GK questions and answers (UK)

Q1: Which is the longest river in the United Kingdom?

A    Thames

B    Severn

C    Trent

D    Great Ouse

Q2: First woman Prime minister of United Kingdom?

A    Margaret Thatcher

B    Theresa May

C    Angela Merkel

D    Elizabeth

Q3: What is the national bird of the United Kingdom?

A    Redwing

B    European robin

C    Bald eagle

D    Sparrow

Q4: Which of these countries was not a part of the former territories of the British Empire.

A    India

B    Sri Lanka

C    Nepal

D    Pakistan

Q5: Who was the first British astronaut in space?

A    Tim Peake

B    Michael Foale

C    Helen Sharman

D    Piers John Sellers

Q6: Who was the predecessor to Queen Elizabeth II?

A    Edward Albert Christian George

B    Albert Frederick Arthur George

C    George Frederick Ernest Albert

D    Albert Edward

Q7: First London olympics were held in the year

A    1908

B    1904

C    2010

D    2012

Q8: Which is the largest lake by size in the United Kingdom?

A    Loch Lomond

B    Loch Awe

C    Loch Shin

D    Lough Neagh

Q9: Which is the largest city in terms of area in the United Kingdom?

A    Glasgow

B    Birmingham

C    London

D    Bristol

Q10: Which of these countries is not part of United Kingdom?

A    England

B    Scotland

C    Wales

D    Ireland

Q11: Belfast is the capital of

A    England

B    Scotland

C    Wales

D    Northern Ireland

Q12: Edinburgh is the capital of

A    England

B    Scotland

C    Wales

D    Northern Ireland

Q13: Capital of England is

A    London

B    Belfast

C    Edinburgh

D    Bristol

Q14: Which of these cities is the capital city of Wales?

A    Cardiff

B    Bristol

C    Liverpool

D    Leeds

Q15: Which of these games is said to be invented in England?

A    Kabbadi

B    Hockey

C    Cricket

D    Baseball

Q16: Which of these lakes does not lie in the United Kingdom?

A    Loch Ness

B    Windermere

C    Llyn Tegid

D    Spencer Lake

Q17: First postage stamp used in a public postage system was called

A    Penny Black

B    Royal Stamp

C    National stamp of Great Britain

D    Stamp Official

Q18: Scottish Gaelic, Irish Gaelic, Welsh and Breton are

A    names of famous monuments in U.K.

B    languages spoken in U.K.

C    names of dishes.

D    dance forms in U.K.

Q19: JK Rowling, is best known as the author of

A    Harry Potter series of books

B    Pride and Prejudice

C    The Hobbit

D    Romeo and Juliet

Q20: Which of these dance forms is a form of English folk dance?

A    Rheinlander

B    Zwiefacher

C    Morris Dance

D    Lad's dance

Q21: Largest Royal home in the world is

A    Windsor Castle, U.K.

B    Dechencholing Palace, Bhutan

C    Tokyo Imperial Palace, Japan

D    Grand Palace, Thailand

Q22: Which of these countries is closest in terms of distance to the United Kingdom?

A    Netherlands

B    Germany

C    Denmark

D    Sweden

Q23: Which of these countries is situated towards South of United Kingdom?

A    Denmark

B    Iceland

C    Norway

D    France

Q24: Which of these cities is not in Scotland

A    Glasgow

B    Edinburgh

C    Dundee

D    Cardiff

Q25: Which of these cities is not in Wales

A    Newport

B    St Asaph

C    St Davids

D    Stirling

Q26: Arrange these cities of U.K. in the decreasing order of their distance from London. The city which is farthest from London should be first in the order.
(a) Glasgow
(b) Lancaster
(c) Bristol
(d) Canterbury

A    Lancaster, Glasgow, Bristol, Canterbury

B    Glasgow, Lancaster, Bristol, Canterbury

C    Glasgow, Lancaster, Canterbury, Bristol

D    Lancaster, Bristol, Glasgow, Canterbury

Q27: Elizabeth tower also known as the Clock tower of London was designed by

A    John Vanbrugh

B    Augustus Pugin

C    Nicholas Hawksmoor

D    John Nash

Q28: Arrange these former Prime ministers of the United Kingdom in order in which they held office. (Earliest first)
(a) Gordon Brown
(b) James Callaghan
(c) Tony Blair
(d) Margaret Thatcher

A    c, d, c, a

B    a, c, b, d

C    d, c, a, b

D    d, c, b, a

Q29: Which of these is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world.

