The United Kingdom for Americans - True or False

Can you answer these true false questions about the mysterious realm known formally as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland?
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Last updated: October 26, 2020
First submittedOctober 24, 2020
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1. You need a passport to travel between England and Scotland
True
False
2. Eggs are usually NOT refrigerated at the grocery store
True
False
3. Most people in Wales speak Welsh at home
True
False
English is the dominant language of Wales. About 20% of people in Wales can speak Welsh if they want to.
4. It is common for the groom to wear a kilt at a Scottish wedding
True
False
5. The Cockney accent comes from industrial towns in the north of England
True
False
It comes from London
6. You have to pay an annual fee to watch live broadcasts on your home television
True
False
As of 2020, the license costs £157.50 per household. You can be fined up to £1000 if you are caught without a license, but how would they know?
7. Technically, all laws passed by Parliament must be assented to by the Queen before they take effect
True
False
The last time the monarch refused to grant royal assent was 1708
8. The United Kingdom has a written Constitution similar to the United States
True
False
9. The word "soccer" originally comes from the U.K.
True
False
Soccer is short for "association football"
10. "The Hound and Hares" is the most common names for pubs in the U.K.
True
False
The most common name is the Red Lion
11. Great Britain has several active volcanoes
True
False
There are no active volcanos on Great Britain
12. The death penalty is still practiced in the U.K.
True
False
13. Some of the coins used in the U.K. aren't circular
True
False
The 20 and 50 pence pieces are rounded heptagon. The one pound coin is a dodecagonal.
14. The Romans built Stonehenge
True
False
15. Muhammad is the most common first name for baby boys born in London
True
False
16. The Cayman Islands are a territory of the United Kingdom
True
False
17. The south of England is wealthier than the north
True
False
18. You must serve in the military to earn a knighthood
True
False
Many pop culture icons such as Paul McCartney and Elton John have been knighted
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Level 65
Oct 25, 2020
100% as a Brit ;)
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Level 82
Oct 27, 2020
CHEATER!!! The quiz title clearly says "for Americans!" (I am kidding, of course) ;)
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Level 78
Oct 25, 2020
The question works either way, but "The Hound and Hares" isn't a traditional pub name - did you intend to put "The Hare and Hounds"?
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Level ∞
Oct 25, 2020
I just went with a pub sounding name, wasn't sure if it was real or not.
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Level 71
Oct 26, 2020
The Hare and Hounds is a fairly common name though, and may be better stated that way as a more likely contender for "most common name"
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Level 82
Oct 27, 2020
If you are going to chase a hare, you have to have a lot of hounds. Those hares can be vicious. Big, pointy teeth.
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Level 82
Oct 27, 2020
Kogatora - I think you might be thinking about the dreaded jackalope ;)
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Level 67
Oct 28, 2020
More like a white rabbit that lives in cave.
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Level 79
Oct 28, 2020
I only knew this one because of the "most popular pub names in the UK" quiz! BTW, Red Lion is #1, Fox and Hounds is #30, and Hare and Hounds is #36. https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/220660/100-most-popular-pub-names-in-the-uk
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Level 59
Nov 5, 2020
The question is either missing a "one of" or has an extra s
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Level 63
Oct 25, 2020
14/18 as a non Brit and non american.
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Level 76
Oct 25, 2020
just a bit of pedantry re the circular coin comment/explanation - the 20p (also heptagon) and pound coin (dodecagon) are also non-circular
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Level ∞
Oct 25, 2020
I never said they weren't :) But, in any case, I added those coins to the post-quiz details.
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Level 74
Oct 25, 2020
I don’t spend much time in Scotland, but I doubt a majority of Scottish grooms wear kilts.
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Level 72
Oct 25, 2020
It doesn't say that the majority do. It says that it is common, and this is true.
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Level 71
Nov 4, 2020
Yes but when is something 'common'? When 10% of grooms wear one? What about 1%? It remains a vague question
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Level 52
Nov 4, 2020
Every wedding I have been to the groom has worn a kilt.
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Level 28
Nov 4, 2020
I've never heard of a Scottish groom NOT wearing a kilt. It's a really strong part of our culture
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Level 65
Nov 8, 2020
I've seen a number of grooms wear kilts in weddings in New Zealand.
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Level 72
Oct 25, 2020
Question 6 is incorrect. The TV Licence is payable to the BBC, which is an independent body and not part of and does not report to the government. Whereas the law stipulates that one may not watch live TV without having a licence (with exceptions) and one may face prosecution for doing so, it is incorrect to say that one must pay the government.
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Level ∞
Oct 25, 2020
I suppose you are technically correct. (The best kind of correct). Removed the word "government" from the question.
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Level 51
Oct 31, 2020
The fee is only for the BBC channels. All others can be watched without a TV licence, so technically the answer is false.
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Level 59
Nov 4, 2020
Nope, it's all live tv (https://www.gov.uk/tv-licence). It's only for catchup that it's BBC only.
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Level 64
Nov 5, 2020
Wow, that's really interesting - I haven't lived in the UK for over 25 years and always associated the TV licence exclusively with the BBC. This definitely sheds a different light on all those people now claiming they will refuse to pay their licence fee because they don't watch the Beeb!
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Level 77
Oct 25, 2020
