Tests on Scotland
Level 1. Elementary
1. The capital of Scotland is ______________.
2. The family groups of Scotland, especially those in the Highlands, are called ___________.
3. A ball game which began in Scotland is _______________.
4. Scotland is not an independent country but part of ____________.
5. The northern hills of Scotland are called ____________________.
6. The most famous poet of Scotland is _______________.
7. The “skirts” worn by Scottish men and women are called _____________.
8. Much traditional Scottish music is played on an instrument called the _______________.
9. Many famous and beautiful medieval ___________ still stand in Scotland and some are still lived in.
10. The Scottish __________ is called the “Saltire” and is a white “X” on a blue background.
Level 2. Intermediate
1. A type of musical instrument, played especially in Scotland and Ireland. The sound comes from blowing air into a leather bag and forcing it out.
2. A strong alcoholic drink originally made in Scotland.
3. Annual Celebration and tribute to the life, works and spirit of Scotland’s greatest poet.
4. A type of thick, Scottish porridge which is served with milk or cream.
5. A game, originating in Scotland, played outside with a small ball hit a long distance into small holes in the ground.
6. The famous Scottish Queen who grew up in France and lost her head in England.
7. A wild plant with sharp points on the leaves and purple flowers. The national emblem of Scotland.
8. The Edinburgh writer who penned Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
9. The largest city in Scotland dating from the 6th Century.
10. One of the most famous lakes in the world, said to be the home of a monster.
11. Name one of Scotland’s heroic Warrior Kings.
12. Britain’s highest mountain, located in Scotland.
13. The last day of the year in Scotland and the parties to celebrate it, which continue through the night.
14. A group of families who originated from the same ancestor and who have the same name.
15. An outdoor competition/celebration that happens every summer in Scotland which involves dancing, music and unique sports.
Level 3. Advanced
1. A pattern of different coloured straight lines crossing each other at 90 degree angles, or a cloth with this pattern.
2. An energetic Scottish dance which is performed without a partner.
3. A low growing bush with blooms of white, pink and purple found on the hills of Scotland.
4. The three languages spoken in Scotland today.
5. A small bag hanging from the belt of a person wearing traditional Scottish clothes, usually made of fur or leather.
6. What and where is the famous “Stone of Destiny”?
7. When the people from the mountainous area of northern Scotland forced out between 1785-1821 is known as the _________________.
8. The most northerly point of mainland Britain/Scotland. (see map)
9. A traditional Scottish food made from sheep’s organs, onions and spices and cooked in a sheep’s stomach.
10. Who was “Bonnie Prince Charlie”?
11. Name 3 Scottish philosophers.
12. The Edinburgh International Festival of the Arts was begun for this reason in this year.
13. What famous early Christian Monastery was founded on an eastern island of Scotland by St. Columba?
14. How many years was Scotland without its own Parliament?
15. What is a “Munro”?
Level 1: 1) Edinburgh, 2) clans, 3) golf, 4) United Kingdom, 5) the Highlands, 6) Robert Burns, 7) kilts, 8) bagpipe; 9) castles, 10) flag
Level 2: 1) bagpipe, 2) whisky, 3) Burns Night/Supper, 4) oat meal, 5) golf, 6) Mary, Queen of Scots, 7) thistle, 8) Robert Lewis Stevenson, 9) Glasgow, 10) Loch Ness; 11) Robert Bruce or William Wallace (“Braveheart”), 12) Ben Nevis, 13) Hogmanay; 14) clan, 15) Highland Games
Key Level 3: 1) tartan; 2) Highland Fling; 3) heather; 4) English, Scots and Gaelic; 5) sporran; 6) The Stone of Destiny was used in the coronation of Scottish kings from the 6th C. to 1292. It is housed with the Honours of Scotland (since 1996) in Edinburgh; 7) the Highland Clearances; 8) John O’Groats; 9) the haggis; 10) Prince Charles Edward Stuart, the “Young Pretender” (fought for crown but lost); 11) David Hume or Adam Smith, Thomas Carlyle; 12) The Festival began in 1947 to “enliven and enrich the cultural life of Europe, Britain and Scotland” and create a new source of tourism for Edinburgh and for Scotland; 13) Iona; 282 years; 14) listed mountains over 3,000 ft. high for climbing (named after Sir. Hugh Munro’s tables)