Thursday, 4 October 2007

Lessons on Life

I forgot to post the answers to these fascinating questions. Here they are.

1.What is the financial help called that is available to young people from low income families who leave school early?
A. After School Allowance
B. Education Maintenance Allowance
C. Housing Benefit
D. School Leaver's Payment

Now, you might think it would be After School Allowance or School Leaver's Payment because they've left school. Sounds right, doesn't it? Wrong, it's B., Education Maintenance Allowance.

2. What proportion of young adults in the UK have used illegal drugs at one time or another?
A. One quarter
B One third
C. One half
D. Two thirds

This is purely subjective. How many young adults will admit to using illegal drugs is how it should be phrased. The answer is C., one-half. But only after smoking a spliff and snorting some cocaine.

3. Which of the following is not an agreement produced by the UN?
A. The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
B. The Convention on the Protection of the Ozone Layer
C. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
D. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Wait a minute. Isn't this supposed to be a questionnaire on life in the UK? WTF does the UN have to do with it? Anyway, the answer is B., the Convention on the Protection of the Ozone Layer.

4. What percentage of Christians in the UK are Roman Catholic?
A. 10%
B. 20%
C. 30%
D. 40%

Judging from the enrollment at the local Catholic schools, I assumed a big number. It's not. The answer is A., 10 percent (except when trying to get their children into a Catholic school).

5. What percentage of the UK population say they attend religious services?
A. Around 10%
B. Around 20%
C. Around 30%
D. Around 40%
The answer is A., Around 10 percent, which is why the Mormon Church has targeted the UK as a country to send missionaries to. Seriously.


J said...

Thanks for the answers! Very interesting.

I know enough about the Mormon church to 1) know I'll never join and 2) be able to play with the minds of young missionaries (evil cackle).

Queen Vixen said...


DJ Kirkby said...

Oh weird. I left a longish comment about applying for Brisitsh citizenship myself many years ago but it has vanished. Can't remember what I said now so I am going to pretend it was very humorous!

Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!! said...

The only one I got right, was the last one.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the answers.

Crystal xx

lady macleod said...


The Rotten Correspondent said...

Wow. I missed every single one of them!

Flowerpot said...

fascinating though I wouldnt have scored many points on that one!

Kaycie said...

Wake Up, you have an award over at my place.

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

j.: The Mormon Church isn't exactly my cup of tea either.

QV: What's really fascinating is that some nerdy bureaucrat has obviously come up with these questions.

DJ: Being Canadian, you may have had a different experience. I don't know.

VI: Why am I not surprised?

Hiya CJ, Lady M: Hope you had a good weekend.

RC, flowerpot: I don't think even native-born Brits would get many answers right.

kaycie: I'll be right over. I love awards.