You have 45 minutes to answer 24 multiple choice Life in the UK Test questions. You need to answer at least 18 out of 24 questions correctly to pass. Answers may be reviewed after each question or at the end of the test. Good luck!

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1. Which of these statements is correct?
A Halloween has its roots in an ancient pagan festival marking the beginning of winter.
B Halloween is a modern American festival that has recently become popular in the UK.
Correct Answer: Halloween has its roots in an ancient pagan festival marking the beginning of winter.
Explanation: Halloween, 31 October, is an ancient festival and has roots in the pagan festival to mark the beginning of winter.
Reference: Chapter 4: A modern, thriving society - Customs and traditions - Other festivals and traditions
2. Which TWO of the following are major horse-racing events in the UK?
A Royal Ascot
B Scottish Grand National
C Six Nations Championship
D The Open Championship
Correct Answer: Scottish Grand National, Royal Ascot
Explanation: Famous horse-racing events include: Royal Ascot, a five-day race meeting in Berkshire attended by members of the Royal Family; the Grand National at Aintree near Liverpool; and the Scottish Grand National at Ayr.
Reference: Chapter 4: A modern, thriving society - Sport - Horse racing
3. Which of these statements is correct?
A Lancelot 'Capability' Brown and Gertrude Jekyll were famous characters in a Sherlock Holmes story.
B Lancelot 'Capability' Brown and Gertrude Jekyll were famous garden designers.
Correct Answer: Lancelot 'Capability' Brown and Gertrude Jekyll were famous garden designers.
Explanation: Lancelot 'Capability' Brown designed the grounds around country houses so that the landscape appeared to be natural, with grass, trees and lakes. He often said that a place had 'capabilities'. Later, Gertrude Jekyll often worked with Edwin Lutyens to design colourful gardens around the houses he designed.
Reference: Chapter 4: A modern, thriving society - Arts and culture - Architecture
4. Which of these statements is correct?
A Big Ben is the nickname of the great bell in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament.
B Big ben is a popular children's television character.
Correct Answer: Big Ben is the nickname of the great bell in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament.
Explanation: Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the Houses of Parliament in London. Many people call the clock Big Ben as well.
Reference: Chapter 4: A modern, thriving society - Places of interest - UK landmarks
5. St David is the patron saint of which country of the UK?
A England
B Northern Ireland
C Scotland
D Wales
Correct Answer: Wales
Explanation: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland each have a national saint, called a patron saint. Each saint has a special day:
-1 March: St David's Day, Wales ;
-17 March: St Patrick's Day, Northern Ireland ;
-23 April. St George's Day, England ;
-30 November: St Andrew's Day, Scotland.
Reference: Chapter 4: A modern, thriving society - Religion - Patron saints' days
6. Which of the following is a famous tennis tournament played in the UK every year?
A Six Nations
B The Grand National
C The Open
D Wimbledon
Correct Answer: Wimbledon
Explanation: The most famous tournament hosted in Britain is The Wimbledon Championships, which takes place each year at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Reference: Chapter 4: A modern, thriving society - Sport - Tennis
7. Is the statement below TRUE or FALSE?
Northern Ireland and Scotland have their own banknotes.
A FALSE
B TRUE
Correct Answer: TRUE
Explanation: Northern Ireland and Scotland have their own banknotes, which are valid everywhere in the UK.
Reference: Chapter 4: A modern, thriving society - The UK today - UK currency
8. Which event occurs each year on the third Sunday in June?
A Boxing Day
B Father's Day
C Halloween
D Remembrance Day
Correct Answer: Father's Day
Explanation: Father's Day is the third Sunday in June. Children send cards or buy gifts for their fathers.
Reference: Chapter 4: A modern, thriving society - Customs and traditions - Other religious festivals
9. When walking with your dog in a public place, what must you ensure?
A That your dog does not come into contact with other dogs
B That your dog never strays more than 3 metres away from you
C That your dog wears a collar showing the name and address of the owner
D That your dog wears a special dog coat
Correct Answer: That your dog wears a collar showing the name and address of the owner
Explanation:
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10. Is the statement below TRUE or FASLE?
Dundee and Aberdeen are cities in Northern Ireland.
A FALSE
B TRUE
Correct Answer: FALSE
Explanation: Dundee and Aberdeen are cities of Scotland.
Reference: Chapter 4: A modern, thriving society - The UK today - Cities of the UK
11. Which of these statements is correct?
A A famous sailing event is held at Crowes on the Isle of Wight.
B A famous sailing event is held in the city of Belfast.
Correct Answer: A famous sailing event is held at Crowes on the Isle of Wight.
Explanation: Many sailing events are held throughout the UK, the most famous of which is at Cowes on the Isle of Wight.
Reference: Chapter 4: A modern, thriving society - Sport - Water sports
12. What is the name of a novel Jane Austen?
A Far from the Madding Crowd
B Oliver Twist
C Our Man in Havana
D Sense and Sensibility
Correct Answer: Sense and Sensibility
Explanation: Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an English novelist. Her books include Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. Her novels are concerned with marriage and family relationships. Many have been made into television programmes or films.
