Harry included in new citizenship test

Published September 5, 2003 at 12:56 PM
from The Leaky Cauldron (via The Straits Times)

What's the name of the main character created by British author J.K. Rowling? That's just one of many questionsopens in new window would-be British citizens will be asked when applying for citizenship.

People applying for British citizenship will be refused passports if they fail tests in English, politics, history and culture.

Home Secretary David Blunkett said the exams in 'Britishness' would help fight growing racism in Britain.

In the future, would-be citizens will need to be able to hold a conversation and write at least simple sentences in English.

They will have to be able to answer questions such as the names of the prime minister and the leader of the opposition (Mr Tony Blair and Mr Iain Duncan Smith), Britain's wartime leader (Sir Winston Churchill) and two international organisations the country belongs to (the European Union and the United Nations).

They will also have to know the name and birthplace of Britain's most famous playwright (William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon), Britain's most popular participant sport (fishing) and the name of the main character created by British author J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter).

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