Scotland Quiz

Today is Saint Andrew's Day in Scotland.

So it's an opportunity to see how much you know about the country.

1. Which of the following is the Scottish flag? Do you recognise the other flags?

A:                                                                                        B:

C:                                                                                           D:



2. When will the vote for independence be held next year?

A: 25th January
B: 31st March
C: 18th September
D: 30th November

3. What is the capital of Scotland?

A: Edimburg
B: Edinburgh
C: Edinburger
D: Edimbhurg

4. Which of these castles is the Queen's summer residence? Do you know where they can be found?

A:                                                                                             B:                                 


                                                           Source: Wikipedia (Eusebius)
                              Source: Wikipedia (Wknight94)

C:                                                                                                     D:
                                                         Source:Wikipedia                                                                                                         Source:Wikipedia (jack_spellingbacon)

5. Which famous person was born in Scotland?

A: J.K. Rowling
B: Tony Blair
C: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
D: Rod Stewart

6. Which bird can't be found in the wild in Scotland?

A:                                                                                                             B:
Source: Wikipedia                                                                                                         Source: Wikipedia (Rocky)

 C:                                                                                                D:
Source: Wikipedia                                                         Source: Wikipedia

7. Which is the national flower of Scotland? Do you know the names of all these flowers?

A:                                                                                                 B:

  Source: Wikipedia                                                                                                     Source: Wikipedia (LBleye)            

C:                                                                                                         D:

 Source: Wikipedia                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                  Source: Wikipedia

8. How many islands does Scotland have?

A: 35
B: 180
C: 470
D: 790

9. What is the motto of Scotland?

A: No-one provokes me with impunity
B: God and my Right
C: One, Great and Free
D: Faster, Higher, Stronger

10. Which is the anthem of Scotland? Which is your favourite?


Try last year's quiz too.


Montse said…
Hi, Graham. I have almost spent the afternoon doing this quiz. Last year I did it too.

1.- A: England; B: Scotland; C: North Ireland; C: Gales

2.- C: 18th September 2014

3.- B: Edinburgh

4.- A: Castle Urquart, sits beside Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland. B: Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Duich, Scotland. C: Balmoral Castle, summer residence of Queen Elisabeth II. It is located in Abeendenshire, Scotland. D: I have no idea.

5.- D: Rod Stewart

6.- D

7.- A: Daffodil. B: Thistle, the national flower of Scotland. C: Poppy. D: Carnation

8.- D: 790

9.- A: No one provokes me with impunity

10.- Flower of Scotland.

See you on Tuesday!!

luciti said…
Hi Graham!

The quiz is funny.
These are my answers:

1.- A
2.- C
3.- B
4.- C Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire
5.- B
6.- National bird is Golden Eagle
7.- B "Tistle"
8.- D
9.- A
10.- D . National anthem is "Flower of Scotland" but I like "Caledonia" and I like "Amazing Grace" too, which I knew and in this song there are bagpipes playing that like me.

I am doing the second quiz.
Roberto said…
1)A(The other ones are: England,Wales,and Northern Ireland). 2)I don´t know... 3)B(Edinburgh). 4)C(Balmoral Castle). 5)B(Tony Blair).6)A. 7)B(The Thistle). 8)D(790). 9)A("No one provokes me with impunity" or "Nemo me impune lacessit" in latin). 10)D("The Flower of Scotland",my favourite one is "Amazing Grace"). Thank God, we have the Wikipedia...
mila said…
1) A
2) C
3) B
4) c. Castle of Windsor.
5) B. Tony Blair
6) I don't Know
7) B
8) D
9) A. No one provokes me with impunity
10) Flower of Scotland
hector said…
1 scotland, england, walles, northen ireland??ç
4c, inverness?? jajaja

Graham said…
Montse, Luciti, Mila, Roberto and Hector

The answers are as following:

1. A is the Scottish flag (with Saint Andrew's cross).

B is the English flag.
C is the Welsh flag. (the flag of Wales)
D is the flag of Northern Ireland.

2. C The referendum is on the 18th September 2014.

25th Jan is Burns Night (another Scottish celebration)

31st March is my birthday (I'll be 42)

30th Nov is Saint Andrew's Day but it's not when the referendum will be held.

3. B Edinburgh (but I bet you can't pronounce it perfectly)

4. C The Queen spends her summer holidays in Balmoral castle. It is surrounded by some beautiful countryside.

A is Urquhart castle. It's on the banks of Loch Ness. I'm sure it was a spectacular castle but it's now a ruin. The English destroyed it.

