I teach a course called British Culture and Society. The final exam begins with 20 quick questions. These give me an idea how much of the course the students have retained. Students can refer to the weekly handouts of my PowerPoint presentations so they simply have to find the right slide to know the correct answer. Nevertheless, here are some of the students' wrong answers.
NAME THE FOUR COUNTRIES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM?
Wales, Scotland, London, Northern Ireland
WHO WROTE THE SONG 'AULD LANG SYNE'?
Arthur Conan Doyle
WHO IS THE PRIME MINISTER?
WHO WROTE THE SHERLOCK HOLMES' STORIES?
WHO INTRODUCED CHRISTIANITY TO BRITAIN?
Christians (no, he didn't get a point for being a smart arse)
King Henry VII
Charles the first
WHICH EXPENSIVE BUT POPULAR FOOD ITEM WAS GROWN IN THE WEST INDIES?
Eggs or milk
Fish and Chips
WHAT LANGUAGE DID WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR BRING TO ENGLAND IN 1066?
Viking words: old Norse
He brought the language of the ruling classes.
DOES THE UNITED KINGDOM HAVE THE DEATH PENALTY?
HOW MANY WIVES DID HENRY VIII have?
He had 9 wives.
He had 7 wives.
(From last year's paper) WHAT EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON 29TH APRIL 2011?
It is Showa Emperor's birthday. (This is technically true although the Showa Emperor died in 1989. And he wasn't British.)
Some short answer questions tomorrow.