Thursday, 6 August 2009

UK Citizenship test

So, the new practice citizenship test

is online, and a number of my (British) friends gave it a go, and found that they'd fail to become citizens of their own country. With questions about where the European parliament meets and what year did women get the right to divorce their husbands, it turned out to be somewhat obscure. I thought about it, and wondered if these questions might not be a better measure of someone's Britishness.

1. When you hear people talking in the street in a foreign language, do you…

a) marvel at how multi-cultural this country has become?

b) assume they’re talking about you?

2. When you hear the national anthem in a public place, you should…

a) stand up.

b) complain about the noise.

3. The British Empire was

a) an unworkable mess from the start.

b) the best thing that ever happened to them.

4. “IOW” means…

a) Isle of Wight

b) “In other words…”

5. The years 1918, 1945 and 1966 should be dropped into conversations with…

a) Germans.

b) anyone.

Q1 a) 10, (b) 50
Q2 a) 100, (b) 150
Q3 a) -50, (b) 50
Q4 a) 0, (b) 0
Q5 a) 25, (b) 75 (NB, give yourself 50 points if you wanted to say "Americans", especially since they probably won't know what 1966 refers to)

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