B is Eilean Donan. It appeared in the film Highlander.

D is the Castle of Mey. It's in the far North of Scotland (about as far north as you can go). It was the residence for the Queen Mother.

5. B Tony Blair was born in Edinburgh (but he is English)

A J.K Rowling wrote her Harry Potter books while she was living in Edinburgh.

C The Queen Mother was born in England. She had a Scottish father and grew up in Scotland.

D Rod Stewart is Scottish (though he was born in England)

6. D The Kiwi is a flightless bird that is only found in New Zealand.

A is the Puffin - a seabird with a colourful beak.

B is a Golden Eagle - a bird of prey.

C is a Capercaillie. It's also found in the North of Spain.

7. B The National Flower is the thistle.

A the Daffodil is a symbol of Wales.

C is a poppy - a flower associated with the First World War. We wear them early November to commerate the war dead.

D is a carnation. It means different things in different countries but apparently it is the National Flower of Spain.

8. D Most of them are uninhabited.

9. A No one provokes me with impunity. In other words, you will be punished if you annoy me. (a typical Scottish sentiment)

B is the motto of the British monarch in England.

C is the motto of Spain in the times of Franco.

D is the motto of the Olympics.

10. D Flower of Scotland is our national anthem. Here it is played by a solo piper though I prefer it when it is sung. I get very emotional.

A. Auld Lang Syne is sung in countries around the world at midnight on New Year's Eve. Here it is sung by Susan Boyle.

B Caledonia is a popular song. There are many versions.

C I love Amazing Grace when it is played by a mass pipe band.

Anonymous said…
What are you doing Graham?

When I read about Caledonia, in 2011, I learn that your country was unique in the world because there were three options about verdict: innocent, guilty and not proved. The last possibility, not proved, there is not in other countries. Although you are not lawyer, ¿Do you know what´s the matter when a person is declared not proved? ¿Does the police look after to defendant after the trial? ¿Does the judge pronounce about situation of the defendant? ¿Are special cautions there against the defendant? ¿Do you remember if the verdict is like antecedent against the defendant?

If you want, you can tell me about it after the next class. See you. José.
Graham said…
Ok. I've been putting it off for too long. It's time I replied to Jose.

I'm disappointed you didn't attempt the quiz. It would have been interesting to see how much you know about Scotland.

What are you doing Graham? = qué haces? / qué estás haciendo?

I think you meant - qué pasa? = How's it going? / How's things?

When I read about Caledonia, in 2011, I learnt that your country was unique in the world because there were three options regarding verdicts: innocent (not guilty), guilty and not proven. The last possibility, not proven, isn't found in any other countries. Although you are not a lawyer, ¿Do you know what happens when a person is declared not proven? ¿Do the police look after the defendant after the trial? ¿Does the judge pronounce about the situation of the defendant? ¿Does the defendant receive any special cautions? ¿Does the verdict show up on your criminal record?

Well, I've just discovered with the help of Wikipedia that the two original verdicts were proven and not proven; not guilty came later.

Not proven makes up a third of all aquittals nowadays.

I'm afraid that I don't know the answers to your other question.

I think it is up to the judge whether a criminal record is made known during a trial.

I'd imagine that someone who is found not proven is freed just like someone who is found not guilty.

Apparently the not proven verdict is sometimes referred to as "not guilty and don't do it again".

I hope my answer is to your satisfaction, José. :-)

Anonymous said…
Don´t be disappointed great teacher. I know why the thistle is the National Flower of Scotlant. ¿Do you want to know it? Because when the Danish people invaded Scotland, a thistle attacked to a Danish infantryman and he screamed very loud. Then, the Scotland people, they had a siesta, woke up and they winned the battle against Danish people, thanks to thistle.

Thank you very much Graham by your effort to answer my questions about acquittals and law. After reading your responses I´ve taken a few deep breaths.

Until the next one. José.
Graham said…

I'm impressed that you remember that "fact" about the thistle.

I am sure that your knowledge about Scotland is much better than the average Spaniard's.

You should think about visiting one day. :-)

¿Do you want to know why? Because when the Danish people invaded Scotland, A Danish infantryman stepped on a thistle and he screamed very loud / gave a loud scream Then the Scots, who were having a siesta, woke up and they won the battle against the Danish, thanks to the thistle.

Thank you very much Graham for your effort ...