You May Be an Anglophile If You Can Name All of These British Cultural Symbols!

By: Zoe Samuel
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You May Be an Anglophile If You Can Name All of These British Cultural Symbols!
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About This Quiz

The United Kingdom has only been fully united for 300 years, but its shared history goes back 5,000 years to when civilization on the British Isles was centered around Stonehenge. That's an awfully long time for a shared cultural tradition to emerge - and while tradition is important to the British mindset, the idea of what counts as a tradition has always been very flexible. When new cultures arrive, they are initially treated with some suspicion and then their contributions are absorbed into the wider traditions and appreciated. From food to clothing to architecture to dance, Britain is a mishmash of ideas from all over the world, synthesized into something that is specifically its own.

How well do you recognize these symbols? Can you tell Nelson's Column apart from Cleopatra's Needle? Do you know a bacon butty when you see one? How about identifying the most popular dish in the United Kingdom, or labeling the most famous statue in the North? Even native Brits don't always remember all our national traditions, but anyone who wants to call themselves an expert on British culture will certainly be able to identify most of these. Click on through and let's see how you do!

This is the English response to all problems - medical, emotional, social, financial, etc - as well as to good news.
Mutter wryly
Raise one eyebrow, but not two
Make a cup of tea
Eat shortbread
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A cup of tea is the only thing to do. During World Cup matches, so many people make tea at once that the National Grid registers the surge as millions of kettles simultaneously boil.

The apolitical institution of the monarchy is embodied in this public figure.
Prince William
Prince George
The Queen
Princess Charlotte
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While many Brits think the monarchy is a silly idea, they don't necessarily want to replace it because the alternatives aren't considered to be better. Also a factor is the Queen's immense personal popularity, as she has a consistent 70+% approval rating, a figure generally unmatched by any elected head of state. Many people dislike the idea of monarchy but like or respect the Queen.

These residences inhabited mostly by senior aristocracy and landed gentry are what McMansions wish they were.
Stately homes
Stately houses
Manor castles
Manor homes
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A stately home is a big fancy house that usually belongs to a lord (or these days, to a hotel chain!) and has a lot of land around it. Notable ones include Althorp House, residence of the Spencer family (Princess Diana's relatives), and Chatsworth, residence of the Duke of Devonshire and the house on which Jane Austen based Mr. Darcy's home of Pemberley.


This rotationally symmetrical symbol is a Celtic symbol and a version of it appears on the flag of the Isle of Man.
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A triskelion might describe a number of symbols but this particular one used by the Crown dependency of the semi-independent Isle of Man depicts three legs going round in a circle.

This controversial sculpture by Antony Gormley stands over the road into the northern town of Gateshead.
Northern Horse
Northern Lights
Gates of the North
Angel of the North
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The Angel of the North wasn't very popular when it was first installed in 1998 but since then it has grown on people. It's 66ft tall and 177ft wide and impossible to miss as you drive past!

This beautiful castle sits on a volcanic plug and stands in a major city.
Warwick castle
Edinburgh castle
Alnwick castle
Skipton castle
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Edinburgh Castle sits on Castle Rock, which has been inhabited for 1800 years, though the castle is newer. It has been captured twice in its long history.


This springtime dance dates back to the 15th century and involves tapping sticks.
Long sword dance
Morris dancing
Highland fling
Clog dancing
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Morris dancers also wear bells on their legs. The dance is adapted from a Spanish version that arrived in Britain about 500 years ago.

The Cullinan is among the stones included in this collection
Crown Jewels
Royal tiaras
Silver vaults of Mayfair
Stone of Splendour
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The Crown Jewels live at the Tower of London where they are protected by "Beefeaters", guardians of the tower. Ravens also live at the Tower, and legend has it that as long as they remain, the kingdom shall stand.

This boot was created during the Napoleonic wars and is named for the general who won them.
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The Duke of Wellington was a national hero for beating Napoleon. He didn't invent the welly boot, but he did make it fashionable.


