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So I got this homework and it's too much
Internet wasn't much of a help so I couldnt find most of the answers to the questions so I'd like to ask you to answer any of the given below questions as long as you know the right answer
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE MATES

1. Which four nations make up Great Britain?
2. Who is John Bull?
3. Give an example of the dominance of England over the other nations of the UK.
4. What are the capitals of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?
5. Give some examples of the distinctiveness of Scotland.
6. Do Scotland and Wales have their own languages?
7. Is family identity strong or weak in Britain?
8. What is the North-South divide in the UK?
9. What is Received Pronunciation (RP)?
10. Why is Northern Ireland a polarized society?
11. Give examples of the British anti-intellectualism.
12. Are the British conservative?
13. Give examples of the British individualism.
14. What is the attitude of the British to the countryside?
15. Give examples of the British “cult of the talented amateur.”
16. What is the British attitude to formality?
17. Do the British have identity cards?
18. Do the British like to have many laws and regulations?
19. Is British constitution the same as in most other countries?
20. What are the key differences between the Conservative party (the Tories) and the Labour party?
21. What is the role of the monarch and what is the Queen’s real power?
22. What is 10 Downing Street?
23. Why is the Prime Minister believed to be the most powerful person in the British political system?
24. What is the Civil Service?
25. What are the two chambers of the British Parliament? Are members of the House of Lords elected?
26. Who are frontbenchers, backbenchers and the Whips?
27. Who is the “bobby”?
28. What is the role of magistrates’ courts and what is unique about them?
29. What is the role of the jury?
30. What was the traditional difference between the barrister’s and the solicitor’s job?
31. What is the Commonwealth?
32. Which country is Britain supposed to have a “special relationship” with?
33. Which country did the British army fight against in the Falklands War in 1982?
34. Why are most British people unenthusiastic about the EU?
35. Which nation might in the future become independent from Great Britain?
36. What were the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland?
37. Are British people religious?
38. Why is the Church of England (the Anglican Church) called an “established” church?
39. Can the British monarch be a Catholic?
40. What is the difference between “low church” and “high church” within Anglicanism?
41. How is the Church of Scotland (the Presbyterian Church) and its beliefs different from the Church of England?
42. What are “public schools” in the UK?
43. What are the main problems of the British system of education?
44. How does the belief in freedom of choice affect the British system of education?
45. What is the status of physical education within the British system of education?
46. Who sets and marks the public school-leaving exams? Are the exams the same all over the country?
47. How did the Internet affect the way the exams are conducted and assessed?
48. What is the “sixth form”?
49. What exams do students have to take around the age of 18 if they want to go on to higher education?
50. What is the Open University?
51. What is the difference in the balance between private and public enterprise within the British economic system in the years 1945-1980 and in the period from 1980 until now.
52. Is the gap between the rich and the poor becoming narrower or wider?
53. What is FTSE (“footsie”)?
54. What does the phrase “the City” refer to and what are the qualities associated with its institutions?
55. What are “high streets” and what has happened to many of them?
56. Can shops be open on Sundays in the UK?
57. What is the difference between broadsheets and tabloids?
58. Are British newspapers controlled by the government?
59. How much is the BBC dependent on the government?
60. Is mobility important for the British?
61. What is the channel tunnel?
62. What is “trainspotting”?
63. Do people in Britain receive the old-age pension from the government or do they have to arrange it themselves?
64. What does the term “welfare state” used to describe the UK imply?
65. What is the NHS and who does it cover?
66. What are the main drawbacks of the NHS system?
67. Who are GPs and what is their role in the NHS system?
68. What is Britons’ attitude to living in flats?
69. Are British people attached to the house as an object?
70. Do British people prefer to own or rent their accommodation?
71. What are mortgages and are they driving house prices up or down?
72. Do the British in general pay a lot of attention to food and drink?
73. Do many restaurants in the UK serve British food?
74. What is “binge drinking”?
75. What is typical of British pubs?
76. Are the British fond of competition?
77. What does cricket symbolize for the British?
78. Is only one type of rugby is played in Britain?
79. What are the Ashes?
80. In what ways are animals involved in sport in Britain?
81. Do British people like gambling?
82. Does the government pay a lot of attention to arts in the UK?
83. What is the attitude of British people to reading?
84. What is “middlebrow” literature?
85. Does Britain have the national holiday?
86. Is the traditional English seaside holiday as popular as it was?
87. What is the popular theatrical tradition associated with the Christmas and New Year season?
88. What is Hogmanay and what is unique about it?
89. What does Guy Fawkes Day commemorate and what are the main traditions on this day?
90. What are the traditions associated with Shrove Tuesday?
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So I got this homework and it's too much
Internet wasn't much of a help so I couldnt find most of the answers to the questions so I'd like to ask you to answer any of the given below questions as long as you know the right answer
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE MATES

