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There are some inconsistencies when references are made to parts or the whole of the British Isles. This quiz is an attempt to set them straight, along with a few other questions you might enjoy.
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London is the capital of which European country?
Good, we're getting somewhere. Now that's settled, what is the capital of Northern Ireland?
Sweet, what's the capital of Scotland?
What's the capital of Wales? (small country bordering England. Please God, tell me you've heard of it...)
What's the capital of the Republic of Ireland? (part of the British Isles, but not a part of the United Kingdom)
Quality, now the separate capitals of the British Isles have been fairly represented. Forward Britannia. Type 'GO'
Which country is a part of the United Kingdom, but not a part of Great Britain?
Which of these is NOT a popular tourist destination in the British Isles? a) Isle of White b) Isle of Man c) Isle of Dogs
Which of these has the least public authority in the UK? a) David Cameron b) The Queen c) Simon Cowell
To the nearest 10million, what is the population of the UK?
What is the name of the river that flows through the centre of London?
What is the name of the highest mountain in the UK?
What is the name of the estuary formed by the confluence between the Rivers Ouse and Trent, flowing into the North Sea
Which World Heritage Site and large tourist destination on the north coast of Northern Ireland features naturally interlocking columns made of basalt
Name a city, other than Cardiff, in Wales
Land's End is in which county, forming the south-westerly tip of Great Britain
At the opposite end, which group of islands are the most northerly in the British Isles (also a breed of pony)
Name one of the three Crown Dependencies (territories not technically part of the United Kingdom, but collectively known as the British Isles. One has previously been mentioned)
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Jul 22nd, 2010 at 17:37 GMT
this was written in a light-hearted manner. Please don't take it too seriously, but point out any mistakes I've made or any ways to improve it. For some reason, only one hidden answer seems to show up, anyone know how to resolve that?
Jul 22nd, 2010 at 17:55 GMT
"Capital" is misspelled as "captial" in questions 1 & 5
Jul 22nd, 2010 at 17:59 GMT
London is the capital of the UK, and the capital of England.
Jul 22nd, 2010 at 18:23 GMT
@melissa: my bad, changed them both @cdvillafan: yeah, I'm aware, and I never said it wasn't. But it's a topic for debate, and countries like Scotland hate the English for their seeming superiority/ authority, and all Sporcle ever seems to show is that London is the capital of the UK
Jul 22nd, 2010 at 18:24 GMT
Also England isn't a European country, neither are Scotland Wales or Northern Ireland. They are all nations which make up the country of the UK. Therefore the first question is wrong
Jul 22nd, 2010 at 18:30 GMT
@AutonomusPlebian: unfortunately, thats inaccurate. Check wikipedia for lack of any more reliable source. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are all countries that also enter into many major sporting events separately. I do agree, it's a seriously ambiguous matter, but England is most certainly a country.
Jul 22nd, 2010 at 20:03 GMT
Personally, I am most curious about London being the Capital of England since there is a lack of English only matters and typically the capital is where the "English" government and courts would be. Whereas there are a few such structure in Cardiff, Belfast and Edinburgh, there are a lack of such English structures. However, London definately has such UK structures and so is the Capital of the UK. Plus, a country in Sporcle terms uses the definition of "independent sovereign state" which none of the home nations are. Also, saying "London is the capital of the UK" is nowhere near as offensive to a Scot as "London is the capital of Scotland".
Jul 22nd, 2010 at 21:10 GMT
The Queen has more public authority than anyone, she's just smart enough not to bother using it. There be dragons.
Jul 22nd, 2010 at 21:31 GMT
Isle of Wight IS a popular destination! Why, I was only there the other year.....(hang on, is that a deliberate spelling mistake?)
Jul 22nd, 2010 at 21:58 GMT
erm yep... see what I wrote in the answer column! :P Trying to be both informative about places to visit and emphasise the correct spelling
Jul 22nd, 2010 at 22:44 GMT
At last someone has put everything into a quiz that i have wanted to say every time I see a quiz which says that we must refer to ourselves as the UK not England or Wales etc... It also annoys me when americans (generalization, my cousins are american, i love you guys) say 'Oh do you know the queen? No I dont know the queen! Do I look that important?! Great quiz mate!
Jul 23rd, 2010 at 00:54 GMT
If this is supposed to be a lighthearted quiz, why force the answers in order, and in the hidden clue format? That just turns it into a chore. There are quizzes for which this format would be appropriate, but this isn't one of them.
Jul 23rd, 2010 at 01:48 GMT
I refute the idea that the Isle of Dogs is a popular tourist destination. Nice as Island Gardens and Millwall park are, they're hardly teeming with tourists.
Jul 23rd, 2010 at 16:08 GMT
@Wrensidestorey, there is a difference between nation and country, niether England, Wales, Scotland nor Northern Ireland are represented at the UN,EU,NATO etc. Only the UK is. Just because they enter into sporting events separatly (even though in the Olympics - possibly the biggest sporting event - they compete as one) does not mean they are separate countries.
Jul 27th, 2010 at 14:20 GMT
@AutonomousPlebian - before you start pontificating about this, learn that you mean there is a difference between 'country' and 'sovereign state'. This is ground covered in the comments section of every Sporcle geography quiz involving the UK. England, Wales etc ARE countries, but not the sovereign state is the UK.
Sep 10th, 2010 at 19:03 GMT
When people stop taking sporting events as the definition of what a country is, the world will be a better place.
Sep 28th, 2010 at 01:37 GMT
I would perhaps argue that Northern Ireland, whilst being a home nation and all that, isn't a country officially, it is a province, in the same way that wales is a principality, not a country. Admittedly, they are legally as much countries as england or scotland. I know i am being picky, but only because country is too bland and ambigious a word, creating the above arguments between country and sovereign state. Secondly, London is de facto capital of england and of the UK. It has never been officially made capital by charter or constitution. Also, if one is picky, the capital of England is the city of Westminster, and then the UK's is the city of London. These contradictions are a reason for a properly codified constitution for the UK, but hey, the ambiguity creates debate!
Jan 26th, 2011 at 20:41 GMT
"Country" has multiple meanings and depends on context - asking for "Countries of Europe" generally means sovereign countries, but "Countries of the UK" means the 4 nations (just like asking for "States in the UN" refers to sovereign states, not the states of Australia, Mexico, or US), grouping Edinburgh & Cardiff with Dublin because they're capitals makes as much sense as grouping Munich, Sacramento, & Toronto with Paris & Moscow. It is inaccurate to classify England, Scotland, Wales, & Northern Ireland at the same level as sovereign countries, not even the BBC does --- http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/country_profiles/default.stm
Using competition at sporting events as a criteria for country is grossly inaccurate as many subnational entities compete separately like Hong Kong (even at the Olympics where the UK competes as one)
dspritchett - Wales is not a principality (all though there is a Prince of Wales) & being a principality does not exclude it from being a country (see Andorra, Monaco, or Liechtenstein). You'll find that Northern Ireland & Wales are countries of the UK here - http://www.statistics.gov.uk/geography/uk_countries.asp
Feb 9th, 2011 at 13:01 GMT
Jun 9th, 2011 at 21:11 GMT
When you say 'perceived as' do you mean 'categorically is'?
Apr 12th, 2012 at 22:31 GMT
London is not officially the capital of England, only the capital of the UK. England has no official capital- it's only de facto.
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