This is the official flower of Scotland.
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Flax is for Northern Ireland, daffodil for Wales, rose for England, and thistle is for Scotland.

This Grand Slam tournament is the premier tennis game of the UK.
British Open
St. Davis Cup
Ryder Cup
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The traditions of Wimbledon include champagne, strawberries and cream, watching the top English player crash out in the semi-finals, and getting rained off.

This is the hour at which it is socially acceptable to drink in the summer.
Pimms o'clock
Dinner time
Beer o'clock
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Pimms is a fruity summer concoction that is the traditional drink of the garden party. Pimms o'clock is anywhere between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., depending on how bad a day you've had!


This is the name of the flag of the United Kingdom.
Baner Cymru
Flag of St. George
Union Jack
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This flag is a portmanteau of several flags, combining into one.

This very important block of red sandstone is used in the coronation of a new monarch.
Stone of Red
Stone of Sand
Stone of Crowns
Stone of Scone
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The Stone of Scone (pronounced scoon) was last used to help crown Elizabeth II in 1953. It has gone back and forth between England and Scotland and is now kept at Edinburgh Castle unless being used.

These two houses fought the Wars of the Roses.
Windsor and Warwick
York and Lancaster
Devonshire and Derbyshire
Stuart and Hanover
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It took thirty years, but the Lancastrians finally beat the Yorkists. This resulted in Henry VII ascending the throne and the beginning of the Tudor dynasty.


This war monument is where the Queen lays a wreath of poppies every November 11.
Diana memorial fountain
Cleopatra's Needle
Royal Artillery Memorial
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November 11 is the day the guns fell silent in Western Europe at the end of World War One. It is thus the day that all soldiers are honored, with the symbol of this honor being poppies, the flower that grew on the deadly fields known as "no man's land" between the trenches of each army. The Cenotaph is a major war memorial.

This show set in the north is the longest-running soap on British TV.
Coronation Street
The Archers
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Coronation Street is a beloved show indeed, having been on air continuously since 1960.

This show about a middle-class snob is the most successful TV show of all time in terms of achieving sale to the highest number of territories.
Top Gear
The Royle Family
Only Fools and Horses
Keeping Up Appearances
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Keeping Up Appearances has been sold over 900 times, making it the most-sold show ever. It owes its success to Patricia Routledge's portrayal of its anti-hero, Hyacinth Bucket (it's pronounced Boo-KAY, darling!), a massive snob who wants to outdo her suburban neighbors by having the best china, the most desirable phone number, etc. Whatever culture you are from, however rich or poor you are, you have met a woman like Hyacinth and thought she was absolutely intolerable.


The season 1 finale of this show about posh English people in stately homes was the most-watched non-live TV event of its decade.
To the Manor Born
Downton Abbey
Monarch of the Glen
Upstairs Downstairs
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All these shows about posh Brits are very popular, but To The Manor Born achieved an almost impossible feat: its pilot was watched live by about 40% of the population in the 1970s.

The creator of popular sci-fi sitcom "Red Dwarf" goes by this name.
Dave Lister
Arnold Rimmer
Kristine Kochanski
Grant Naylor
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"Red Dwarf" ran for 8 seasons on the BBC. It was a very popular show about the last human, David Lister, who is on a spaceship millions of light years from Earth after being in stasis for three million years. Lister is trying to get home, accompanied only by a hologram of his roommate, a neurotic cleaning mechanoid, the ship's daffy computer, and a creature that evolved from his cat. Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, the creators, were credited as "Grant Naylor".

This traitor is burned in effigy every November 5th.
Robert Catesby
Thomas Percy
Guy Fawkes
Francis Tresham
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Fawkes was the most famous member of the Gunpowder Plot, albeit not its leader. Every year, a "guy" is burned in effigy while fireworks are set off, to celebrate the failure of the plotters' attempt to blow up Parliament. Usually a hate figure of the day is substituted for Fawkes himself: previous notable "guys" burned all over the country have included Osama bin Laden, Kim Jong Un, and British Telecom (an unpopular utility company).


