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How British are you? Take the quiz

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

  • Brianne Leary, who moved to Meethe, near South Molton, from New York in 2013, devised a quiz with questions inspired by the Border Agency's Life In The UK residency test.

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AN American ex-pat has come up with a unique way to test the British-ness of North Devon residents.

Brianne Leary, who moved to Meethe, near South Molton, from New York in 2012, devised a quiz with questions inspired by the Border Agency’s Life In The UK residency test.

The test, which Brianne passed at the beginning of this month, is required for settlement in the UK and consists of 24 questions on British history and culture with a time limit of 45 minutes.

Mrs Leary, a former actress and foreign correspondent, is due to host her own version of the ‘Life in the UK’ quiz and curry night at Highbullen Hotel today.

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Brianne said she came up with the idea for the quiz after speaking to some friends in the gym.

She said: “I’d been asking my friends some questions from the test and they didn’t do too well.

“After that I had to organise something.”

Brianne was keen to recreate test conditions.

She said: “They had to take the quiz like me.

“There were no teams and they had 45 minutes on their own to answer all the questions.

“The pass mark for my test was 75 percent and the same was true of our quiz.”

There were, however, a few subtle differences between Brianne’s test and the Border Agency’s.

Host Brianne wore an Uncle Sam hat and beard, while guests were allowed food and drink.

Prizes for the quiz were donated by many businesses from the South Molton area and included a cookery class donated by the Woolsgrove Cookery School and a three-course dinner at Highbullen Hotel.

Bray Valley Wines donated a bottle of Port.

Owner Charlie Cotton said: “We’re pleased to support the quiz night.

“It really appealed to us to explore what makes us British today and because the money raised is going to local schools.”

Money raised at the event went to primary schools in Chittlehampton, Kings Nympton and Umberleigh.

Brianne is in the third stage of the complex immigration process, after moving to the UK to be with her husband Chris.

She said: “Love the man, love the country.”

The former journalist was clear about what she hoped to achieve, she said: “I wanted to open a dialogue on immigration.

“I think the Government is doing its job, it has to be this way – it’s all inclusive.”


1. Which of these forts were part of Hadrian's Wall?

(Choose any 2 answers)


Skara Brae

Sutton Hoo


2. The monarch is the head of the Church of England



3. The UK is part of the United Nations (UN)

Yes, this is correct

No, the UK is not part of UN anymore

4. A very impressive hill fort can still be seen today at Maiden Castle, in the English county of ______




5. How often are the elections held in Britain?

Every 3 years

Every 4 years

At least every 5 years

Every 7 years

6. A lot of People carve lanterns out of ______ and put a candle inside of them during Halloween





7. 'The Enlightenment' is known as

New ideas about politics, philosophy and science that were developed in the 18th century

The abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire in the 19th century

New laws introduced in the 18th century to protect workers

The Industrial Revolution in the 18th century

8. On Christmas Day families traditionally sit down to a dinner of roast turkey, Christmas pudding and a rich steamed pudding made from suet, dried fruit and spices



9. The UK is one of five permanent members of the Security Council in the United Nation



10. Walking and using public transport to get around when you can is also a good way to protect the environment because it create less pollution than when you use a car

Yes, this is correct

No, because public transport such as a bus is using more fuel then a car

11. When were women allowed to vote?





12. What is the Grand National?

A tennis championship

A football cup competition

A horse race

A motor race

13. Who is the patron saint of Wales and on which date is the feast day?

St Michel 3rd March

St Peter November 29th

St James 5th September

St David 1st March

14. James I and his son Charles I believed in the 'Divine Right of Kings': the idea that the king was directly appointed by ______ to rule

the Queen

the Prime Minister

the Church


15. Many schools organise events to raise money for extra equipment or out-of-school activities

Yes, this is correct

No, schools get money from the government

16. The words 'Britain', 'British Isles' or 'British', however, are used in this test to refer to everyone in

(Choose any 4 answers)


The Isle of Man



Channel Islands

Northern Ireland

Republic of Ireland

17. You have to be ____ to go into betting shops or gambling clubs





18. The most famous Tennis tournament hosted in Britain is The Wimbledon Championships, which takes place each year at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club



19. It is illegal to sell tobacco products to people under 18 years of age?



20. King Richard III of the House of York was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field in





21. Big Ben bell, housed in the Elizabeth Tower is over ______ years old and is a popular tourist attraction





22. ______ abolished slavery throughout the British Empire

The Abolition Act

The Emancipation Act

The Freedom Act

The Slavery Act

23. Why is 1928 an important date for women's rights?

Women could vote at 18, the same age as men

Women could vote at 21, the same age as men

Women could vote if they were over 30 years old

None of these

24. There is no place in British society for extremism or intolerance



Click here to see the answers to the quiz.

The above quiz is the 'Life in the UK Test' from www.theuktest.com.

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  • jonsteele  |  January 23 2014, 12:19AM

    Question 16: British Isles is a geographical term and includes all of Ireland (and most of the other smaller isles as well)

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  • JRussell  |  January 22 2014, 5:16PM

    Question 6. Making lanterns out of Pumpkins is NOT a British tradition; it's an American one. The traditional British 'Jack o' Lanterns' are carved from turnips or mangelwurzels. Questions 10 & 24 have absolutely nothing to do with being British and are only there to tick the 'climate change' and 'diversity' boxes. I presume they were included in an attempt to promote a certain political agenda.

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