The whole point of the license is that it goes directly to the public broadcaster as independent financing. Otherwise they could be simply financed from the state budget, no separate tax needed.
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Level 82
Oct 27, 2020
The egg difference is due to different preparations earlier. US eggs are washed removing the cuticle and then need to be refrigerated. In Europe the chickens are vaccinated avoiding the need to wash the eggs, and keeping the egg cuticle but if it is refrigerated this can lead to mildew growth.
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Level 67
Oct 29, 2020
Sorry, I'm not American, but took the test anyway...
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Level 55
Nov 5, 2020
naughty naughty...
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Level 80
Nov 4, 2020
I like the new phrasing of the question about the constitution! I was going to comment on it earlier, but I didn't want to be pedantic. (-:
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Level 32
Nov 4, 2020
amazing, Muhammad is most common baby name in London
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Level 70
Nov 5, 2020
It becomes less amazing if, like me, you are familiar of just how popular that name is among muslims and know that there are over a million of them in London. It is the most popular first name in the world, after all. Also, the fertility rate among the muslim population tends to be higher, and this is a question about babies born.
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Level 70
Nov 5, 2020
As a side note, here's a very interesting video about the names subject. It makes a solid argument that another, Christian, name could be the most popular given name on earth if it wasn't for linguistic variation: https://youtu.be/5O2Yjn3OXRk
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Level 65
Nov 8, 2020
On my OE I taught in secondary schools in London where nearly all the boys in the class had the first name Mohammed. Easy question for me!
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Level 34
Nov 4, 2020
Question 2 is incorrect or at least where I'm from in the U.K it is. All of the supermarkets that I've been to e.g Asda, Tesco etc have the eggs in the refrigerated section and everyone I know keeps them in the fridge at home.
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Level 46
Nov 4, 2020
Surprised by that, don't think I've ever seen them in a refrigerator where I've lived here :)
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Level 61
Nov 4, 2020
Not sure I've ever seen eggs in a fridge in any shop I've ever been to, I keep them in the cupboard at home, too.
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Level 47
Nov 4, 2020
What, really? Where is that? Everywhere I've lived in the UK they're near the bread.
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Level 57
Nov 4, 2020
All the supermarkets I use in London keep them on the normal shelves, not in fridges. People often do not refrigerate them at home either, though many do.
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Level 65
Nov 4, 2020
I have never seen them in the fridge in the supermarket.
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Level 43
Nov 5, 2020
I was wondering, do we understand from that question that in America they are kept chilled? I wonder why? Waste of energy, surely.
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Level 40
Nov 5, 2020
You must have some odd supermarkets. No Tesco or Asda I go in has them anywhere near the chilled section
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Level 52
Nov 6, 2020
Nope. Never kept in the fridge
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Level 65
Nov 8, 2020
I have never seen eggs refrigerated in any supermarket.
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Level 67
Nov 4, 2020
I'm from Malaysia and got 18/18!
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Level 44
Nov 4, 2020
I'm a Brit and didn't get 100 percent... I thought some were trick questions xD
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Level 43
Nov 4, 2020
Same here, i got the eggs question wrong as i never go to a supermarket
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Level 43
Nov 5, 2020
Yes, I thought the Cayman Islands were American. Duh!
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Level 80
Nov 4, 2020
hm.... got everything except for the Cayman Islands question... at first I was thinking of answering true but then I was second-guessing myself and thinking that they actually belonged to the Netherlands.
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Level 55
Nov 4, 2020
If it's a question about a country being a territory/colony of the UK, I always assume it's true.
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Level 57
Nov 4, 2020
Any chance of a 'USA for Brits' quiz?
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Level 53
Nov 4, 2020
what source are you using for #17 to say that the south is richer than the north? where’s the north-south divide drawn?
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Level ∞
Nov 4, 2020
Doesn't really matter where you draw the line.

https://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2010/3/31/1270051456691/UK-incomes-graphic-002.jpg

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Level 47
Nov 4, 2020
You should make it clear that you mean financially richer as there are other types of richness. Richer in pies, for example.
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Level 55
Nov 5, 2020
If you draw the line just south of London then it's not true :p
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Level 25
Nov 4, 2020
During the grand finale of 2020, #11 will become true. /s
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Level 55
Nov 4, 2020
Muhammed is also the first name of probably more than half of the Muslims in the world today, a big part of why it's the most common male name in London. Virtually every culture has more common diversity in Male names.
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Level 61
Nov 4, 2020
i believe that was the underlying intent of the question. to point out the influx of muslims to the uk.
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Level 80
Nov 5, 2020
I don't think anyone thought it was Lutherans driving up the popularity of the name Muhammad in London. But point taken that Muslims ought to be a bit more original when it comes to naming their male offspring, if that was part of the point.
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Level 70
Nov 5, 2020
Not more than half. WAY less. About 150 million, according to this:

https://youtu.be/5O2Yjn3OXRk ...

You all might find this video actually very interesting. I certainly did :D

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Level 65
Nov 7, 2020
I thought 16 is a trick question. Isn't 'the United Kingdom' only referred to the Home Nations collectively?