1. The sport of golf was originated in….
2. How many steps in the Clock Tower in London?
3. Name the Bank Holidays in Great Britain…
4. What is a Christmas festival to remember the birth of Jesus?
5. You can see this man near the Tower of London….
6. What is the name of the ship of Captain Admiral Nelson?
7. British policemen are called…
8. One of the largest cities in the world, New-York, is often called…
9. Give the former name of New-York before 1644…
10. What is not allowed to be taken out of the house on New Year ’s Day in the
11. How many years was New-York was the capital of the United States?
12. Where does the “White Sale” take place? What do they sell there?
13. What colour are the pages of the US phone books?
14. Is the Queen of the United Kingdom also the Queen of some other countries?
15. Which plant is a symbol of piece in Great Britain? Can you name the national bird Great of Britain? What is the national tree of England?
16. What does the word “crocodile” mean in school life of the British children?
17. Give the nick – name of the USA government?
18. How do British people celebrate theirs 100 years birthday?
19. What language is usually foreigners taught in U.K.?
20. What is the name of the first U.S national park and which state is it located? What is it famous for?
21. In which city and state is the Liberty Bell located?
22. Which American architect is called ” the Father of the Skyscraper?
23. Name the two political parties in the US and the animals that symbolize each party.
24. What are the nicknames names for the Mississippi River?
25. Every fall thousands of women and men from all over the world come to New-York to participate in…
26. More than ten American writers have received the Nobel Prize for literature. Give at least two names of the writers.
27. The faces of four American presidents are carved in the mountainside. What is the name of this place? What are the names of the presidents?
28. Where is the tallest skyscraper in the world situated? Give us its name.
29. One of the most impressive events at the Highland Games is the tossing of Caber. What is the size of the caber?
30. Where and when did tea come to Britain? Who could drink it?
31. Who built London and how was it called?
32. Wimbledon is the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. It has some customsand traditions. What is the colour of the players ‘clothes? What is traditional food to eat at Wimbledon?
33. What does the V-sign mean? What did it mean in the period of World War II; in 1960s; in 1960s?
34. Every year large crowds of people gather at Cooper’s Hill in Gloucestershire to watch the strangest and certainly the most spectacular British tradition. What is it?
35. How much does Big Ben weigh?
36. Where can you see a Stone of Destiny now?
37. How many bridges cross the river Thames?
38. The Scottish surnames begin with…
39. One group of immigrants came to America unwillingly. Who were they and where did they arrive?
40. How many crosses are there on the flag of the UK? What do they symbolize?
41. What does “Tartan” mean?
42. Name a festival of Welsh culture…
43. What is the state system of the UK?
44. Where does the British Prime-Minister live?
45. What is the highest mark in British schools? Name the other marks.
46. What was the name of the man, who made the first bowler hat? When did he make it?
47. In what town did the Englishmen set up a monument to Francis Drake?
48. How many hills is Edinburgh situated on?
49. How many slots are there in the post boxes in Great Britain and for what kind of letters are they used?
50. What does to R.S.V.P. in the sphere of writing invitation cards mean?
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1. The sport of golf was originated in Scotland in 1744.
2. In the Clock Tower in London there are 340 steps.
3. The Bank Holidays are days when banks do not work all over in Great Britain. They are:Christmas(Dec.24), Boxing Day(Dec.26), New Year’s Day(Jan.1), Good Friday( Ap.6) , Easter Monday, May Day(the last Monday of May), August Bank Holiday (the last Monday of August).
4. The festival to remember the birth of Jesus is of course “ Christmas”(December,24)
5. Everybody can see the Yeoman Warder or “Beefeaters” near the Tower of London.
6. The name of the ship of Captain Admiral Nelson is the “Agamemnon”, but I know that Captain Admiral Nelson lost his life being deadly wounded at the ship ’Victory’.
7. British policemen are called “Bobby”
8. New York is more often called “Big Apple”, sometimes “New Babylon” ,”Modern Babylon” and “The City that Never Sleeps”
9. The former name of New York before 1644 was the village “New Amsterdam.”
10. It is not allowed to take out anything of the house on New Year’s Day in the United States: even dust, slops and peelings. Americans would refuse to lend money too.
11. New York was the capital of the United State for 5 years since 1785 till 1790.
12. The “White Sales” take place in Philadelphia. They sell there sheets, pillow-cases, linen with discount.It’s usually a big fair of white pieces of clothes. The “White Sales” are held everywhere now, but they don’t sell only linen. White cars, white houses, white computers… can be sold with great discount. In Great Britain this kind of sale is popular too. Usually they sell towels in packs there.
13. The pages of the US phone books are white, blue and yellow. White pages- for names and surnames; blue- for schools, hospitals…; yellow pages-for offices ( it’s a business page).
14. The Queen of the United Kingdom is the Queen of New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Bahamas, Barbuda Islands, Jamaica and some other ones,. She is considered to be the Queen of Commonwealth including16 countries.
15. The symbol of piece in Great Britain is a poppy (мак). The national bird of Great Britain is Redbreast Robin (красногрудая малиновка). The national tree of England is oak (дуб).
