Ready to fly the Union Jack high and proud? This quiz will test your basic knowledge of Britain and what it takes to be a British citizen. Pour a cup of tea and toast a crumpet for extra credit.
Stonehenge is the famous landmark that is situated in the county of Wilshire. It is one of the most famous landmarks in the world.
The United Kingdom is an island. It's located off the northwestern coast of mainland Europe.
The island of Great Britain comprises Wales, England, and Scotland. It also contains the northern portion of the island of Ireland.
The capital of England is London. It's one of the world's leading financial, commercial and cultural centers.
Birmingham is a major city in England, as well as Liverpool and Manchester. Belfast is located in Ireland, and Glasgow is in Scotland.
The origins of the United Kingdom are traced back to the Anglo-Saxon king, Athelstan. He was “the first to rule what previously many kings shared between them,”
In the 16th century, Wales was united with England under the Acts of Union of 1536.
When Scotland joined England and Wales, the United Kingdom was formed. This was done in 1707.
Ireland formally joined Great Britain by the Act of Union in 1800. However, Ireland came under English control in the 1600s.
The Republic of Ireland gained independence in 1922. However, Northern Ireland remained under control of the United Kingdom.
The unionists of Northern Ireland remained in favor of British control. It was the nationalists who were opposed to it.
The United Kingdom is a titan of both technology and industry. The country has made significant contributions to the world economy.
Since WWII, the UK's greatest contribution has been exporting culture. They've created a number of popular pieces of literature, film, theater, television, music and the like.
The English language is perhaps Britain's greatest export. It's the leading international language in the world.
The UK still very much retains links to its former empire. This is done through the Commonwealth. The UK is also a member of NATO.
The UK became a part of the European Union in 1973. Many Britons were unhappy with the EU membership from the get-go.
Britain is famously no longer a part of the EU. Brexit successfully transpired in 2016.
Winston Churchill is famous for saying these words. Many opponents to the EU have used this quote in their defense.
The series of islands that comprise the United Kingdom is called the British Isles. These include Great Britain, Ireland and many smaller islands.
It shares a border with the republic of Ireland. Aside from that, the United Kingdom is surrounded by sea.
The English Channel is located between England and France. This is to be found in the south of England.
Great Britain and Ireland are separated by the Irish Sea. The northwest coast of Northern Ireland and western Scotland face the Atlantic Ocean.
At its widest, the UK is 300 miles across. From the southernmost point of England to the northern tip of Scotland it is 600 miles.
London is situated along the Thames River. For many centuries, it has served as an active port.
The British government is otherwise known as Her Majesty's Government. Rarely is it still called Her Britannic Majesty's Government.
The Prime Minister is the leader of the British government. He selects all of the other remaining ministers of the government.
The Cabinet is the supreme decision-making committee of the government. The government ministers all sit in Parliament.
The government is dependent upon the Parliament to make the primary decisions in terms of legislation. General elections are held every 5 years to select a new House of Commons.
According to the uncodified British constitution, executive authority lies with the monarch. However, this authority is usually exercised by the PM.
The Cabinet advises the Queen, and acts as her Privy Council. They are also the leaders of the Government Departments.
The current prime minister is Theresa May. She took office on 13 July 2016. May is the leader of the Conservative party.
Per the British Constitution, the government of Britain is responsible to Parliament. This is known as responsible government.
The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy. That means that the reigning monarch does not make any political decisions.
The reduction of the monarch's power began with Magna Carta. This was written in 1215.
British Parliament has two houses: the House of Lords and the House of Commons. The House of Commons is the lower house and holds more power. The House of Lords is the upper house, and it can be overruled by the House of Commons.