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1. A popular pub name in England is The King's Head. Which monarch, notorious for arranging for two of his six wives to have their own heads removed, is depicted on this sign?
2. This pub sign depicts a vessel known as a yard glass, which when full of beer becomes a yard of ale. In imperial pints, how much liquid does a traditional yard glass hold?
3. This pub sign shows the English J-class sailing yacht Endeavour which was built to compete in the 1934 America's Cup sailing competition. Her original owner, Thomas Sopwith, is perhaps better remembered for his achievements in what field?
4. A number of pubs in the eighteenth century were renamed The Duke of Cumberland in honour of the English aristocrat famous for his actions in suppressing the rebellious Scottish Jacobites at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. For his firmness in insisting that the Jacobite leaders were executed, he acquired what nickname?
5. The signs for pubs named The Star often show the Star of Bethlehem, leading the Biblical magi to the birthplace of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. Which of the following is NOT one of the names traditionally given to the magi?
6. Another popular pub name in England is the "Royal Oak". Historically, this is taken to refer to an incident in 1651 during the English Civil war, when King Charles II hid in an oak tree to escape his Commonwealth pursuers. What did King Charles do following this incident?
7. A popular pub name, especially in country towns and villages, is the Bull's Head. In what comic novel of rural life would you find a bull named Big Business, as well as cows named Graceless, Feckless, Pointless and Aimless?
8. Pubs often take the name of a locally-renowned individual. For example, more than one pub in the New Forest area of England takes the name of Sir Walter Tyrell. For what action is he remembered today?
9. This picture shows an interesting woodcut-style representation of a black swan, outside a pub in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. At the 2011 Academy Awards, Natalie Portman won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in the film "Black Swan".
10. During the nineteenth century, a number of pubs took names celebrating British military victories. In which campaign was the Battle of the Alma a major victory for a joint Anglo-French army?
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