This savory pie-like snack hails from the southwest.
Cornish pasty
Scotch egg
French fancy
Bakewell tart
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The Cornish pasty is a sort of more healthy hot pocket with beef in a pastry shell and hails from Cornwall in the southwest. That said, the Bakewell tart, which hails from Bakewell in Derbyshire, is very accurately named.

The fanciest boarding school on the planet educated Princes William and Harry
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Eton is where future Prime Ministers go to high school. Its alumni would agree that it is basically Hogwarts (literally: you can watch Harry Potter walk around it in the movies) but the magical powers there are money and inherited privilege. Its very generous scholarships are expanding and it is becoming slowly more merit-based.

This phrase is shouted responsively between a character (usually the villain) and the audience of a pantomime.
You're bad! No, you're bad!
It's behind you! It's not behind me!
Oh no he didn't! Oh yes he did!
Thank you! No, thank YOU!
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Pantomime comes out of the British tradition of music hall, which was a Victorian revue type show. In panto, the hero might ask the audience where his beloved went. The villain will lie and say, "She went into the house." The hero's friend might say, "Oh no she didn't", and the villain will reply, "Oh yes she did!", which repeats several times. The audience then gets in on the act by shouting along with the good guys (unless they're feeling evil, then they will back up the villain).


This national broadcaster is known lovingly by this nickname.
Brit TV
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The Beeb is known as Auntie, because it's always there for us. It's generally considered one of the great national treasures of the UK.

What a Brit says when someone treads on his foot in a crowded train.
Get off my foot!
Please get off my foot!
By Jove, sir, I shall smite you!
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Apologizing is as British as going outside in shorts because you glimpsed the sun for three seconds.

This summer sport is played in all white on a pitch, not a court.
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Cricket was invented in England, although we often do not play it as well as the nations to whom we gifted it, as that would be impolite.


Eaten at teatime, this toast-like snack is best buttered.
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Despite the name, the English muffin isn't a thing in England - you couldn't actually get them there until the last 15 years when foreigners wanted them. The crumpet is the way to go.

The _____ English breakfast includes sausage, bacon, eggs, beans, black pudding, and toast.
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Go into a cafe and ask for a full English, they'll know what you mean.

Move over, Uber: This taxi is the icon of London.
Yellow cab
Gold cab
Black cab
White cab
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The Hackney cab was modified from the carriage that preceded it. These cab drivers know London on levels that Google maps will never achieve.


It's a very British car for a very Italian job.
Rolls Royce
Reliant Robin
Mini Cooper
Land Rover
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The Mini is the most British of vehicles and was used in the movie "The Italian Job".

A skirt worn by highlanders
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It takes a real man to pull this off, as proven by many a fine Scotsman. Kilts should be worn by those with a claim to the tartan (a kind of special plaid) out of which the kilt is made. If you're not a MacPherson, don't wear their tartan unless you want to cause a clan war!

This is the most-ordered dish in British restaurants.
Chicken tikka masala
Fish and chips
Black pudding
Baked beans on toast
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As comedy group the Kumars at No. 42 taught us, "It wouldn't be Friday night if we didn't go for an English" - and what's more English than this dish from the Punjab, recreated for the English palate by immigrants? Nothing!


A savory popover eaten with roast beef
Salty pop
Yorkshire pudding
Black pudding
Roast pudding
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Yorkshire pudding is God's gift to the traditional roast dinner. It is a savory popover and it is best eaten exactly crispy enough (but never overcooked!) with roast beef, potatoes, carrots, and sprouts. Plus gravy, if you're so inclined.

A pale hillside monument on Salisbury Plain
Ring of Brogdar
Avebury Circle
Westbury White Horse
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Stonehenge isn't pale and it's not on a hillside. The Westbury White Horse is a chalk horse carved into a hillside. It has to be weeded regularly to help it stay white!

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