1. Which four nations make up Great Britain?
2. Who is John Bull?
3. Give an example of the dominance of England over the other nations of the UK.
4. What are the capitals of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?
5. Give some examples of the distinctiveness of Scotland.
6. Do Scotland and Wales have their own languages?
7. Is family identity strong or weak in Britain?
8. What is the North-South divide in the UK?
9. What is Received Pronunciation (RP)?
10. Why is Northern Ireland a polarized society?
11. Give examples of the British anti-intellectualism.
12. Are the British conservative?
13. Give examples of the British individualism.
14. What is the attitude of the British to the countryside?
15. Give examples of the British “cult of the talented amateur.”
16. What is the British attitude to formality?
17. Do the British have identity cards?
18. Do the British like to have many laws and regulations?
19. Is British constitution the same as in most other countries?
20. What are the key differences between the Conservative party (the Tories) and the Labour party?
21. What is the role of the monarch and what is the Queen’s real power?
22. What is 10 Downing Street?
23. Why is the Prime Minister believed to be the most powerful person in the British political system?
24. What is the Civil Service?
25. What are the two chambers of the British Parliament? Are members of the House of Lords elected?
26. Who are frontbenchers, backbenchers and the Whips?
27. Who is the “bobby”?
28. What is the role of magistrates’ courts and what is unique about them?
29. What is the role of the jury?
30. What was the traditional difference between the barrister’s and the solicitor’s job?
31. What is the Commonwealth?
32. Which country is Britain supposed to have a “special relationship” with?
33. Which country did the British army fight against in the Falklands War in 1982?
34. Why are most British people unenthusiastic about the EU?
35. Which nation might in the future become independent from Great Britain?
36. What were the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland?
37. Are British people religious?
38. Why is the Church of England (the Anglican Church) called an “established” church?
39. Can the British monarch be a Catholic?
40. What is the difference between “low church” and “high church” within Anglicanism?
41. How is the Church of Scotland (the Presbyterian Church) and its beliefs different from the Church of England?
42. What are “public schools” in the UK?
43. What are the main problems of the British system of education?
44. How does the belief in freedom of choice affect the British system of education?
45. What is the status of physical education within the British system of education?
46. Who sets and marks the public school-leaving exams? Are the exams the same all over the country?
47. How did the Internet affect the way the exams are conducted and assessed?
48. What is the “sixth form”?
49. What exams do students have to take around the age of 18 if they want to go on to higher education?
50. What is the Open University?
51. What is the difference in the balance between private and public enterprise within the British economic system in the years 1945-1980 and in the period from 1980 until now.
52. Is the gap between the rich and the poor becoming narrower or wider?
53. What is FTSE (“footsie”)?
54. What does the phrase “the City” refer to and what are the qualities associated with its institutions?
55. What are “high streets” and what has happened to many of them?
56. Can shops be open on Sundays in the UK?
57. What is the difference between broadsheets and tabloids?
58. Are British newspapers controlled by the government?
59. How much is the BBC dependent on the government?
60. Is mobility important for the British?
61. What is the channel tunnel?
62. What is “trainspotting”?
63. Do people in Britain receive the old-age pension from the government or do they have to arrange it themselves?
64. What does the term “welfare state” used to describe the UK imply?
65. What is the NHS and who does it cover?
66. What are the main drawbacks of the NHS system?
67. Who are GPs and what is their role in the NHS system?
68. What is Britons’ attitude to living in flats?
