UK Politics Quiz
Are you King of Knowledge? Queen of Quizzes? Monarch of Multiple Choice? Prove your UK Parliament trivia knowledge by taking the Reach Cambridge Politics Quiz!
*Please note, this quiz is designed purely for fun and in no way provides a basis of eligibility for the Politics & International Relations course.
Who is the presiding figure in the House of Lords?
The presiding figure in the House of Lords is the ‘Lord Speaker’ since 2006 (even though the first two Speakers were women!).
Which of these figures has NOT been Prime Minister in the last 25 years?
James Callaghan was Prime Minister from 1976-1979. The others are all Prime Ministers from the last 25 years. Theresa May is the current Prime Minister.
True or False: Parliament is made up of Houses
UK Parliament is made up of two Houses: the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Hence you may hear Parliament being referred to as the ‘Houses’ of Parliament!
The House of Commons is made up of elected officials; members of the House of Lords are appointed from the UK peerage.
The Queen can go anywhere in the Palace of Westminster at any time: True or False?
The Queen generally only comes to Parliament once a year, for the State Opening of Parliament. In UK law, The Monarch is only allowed as far as the Throne in the House of Lords. For a thorough explanation, look up the English Civil War, Charles I, Oliver Cromwell, or ‘Bill of Rights 1689’!
How many MPs are there in the House of Commons?
There are 650 MPs in the House of Commons, and 800 members in the House of Lords.
What is the foiled plot to blow up Parliament in 1605 commonly called?
The plot was to blow up Parliament with gunpowder, hence it is referred to as the Gunpowder Plot. The most famous man associated with this plot was Guy Fawkes, but he did not singlehandedly cook up the plan. Nevertheless, the 5th November is still known as Bonfire Night in the UK, and ‘Guys’ are still traditionally made to throw on the bonfire. A little gruesome… We much prefer the fireworks!
How old do you have to be to vote in the UK?
The voting age was reduced to 18 in 1969. There have been campaigns to reduce it to 16. How old do you think you should be before you can vote on your country’s laws? Tweet us @reachcambridge!
In which decade did women get the right to vote in the UK?
The Representation of the People Act 1918 made radical changes to the voting system, giving votes to (married) women over 30. In 1928, the Equal Franchise Act was passed and women over 21 were given the right to vote.
Which of these is NOT one of the 16 core beliefs set out in the Charter of the Commonwealth?
The Charter of the Commonwealth sets out the values of the Commonwealth of Nations, which is made up of 53 member states. The Commonwealth itself dates back to the first half of the 20th century with the decolonisation of the British Empire.
You can read the full document here: http://thecommonwealth.org/sites/default/files/page/documents/CharteroftheCommonwealth.pdf
Where are the Houses of Parliament?
Parliament’s meeting place is known as the Palace of Westminster. You might visit this historic building on one of Reach Cambridge’s frequent excursions to London!
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