thumbnail

British Geography Multiple Choice

Can you answer these multiple choice questions about the geography of the British Isles?
Quiz by Quizmaster
Rate:
Last updated: June 29, 2020
You have not attempted this quiz yet.
First submittedMay 13, 2020
Times taken38,824
Average score66.7%
Rating4.33
4:00
The quiz is paused. You have remaining.
Scoring
You scored / = %
This beats or equals % of test takers also scored 100%
The average score is
Your high score is
Your fastest time is
Keep scrolling down for answers and more stats ...
1. Which of these cities is furthest north?
Canterbury
London
York
2. What generally, but not always, did a settlement need to have to be granted official city status in Great Britain?
An annual fair
A cathedral
A strategic military location
3. True or false: There are glaciers in Great Britain.
True
False
4. Which city is on the river Thames?
Cambridge
Edinburgh
Oxford
5. Which of these countries is closest to Great Britain?
Belgium
Canada
Denmark
6. Which of these islands is part of Wales?
Anglesey
Isle of Skye
Isle of Wight
7. If you dug directly through the center of the Earth from London, where would you emerge?
near China
near Mexico
near New Zealand
8. Which of the following is a nickname of Aberdeen, Scotland?
Cottonopolis
Granite City
The Big Smoke
The Venice of the North
9. What does the flag of the Isle of Man look like?
10. What is the name of the counties which surround London?
The Central Counties
The Home Counties
The Near Counties
11. Where do Cockney accents come from originally?
Cornwall
London
Manchester
Yorkshire
12. What is the term for people from Liverpool?
Liverpoolers
Liverpoolites
Liverpudlians
13. Many places in Great Britain end in the suffix "Chester". Where does this name come from?
A French term for hill
A Roman term for fort
A Viking term for valley
14. Which of the following types of landscape is not closely related to the others?
Bog
Fen
Heath
Marsh
Marshes, bogs, and fens are all wetlands. Heaths are not.
15. How do most people commute to work in the UK?
By car
Cycling
Public transit
Walking
68% travel by car. Just 18% use public transit. Source.
55 Comments
+30
Level ∞
May 13, 2020
The last question is solely for correcting the misconceptions of Americans. I couldn't help myself :)
+17
Level 68
May 13, 2020
How do you think we travel to work out of interest? I really hope you all think we get around using silly walks.
+65
Level ∞
May 13, 2020
American liberals think Europe is a socialist paradise where everyone takes the train.

American conservatives think Europe is a socialist hellhole where everyone takes the train.

+4
Level 83
May 13, 2020
And both ignore the diversity (particularly regarding trains) about as much as Europeans ignore US diversity.
+21
Level 75
May 14, 2020
I didn't know they thought that of us.

Public transport in the UK is expensive and very badly run (and largely privatised - at least the rail service - these days so it's only public transport in terms of who can use it, not who owns it). Other European countries manage to run far more efficient services with far cheaper ticket prices - I don't know why we are so bad at it :-(

+1
Level 61
Jun 29, 2020
lol
+3
Level 55
Jun 29, 2020
roleybob - huge annual subsidy curtesy taxpayers in France is how they pay for the 'very cheap' tickets. The Times reported that 'The rail system is subsidised annually by about €200 per person and it still loses €3 billion a year'. More so - even those who don't use the train pay for it.

Besides, taking the train in Germany (which a few years back subsidised its train system four times more than the UK) made me really appreciate the efficiency of the UK system. It's just dreadful there.

+2
Level 91
Jun 29, 2020
That was probably my biggest shock the first time I went to Germany 15 years ago and every subsequent time I've been since then. Wife is half German and have a grandmother in law who is still alive so the entire family goes every couple of years. We've looked at taking the train to difference places and even after car rental, 7/8 dollar a gallon gas and parking costs in the central part of the city, it's still significantly cheaper than taking the train for a family of four. We really want to take the train to Hamburg from outside Frankfurt to go the model train museum and we just can't pull the trigger when a mid sized station wagon is half the price.
+4
Level ∞
Jan 6, 2024
The irony of driving a car to the train museum because the train is too expensive...
+10
Level 83
Dec 30, 2020
I'm British and I went for public transport, for some reason I figured that the proportion of people located in London would really skew the stats, and also I don't drive so I guess that makes me biased
+2
Level 44
May 27, 2024
Same. Also I lived in London for years, so was extremely used to a public transit system packed with commuters.
+5
Level 75
May 6, 2021
N7er - Public transport should be very heavily subsidised. I haven't been to Germany for quit a few years so can't say what it's like now but don't remember it being bad
+3
Level 69
Aug 9, 2022
Public transport in Germany tends to be incredibly efficient and well-run as long as you stay within the same Bundesland (although that probably also varies from Land to Land). It's sometimes more complicated when you have to cross multiple Länder...
+11
Level 79
May 13, 2020
Given that this is a new quiz in lockdown, surely the answer should be 'by staying at home'
+1
Level 72
May 13, 2020
To be technically correct and match your plural answers, the question should be "people from Liverpool".
+1
Level ∞
May 13, 2020
Okay
+4
Level 45
Jun 29, 2020
Scousers
+1
Level 56
Aug 9, 2022
I assumed that this (scousers) would be the answer as the other name that they are known by would have generated too many complaints.
+4
Level 71
May 14, 2020
Your plan to trick people seem to have worked! I have never seen an answer so low in these types of quizzes, usually lowest is around 60% this one is currently at 33%!

btw non-americans can fall for it too, I did. (but partly since you added it as a question, thinking if the answer would be car the question wouldn't be on here. And maybe partly cause I am naive haha, and actually I didn't read througoughly, was thinking more of london than the entire UK. Because if I would have thought about the entire UK no way I would have answered Public transport.)