69. Are British people attached to the house as an object?
70. Do British people prefer to own or rent their accommodation?
71. What are mortgages and are they driving house prices up or down?
72. Do the British in general pay a lot of attention to food and drink?
73. Do many restaurants in the UK serve British food?
74. What is “binge drinking”?
75. What is typical of British pubs?
76. Are the British fond of competition?
77. What does cricket symbolize for the British?
78. Is only one type of rugby is played in Britain?
79. What are the Ashes?
80. In what ways are animals involved in sport in Britain?
81. Do British people like gambling?
82. Does the government pay a lot of attention to arts in the UK?
83. What is the attitude of British people to reading?
84. What is “middlebrow” literature?
85. Does Britain have the national holiday?
86. Is the traditional English seaside holiday as popular as it was?
87. What is the popular theatrical tradition associated with the Christmas and New Year season?
88. What is Hogmanay and what is unique about it?
89. What does Guy Fawkes Day commemorate and what are the main traditions on this day?
90. What are the traditions associated with Shrove Tuesday?
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It's called "Selected aspects of British culture", university thing ^^
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I have answered everything but number 5 and 10 if it goes about the first 13 questions, trying to find the answers for the remaining 77 but it's really hard ;-;
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Internet wasn't much of a help
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I'm willing to bet you didn't even try googling half of them. The vast majority would easily give you the correct answer.
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oh trust me i'm trying my best to find the answers but some of them are just really not there xD
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  1. 1. Which four nations make up Great Britain? England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
  2. 2. Who is John Bull? John Bull is a national personification of the United Kingdom in general and England in particular
  3. 3. Give an example of the dominance of England over the other nations of the UK. The politics system in use is that of England
  4. 4. What are the capitals of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland? Edynburg, Cardiff, Belfast
  5. 5. Give some examples of the distinctiveness of Scotland.
  6. 6. Do Scotland and Wales have their own languages? Yes, Welsh and Scots
  7. 7. Is family identity strong or weak in Britain? Rather weak
  8. 8. What is the North-South divide in the UK? In England, the term North–South divide refers to the cultural and economic differences between Southern England and Northern England.
  9. 9. What is Received Pronunciation (RP)? RP is the accent of Standard English in the United Kingdom
  10. 10. Why is Northern Ireland a polarized society?
  11. 11. Give examples of the British anti-intellectualism. Brexit campaign
  12. 12. Are the British conservative? Yes they are
  13. 13. Give examples of the British individualism. Driving on the left-hand side on the road, starting financial year at the beginning of April, different system of measurement
  14. 14. What is the attitude of the British to the countryside?
  15. 15. Give examples of the British “cult of the talented amateur.” Being too professionally dedicated is looked at with suspicion.
  16. 16. What is the British attitude to formality? When doing your duty they dress properly but once they are done they put on their plain outfits.
  17. 17. Do the British have identity cards?
  18. 18. Do the British like to have many laws and regulations?
  19. 19. Is British constitution the same as in most other countries?
  20. 20. What are the key differences between the Conservative party (the Tories) and the Labour party? The Conservatives support a referendum on UK membership of the European Union (EU), for example, something which Labour is strongly against.
  21. 21. What is the role of the monarch and what is the Queen’s real power?
  22. 22. What is 10 Downing Street? It is the headquarters of Government of the United Kingdom

