European English Quiz

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European English Quiz

Bring us your British knowledgeBritish Festivals and Traditions


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  • 1. 
    Bonfire Night is also known as the Guy Fawkes Festival after one of the gunpowder plotters. Why is Guy Fawkes so renowned?http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/Guy.html
    • A. 

      He was one of the plotters captured and tortured in the Tower of London.

    • B. 

      He forgot to light the fuse of the gunpowder barrel.

    • C. 

      He led the group of men who plotted to kill King James I and blow up the Houses of Parliament.

  • 2. 
    What’s the name of another British tradition which was introduced to prevent other plots from taking place at  Parliament?http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/guy/history.htm
    • A. 

      Forget-me-not

    • B. 

      The Blowing Up of Parliament

    • C. 

      Searching the Houses of Parliament

  • 3. 
    Why do people traditionally eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/shrove.html
    • A. 

      Jesus and the apostles had pancakes at the Last Supper.

    • B. 

      It is a way of indulgence before a period of abstinence.

    • C. 

      British people just go crazy for pancakes.

  • 4. 
    Apart from being the patron Saint of England, St George is also famous for ……http://www.learnenglish.de/culture/stgeorge.htm
    • A. 

      Marrying a beatiful princess and living happily ever after.

    • B. 

      Killing a ferocious dragon.

    • C. 

      Being the one who introduced the printing press into England.

  • 5. 
    What’s the origin of the name of Morris dancing?http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/questions/mayday/morrisdancing.html
    • A. 

      It was John Morris who invented the dance.

    • B. 

      The groups of men and women performing the dance are called “Morrises” and they traditionally belong to the same family.

    • C. 

      The dancers painted their faces black and people associated them with dark-skinned Moors. The tradition also says that this form of dancing was probably brought introduced by the Moors who came from the North of Africa.

  • 6. 
    What’s the name of the steep hillside where the Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling Festival has been taking place for hundreds of years?http://www.cheese-rolling.co.uk/the_event.htm
    • A. 

      The Cheshire Hill.

    • B. 

      Cooper’s Hill

    • C. 

      Mount Nevis

  • 7. 
    When does the festival ‘The Trooping of the Colour’ take place?http://www.trooping-the-colour.co.uk
    • A. 

      On 12th June, which is the Queen’s birthday.

    • B. 

      On 14th December.

    • C. 

      On the first day after Lent.

  • 8. 
    Why is 26th December called Boxing Day?http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/Xmas/boxingday.html
    • A. 

      In the past, rich people would give Christmas Boxes (or put money into them) to employees or people from lower social classes.

    • B. 

      People watch boxing matches on TV.

    • C. 

      It is a shopping holiday associated with after-Christmas sales and people put their presents into boxes, so people commonly know this day as Boxing Day.

  • 9. 
    Why was the “poppy” adopted as the symbol of Remembrance Day?http://www.traditions-uk.freeservers.com/poppyday.html
    • A. 

      Its redness resembles the colour of the battlefields after the war.

    • B. 

      Hitler was allergic to this flower so British people, in revenge, took the flower as a symbol.

    • C. 

      After the war, poppies grew all over the battlefields.

  • 10. 
    Why is the shamrock connected to St Patrick’s Day?http://pws.gamewood.net/~byoung/holidays/stpatricks/stpatricksday.htm
    • A. 

      St Patrick used the three-leaf shamrock to teach the meaning of Trinity.

    • B. 

      Many shamrocks grow in Ireland, hence St Patrick took this plant as his symbol.

    • C. 

      St Patrick used to grow shamrocks in his back garden.