Reference: Chapter 4: A modern, thriving society - Arts and culture - literature - Notable authors and writers
13. Which of these statements is correct?
A The Mousetrap is a play that has been running in London's West End since 1952.
B The Mousetrap is an environmental policy aiming to prevent mice from destroying crops.
Correct Answer: The Mousetrap is a play that has been running in London's West End since 1952.
Explanation: The Mousetrap, a murder-mystery play by Dame Agatha Christie, has been running in the West End since 1952 and has had the longest initial run of any show in history.
Reference: Chapter 4: A modern, thriving society - Arts and Culture - Theatre
14. On which day do people send cards to someone they admire, anonymously?
A April Fool's Day
B Christmas Day
C New Year's Day
D Valentine's Day
Correct Answer: Valentine's Day
Explanation: Valentine's Day, 14 February, is when lovers exchange cards and gifts. Sometimes people send anonymous cards to someone they secretly admire.
Reference: Chapter 4: A modern, thriving society - Customs and Traditions - Other festivals and traditions
15. What awards event celebrates British theatre?
A The Brit Awards
B The Laurence Olivier Awards
C The Man Booker Prize
D The Tuner Prize
Correct Answer: The Laurence Olivier Awards
Explanation: The Laurence Olivier Awards take place annually at different venues in London. There are a variety of categories, including best director, best actor and best actress.
Reference: Chapter 4: A modern, thriving society - Arts and culture - Theatre
16. Is the statement below TRUE or FALSE?
In the UK, 1 April is a day when people play jokes on each.
A FALSE
B TRUE
Correct Answer: TRUE
Explanation: April Fool's Day, 1 April, is a day when people play jokes on each other until midday. The television and newspapers often have stories that are April Fool jokes.
Reference: Chapter 4: A modern, thriving society - Customs and traditions - Other festivals and Traditions
17. Which of the following is a traditional food associated with Scotland?
A Fish and chips
B Haggis
C Roast beef
D Ulster fry
Correct Answer: Haggis
Explanation: Scotland: Haggis - a sheep's stomach stuffed with offal, suet, onions and oatmeal.
Reference: Chapter 4: A modern, thriving society - Leisure - Cooking and food - Traditional foods
18. What are Beowulf, The Tyger and She Walks in Beauty?
A Films
B Novels
C Plays
D Poems
Correct Answer: Poems
Explanation: Poems.
Reference: Chapter 4: A modern, thriving society - Arts and Culture - Literature - British poets
19. Which TWO events are religious festivals?
A Bonfire Night
B Boxing Day
C Christmas Day
D Easter
Correct Answer: Christmas Day, Easter
Explanation: Christmas Day, 25 December, celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a public holiday. Many Christians go to church on Christmas Eve (24 December) or on Christmas Day itself. ; Easter takes place in March or April. It marks the death of Jesus Christ on Good Friday and his rising from the dead on Easter Sunday. Both Good Friday and the following Monday, called Easter Monday, are public holidays.
Reference: Chapter 4: A modern, thriving society - Customs and tradition - The main Christian festivals
20. Is the statement below TRUE or FALSE?
There are many variations in language in the different parts of the UK.
A FALSE
B TRUE
Correct Answer: TRUE
Explanation: There are many variations in language in the different parts of the UK.
Reference: Chapter 4: A modern, thriving society - The UK today - Languages and dialects
21. Which TWO of the following are linked to football?
A Premier League
B The Ashes
C The Open
D UEFA
Correct Answer: Premier League, UEFA
Explanation: Many of the best players in the world play in the Premier League. Many UK teams also compete in competitions such as the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Champions League, against other teams from Europe.
Reference: Chapter 4: A modern, thriving society - Sport - Football
22. Which TWO festivals or traditions are held in November each year?
A Bonfire Night
B Father's Day
C Remembrance Day
D Valentine's Day
Correct Answer: Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day
Explanation: Bonfire Night, 5 November, is an occasion when people in Great Britain set off fireworks at home or in special displays. ; Remembrance Day, 11 November, commemorates those who died fighting for the UK and its allies.
Reference: Chapter 4: A modern, thriving society - Customs and Traditions - Other festivals and traditions
23. Is the statement below TRUE or FALSE?
The UK has a declining elderly population.
A FALSE
B TRUE
Correct Answer: FALSE
Explanation: People in the UK are living longer than ever before. This is due to improved living standards and better health care. There are now a record number of people aged 85 and over. This has an impact on the cost of pensions and health care.
Reference: Chapter 4: A modern, thriving society -The UK today - Cities of the UK - Population - An ageing population
24. Which TWO religions celebrate Diwali?
A Buddhists
B Christians
C Hindus
D Sikhs
Correct Answer: Sikhs, Hindus
Explanation: Diwali normally falls in October or November and lasts for five days. It is often called the Festival of Lights. It is celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs. It celebrates the victory of good over evil and the gaining of knowledge. There are different stories about how the festival came about. There is a famous celebration of Diwali in Leicester.
Reference: Chapter 4: A modern, thriving society - Customs and traditions - Other religious festivals