this is what I have for now, some of them are really not there as u can see (number 5, 10 and i'm still struggling with number 17 as it is not exactly stated whether u do have those ID card or not :C)
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So I got this homework and it's too much
Internet wasn't much of a help so I couldnt find most of the answers to the questions so I'd like to ask you to answer any of the given below questions as long as you know the right answer
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE MATES

1. Which four nations make up Great Britain?
2. Who is John Bull?
3. Give an example of the dominance of England over the other nations of the UK.
4. What are the capitals of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?
5. Give some examples of the distinctiveness of Scotland.
6. Do Scotland and Wales have their own languages?
7. Is family identity strong or weak in Britain?
8. What is the North-South divide in the UK?
9. What is Received Pronunciation (RP)?
10. Why is Northern Ireland a polarized society?
11. Give examples of the British anti-intellectualism.
12. Are the British conservative?
13. Give examples of the British individualism.
14. What is the attitude of the British to the countryside?
15. Give examples of the British “cult of the talented amateur.”
16. What is the British attitude to formality?
17. Do the British have identity cards?
18. Do the British like to have many laws and regulations?
19. Is British constitution the same as in most other countries?
20. What are the key differences between the Conservative party (the Tories) and the Labour party?
21. What is the role of the monarch and what is the Queen’s real power?
22. What is 10 Downing Street?
23. Why is the Prime Minister believed to be the most powerful person in the British political system?
24. What is the Civil Service?
25. What are the two chambers of the British Parliament? Are members of the House of Lords elected?
26. Who are frontbenchers, backbenchers and the Whips?
27. Who is the “bobby”?
28. What is the role of magistrates’ courts and what is unique about them?
29. What is the role of the jury?
30. What was the traditional difference between the barrister’s and the solicitor’s job?
31. What is the Commonwealth?
32. Which country is Britain supposed to have a “special relationship” with?
33. Which country did the British army fight against in the Falklands War in 1982?
34. Why are most British people unenthusiastic about the EU?
35. Which nation might in the future become independent from Great Britain?
36. What were the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland?
37. Are British people religious?
38. Why is the Church of England (the Anglican Church) called an “established” church?
39. Can the British monarch be a Catholic?
40. What is the difference between “low church” and “high church” within Anglicanism?
41. How is the Church of Scotland (the Presbyterian Church) and its beliefs different from the Church of England?
42. What are “public schools” in the UK?
43. What are the main problems of the British system of education?
44. How does the belief in freedom of choice affect the British system of education?
45. What is the status of physical education within the British system of education?
46. Who sets and marks the public school-leaving exams? Are the exams the same all over the country?
47. How did the Internet affect the way the exams are conducted and assessed?
48. What is the “sixth form”?
49. What exams do students have to take around the age of 18 if they want to go on to higher education?
50. What is the Open University?
51. What is the difference in the balance between private and public enterprise within the British economic system in the years 1945-1980 and in the period from 1980 until now.
52. Is the gap between the rich and the poor becoming narrower or wider?
53. What is FTSE (“footsie”)?
54. What does the phrase “the City” refer to and what are the qualities associated with its institutions?
55. What are “high streets” and what has happened to many of them?
56. Can shops be open on Sundays in the UK?
57. What is the difference between broadsheets and tabloids?
58. Are British newspapers controlled by the government?
59. How much is the BBC dependent on the government?
60. Is mobility important for the British?
61. What is the channel tunnel?
62. What is “trainspotting”?
63. Do people in Britain receive the old-age pension from the government or do they have to arrange it themselves?
64. What does the term “welfare state” used to describe the UK imply?
65. What is the NHS and who does it cover?
66. What are the main drawbacks of the NHS system?
67. Who are GPs and what is their role in the NHS system?
68. What is Britons’ attitude to living in flats?
69. Are British people attached to the house as an object?
70. Do British people prefer to own or rent their accommodation?
71. What are mortgages and are they driving house prices up or down?
72. Do the British in general pay a lot of attention to food and drink?
73. Do many restaurants in the UK serve British food?
74. What is “binge drinking”?
75. What is typical of British pubs?
76. Are the British fond of competition?
77. What does cricket symbolize for the British?
78. Is only one type of rugby is played in Britain?
79. What are the Ashes?
80. In what ways are animals involved in sport in Britain?
81. Do British people like gambling?
82. Does the government pay a lot of attention to arts in the UK?
83. What is the attitude of British people to reading?
84. What is “middlebrow” literature?
85. Does Britain have the national holiday?
86. Is the traditional English seaside holiday as popular as it was?
87. What is the popular theatrical tradition associated with the Christmas and New Year season?
88. What is Hogmanay and what is unique about it?
89. What does Guy Fawkes Day commemorate and what are the main traditions on this day?
90. What are the traditions associated with Shrove Tuesday?
10. Why is Northern Ireland a polarized society? Probably the division between unionists (the UK is great, we should stay, ie. the DUP) and the nationalists (the UK sucks, we should unify with Ireland, ie. Sinn Fein), and it's pretty heated. In fact there are 'peace walls' to stop the violence. But I'm in no way qualified to talk about it so if anyone is Irish, please tell me (and don't tell me that the English are ****ing dirty colonial ***** please, cause I know; I am one).
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  1. 1. Which four nations make up Great Britain? England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland

