British History A-Z #2

A sometimes irreverent second look at British History.
Quiz by mrnafe
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Last updated: October 22, 2021
First submittedJanuary 25, 2019
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A) Major English victory in the 100 years war, where the British found their 2 fingered salute
Agincourt
B) Mop headed Liverpudlian rockers, more popular than Jesus according to one of them
Beatles
C) Slang name for young urban ne'erdowells, often found in baseball caps and walking staffordshire bull terriers
Chavs
D) French port, site of the evacuation of the Brirish Expeditionary Force (BEF) in 1940
Dunkirk
E) Charles Darwin outlines the principles of this in 'on the origin of species'
Evolution
F) 'We shall _____ on the beaches.... We shall never surrender'
Fight
G) Contemperary of Disraeli, this grandiose liberal party politician was prime minister on 4 occasions between 1868-1894
William Gladstone
H) A _____! A _____! My kingdom for a _____! Shakespeares Richard III's desperate plea
Horse
I) ________ Kingdom Brunel, notable engineer, bridge builder and all round polymath of the industrial revolution
Isambard
J) Romeo and ______, Shakespeare's star crossed lovers
Juliet
K) Unit of temperature measurement which sets its null point at absolute zero (-273°c) named after the British inventor of the scale
Kelvin
L) Charge of the _____ brigade, theirs was but to do and die
Light
M) Maverick field marshall of the North African campaign in WWII
Bernard Montgomery
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N) French emperor, spreader of enlightenment ideals, a right bloody nuisance
Napoleon Bonaparte
O) Britains oldest university, one of the oldest in the world
Oxford
P) Long the centre of the British town life, a community living room, of sorts. The sort that serves beer by the pint
Pub
Q) British branch of Christianity which took roots in the new world, William Penn being a particularly famous proponent
Quakers
R) Slang name for Oliver Cromwells New Model Army
Roundheads
S) This culinary phenomenon was born when a member of the British aristocracy decided he didnt want to leave his gaming table to have his supper, choosing to have it between 2 slices of bread instead
Sandwich
T) Modernising if controversial prime minister of the 1980s, not popular amongst Argentinians...
Margaret Thatcher
U) Collective name for the group of counties in north Ireland and Northern Ireland
Ulster
V) HRH the Empress of India, wife of a German
Victoria
W) Scottish independence fighter who led the Scots to victory against the English at the battle of Stirling Bridge
William Wallace
X) Televised singing contest hosted by Simon Cowell, endlessly churning out noisy pop music to a perpetually teenage fanbase
X factor
Y) Siege of ________, decisive American victory in the American revolutionary wars
Yorktown
Z) A native South African tribe who had war forced upon them by the British, despite initail successes they were eventually conquered
Zulu
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Level 68
Feb 7, 2019
Nice quiz, thanks. I liked your first one too. Spelling - inventor not inventer.

Also, I got confused when the surname alone didn't work for the G question. The surname alone worked for the T question, consistency would be good.

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Level 56
Apr 27, 2021
Cromwell's army was the 'New Model Army', not 'modern'.
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Level 69
Apr 27, 2021
Good quiz, but Dunkerque is in France, not in Belgium.
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Level 74
Oct 21, 2021
This still has not been corrected.
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Level 80
Apr 27, 2021
Thanks folks, some glaring errors there! Should be ammended and good to go now :)
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Level 62
Apr 27, 2021
The Churchill quote for F is "We will fight them on the beaches". Also, the correct title for Queen Victoria is "Her Majesty" rather than HRH.
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Level 67
Apr 27, 2021
I tried multiple variations for "Chav" and Quakers" including the exact way it is shown, but did not get either, not sure what the issue is?
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Level 58
Apr 27, 2021
Good fun, although you could have put something British for N. November for Guy Fawkes, or Nottingham, for instance. For Y, maybe something with York.
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Level 83
Jul 7, 2022
Modernising?? Not my idea of Thatcher...she destroyed British industry.
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Level 67
Jul 8, 2022
My mum is from Bristol and I knew Isambard Kingdom Brunel, but just not how to spell it!