Quiz: You May Be an Anglophile If You Can Name All of These British Cultural Symbols!
You May Be an Anglophile If You Can Name All of These British Cultural Symbols!
By: Zoe Samuel
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About This Quiz

The United Kingdom has only been fully united for 300 years, but its shared history goes back 5,000 years to when civilization on the British Isles was centered around Stonehenge. That's an awfully long time for a shared cultural tradition to emerge - and while tradition is important to the British mindset, the idea of what counts as a tradition has always been very flexible. When new cultures arrive, they are initially treated with some suspicion and then their contributions are absorbed into the wider traditions and appreciated. From food to clothing to architecture to dance, Britain is a mishmash of ideas from all over the world, synthesized into something that is specifically its own.

How well do you recognize these symbols? Can you tell Nelson's Column apart from Cleopatra's Needle? Do you know a bacon butty when you see one? How about identifying the most popular dish in the United Kingdom, or labeling the most famous statue in the North? Even native Brits don't always remember all our national traditions, but anyone who wants to call themselves an expert on British culture will certainly be able to identify most of these. Click on through and let's see how you do!

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This is the English response to all problems - medical, emotional, social, financial, etc - as well as to good news.
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The apolitical institution of the monarchy is embodied in this public figure.
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These residences inhabited mostly by senior aristocracy and landed gentry are what McMansions wish they were.
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This rotationally symmetrical symbol is a Celtic symbol and a version of it appears on the flag of the Isle of Man.
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This controversial sculpture by Antony Gormley stands over the road into the northern town of Gateshead.
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This beautiful castle sits on a volcanic plug and stands in a major city.
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This springtime dance dates back to the 15th century and involves tapping sticks.
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The Cullinan is among the stones included in this collection
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This boot was created during the Napoleonic wars and is named for the general who won them.
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This is the official flower of Scotland.
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This Grand Slam tournament is the premier tennis game of the UK.
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This is the hour at which it is socially acceptable to drink in the summer.
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This is the name of the flag of the United Kingdom.
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This very important block of red sandstone is used in the coronation of a new monarch.
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This war monument is where the Queen lays a wreath of poppies every November 11.
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This show set in the north is the longest-running soap on British TV.
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This show about a middle-class snob is the most successful TV show of all time in terms of achieving sale to the highest number of territories.
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The season 1 finale of this show about posh English people in stately homes was the most-watched non-live TV event of its decade.
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The creator of popular sci-fi sitcom "Red Dwarf" goes by this name.
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This traitor is burned in effigy every November 5th.
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This savory pie-like snack hails from the southwest.
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The fanciest boarding school on the planet educated Princes William and Harry
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This phrase is shouted responsively between a character (usually the villain) and the audience of a pantomime.
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This national broadcaster is known lovingly by this nickname.
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What a Brit says when someone treads on his foot in a crowded train.
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This summer sport is played in all white on a pitch, not a court.
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Eaten at teatime, this toast-like snack is best buttered.
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The _____ English breakfast includes sausage, bacon, eggs, beans, black pudding, and toast.
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Move over, Uber: This taxi is the icon of London.
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It's a very British car for a very Italian job.
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A skirt worn by highlanders
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This is the most-ordered dish in British restaurants.
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A savory popover eaten with roast beef
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A pale hillside monument on Salisbury Plain
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