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why is that?
Great Britain is just the one island: England, Wales, Scotland.

The U.K. is the one that includes N Ireland. "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland".

The question itself is wrong. Who wrote these? :lolwut:
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1. Which four nations make up Great Britain?
England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland

2. Who is John Bull?
He's a cartoon in a lot of satirical newspapers - used to represent England (google John Bull cartoon for examples)

3. Give an example of the dominance of England over the other nations of the UK.
Capital of UK is in England (London)

4. What are the capitals of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?
Scotland = Edinburgh
Wales = Cardiff
Northern Ireland = Belfast

5. Give some examples of the distinctiveness of Scotland.
Thick accents, kilts, bagpipes

6. Do Scotland and Wales have their own languages?
Yes

7. Is family identity strong or weak in Britain?

8. What is the North-South divide in the UK?
Northerners are seen as barbaric & southerners are seen as really rich and snobby (but this is only a stereotype)

9. What is Received Pronunciation (RP)?

10. Why is Northern Ireland a polarized society?

11. Give examples of the British anti-intellectualism.

12. Are the British conservative?

13. Give examples of the British individualism.

14. What is the attitude of the British to the countryside?

15. Give examples of the British “cult of the talented amateur.”

16. What is the British attitude to formality?

17. Do the British have identity cards?

18. Do the British like to have many laws and regulations?

19. Is British constitution the same as in most other countries?
No, it's uncodified which means that it can easily be amended by parliament and we don't have a Bill of Rights

20. What are the key differences between the Conservative party (the Tories) and the Labour party?
Conservative = right wing - only care about themselves & their money (low taxes for the rich)
Labour = left wing - care about society (high taxes for the rich & lots of benefits)

21. What is the role of the monarch and what is the Queen’s real power?
She's a figurehead & signs off bills, but has no real power

22. What is 10 Downing Street?
Where the Prime Minister lives

23. Why is the Prime Minister believed to be the most powerful person in the British political system?
They essentially rule the country - meet with other leaders, make bills & announcements

24. What is the Civil Service?

25. What are the two chambers of the British Parliament? Are members of the House of Lords elected?
House of Commons & House of Lords
Lords are unelected

26. Who are frontbenchers, backbenchers and the Whips?
Frontbenchers = ministers in cabinet / shadow cabinet
Backbenchers = everyone else who doesn't have a leading role
Whips = control what their party members vote for

