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The Brain of Britian Quiz!

  1. Sep 15, 2004 #1

    jcsd

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    I'm going to muscle my way in on the quiz action with the following quiz about the island of Great Britian (hopefully not too hard):


    1) What is the name of the archetypal country gent, often depicted as wearing a waistcoat with the Union Jack emblazoned on it, used to represent England in poltical cartoons (esp. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries)?

    2) St. George is the patron saint of England since the 14th century, but who was generally regarded as the patron saint of England before him?

    3) More patron saints: which part of Great Britain is St. Pirian the patron saint of?

    4) Who according to legend lies asleep under a hill in Glastonbury ready to awake in Britain's hour of need?

    5) Rhys ap Gruffyd, King of Deheubarth in Wales was the ancestor of which line of English monarchs?

    6) Which queen of England (not always listed) reigned for only 8 days?

    7) Who was the last independent Prince of Wales?

    8) Which Scottish King was, according to legend, inspired to to retake his throne by a spider?

    9) Welsh, Cornish and Breton are examples of which type of Celtic language?

    10) The 'Stone of Scone' was brought to Scone at the joining together under one kingdom of which two peoples?
     
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  3. Sep 15, 2004 #2

    jcsd

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    Oops! can someone move this to the general discussion section?
     
  4. Sep 15, 2004 #3

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    I'll take the easy one...no, not (1)...or (8)...I'll take :

    4) King Arthur. Glastonbury is the Grail Center of England, is it not ? (what with the mysterious Glastonbury Manuscript and such)


    PS : This has been bugging me since time immemorial (which reminds me that there is an official definition for 'time immemorial' - since the reign of George I) : How do you Brits pronounce the word 'Celt' ? KELT or SELT ? I've heard both versions...
     
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  5. Sep 15, 2004 #4

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    Correct.

    Celt is pronounced 'Kelt', though the British football team (not American football) Glasgow Celtic (so-called because it wa sstrated Irish immigrants to the city) is pronounced 'Seltic'.
     
  6. Sep 15, 2004 #5

    jimmy p

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    (6) Lady Jane Grey
     
  7. Sep 15, 2004 #6

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    5) The Tudors
     
  8. Sep 15, 2004 #7

    jcsd

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    Correct, beheaded a year later IIRC.
     
  9. Sep 15, 2004 #8

    jcsd

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    Correct. That was a tough one too, I had to look that one up to check that it was correct.
     
  10. Sep 15, 2004 #9

    Gokul43201

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    Attention, Attention

    Wow, this thread's lasted a day in the wrong forum without the uberlords noticing ? Wassamattah ?

    Hope this catches their attention... :surprised :surprised :surprised :surprised :surprised :surprised :surprised :surprised :surprised
     
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  11. Sep 15, 2004 #10

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    1) John Bull
     
  12. Sep 15, 2004 #11

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    Gesundheit! :rofl:

    Hey, now where are all the mentors when we want them to move a thread? :cool: :biggrin:
     
  13. Sep 16, 2004 #12

    jcsd

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    Correct! I remeber reading once that his named after a Lollard priest, but I couldn't find any refrence to that, so it may be incorrect.
     
  14. Sep 16, 2004 #13

    Gokul43201

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    I thought it was from a character in a play...will look to see.

    Edited to add...

    I quote verbatim from Curious Word Origins, by Charles Funk :

    "The long drawn out War of the Spanish Succession, 1701 - 1714, in which the allied armies of England, Austria, the Netherlands, and Prussia were finally victorious over the forces of France and Spain, was not altogether popular in England. It cost many lives; it disrupted commerce, and the expense was enormous. All this was seen by the eminent physician and witty author Dr. John Arbuthnot. To get others to share his views, he resolved, in 1712, to satirize the struggle for power. The first of his satires bore the title Law is a Bottomless Pit. Exempified in the case of Lord Strutt, John Bull, Nicholas Frog, and Lewis Baboon, who spent all day in a lawsuit. These characters were intended to represent, respectively, Spain, England, Holland and France - especially, as of the first and fourth, their rulers, Charles II and Louis XIV. The satires were later expanded into five parts, published under the title, History of John Bull. From Arbuthnot's generalized characterization of the English people in this series, England has subsequently been personified as John Bull."

    Out here, in the US, the Funk family (they are all into the Word business) is well respected, and usually, the stuff they write holds water.
     
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  15. Sep 16, 2004 #14

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    I'm starting to think that the mentors have their hands tied by the knot of limited power. This has got to be an access issue. There is no official moderator for the Feedback Forum...so I wonder if someone (Chroot/Greg) has to actually hack the code some to move threads outta here. A design faux pas, perhaps ?
     
  16. Sep 16, 2004 #15

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    Lady Jane Grey was Queen for about 9 days between the reigns of Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, before she was locked in the tower of London and subsequently executed. She was a puppet queen for a few Lords.

    Just to boost a few people's knowledge :tongue2:
     
  17. Sep 16, 2004 #16

    jimmy p

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    Can I answer some others?
     
  18. Sep 16, 2004 #17

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    Hmm..I always thought she was between Edward and Mary; thx jimmyp.
     
  19. Sep 16, 2004 #18

    jcsd

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    I'm pretty sure she was before Mary I. I'll leave it a littele longer before I throw it open.
     
  20. Sep 16, 2004 #19

    Gokul43201

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    Yes it's hardly been in GD a few hours...it deserves at least a full day here.

    Nice quiz, jcsd !
     
  21. Sep 16, 2004 #20

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    I may be wrong, I tried to find my history book but I think it has been eaten by my room, like everything else that is important, or I need to help answer a question/start a car or whatever. Stoopid keys.
     
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