer

George Osbourne        Leader of the Scottish National Party

 

Be a Sport!

 

Can you match the places to the sports?

 

Lords                     Rugby Union

Twickenham          Horse Racing

Silverstone            Football

Epsom                   Cricket

Wembley               Motor Racing

 

The Football League began in 1888. Four of the teams currently in the Premier League were among the 12 founder members. Can you guess who they were?

 

1. …………………………………..        

2. …………………………………..

3. ………………………………….. 

4. …………………………………..  

 

Yesterday's News

  1. Hadrian built a very long wall in 122AD. Who was
    Hadrian and who did he want to keep out?
  2. Who fought who at the Battle of Hastings in 1066? And why did this event irrevocably change the English language?
  3. In 1215 King John signed the Magna Carta. Who made him sign it and why?
  4. In 1649 the king, Charles I, was executed. What made him unpopular and who replaced him?
  5. Victoria became Queen in 1837. How old was she and how long did she reign for?
  6. The Battle of Britain took place over a few months in 1940. Where was it fought and why did it matter so much?

Here are some clues to the above questions.

  1. The wall runs across Cumbria and Northumbria.
  2. The King of England, Harold, lost.
  3. As a precedent in 1100 the English king, Henry I, had signed a charter stating the demarcation of his own powers under the law.
  4. The execution came at the end of the English Civil War.
  5. Victoria is the longest reigning English monarch ever.
  6. No clues! See if you can figure it out! J

Who Said What?

 

See if you can match the quotes to the names. The quotes are, in chronological order, from: Shakespeare, John Milton, Mary Shelley, Rudyard Kipling, Winston Churchill, J.R. Tolkien, George Orwell and Margaret Thatcher.

 

The underlined words have explanations of the meanings beneath.

 

“Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”

 

“I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”

 

“If you want something said, ask a man...if you want something done, ask a woman.”

 

“Four legs good, two legs bad.”

 

“The female of the species is more deadly than the male.”

 

“Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.”

 

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

 

“Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.”

 

Help with vocabulary

 

thrust:pushedwith force or unexpectedly

ordeal: difficulty, trial

infancy: time of being an infant (small child)

sceptre: an ornamental stick held by a ruler symbolising power and authority   

gilt: made beautiful by adding gold

adorn: decorate

  

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