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UK citizenship test 'to cover Britain's greats'
5 years ago

UK citizenship test 'to cover Britain's greats'

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A modified exam for all those wishing to become a British citizen will come into force in March

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A new version of the test taken by foreign nationals who wish to become UK citizens "focuses on values and principles at the heart of being British", the Home Office has said.

The revised Life in the UK test covers topics as sport, music and history.

"Mundane" subjects such as water meters, job interviews and the internet have been stripped out, ministers said.

The Migrants' Rights Network said the test was "like an entry examination for an elite public school".

The new handbook, on sale from Monday, will form the basis of the modified 45-minute exam being introduced in March, which all those wishing to attain British citizenship must pass.

'Encourages participation'

The overhaul of the test is aimed at focusing less on the practicalities of daily living in Britain and more on the nation's culture and past.

Ten example questions offered by the Home Office include "which landmark is a prehistoric monument which still stands in the English county of Wiltshire?" and "what is the name of the admiral who died in a sea battle in 1805 and has a monument in Trafalgar Square, London?"

The Home Office said the test and handbook had been "completely re-written, removing questions on topics that those living in the UK should already be aware of like public transport, credit cards and job interviews".

Immigration minister Mark Harper said: "We've stripped out mundane information about water meters, how to find train timetables, and using the internet.

"The new book rightly focuses on values and principles at the heart of being British. Instead of telling people how to claim benefits it encourages participation in British life."

He added: "This is just part of our work to help ensure migrants are ready and able to integrate into British society and forms part of our changes which have broken the automatic link between temporary and permanent migration.

"We have made radical changes to the immigration system and are determined to reduce net migration from the hundreds of thousands into the tens of thousands by the end of the Parliament."

'Absolutely right'

But Don Flynn, director of the Migrants' Rights Network, which campaigns in support of migrants in the UK, said: "This looks to us like a big step backwards from the concerns with integration which the government is supposed to have in this area.

"Naturalisation procedures have already been sharply criticised for coming up with tests which have very little to do with the things that most British people feel are important about their lives.

"Now the Home Office has come up with something that looks more like an entry examination for an elite public school. It is very difficult to think that this is a positive move."

However, Alp Mehmet, of the MigrationWatchUK think tank which is 

concerned about the scale of immigration into the UK, said the "underlying principle and thought process" behind the citizenship test was "absolutely right".

"People who want to come to live in this country should know a little about the country they're joining," he said.

More than 150,000 Life in the UK tests were taken nationally last year, with 77,000 of those in London.

Labour's Chris Bryant said the home secretary was "missing the point".

"Having a citizenship test that teaches people about life in the UK is important, but Theresa May has many other issues in her department that are far more important to focus on," the shadow immigration minister said.

"Rather than coming up with gimmicks, Theresa May should be spending her time sorting out the chaos at [the UK Border Agency] or finally finding a director general for UK Border Force. She should be focusing on fixing the big problems in her department not wasting time on rewriting the citizenship test."

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Correct Q.1)Which landmark is a prehistoric monument which still stands in the English county of Wiltshire?  
A.Stonehenge (Your Answer)
B.Hadrian's Wall 
C.Offa's Dyke 
D.Fountains Abbey

Correct Q.2)What is the name of the admiral who died in a sea battle in 1805 and has a monument in Trafalgar Square, London?  

C.Nelson (Your Answer) 

Correct Q.3)In 1801, a new version of the official flag of the United Kingdom was created.  What is it often called?  

A.the British Standard 
B.the Royal Banner 
C.the St George Cross 
D.the Union Jack (Your Answer)

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4)Who is the Patron Saint of Scotland?  

A.St Andrew (Your Answer) 

B.St David 

C.St George 

D.St Patrick


Q.5)What flower is traditionally worn by people on Remembrance Day?  

A.Poppy (Your Answer) 




Correct Q.6)

Which of these sporting events was hosted in London in 2012?  