+1
Level 38
May 24, 2020
Why is the Isle of Man on a UK quiz it isn’t part of the UK
+11
Level 79
Jun 29, 2020
This is a 'British Geography' quiz, and the Isle of Man is British.
+2
Level 54
Jul 5, 2020
No, it's not. The Isle of Man is Manx, not British.

It is, however, part of the British Isles, which is presumably why it's in this quiz about British geography. It fits.

+4
Level 56
Feb 2, 2021
It's not part of Britain, but that doesn't mean it's not British. Even the Falkland Islands are British.
+1
Level 38
Jul 7, 2020
maybe as it it a crown dependency
+5
Level 48
Aug 9, 2022
Im from the Isle of Man and I consider myself manx and British as and English person is English and British
+1
Level 73
Jun 29, 2020
Margaret Thatcher may or may not have said that anyone on a bus over the age of 25 is a failure, but the fact that she even might have said that was enough to guide me to the right answer.
+8
Level 56
Jun 29, 2020
As a lifelong Londoner, the last question caught me out hook, line and sinker! Of course the rest of the country don't suffer on the tube every day!
+5
Level 75
Jun 29, 2020
The difference between London and the rest of England is striking (data happens to refer to England, rather than other parts of the UK): https://www.citymetric.com/transport/can-you-really-get-work-without-using-public-transport-commuters-most-england-already-do
+8
Level 59
Jun 29, 2020
I'd rather "suffer" the Tube than a polluting, dangerous and expensive car.
+3
Level 72
Mar 30, 2021
It isn't the car that is dangerous, it tends to be the drivers. If I lived in London then I would take the tube. However, living in a rural area it takes me 25 minutes to drive to work whereas public transport would take hours and I would still have to walk the last mile or two
+5
Level 73
Jul 21, 2023
"Cars don't kill people, people kill people." Sounds familiar and still fallacious.
+2
Level 57
Jan 25, 2022
They are also noisy and take up a lot of space.
+3
Level ∞
Jan 6, 2024
Most people want to drive. Driving is super convenient. The problem, of course, is all the other drivers.

We want other people to take the train.

+3
Level 52
Jun 29, 2020
People from Liverpool are called Scousers..
+13
Level ∞
Jun 29, 2020
Apples are fruit. Apples are also red. These things are not contradictory.
+7
Level 25
Jul 1, 2020
They are both Liverpudlians and Scousers. Given only one option is available, then we're good.
+2
Level 58
Aug 10, 2022
They're also called scallies...! :-)
+8
Level 82
Jun 29, 2020
I thought they got most places by prancing around banging coconut halves together.
+11
Level 25
Jul 1, 2020
Nah, this is the 21st century. Now we walk down the path while pretending to drive a car, going "beep beep" and doing an exaggerated steering motion with out hands.
+2
Level 79
Dec 29, 2020
I prefer to get two swallows to fly me to places.
+6
Level 81
Mar 11, 2021
African or European swallows?
+1
Level 79
Dec 12, 2021
Barn swallows.
+1
Level 61
Sep 27, 2020
I would describe Cockney rhyming slang as a separate language or dialect spoken with an East End accent.
+2
Level 56
Aug 9, 2022
then you are very polite
+1
Level 37
Sep 9, 2021
Scoring

You scored 14/15 = 93%

This beats or equals 93% of test takers

The average score is 10

Your high score is 14

I clicked by car, but then changed my mind to public transport, because I remembered how crowded the tube can get!

+3
Level 75
Aug 9, 2022
The Tube is the only reason public transit gets even as much use as it does in the UK; outside London, where about half of all journeys are taken by mass transit, the stats drop massively, simply because no other city in the UK has such a comprehensive transit network. Even Manchester's Metrolink is weaker than it should be for a city of three million.
+1
Level 69
Feb 24, 2022
I think there are glaciers in south georgia? not sure if that counts as great britain or only united kingdom or something
+3
Level 63
Aug 9, 2022
Well, it certainly wouldn’t count as Great Britain, given that that’s the island that contains (most of) England, Wales and Scotland!

It’s arguably the UK, but only loosely.

It’s really just another BOT (British Overseas Territory).

+1
Level 84
Aug 9, 2022
Liverpudlians also known as 'Scousers'.
+1
Level 20
Aug 10, 2022
I got 47%. Not great…
+1
Level 20
Jan 31, 2023
How did everyone miss the car question?
+4
Level 83
Oct 27, 2023
I think they clicked on an incorrect answer.
+1
Level 44
May 27, 2024
Nobody has come to nitpick about the Thames in Oxford yet? As many Oxonians will tell you, when the Thames is in Oxford it's technically known as the Isis instead. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Isis
+1
Level 48
May 28, 2024
It's still the River Thames, regardless of the local name for it in Oxford.
+1
Level 48
May 28, 2024
It's a myth about a city having to have a cathedral, it's just that in the middle ages, the church located their cathedrals in places that were of political, economic, or strategic importance. And once a cathedral is there, it makes the place all the more important. So all cities before the industrial revolution just happened to have a cathedral, but it was not some official designation based on a cathedral being there. Once other places grew in the late 17th century onwards, many were proclaimed to be cities by the government when no cathedral existed there. Many of those new cities though have had cathedrals built or proclaimed a major church there a cathedral since.