British Culture Quiz: Answers
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British Culture Quiz: Answers

I've recently been teaching a module on British culture to a group of mainly Asian students. At the end of the module, I gave the students the following quiz to test their knowledge. Here are the answers.

I've recently been teaching a module on British culture to a group of mainly Asian students. At the end of the module, I gave the students the following quiz to test their knowledge. Here are the answers.

1. Which ‘revolution’ transformed Britain in the Victorian period?

Industrial Revolution

2. In which century did Britain build baths and wash-houses?


3. By what disparaging term were the working classes sometimes known in this period?

The Great Unwashed.

4. This is an historic pub in Oxford. Which famous writers drank here?

J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

5. Cities became overcrowded in the Victorian period. What type of housing was built for the working classes?

Terraced housing.

6. Can you name a particular regional variant of this type of housing?

Sunderland cottages, Tyneside flats etc.

7. It’s often said that an Englishman’s home is his what?


8. Who was the leader of the Arts & Crafts Movement?

William Morris.

9. This is the first Arts & Crafts house. What is it called?

The Red House.

10. Who was the German scholar who praised English domestic architecture in his book Das Englische Haus?

Hermann Muthesius.

11. In the 1920s, British architecture was influenced by a European movement. What was it called?


12. Who designed this building? He was also the principal of the school.

Walter Gropius.

13. Some commentators have resisted international influence. Prince Charles published a book about traditional British architecture. What was it called?

A Vision of Britain.

14. British fashion has been influenced by tradition and heritage. What is the London Street famous for traditional tailoring?

Savile Row.

15. In the post-war period, rising levels of affluence meant that for the first time the young generation had money to spend on items like music and fashion. What do we call this?

Disposable income.

16. What is the London street associated with 1960s youth culture?

Carnaby Street.

17. Who invented the mini-skirt?

Mary Quant.

18. Who is this model?


19. What is the name of this visual style associated with 60s youth culture?


20. Which British academic published Subculture: The Meaning of Style?

Dick Hebdige.

21. The Clash were associated with which subculture?


22. Which graphic designer created this?

Jamie Reid.

23. Which fashion designer has parodied the British establishment?

Vivienne Westwood.

24. The Great Exhibition was held in a purpose-built structure. What was it called?

The Crystal Palace.

25. Who designed it?

Joseph Paxton.

26. The British Empire was known as ‘the empire on which . . .’

 . . . 'the sun never set.'

27. Who designed the Gothic detail at the Houses of Parliament?

A.W.N. Pugin.

28. The Festival of Britain was held in which year?


29. What is the name of this structure?

The Skylon.

30. The Festival Pattern Group was inspired by what source of imagery?


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Comments (6)

I am really bad with history so I scored so bad. LOL

Ranked #13 in History

How poor am I missing the Sunderland cottages, great one Michael!

Aha I got the answer about the pub now! Thanks for sharing information about the culture

Ranked #48 in History

This is fab but I would raise issue with the Pugin question, as technically he only did the re-modeling after the fire and based it on original works of much earlier times but that's really picking :op

Ranked #1 in History

After the Palace of Westminster was destroyed by fire in 1834, Charles Barry won the competition to design the new building. He designed the massing and grouping of the buildings. Pugin poured his stupendous energy and talent into designing masses of Gothic detail from the furniture, floor tiles and inkwells up to the Perpendicular Gothic ornamentation of the facade.

Ranked #4 in History

I didn't do very well! I knew about 10 answers, but on the other hand I do know what toad in the hole is!