A.the Commonwealth Games 

B.the Cricket World Cup 

C.the European Football Championship 

D.the Paralympic Games (Your Answer)

Correct Q.7)

At her jubilee in 2012, how many years as queen did Queen Elizabeth II celebrate?  




D.60 (Your Answer)

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Correct Q.8)

The second largest party in the House of Commons is usually known by what name?  

A.the Senate 

B.the Opposition (Your Answer) 

C.the Lords 

D.the Other Side

Correct Q.9)

From what age can you be asked to serve on a jury?  

B.18 (Your Answer) 

Correct Q.10)

What is the title given to the person who chairs the debates in the House of Commons?  

A.the Chairman 

B.the Speaker (Your Answer) 

C.the Leader of the House 

D.the Prime Minister

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far too easy 

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Okay, they should know a little about it, but they should also be made to take an oath that they will integrate peacefully into their ways and accept their laws and way of life, live by it, or be jailed and deported, and swear they do not abide by Sharia, or if found they do, they will be jailed, deported, or worse, depending on the crime.

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It should be a law that Sharia is outcast, so if you intend to live by it here, try to teach it, raise your kids by it, push it in our country, don't attempt to move there or here, or you will suffer the consequences, your azz will be gone, or pushing grass, or rocks and dirt, whatever, and not left in our countries. You would have to wait till you're vetted, and if found to have ties back to radicals, you won't be considered, and if found later, you're gone, period. And if you're a citizen already, and want to take up that crap, start packing your bags, or go without.

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it's not like we don't have/had enough, too much, to contend with in our own country, to have allowed adding this crap into it!  They know there arte mosques and groups who support the radicals, and what happens? They allow more to be built, and allow these idiots to go around giving their false speeches.  Wrong answer!

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Congratulations Ray you are now a citizen of the UK...

I agree with what Sherry said mean they do not have anything about Sharia Law in the test!? I would think that many citizens over there would be up in arms over the Muslims and want something done to stop them from coming in! I know I am sick and tired of the idiots here letting all of these people in but then we have a President who is trying to destroy our country by it!!

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Carol, in the first there was US meaning the Brits, then there was US and them meaning the Brits and the Muslims now there is them meaning the Muslims.

If the British Government is going to give the Muslims a test then give them a test for instance,

Question 1

in what year did Britain start fight the Muslims ?, answer 1096 

Question 2,  

How many Countries make up Britain ?, Answer 3 been England Scotland and Wales

Question 3 

Where does Northen Ireland fit into the Britain ?, Answer Northen Ireland is part of United Kingtom of Great Britain 

Question 4

How many Dialects in the UK ?, Answer over 200

Question 5,

the word (Ow at)  what does the word mean and were does the dialect come from - Answer How are you from the Potteries Dialect   

Question 6,

In what year would have Britain given America her Indepences without need for  been blood shed ?, Answer 2008 when Obama was elected

Question 7,  

on the State opening of Parliment for what reason are the Houses of Parliament searched ? Answer, for Gun Powder 

Qustion 8,

When the Queen is ordered to open Parliament, how long does Buckingham Palace hold a MP as Hostage for ?, Answer Until the Safe return of the Queen to Buckingham Palace 

Question 9,

Henry III had 6 wife's which of his 6 wife,s out lived him ? Answer Katherine Parr, 

Question 10,

which of the 2 Dates did the British fight the Zulu Wars ?, Answer 22 and 23 January 1879.

Well I passed my test now, just got find out how the British Benefits systems work now, once I found this out, I would have then found the Promise Land. 

I will have to get my 6 wifes and my 150 children to join me. 

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Question 6,

In what year would have Britain given America her Indepences without need for  been blood shed ?, Answer 2008 when Obama was elected

So TRUE!!!! Well you better get pick'n on them wives then and it sounds like you have a lot of work to do to come up with 150 kids!!

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