16. In school life the word “crocodile” means walking in procession two by two in girl’s school.
17. The name of the USA government is “Uncle Sam”
18. On his or her one hundredth birthday, a British person gets a telegram from the Queen of England.
19. In the U.K. foreigners usually are taught Standard English.
20. The first U.S. national park is Yellowstone. It is located in three States: Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. It was founded in 1872. It’s the first national park in the world. It has a car route of 230 km. called “A Big Loop”|большая петля|. This place is very attractive for visitors as it has hot springs, a lot of lakes among which is a lake Yellowstone and a river Yellowstone. It is a home of grizzly bears, wild wolves, buffalos, elks and other species of wildlife.
21. The Liberty Bell is located in Philadelphia, the State Pennsylvania. It was made in London in 1752. You can find it in Market Street now.
22. F. L. Sullivan is called “The Father of the Skyscraper”
23. There are two political parties in the United States of America - the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Each party has its own symbol. The symbol of the Democratic Party is the “donkey” and the symbol of the Republic party is the “elephant”.
24. The longest river in the United States of America has some nicknames. Sometimes it is called a “Big Muddy River”, “The Father of Waters”, “The Body of Nation” and “the Old Man River”.
25. Every fall thousands of women and men from all over the world come to New-York to take part inMarathon.
26. I know nine American writers who received the Nobel Prizes for literature. Those names are; Sinclair Louise – 1930; Eugene O’Neil-1936; Perl Buck-1938; Thomas Eliot-1948; William Folkner-1949; Ernest Miller Hermingway-1954; John Steinbeck - 1962; Saul Below-1972; Tony Morrison-1993.
27. The faces of four American presidents are carved in Mount Rushmore: George Washington George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.
28. The tallest skyscrapers in the world are situated in the United States of America. The tallest tower in the world is “the CN Tower” in Canada (553 meters high), among the buildings the tallest one is “the Empire State Building (1454 meters high). But I know that new skyscrapers are built now, that’ll be higher that CN or Empire. For example, in China…
29. The “Tossing of Caber” is the most impressive event at the Highland Games, which is held in Scotland every year. The caber is a fir tree. The size of a caber is about five meters long. That is 19 feet long or 5.67 m. It is 10 inches thick, that is 25 cm. Its weight is 45 kg. or more or 120 pounds. I know some other popular competitions: putting the weight, throwing the hammer, dancing and piping.
30. Tea came to Britain from China. Chinese merchants took it to Britain in 1500. It was very expensive and only rich people could drink tea.
31. Romans built London; it was called Londinium in A.D.43.
32. Wimbledon is the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. It has some customs and traditions.The traditional food is strawberries and cream. The colour of the player’s clothes is white.
33. The V-sign meant in period of World War II – the victory in the war, in 1940 – the sign of peace, in1960-hippies’ victory.
34. Every year large crowds of people gather at Cooper’s Hill in Gloucestershire to watch the strangest and certainly the most spectacular British tradition - a Cheese roller.
35. Big Ben weighs 13.5 tons.
36. People can see a Stone of Destiny in Scotland (in Edinburgh Castle) now. It was placed there on November, 30, 1996.
37. There are 27 bridges over the river Thames
38. The Scottish surnames begin with Mac. For example MacDonald means Donald and his sons.
39. One group of immigrants came to America unwillingly. They were Negroes. They arrived inJamestown, State Virginia.
40. There are three crosses on the flag of the United Kingdom /Union Jack/. The upright red cross is the cross of St.George which is the patron saint of England; the white diagonal cross is the cross of St.Andrew’s cross which is the patron saint of Scotland and the red diagonal cross is the cross of St.Patric – the saint of Ireland.
41. The “Tartan” is the part of the Scottish national clothes. As I know the Scottish men wear skirts, called “kilts”. . The “Tartan” is the pattern of the “Kilt”. The Scotts lived in clans. Different clans had the tartans of different colours - the colours of the “Clan’s” clothes.
42. Eisteddfod is a festival of Welsh culture. Bards and folk-singers come to Wales to take part in Eisteddfod.
43. The state system of the United Kingdom is a “constitutional monarchy”.
44. The British Prime-Minister lives in Downing Street, London.
45. The highest mark in British schools is “A”( exсellent- отлично, превосходно); “B” (good-хорошо,выше ожидаемого); “C”(satisfactory-удовлетворительно, не плохо); “D” (bad-плохо, слабо); “E” ( very bad- очень плохо, очень слабо, бедно, отвратительно).
46. The “bowler hat” means the hat in a form of a “cylinder”. The Englishmen began to wear it since 1797. They were brought to Engand from France and the first man who put this hat on for the first time was John Getterington – the Englishman. Since that time this kind of a hat became very popular among the aristocrats and businessmen.
47. The Englishmen set up a Monument to Francis Drake in Plymouth, a small town at the west coast of Britain.
48. Edinburgh – the capital of Scotland was built on 7 hills.
49. There are two slots in the traditional post-box, which everybody can see in the streets of London nowadays. One is for overseas post and first-class post and the second slot is for second-class post /not urgent/.
50. R.S.V.P is a polite reminder that the guest should respond the invitation.
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