Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Home Office History Test

The Home Office have updated their “Life in the UK” test for migrants wishing to settle in this country with a greater emphasis on British History.
Here are 10 sample questions  from the new test, which they believe will help migrants to integrate more successfully into the country by having a better understanding of British history and culture. Key figures that people will be expected to know about include The Home Office says key figures will feature in their questions, including:
  • Writers such as William Shakespeare and Robert Burns 
  • Scientists Isaac Newton and Alexander Fleming
  • Engineers and industrialists such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Richard Arkwright
  • Politicians including Winston Churchill and Clement Attlee
Do you agree with these choices, and is history crucial to understanding the British better? Please let us know.
PS: Here is a further test from the Huffington Post and David Cameron's interview with David Letterman where he had to answer similar questions...

PPS: Here is the Guardian's view on the new test...

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