Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Citizenship test introduced in Britain

At long last, the British have introduced a citizenship test for foreigners who want to become British. If you want the passport, then you'll have to read Life in the UK, a special book, and sit a 45-minute test. However, and in contrast to the American one, this test seems more interested in assessing if the applicant can function without adult supervision than her/his knowledge of British society, history and culture.

Some of the questions are a bit odd, in my opinion:

See how you do here.

The exam is a "disgrace," says David Davis, the conservative shadow Home secretary. "Understanding Britain's history is crucial to understanding how our country works in practice today."

I agree with Davis.

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