27. Who is the “bobby”?

28. What is the role of magistrates’ courts and what is unique about them?

29. What is the role of the jury?

30. What was the traditional difference between the barrister’s and the solicitor’s job?

31. What is the Commonwealth?

32. Which country is Britain supposed to have a “special relationship” with?

33. Which country did the British army fight against in the Falklands War in 1982?

34. Why are most British people unenthusiastic about the EU?
The EU limit the Britain's laws & cause some economic issues

35. Which nation might in the future become independent from Great Britain?
Scotland - Referendum in 2014 but voted to stay

36. What were the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland?

37. Are British people religious?

38. Why is the Church of England (the Anglican Church) called an “established” church?
Because it was established by Henry VIII in the 1500s

39. Can the British monarch be a Catholic?
No they have to be Anglican & head of that church

40. What is the difference between “low church” and “high church” within Anglicanism?
High church is similar to Catholicism. Low church is more Puritan

41. How is the Church of Scotland (the Presbyterian Church) and its beliefs different from the Church of England?

42. What are “public schools” in the UK?

43. What are the main problems of the British system of education?

44. How does the belief in freedom of choice affect the British system of education?

45. What is the status of physical education within the British system of education?

46. Who sets and marks the public school-leaving exams? Are the exams the same all over the country?
Different exam boards have different exams and therefore different markers (e.g. AQA, OCR, Edexcel)

47. How did the Internet affect the way the exams are conducted and assessed?

48. What is the “sixth form”?
For 16+ after you do GCSEs

49. What exams do students have to take around the age of 18 if they want to go on to higher education?
A levels

50. What is the Open University?

51. What is the difference in the balance between private and public enterprise within the British economic system in the years 1945-1980 and in the period from 1980 until now.

52. Is the gap between the rich and the poor becoming narrower or wider?

53. What is FTSE (“footsie”)?

54. What does the phrase “the City” refer to and what are the qualities associated with its institutions?

55. What are “high streets” and what has happened to many of them?

56. Can shops be open on Sundays in the UK?
Corner shops & newsagents are. Sometimes big brand shops are too

57. What is the difference between broadsheets and tabloids?

58. Are British newspapers controlled by the government?

59. How much is the BBC dependent on the government?

60. Is mobility important for the British?

61. What is the channel tunnel?

62. What is “trainspotting”?

63. Do people in Britain receive the old-age pension from the government or do they have to arrange it themselves?

64. What does the term “welfare state” used to describe the UK imply?

65. What is the NHS and who does it cover?
National Health System = covers everyone - free health care for everyone at hospitals. However, once you're over the age of 18 you have to pay for medicine pharmacies. Pensioners & children get prescriptions for free

66. What are the main drawbacks of the NHS system?
A lot of money wasted on drunk people

67. Who are GPs and what is their role in the NHS system?
General Practitioners - they see patients who have general problems as opposed to life threatening situations

68. What is Britons’ attitude to living in flats?

69. Are British people attached to the house as an object?

70. Do British people prefer to own or rent their accommodation?

71. What are mortgages and are they driving house prices up or down?

72. Do the British in general pay a lot of attention to food and drink?

73. Do many restaurants in the UK serve British food?
Not really, Britain is very accepting of all cultures but occasionally you'll get an all British restaurant

74. What is “binge drinking”?
Drinking a lot of alcohol in one sitting

75. What is typical of British pubs?

76. Are the British fond of competition?

77. What does cricket symbolize for the British?

78. Is only one type of rugby is played in Britain?

79. What are the Ashes?
Cricket championship

80. In what ways are animals involved in sport in Britain?
Polo - involves horses & rich people
Fox hunting banned but people still but on a performance with dogs

81. Do British people like gambling?

82. Does the government pay a lot of attention to arts in the UK?

83. What is the attitude of British people to reading?
Very supportive & encouraging. UK education system forces you to read heritage literature such as Shakespeare & Priestly

84. What is “middlebrow” literature?

85. Does Britain have the national holiday?

86. Is the traditional English seaside holiday as popular as it was?
No - beaches are no longer as clean & appealing as they used to be. It's getting colder so it's too cold to go to the beach in some areas

