Sick of having the same old arguments with the family at Christmas? Give yourselves something new to debate over the Quality Street – the Farmlife family quiz. Make a note of your answers and check them against the answers at the bottom. No peeking beforehand
1) What are DEFRA secretary Hilary Benn’s middle names?
A James Wedgewood
B John Denby
C Joshua Doulton
2) How many maids were milking in the song the 12 days of Christmas?
3) Which famous author is president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England?
A Bill Bryson
B Frederick Forsyth
C J K Rowling
4) In Greek legend, what is the name given to the creature that is half man and half bull?
5) Which is the longest river in Britain?
A River Severn
B River Thames
C River Trent
6) How many Gold medals did Team GB win at the 2008 Olympics?
7) Which of the following agricultural shows got the highest visitor numbers in 2008?
A Royal Highland Show
B Royal Welsh Show
C Great Yorkshire Show
8) Who was quoted at the NFU’s agm as saying that UK farmers had a “core responsibility to grow and produce the majority of food consumed by British people”?
A NFU president Peter Kendall
B HRH Prince Charles
C Prime Minister Gordon Brown
9) What do you call a group of owls?
10) John Torode, president of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, is famous for being a presenter on TV’s Masterchef. But what’s the name of his fellow presenter?
A Gregg Wallace
B Wallace Simpson
C Greg Dyke
11) Name three of Santa’s Reindeer – other than Rudolph?
12) Wales was victorious in the 2008 Six Nations rugby tournament. But which team came last?
13) In what year was the Queen’s Christmas speech was first televised?
14) Which of the following is a popular day to hold a pheasant shoot?
A Christmas Eve
B Christmas Day
C Boxing Day
15) In which city did US president-elect Barack Obama make his victory speech?
16) Which make of tractor is made in Basildon, Essex?
A New Holland
C Massey Ferguson
17) Which of these isn’t one of the three wise men?
18) Falstaff is a variety of:
19) Which of these three is not a UK village?
A Barton in Arden
B Barton in Fabis
C Barton in the Beans
20) Who is the current holder of the World Record for wheat harvesting?
A New Holland
C John Deere
21) Who was the first person to Score 40/40 on Strictly Come Dancing?
A Colin Jackson
B Natasha Kaplinksy
C Jill Halfpenny
22) Which organisation celebrated its centenary in 2008?
A Tenant Farmers Association
B National Farmers Union
C Farmers Weekly
23) Which of these is not a pure breed poultry variety?
24) Which of these is the traditional Christmas tree?
A Norway Spruce
B Swedish Spruce
C Danish Spruce
25) A male turkey is most commonly called a:
26) In which county is the college Askham Bryan located?
27) The popular Christmas film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is based on a book written by which author?
A Doris Lessing
B Ian Fleming
C P D James
28) Jimmy Doherty fronted a TV show about farming this year. What was it called?
A Jimmy Doherty’s Farming Hoodlums
B Jimmy Doherty’s Farming History
C Jimmy Doherty’s Farming Heroes
29) Who was Hilary Benn’s predecessor as DEFRA secretary?
A Margaret Beckett
B Nick Brown
C David Miliband
30) Which character in the Archers is detoriating with Alzheimer’s?
A David Archer
B Jack Woolley
C Brian Aldridge
31) The film Mamma Mia smashed box office records in 2008? But which Oscar winning actress starred in it?
A Helen Mirren
B Emma Thompson
C Meryl Streep
32) Which is the largest county in Britain?
A North Yorkshire
33) On which date did hunting with dogs become illegal in England and Wales?
A February 2006
B February 2005
C February 2004
34) Which part of your body would be in pain if you damaged your cruciate ligament?
A Your elbow
B Your knee
C Your back
35) Which European city does the Sima show take place in?
36) Which is the odd one out?
37) What is Jethro Tull famed for inventing?
A Barbed wire
B Seed drill
C Baler twine
38) Which farmyard animal starred in the film Babe?
39) If you saw a Turdus merula in your garden. What would it be?
40 ) Solve the following three anagrams (clue: The answers are government agencies operating around the subject of agriculture).
A Contravening enemy
B Stands for “go and decay”
C A masterly repugnancy