What British Tradition Should You Adopt in Your Life?

By: Zoe Samuel

What British Tradition Should You Adopt in Your Life?
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About This Quiz

Britain is a land that is very much oriented around tradition. As modern as the country becomes, there are still old ways that people treasure, for a variety of reasons. Some enjoy the sense of continuity that they get from knowing something has been done a certain way for hundreds of years. Some love not having to think too hard about the how or why of everything they do. Some love the sense of treading in the footsteps of their ancestors.

Of course, some traditions are surely more valuable than others, and it’s OK. Some traditions are indeed quite burdensome and even bigoted, and they can be cast aside wholesale. Others are easy to modify to suit the needs of a modern world while still holding onto all that is best about the past. These are the ones that we can all choose for ourselves, and make them part of our lives today.

Which tradition suits you best? It’s time to find out!

How elegantly do you keep house?
Like a Disney princess!
Not at all
I do the minimum, plus a little.
More than most

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Is it important to stay in shape?
Nope
Somewhat
Very
I don't really feel strongly.

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How sociable are you on Saturdays?
Very, with friends only
Unnaturally so
Not very
Not very, and only with family

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What is the ultimate British dish, in your view?
Cup of tea
Chicken tikka masala
Fish and chips
Sunday roast

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Do pomp and circumstance delight you?
Yes, mostly
Not really
Nope, I hate it!
Yes, entirely!

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What is your ideal way to spend an evening?
With friends
Playing sports
Reading a book
Watching glamorous people on TV

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What is the optimal size for a sandwich?
Tiny and with no crust
Huge and full of meat
One neat triangle
A nice "bap" is perfect!

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Who is your nemesis?
Shabby people
Slow people
People who can tan
People who don't know history

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What sort of job do you do?
Receptionist
Bricklayer
Hairdresser
Housekeeper

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Have you ever seen the queen in person?
I wish!
No, and I don't want to.
I don't know, I couldn't see!
Yes, and it was wonderful!

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What is your favorite sort of dancing?
Scottish reeling
I hate dancing!
Disco
Morris dancing

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Do you watch the World Cup?
Only to be polite
Yes, religiously
No
Only to be patriotic

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Can you understand cricket?
No, but I pretend I can.
Of course
I think so.
Yes, and I play.

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Where would you go on vacation if money were no object?
America
Ibiza
Norway
Australia

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What sort of car do you drive?
Little sedan
White van
I don't have a car.
Big 4x4

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How much do you feel the cold and damp?
Quite a bit
Not at all!
Very much, and I love them!
I feel them, but they don't bother me.

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Have you ever gotten burned on a day when it wasn't even that sunny?
Yes, once
Nope
All the time!
No, it has to be sunny for me to burn.

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Do you love an excuse to let off a string of curse words?
No, that's vulgar.
I don't need an excuse.
I sure do!
Once in a while, sure

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If you were to knit a tapestry pillow, what would it depict?
Bunnies
Team logo
Family
Castle

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Do you own any T-shirts that have a logo on them, and if so, what is it?
No, that's trashy.
Yes, a sports team one
Yes, a brand name from whatever store was nearest when I needed to cover up
Yes, they have Prince William on them.

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Have you ever actually eaten a cucumber sandwich?
Of course!
Yes. It was bad, though.
I want to!
Once, at the Dorchester. I liked it.

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What is the best all-British song?
"Enigma Variations"
"Vindaloo!"
"The English!" by Flanders and Swann
"Rule, Britannia!"

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If you visited the UK and had never been before, where would you go first?
Tower of London
Wembley Stadium
Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Windsor Castle

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What kind of dog do you have?
Chihuahua
Labrador
I have a cat.
Corgi

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Which part of the newspaper do you read first?
Actual news
Sports
Weather
Gossip

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To which sort of magazine do you currently have a subscription?
Field sports
Gaming
Architecture
Gossip

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Have you ever hunted your own dinner?
Yes, though not well!
No, but I want to!
No, and I never would.
Yes, many times

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How many doilies are in your house?
All of them!
None
One or two
A few my granny left me

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How often do you talk about the weather?
Every other day
Daily
Constantly
Weekly

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When do you need a cup of tea?
All the time
When it's halftime, obviously
Whenever the weather changes
Whenever I am sleepy

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