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New British Citizenship Test - Take The Quiz
Changes to the Life in the UK citizenship test, which must be taken by all migrants wanting to settle permanently in Britain, have been unveiled.
The Home Office said the revised exam, which is being introduced in March, will focus less on the practicalities of daily living in Britain and more on the nation's culture and past, with topics such as sport, music and key historical facts featuring heavily.
For example, while foreigners will be expected to know British history stretching back to the Stone Age, through to the Romans, Norman Conquest and the Magna Carta, they will also be tested on last year's Olympics and "Britons' unique sense of humour and satire".
The Two Ronnies and Monty Python are even on the syllabus, according to the Guardian, while British cultural and artistic heritage, from the music of composer Henry Purcell to the worldwide influence of the Beatles and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and the nation's national parks all feature in the 45-minute test.
Foreign nationals will also be asked about the nation's artistic achievements, Britain's love of gardening and garden design and the work of influential architects including Christopher Wren and Norman Foster.
Questions on literary masterpieces by poets and authors such as Geoffrey Chaucer, Jane Austen and Wilfred Owen, as well as the lives of some of Britain's most celebrated writers, scientists and politicians, from William Shakespeare and Robert Burns to Isaac Newton and Winston Churchill also feature.
Ministers said the exam and its accompanying handbook, released today, will cover events and people "who have contributed to making Britain great".
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."
More than 150,000 Life in the UK tests were taken nationally last year, including 77,000 in London.
:: Take the test. Here are some of the possible questions and multiple choice answers:
1. Which landmark is a prehistoric monument which still stands in the English county of Wiltshire?
B) Hadrian's Wall
C) Offa's Dyke
D) Fountains Abbey
2. What is the name of the admiral who died in a sea battle in 1805 and has a monument in Trafalgar Square, London?
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
4. Who is the Patron Saint of Scotland?
A) St Andrew
B) St David
C) St George
D) St Patrick
5. What flower is traditionally worn by people on Remembrance Day?
6. Which of these sporting events was hosted in London in 2012?
A) The Commonwealth Games
B) Cricket World Cup
C) European Football Championship
D) Paralympic Games
7. At her Jubilee in 2012, how many years as Queen did Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrate?
8. The second largest party in the House of Commons is usually known by what name?
A) The Senate
B) The Opposition
C) The Lords
D) The Other Side
9. From what age can you be asked to serve on a jury?
10. What is the title given to the person who chairs the debates in the House of Commons?
A) The Speaker
B) The Chairman
C) The Leader of the House
D) The Prime Minister
Answers: you need 75% to pass
1. A 2. C 3. D 4. A 5. A 6. D 7. D 8. B 9. B 10.A