87. What is the popular theatrical tradition associated with the Christmas and New Year season?
Pantomime

88. What is Hogmanay and what is unique about it?

89. What does Guy Fawkes Day commemorate and what are the main traditions on this day?
November 5th - commemorates the day Guy Fawkes was killed as he was caught trying to blow up parliament.
Traditions - fireworks, bonfires

90. What are the traditions associated with Shrove Tuesday?
Making pancakes & giving up something for 40 from that Tuesday

Have answered the main ones but the others can be googled
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why is that?
Because it's three nations - England, Scotland and Wales. Great Britain is the name of the island.

Our country's name is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
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You could search this up within a couple of minutes! Don't lie, you just want us to do your homework for you, and you'll copy and paste the answers...
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1. Which four nations make up Great Britain?
England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland

2. Who is John Bull?
He's a cartoon in a lot of satirical newspapers - used to represent England (google John Bull cartoon for examples)

3. Give an example of the dominance of England over the other nations of the UK.
Capital of UK is in England (London)

4. What are the capitals of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?
Scotland = Edinburgh
Wales = Cardiff
Northern Ireland = Belfast

5. Give some examples of the distinctiveness of Scotland.
Thick accents, kilts, bagpipes

6. Do Scotland and Wales have their own languages?
Yes

7. Is family identity strong or weak in Britain?

8. What is the North-South divide in the UK?
Northerners are seen as barbaric & southerners are seen as really rich and snobby (but this is only a stereotype)

9. What is Received Pronunciation (RP)?

10. Why is Northern Ireland a polarized society?

11. Give examples of the British anti-intellectualism.

12. Are the British conservative?

13. Give examples of the British individualism.

14. What is the attitude of the British to the countryside?

15. Give examples of the British “cult of the talented amateur.”

16. What is the British attitude to formality?

17. Do the British have identity cards?

18. Do the British like to have many laws and regulations?

19. Is British constitution the same as in most other countries?
No, it's uncodified which means that it can easily be amended by parliament and we don't have a Bill of Rights

20. What are the key differences between the Conservative party (the Tories) and the Labour party?
Conservative = right wing - only care about themselves & their money (low taxes for the rich)
Labour = left wing - care about society (high taxes for the rich & lots of benefits)

21. What is the role of the monarch and what is the Queen’s real power?
She's a figurehead & signs off bills, but has no real power

22. What is 10 Downing Street?
Where the Prime Minister lives

23. Why is the Prime Minister believed to be the most powerful person in the British political system?
They essentially rule the country - meet with other leaders, make bills & announcements

24. What is the Civil Service?

25. What are the two chambers of the British Parliament? Are members of the House of Lords elected?
House of Commons & House of Lords
Lords are unelected

26. Who are frontbenchers, backbenchers and the Whips?
Frontbenchers = ministers in cabinet / shadow cabinet
Backbenchers = everyone else who doesn't have a leading role
Whips = control what their party members vote for

27. Who is the “bobby”?

28. What is the role of magistrates’ courts and what is unique about them?

29. What is the role of the jury?

30. What was the traditional difference between the barrister’s and the solicitor’s job?

31. What is the Commonwealth?

32. Which country is Britain supposed to have a “special relationship” with?

33. Which country did the British army fight against in the Falklands War in 1982?

34. Why are most British people unenthusiastic about the EU?
The EU limit the Britain's laws & cause some economic issues

35. Which nation might in the future become independent from Great Britain?
Scotland - Referendum in 2014 but voted to stay

36. What were the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland?

37. Are British people religious?

38. Why is the Church of England (the Anglican Church) called an “established” church?
Because it was established by Henry VIII in the 1500s

39. Can the British monarch be a Catholic?
No they have to be Anglican & head of that church

40. What is the difference between “low church” and “high church” within Anglicanism?
High church is similar to Catholicism. Low church is more Puritan