A    Windsor castle

B    Leeds castle

C    Dover castle

D    Warwick castke

Q30: Arrange these historic events in the order they happened. (Earliest first)
(a) The Slave Trade Act
(b) The Second World War
(c) The Battle of Waterloo
(d) The Glorious Revolution

A    (a) The Slave Trade Act
(d) The Glorious Revolution
(c) The Battle of Waterloo
(b) The Second World War

B    (d) The Glorious Revolution
(a) The Slave Trade Act
(c) The Battle of Waterloo
(b) The Second World War

C    (c) The Battle of Waterloo
(d) The Glorious Revolution
(a) The Slave Trade Act
(b) The Second World War

D    (d) The Glorious Revolution
(a) The Slave Trade Act
(b) The Second World War
(c) The Battle of Waterloo

Q31: Arange these people according to their Birth year. (Earliest born first)

(A) Margaret Thatcher
(B) Charles Darwin
(C) Isaac Newton
(D) Winston Churchil

A    A – B – D – C

B    D – B – A – C

C    C – B – D – A

D    A – C – B – D

Q32: The Kingdom of Great Britain came into being on

A    1 May 1807

B    1 May 1707

C    1 May 1607

D    1 May 1507

Q33: Who was the first monarch of the Great Britain.

A    Queen Anne

B    Queen Alexandrina Victoria

C    King Albert Edward

D    King William Henry

Q34: Acts of Union 1800 refers to which historic event.

A    Unification of the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland

B    Formation of Common wealth of Nations

C    Union of Canada with Commonwealth nations

D    Unification of the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland

Q35: Who was the first prime minister of Great Britain?

A    John Stuart

B    Robert Walpole

C    Frederick North

D    Henry Pelham

Q36: Which of these countries was never a part of the British empire?

A    India

B    Pakistan

C    Bangladesh

D    Nepal

Q37: King George I was the son of

A    Prince Frederick and Augusta of Saxe-Gotha

B    George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

C    Ernest Augustus of Brunswick-Lüneburg and Sophia of Hanover

D    James II and Anne Hyde

Q38: The shortest-reigning monarch of England and Ireland.

A    King George I

B    Lady Jane Grey

C    King George II

D    Queen Victoria

Q39: The youngest British monarch at the start of her reign was

A    Mary, Queen of Scots

B    Queen Victoria

C    Lady Jane Grey

D    None of these.

Q40: The youngest British King was

A    King George III

B    King William IV

C    King Henry VI

D    King Edward VII

Q41: Who was the only British Prime Minister ever to be assassinated?

A    Harold Wilson

B    Spencer Perceval

C    Sir Edward Heath

D    Charles Watson

Q42: The only Solicitor General or Attorney General to become Prime Minister?

A    Baroness Margaret Thatcher

B    Spencer Perceval

C    David Cameron

D    James Callaghan

Q43: Which British monarch was first given the title ‘Empress of India’?

A    Queen Victoria

B    Queen Anne

C    Queen Elizabeth II

D    Queen Charlotte

Q44: Who is the longest serving Prime minister in British history?

A    William Ewart Gladstone

B    William Pitt the Younger

C    Sir Robert Walpole

D    Margaret Thatcher

Q45: Which monarch succeeded Queen Victoria?

A    Edward VII

B    George V

C    William IV

D    George IV

Q46: Battle of Waterloo was fought in the year

A    1750

B    1890

C    1910

D    1815

Q47: In the battle of Waterloo, the British-led allied army was under the command of

A    Marshal Blücher

B    Duke of Wellington

C    Napoleon Bonaparte

D    None of these.

Q48: Which of these counties does the River Severn NOT pass through?

A    Powys

B    Shropshire

C    Worcestershire

D    Hampshire

Q49: The North Channel is the strait between

A    Great Britain and Ireland

B    Great Britain and France

C    Great Britain and Netherlands

D    Great Britain and Belgium

Q50: Which is the highest mountain in U.K.

A    Ben Macdui

B    Cairn Toul

C    Ben Nevis

D    Carn Mor Dearg

Q51: Which is the suthernmost point on mainland Great Britain.

A    Dodman point

B    Lizard point

C    Gorran point

D    Hemmick beach

Q52: Which of these cities is more towards North compared to the others.

A    Edinburgh

B    Liverpool

C    Leeds

D    Glasgow

Q53: Which of these Scottish cities is not on the coast?

A    Dundee

B    Aberdeen

C    Glasgow

D    Edinburgh

Q54: Which of these cities does not lie in Scotland?

A    Glasgow

B    Dundee

C    Aberdeen

D    Liverpool

Q55: Which of these cities do not lie in Wales?

A    Cardiff

B    Swansea

C    Sheffield

D    Newport

Q56: Which of these cities does not lie in England?

A    Durham

B    Wrexham

C    Exeter

D    Southampton

Q57: Which of these cities is not in Northern Ireland?

A    Londonderry

B    Port Talbot

C    Antrim

D    Lisburn

Q58: Which of these counties does not have shore on lake Lough Neagh?

A    Fermanagh

B    Antrim

C    Down

D    Londonderry

Q59: Lough Neagh is a

A    Salt water lake

B    Sea

C    Fresh water lake

D    River

Q60: Cairngorms national park is in

A    Northern Ireland

B    Scotland

C    Wales

D    England

Q61: Which of these National parks is not in Wales?

