Can You Pass a British Citizenship Test?
Locate tongue firmly in cheek and go to:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4099770.stm
I got 10 right, but I'm convinced one of the official answers is wrong.

Matti
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Can You Pass a British Citizenship Test? Locate tongue firmly in cheek and go to: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4099770.stm I got 10 right, but I'm convinced one of the official answers is wrong.

I got nine right. Ho hum.
Which one did you think was wrong? Not but what all of them are What The Cited Book (which I haven't read) Says, rather than being necessarily yer actual Truth.)

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Can You Pass a British Citizenship Test? Locate tongue firmly in cheek and go to: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4099770.stm I got 10 right, but I'm convinced one of the official answers is wrong.

Eleven, including question 2 which, as face value, is impossible to answer:
"Almost 60m people live in the UK. By what factor do the native-born English outnumber their Scots or Welsh neighbours?"

It should be "and", not "or", perhaps with a "together" at the end to make it quite clear.
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Can You Pass a British Citizenship Test? Locate tongue firmly ... but I'm convinced one of the official answers is wrong.

I got nine right. Ho hum.

AOL.
Which one did you think was wrong?

Was it the electricity one? I think the mains are actually 230V. (Not an option. I put 220V.)

Mickwick
Can You Pass a British Citizenship Test? Locate tongue firmly in cheek and go to: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4099770.stm I got 10 right, but I'm convinced one of the official answers is wrong.

Father Christmas? Yes, surely it's "Santa" who was the German/Swedish import into the US. Do Americans call him "Father Christmas"?

I got 9 right, by the way, so I'm keeping up better than I thought.

Ross Howard
Can You Pass a British Citizenship Test? Locate tongue firmly ... but I'm convinced one of the official answers is wrong.

Eleven, including question 2 which, as face value, is impossible to answer: "Almost 60m people live in the UK. By ... Welsh neighbours?" It should be "and", not "or", perhaps with a "together" at the end to make it quite clear.

Indeed. Not to mention the hurt feelings in Northern Ireland. Not to mention the fact that the total population of "native born English" and the total population of England are not the same thing, as the Daily Mail is so fond of telling us. Not to mention the fact that many Scots live in England and many English live in Wales and many Welsh have caravans. Not to mention the fact that the 2001 census said the population of England was 49m, that of Scotland 5m and that of Wales
2.9m. Which is a long way from the 9 to 1 they suggest is right.A pretty shite questionnaire all round.

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Can You Pass a British Citizenship Test? Locate tongue firmly in cheek and go to: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4099770.stm I got 10 right, but I'm convinced one of the official answers is wrong. Matti

I got 7 out of 15 right, but I'm an American living in California. I got the electricity one wrong because I thought that the U.K. deviated from the EU standard a bit, correct? I said 220, the site said 240.

I thought it was more important to find out if a solicitor specialized in the proper area of law, the book thought money was the issue.

I got the dog license/ce one wrong. (I'm very surprised at that one given the UK controls on foreign dogs). And, the amount of time a couple should wait before divorcing.
I also got the national days one wrong. Given the fact that the UK downplays the national days (I've heard), I've never made it a priority to learn them myself as a foreigner. St. Patricks Day being the exception.

And, I got the one about percentages among the English, Scots, and Welsh wrong. I know that the English are by far the majority, but the question was confusing. I find it curious that the book highlights the numerical "Englishness" of the UK as a whole. I'm surprised there's not a political backlash from the Scots and Welsh over that one.
Why does the book places so much emphasis on pubs in the UK? Is the drinking culture all THAT prominent in national life that immigrants need to know this first and foremost?
I'll take my passport and seat on a district council, if you please. ;-)

Larry
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Which one did you think was wrong?

Was it the electricity one? I think the mains are actually 230V. (Not an option. I put 220V.)

Yes. I thought it was years since we were nominally at a strict 240V.

This site
http://users.pandora.be/worldstandards/electricity.htm#voltage says we're 220-240V, and more specifically 230V in the big league table.

Matti
Can You Pass a British Citizenship Test? Locate tongue firmly in cheek and go to: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4099770.stm I got 10 right, but I'm convinced one of the official answers is wrong.

'Fess up, how much was guesswork? I only actually "knew" 7, and correctly guessed another two. I've spilt plenty of pints and only had to buy replacements - I've never been asked outside. The origin of Father Christmas was the Victorians, as any fule kno.

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