41. How is the Church of Scotland (the Presbyterian Church) and its beliefs different from the Church of England?

42. What are “public schools” in the UK?

43. What are the main problems of the British system of education?

44. How does the belief in freedom of choice affect the British system of education?

45. What is the status of physical education within the British system of education?

46. Who sets and marks the public school-leaving exams? Are the exams the same all over the country?
Different exam boards have different exams and therefore different markers (e.g. AQA, OCR, Edexcel)

47. How did the Internet affect the way the exams are conducted and assessed?

48. What is the “sixth form”?
For 16+ after you do GCSEs

49. What exams do students have to take around the age of 18 if they want to go on to higher education?
A levels

50. What is the Open University?

51. What is the difference in the balance between private and public enterprise within the British economic system in the years 1945-1980 and in the period from 1980 until now.

52. Is the gap between the rich and the poor becoming narrower or wider?

53. What is FTSE (“footsie”)?

54. What does the phrase “the City” refer to and what are the qualities associated with its institutions?

55. What are “high streets” and what has happened to many of them?

56. Can shops be open on Sundays in the UK?
Corner shops & newsagents are. Sometimes big brand shops are too

57. What is the difference between broadsheets and tabloids?

58. Are British newspapers controlled by the government?

59. How much is the BBC dependent on the government?

60. Is mobility important for the British?

61. What is the channel tunnel?

62. What is “trainspotting”?

63. Do people in Britain receive the old-age pension from the government or do they have to arrange it themselves?

64. What does the term “welfare state” used to describe the UK imply?

65. What is the NHS and who does it cover?
National Health System = covers everyone - free health care for everyone at hospitals. However, once you're over the age of 18 you have to pay for medicine pharmacies. Pensioners & children get prescriptions for free

66. What are the main drawbacks of the NHS system?
A lot of money wasted on drunk people

67. Who are GPs and what is their role in the NHS system?
General Practitioners - they see patients who have general problems as opposed to life threatening situations

68. What is Britons’ attitude to living in flats?

69. Are British people attached to the house as an object?

70. Do British people prefer to own or rent their accommodation?

71. What are mortgages and are they driving house prices up or down?

72. Do the British in general pay a lot of attention to food and drink?

73. Do many restaurants in the UK serve British food?
Not really, Britain is very accepting of all cultures but occasionally you'll get an all British restaurant

74. What is “binge drinking”?
Drinking a lot of alcohol in one sitting

75. What is typical of British pubs?

76. Are the British fond of competition?

77. What does cricket symbolize for the British?

78. Is only one type of rugby is played in Britain?

79. What are the Ashes?
Cricket championship

80. In what ways are animals involved in sport in Britain?
Polo - involves horses & rich people
Fox hunting banned but people still but on a performance with dogs

81. Do British people like gambling?

82. Does the government pay a lot of attention to arts in the UK?

83. What is the attitude of British people to reading?
Very supportive & encouraging. UK education system forces you to read heritage literature such as Shakespeare & Priestly

84. What is “middlebrow” literature?

85. Does Britain have the national holiday?

86. Is the traditional English seaside holiday as popular as it was?
No - beaches are no longer as clean & appealing as they used to be. It's getting colder so it's too cold to go to the beach in some areas

87. What is the popular theatrical tradition associated with the Christmas and New Year season?
Pantomime

88. What is Hogmanay and what is unique about it?

89. What does Guy Fawkes Day commemorate and what are the main traditions on this day?
November 5th - commemorates the day Guy Fawkes was killed as he was caught trying to blow up parliament.
Traditions - fireworks, bonfires

90. What are the traditions associated with Shrove Tuesday?
Making pancakes & giving up something for 40 from that Tuesday

Have answered the main ones but the others can be googled

Thank you so much mate

I actually have to learn it by heart for my exam which is on Monday xD
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You could just Google 75% of these.
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