Could You Live in the UK? Let's See How High You Score on This Quiz!

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By: Zoe Samuel

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

There are about seventy million people living in the United Kingdom, which makes it one of the more densely populated countries in the world. Thanks to really good zoning laws, however, the country has not become very built up, meaning that whether you prefer to live in a major city, a leafy suburb, a village or the middle of nowhere, your preference can easily be accommodated. All you need is a baseline knowledge of the culture, infrastructure and economy to make sure that you're able to get the best out of your new home - and equally importantly, to put your best into it!

By virtue of some of the less proud elements of its recent past, such as colonizing a fifth of the world, and also by virtue of some really awesome things like the global popularity of the BBC and James Bond movies, British culture is fairly familiar to many people. However, this cultural presence also means that lots of inaccurate stereotypes are out there, and of course, there are all sorts of important nuances that frankly would be difficult to capture on screen. Let's see if you're ready to up sticks and move yourself to bonny old Blighty!

What do you do if someone treads on your foot on a crowded train?

If they tread on you, say sorry - because then they HAVE to say it back!

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Would you ever describe a behavior as "un-British"?

It wouldn't be considered polite to refer to behavior as "un-British." There are certainly behaviors that would generally be considered to meet this requirement, but it would be considered entirely too American to say so.

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If you're invited to dinner and they say 7:30 or 8, what time do you arrive?

It's not polite to show up exactly on time, in case something went wrong in the kitchen - but you also don't want to be too late. Being early is the big no-no.

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What time is teatime?

Tea is at five, except sometimes when it is at four. But mostly it is at five.

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Do you own a teapot?

Of course you own a teapot. You want to be British, you own a teapot. That's just how it works.

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On which side should you pass another vehicle?

You pass vehicles to the right. If there's no space to the right then you don't pass. That's not just custom, it's actually the law.

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How much money do you make?

It's very taboo to talk about how much money you make in the U.K. Asking people about their rent or mortgage is also considered offensive.

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At what time of day is it socially acceptable to start drinking?

You can have a drink with lunch, but other than that, it's not considered polite to drink before 5 pm.

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The invite says "smart casual." What do you wear?

Smart casual is a click above regular casual. You should wear something quite nice but not so nice that you look better than the hostess!

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How big is your car?

According to fashion, British cars are as small as possible to still meet their logisticial needs.

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If someone said climate change wasn't real, how would you react?

Climate science is settled, but it has been turned into a wedge issue throughout the U.S. Everywhere else, it is completely uncontroversial. In the U.K., climate denial is generally considered flat out silly.

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Besides English, how many languages do you speak?

Brits are sadly noted for not having the best linguistic abilities. They not only generally don't speak other languages very well, but they also pretend not to be impressed by people who do.

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What is the difference between the U.K. and Great Britain?

The British Isles include the U.K. and Ireland. Great Britain is the biggest of them. It's called "Great" because it's the opposite of "Little Britain" or Breton, in France.

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When did Britain abolish the slave trade?

Britain abolished the slave trade in 1833. It then put the Navy to work over the next generation to police the seas so that slave trading could not occur within areas it controlled. The cost of this effort, plus the lost productivity during the economic transition, would be about a trillion dollars in today's money.

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When did women get the right to vote?

Married British women over 30 got the right to vote first, and the franchise was then extended to all women over the next 12 years.

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What is the NHS?

The NHS is considered a national treasure - which everyone loves to complain about. It is not "free," but is paid for by taxation and is thus what is called "free at the point of need." This means there is universal healthcare coverage in the U.K.

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Who is the head of state?

The Queen is head of state. The PM works for her.

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How is the Prime Minister chosen?

By law, the Queen decides. By custom, the biggest party's leader is the PM.

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How are members of the House of Lords chosen?

Some lords still inherit their positions, legacies of a half-finished reform begun by Tony Blair. Others are appointed by use of the Honours List, which technically is the Queen's decision.

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What is the legend concerning the ravens at the Tower of London?

There are always at least six ravens living at the Tower of London, with one wing clipped on each. Since the reign of Charles II, the ravens have been protected, and legend says that the ravens protect the monarchy.

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What is the most southerly point on mainland Great Britain?

Lizard Point is the most southerly point on mainland Great Britain. Some mistakenly believe the southernmost point is Land's End.

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What is the most northerly point in Great Britain?

John O'Groats is the most northerly point in Great Britain and is in the Caithness area. It's named for Dutchman Jan de Groot.

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What is generally considered to be England's second city?

Birmingham is England's second city, and is the second biggest city in England. Manchester threatens to overtake Birmingham's position, however.

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Where is "oop Narth"?

Oop Narth is what "up North" sounds like in a Northern accent, according to a stereotype that is not entirely accurate. Northerners don't appreciate it, either.

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Is Wales a kingdom?

Wales is a principality, which is why it has a prince or princess. Charles, son of the queen, is the current prince.

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What is the second city of Scotland?

Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland, but Edinburgh is the capital. Glasgow is also known as the "second city of the Empire."

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What is a doily?

A doily is a little lace circle that is placed under teapots, cups, vases, etc. Larger ones are often put over the back of chairs and sofas.

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You go to someone's house and you see they have accidentally left out medication for an embarrassing condition of the butt. They know that you saw it. What do you say?

In the U.K., it is not considered polite to pry into someone's health unless they volunteer it, or if you are a very close friend and you know they won't mind.

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How often should you talk about the weather?

The weather in the U.K. is never hot, never cold and never sticky. It is, however, unbelievably unpredictable. You can dress for rain and then five minutes later you're outside and it's sunny and delightful. That means it is always considered an interesting and acceptable subject.

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What is the BBC?

The British Broadcasting Corporation is a beloved national treasure that, like the NHS, people love to complain about constantly.

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Which of these is a true story?

Some people believe that "Downton Abbey," "Miss Marple" and "Sherlock Holmes" are real, but they're not.

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If you're invited to compete at a sport, how much is considered polite for you to practice ahead of time?

It's considered totally acceptable to be terrible at sports in the U.K. It's okay to be good at them too, but being seen to have made an effort is regarded as eccentric.

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Who is the scariest and/or most annoying driver on the motorway?

White Van Man is a stereotype of a certain sort of driver who never checks his blind spot, changes lanes without signaling, and is always just a little bit faster than you when he's behind you and a little bit slower than you when he's in front of you. The white van is a commercial vehicle.

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You have plans, but then the weather says it's going to rain. What do you do?

It can rain literally any time in the U.K., at any time of year, so if you cancel your plans over it, you will never do anything. British people just wear layers and carry something waterproof.

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You see on the news that nuclear war has broken out. What do you do?

Someone has cancer? Have a cup of tea. You got promoted? Have a cup of tea. The world is ending and there's enough time for a kettle to boil and the resulting cuppa to cool to a just-about-drinkable temperature? HAVE A CUP OF TEA.

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