According to a poll, more than a third of British people don't know the first line of their National Anthem.
The opening line of 'God Save the Queen' that often stumped England soccer stars was one of ten questions that had been put to 1,000 people in a British culture quiz, the Sun reported.
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But just ten percent got all ten correct and more than 50 percent got half right but five per cent correctly answered two or fewer.
Londoners got the most answers correct, with almost a third nailing all ten- while in Manchester no one scored higher than seven. More than half of those polled got the number of Henry VIII's wives wrong and only 36 percent could not name all four Beatles.
An incredible 82 percent did not know who had written patriotic song 'Land of Hope and Glory'. Newcastle student Megan Hitchings, 18, admitted: "I don't think I've heard of it." And a quarter of people could not name the year of the Battle of Hastings.
The one question 95 per cent of people could answer correctly was "Who stole from the rich to give to the poor?" Even then, one person thought that person was Jesus.
A third did not know who invented the telephone, but just 13 percent got the identity of the Lady with the Lamp wrong. The birthplace of William Shakespeare stumped 45 per cent, while a quarter thought Roald Dahl had written Oliver Twist.
The new Citizenship Test will be getting introduced this autumn to replace the current one which focused on benefits and rights.
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