Could You Pass the British Citizenship Test?



By: Annette

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About This Quiz

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.

The group of islands that form the United Kingdom are called the ______ .

The series of islands that comprise the United Kingdom is called the British Isles. These include Great Britain, Ireland and many smaller islands.


Great Britain comprises ______ .

The island of Great Britain comprises Wales, England, and Scotland. The UK is made up by Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


The current Prime Minister is _____ .

The current prime minister is Boris Johnson. He took office in July of 2019 after Theresa May resigned from the position over debates about Brexit.


The English Channel is located between England and ______ .

The English Channel is located between England and France. This is to be found in the south of England.


What is the capital of England?

The capital of England is London. It's one of the world's leading financial, commercial and cultural centers.


The British government is also known as _____ .

The British government is otherwise known as Her Majesty's Government. Rarely is it still called Her Britannic Majesty's Government.


Other major cities in England include _____ .

Birmingham is a major city in England, as well as Liverpool and Manchester. Belfast is located in Ireland, and Glasgow is in Scotland.


The capital city, London, is situated on the ____ River.

London is situated along the Thames River. For many centuries, it has served as an active port.


The United Kingdom was formed when ____ joined England and Wales.

When Scotland joined England and Wales, the United Kingdom was formed. This was done in 1707.


The United Kingdom is traced back to the _____ .

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,”


Does the UK retain links to its former empire?

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.


What famous landmark is in the British county of Wiltshire?

Stonehenge is the famous landmark that is situated in the county of Wilshire. It is one of the most famous landmarks in the world.


Ireland and Great Britain are separated by ______ .

Great Britain and Ireland are separated by the Irish Sea. The northwest coast of Northern Ireland and western Scotland face the Atlantic Ocean.


The United Kingdom is ______ ?

The United Kingdom is an island. It's located off the northwestern coast of mainland Europe.


The United Kingdom is a titan of _____ .

The United Kingdom is a titan of both technology and industry. The country has made significant contributions to the world economy.


Primary legislation comes from _____ .

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.


Britain's language is _______ .

The English language is perhaps Britain's greatest export. It's the leading international language in the world.


“We see nothing but good and hope in a richer, freer, more contented European commonality. But we have our own dream and our own task. We are with Europe, but not of it. We are linked, but not comprised. We are interested and associated, but not absorbed.”

Winston Churchill is famous for saying these words. Many opponents to the EU have used this quote in their defense.


At its widest, the UK is ____ miles across.

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.


Parliament has how many houses?

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.


Reduction in the monarch's power began with the _____ .

The reduction of the monarch's power began with Magna Carta. This was written in 1215.


Ireland formally united with Great Britain in _______ .

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 _____ .

The Republic of Ireland gained independence in 1922. However, Northern Ireland remained under control of the United Kingdom.


Per the British Constitution, the government is responsible to ______ .

Per the British Constitution, the government of Britain is responsible to Parliament. This is known as responsible government.


The supreme decision-making​ committee is the _____ .

The Cabinet is the supreme decision-making committee of the government. The government ministers all sit in Parliament.


What is an Irish unionist?

The unionists of Northern Ireland remained in favor of British control. It was the nationalists who were opposed to it.


Does the United Kingdom share a land border with any other country?

It shares a border with the republic of Ireland. Aside from that, the United Kingdom is surrounded by sea.


The United Kingdom is a ______ .

The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy. That means that the reigning monarch does not make any political decisions.


According to the constitution​, executive authority lies with _______ .

According to the uncodified British constitution, executive authority lies with the monarch. However, this authority is usually exercised by the PM.


Wales was united with England in _____ .

In the 16th century, Wales was united with England under the Acts of Union of 1536.


Who selects the ministers of the 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 part of the Queen's _____ Council.

The Cabinet advises the Queen, and acts as her Privy Council. They are also the leaders of the Government Departments.


Since WWII, the UK's greatest contribution has been ______ .

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.


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