The UK is initiating a rather strict test for would be immigrants looking for a British Passport. On the page linked below, there’s a 15 sample question quiz to give a taste of the types of questions being asked. You must read a book and have basic use of the English language in order to prepare and pass the test. After a cold introduction to the questions, (having not read the book they require), I managed a respectable 10 of 15 correctly answered.
Given that I’ve been here just shy of a year and my knowledge is essentially via cultural osmosis so far, I’d say after a couple of years and that book, I’ll be more convincingly British in my knowledge of this countries’ society, traditions and government than much of the native-born population.
* enter school-yard sneering * neener neener neener… 😉
Really though, shouldn’t the fact that I know the four candles / fork handles gag be enough for my inclusion? 😉