How Much Do You Remember Of British history?

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About This Quiz

Oh, Britain. What would we do without you? The United Kingdom is very much a part of our history, but how much do we know of British history? Whether or not you're an Anglophile, there are some things that you just need to know, and many things you have perhaps forgotten. In this quiz, we'll take a trip through the British Isles, so you can test your knowledge of all things royal, and not so royal.

Who is the British head of state?

Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state. She basically owns the place. Throughout history, mostly kings have had that position.

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Scottland is home to what monster?

The Loch Ness monster supposedly lies in the small noches of Scotland. His name is Nessie.

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Which of these sports was NOT invented in Britain?

Britain invented a lot of sports, but it did not invent ice skating, sadly.

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When did the American colonies declare independance from England?

An important year for both Americans and the English. No hard feelings, though.

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What famous British author​ wrote the "Harry Potter" series?

J.K. Rowling is one of the most successful British authors in history. She's very rich.

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Who was Britain's first female prime minister?

This happened in 1979. Britain's current prime minister is also a woman.

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Which of these is true about railroads in England?

The earliest railroads in the world were found in the U.K. That's quite an accomplishment!

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What is Scotland Yard?

That is the name for the British police. They have a lot of work on their hands.

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What is true about the British constitution?

Britain is the only country in the world that does not have a written constitution. Something seems wrong about that.

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Was Robin Hood a real person?

He was a fictional character, elevated by playwright Anthony Munday from a yeoman to displaced earl.

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Where does the word "Britain" come from?

It comes from the Celtic word Brythons. That's rather British, isn't it?

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What is the national dish of Britain?

You heard that correctly. Indians don't even know what that food is in their native country.

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What is the name of the famous clock in Britain?

Big Ben is iconic and is a British treasure. It's not as tall as the London Eye, though.

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How many Americans have Scottish blood?

Why are so many of us Scottish? Seems rather odd.

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When was Stonehenge built?

Yah, Stonehenge is pretty old. You can still view it today!

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The War of the Roses was between which two houses?

The famous War of the Roses was between the houses of Lancaster and York. It began in 1455.

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Who wrote "The Canterbury Tales"?

Geoffrey Chaucer wrote the famous stories in the 1380s.

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What is Boxing Day?

Boxing Day used to be the day where employers gave their employees gifts following Christmas. Today it's celebrated in Scotland.

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When did citizens vote to have the U.K. leave the European Union?

This just happened! Where have you been?!

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How long has Prince Charles been the heir to the throne?

That's a lot of waiting! We'll see if it ever even happens!

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Who built Windsor Castle?

William the Conqueror built it in 1080, making it the oldest inhabited palace in the world.

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How many times has Britain hosted the Olympics?

That's the most any city has hosted the event. They must have done a good job the first time.

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The word "England" comes from. . .?

The Viking tribe Angles came from the north. No wonder Brits have that Viking spirit!

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At its height, how much of the world's surface did the British Empire cover?

That is a lot of coverage! The empire contained a quarter of the world's population.

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Which of these statements about champagne is true?

They actually invented champagne!!! Sorry, Francophiles.

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What is the most haunted city in England?

England is the most haunted country in the world, and York is the most haunted city.

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What do English Cockneys call the telephone?

They call it a dog and bone. That's pretty cool, but I don't know where it came from. . .

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What were England's two original universities?

These were the only universities until 1832.

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What is the setting for royal coronations?

This has been the setting for over 1,000 years. That's a lot of coronations!

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Queen Elizabeth II . . .

The queen travels in style, that much is certain.

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Which of these is a town in Wales?

You read that correctly. The short name for it is Llanfairpwll.

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Which English cheese dates back to Roman times?

You learn something new every day. The cheese must be good, to have been around that long.

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Where did golf originate?

It's a Scottish game! The clothes make so much more sense now. . .

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What is the largest country in the United Kingdom?

It's England, of course! The Isle of Man is not a country.

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For how long was French the official​ language of the country?

For 300 years, French was actually the official language. I would imagine that the British aren't proud of that.

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