A    Exmoor national park

B    Brecon national park

C    Pembrokeshire national park

D    Snowdonia national park

Q62: The longest river in Scotland is

A    River Tweed

B    River Tay

C    River Clyde

D    River Nith

Q63: Which is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state?

A    England

B    Scotland

C    Wales

D    Northern Ireland

Q64: Arrange these countries of the U.K. in decreasing order of their area. (Region with largest area first, followed by second largest and so on)

A    England – Scotland – Wales – Northern Ireland

B    Northern Ireland – Scotland – Wales – England

C    Wales – Northern Ireland – England – Scotland

D    England – Scotland – Northern Ireland – Wales

Q65: The highest peak in Northern Ireland is

A    Snowdon

B    Scafell Pike

C    Slieve Donard

D    Beinn Nibheis

Q66: The highest peak in Scotland is

A    Snowdon

B    Scafell Pike

C    Slieve Donard

D    Beinn Nibheis

Q67: How many British Overseas Territories are there?

A    12

B    14

C    15

D    17

Q68: For elections to the House of Commons, the UK is divided into ...... constituencies

A    550

B    650

C    750

D    850

Q69: Who is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the United Kingdom?

A    Secretary of State for Defence

B    Prime minister

C    Defence minister

D    British monarch

Q70: The largest bypass road in UK and in the world is

A    M25 motorway

B    M3 motorway

C    M20 motorway

D    M40 motorway

Q71: A census is taken simultaneously in all parts of the UK every ........ years

A    four

B    five

C    seven

D    ten

Q72: The second most spoken language in UK after English is

A    Spanish

B    German

C    Polish

D    French

Q73: The United Kingdom is not a member of which of these organisations


B    World trade organisation


D    Commonwealth of Nations

Q74: The United Kingdom is a nation having

A    parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy

B    oligarchy

C    absolute monarchy

D    communist government

Q75: UK was ......... country to develop and test a nuclear weapon.

A    first

B    second

C    third

D    fourth

Q76: The smallest country of the United Kingdom is

A    England

B    Scotland

C    Wales

D    Northern Ireland

Q77: The 1707 Acts of Union declared that the kingdoms of ............ and ............ were united into one Kingdom by the name of Great Britain.

A    Wales and Scotland

B    England and Scotland

C    England and Wales

D    Northern Ireland and Scotland

Q78: Operation Hurricane in the year 1952 was the first test of a

A    British space satellite

B    British intercontinental missile

C    British moon mission

D    British atomic device

Q79: "God Save the Queen" is the national anthem of the United Kingdom and one of two national anthems of which of these countries

A    Australia

B    Canada

C    New Zealand

D    Ireland

Q80: Which is the oldest bank in UK.

A    Hoare & Co

B    Royal Bank of Scotland

C    Bank of England

D    Barclays

Q81: The first newspaper published in Britain was

A    Lloyd's News

B    The Oxford Gazette

C    Norwich Post

D    The Courier

Q82: Which of these is a British telecommunications company

A    Google

B    Apple

C    Binatone

D    HTC

Q83: The first British aircraft carrier was

A    HMS Glorious

B    HMS Argus

C    HMS Courageous

D    HMS Furious

Q84: The national flower of England is

A    Tudor Rose

B    Thistle

C    Leek

D    Flax flower

Q85: The national animal of Scotland is

A    Lion

B    Unicorn

C    Red Dragon

D    Horse

Q86: Patron Saint of Northern Ireland is

A    St. Patrick

B    St. David

C    St. Andrew

D    St. George

Q87: Which of these appear on the flag of Wales

A    Cross of Saint Andrew

B    Saint George's Cross

C    The Red Dragon

D    Crown, and Red Hand of Ulster

Q88: National personification of United Kingdom is

A    Marianne

B    Hellas

C    Melita

D    Britannia

Q89: The first railway station built in UK was

A    Manchester Liverpool road

B    Deptford

C    Greenwich

D    London Bridge

Q90: Which of these inventors/scientists was British?

A    Isaac Newton

B    Louis Pasteur

C    Galileo Ferraris

D    Albert Einstein

Q91: The first British satellite was

A    Apollo 1

B    Sputnik

C    Ariel 1

D    GSAT 1

Q92: English computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee is credited with

A    inventing the World Wide Web

B    inventing the microphone

C    inventing the touch enabled screen

D    inventing the short message service

Q93: Buckingham Palace is

A    home of the Prime minister

B    Parliament building

C    home of the British monarch

D    a museum

Q94: Which of these animals is native to UK

A    Raccoon

B    Red Squirrel

C    Zebra

D    Rhino

Q95: Which is the tallest building in the United Kingdom

A    One Canada Square

B    The Shard

C    Heron Tower

D    Leadenhall Building

Q96: The English Channel separates northern France from

A    northern England

B    eastern England

C    western England

D    southern England

Q97: The approximate length of English channel s about

A    560 Km

B    820 Km

C    980 Km

D    1230 Km

Q98: Which of these cities is not on the English Channel coast

A    Southampton

B    Plymouth

C    Portsmouth

D    Cardiff