You need to pass this test to become British

Put your U.K. knowledge to the test.

LONDON — It’s not exactly “The Knowledge,” the challenging navigation test for aspiring drivers of London cabs. But Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s fiancée, must master a gantlet of her own: the British citizenship test.

Thousands take it each year; many fail miserably.

The hope is that Markle will do better than when she took a quiz on “Britishness” for the comedy channel Dave last year and failed to identify ale like Hoptimus Prime and mistook Little Trouser for a real place.

Before the test, Markle may well study the official handbook, “Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents.”

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Here are sample questions gleaned from information in the book. Test yourself. Alas, getting below 75 percent means you would fail. No haggis for you! (Answers below. No cheating.)


1 What is the official name of the country?

A. England

B. Great Britain

C. Great Britain and Northern Ireland

D. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

E. The United Kingdom

2 The Union Jack contains which cross?

A. St. George’s

B. St. Peter’s

C. St. John’s

D. St. Thomas’s

3 To whom do new citizens swear loyalty?

A. Parliament

B. Winston Churchill

C. The queen

D. The prime minister

4 How long did the Hundred Years War last?

A. 99 years

B. 116 years

C. 200 years

D. 75 years

5 Which is not a cricket term?

A. Maiden over

B. Sticky wicket

C. Virgin bat

D. Bowled a googly

6 Who built the Tower of London?

A. Dame Zaha Hadid

B. William the Conqueror

C. Sir Norman Foster

D. Lancelot “Capability” Brown

7 Queen Mary was known as “Bloody Mary” because:

A. She drank copious amounts of red wine

B. She hunted

C. She persecuted Protestants

D. She killed servants who displeased her

8 The Butler Act of 1944 did what?

A. Enshrined into law the rights of butlers to have first pick of a cottage on the land of their employers upon retirement

B. Establish a lifetime pension for servants of the monarchy

C. Provided free education for servants’ children

D. Provided free secondary-school education for all children in England and Wales

9 Where was Shakespeare born?

A. Essex, England

B. Gloucestershire, England

C. Stratford-upon-Avon, England

D. Manchester, England

10 The British Royal Navy fought the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 against:

A. The combined French and Spanish navies


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