Becoming British – becoming doubtful

I’ll never be allowed to join this fine nation! I only got 9 right answers to this citizenship test, although I’m proud I gave the right answer to the following question (and it only goes to prove that I’m right in thinking that time spent in the pub is time well spent – otherwise, how would I have known the answer?):
Question 8
Life in the UK explains what to do if you spill someone’s pint in the pub (we’re not making this up). What, according to the book, usually happens next?
A: You would offer to buy the person another pint
B: You would offer to dry their wet shirt with your own
C: You may need to prepare for a fight in the car park

By | 2016-10-18T15:51:03+00:00 June 16th, 2005|Culture|5 Comments

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Celine

I am Céline Graciet, a freelance English to French translator. Since 2003 I’ve been writing on all sorts of areas linked to translation and the life of a translator.

5 Comments

  1. Jean June 16, 2005 at 4:08 pm

    I only got 10, and a couple of those were only luck! Of course, I haven’t read the guide. But presumably the guide is supposed to be stuff all British people know…

  2. Neij June 16, 2005 at 4:25 pm

    Well, I was born in the UK and have lived here all my life (18 years in Scotland, 8 in England, 13 in Wales) and I only got 9 right too. I bet lots of people over 30 got the dog licence one wrong unless they’ve owned a dog.
    (quote)
    What, according to the book, usually happens next?
    A: You would offer to buy the person another pint
    B: You would offer to dry their wet shirt with your own
    C: You may need to prepare for a fight in the car park
    (end quote)
    surely in most pubs B. is only an option for one half of the population? Or maybe only men are clumsy enough to spill other people’s pints? 🙂
    Neij

  3. Chris June 16, 2005 at 8:04 pm

    I got 11 right, and thusly fit for a seat in Parliament (according to the BBC, at least), even though I’ve never lived in the UK!
    Admittedly, N°5 was a shot in the dark. And I’d have had N°8 right if I hadn’t been confounded by the implied answer in the formulation of N°9.

  4. céline June 17, 2005 at 8:30 am

    Jean: Exactly! How many actual British people would have to be stripped of their nationality if that test was given to everyone in the country?
    Neij: Good point! I refuse to take this sexist test! (oh wait – I am wearing a shirt today. Damn)
    Chris: Well, so far you’ve had the most right answer out of all the people (even outside this site) I know who have taken it.
    All: Soon, Naked Translations will bring you….
    THE definitive British citizenship Test!
    Watch this space!

  5. Jim Tyson June 22, 2005 at 11:48 am

    I got 12 right! I’m shocked. I thought I was being ironic half the time…

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