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Quiz about Wales The Big Country
Quiz about Wales The Big Country

Wales: 'The Big Country' Trivia Quiz


From the idyllic Pembrokeshire coastline to the breathtaking scenery of Brecon, Wales really does have that special something that we like to call Hiraeth. Enjoy!

A multiple-choice quiz by jonnowales. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
jonnowales
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
304,664
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. Wales is a nation that can be geographically described as a peninsula yet has within it further peninsulas. Which of the following Welsh peninsulas was the first place in the whole of the United Kingdom to gain the title of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. In amongst the expanse of Welsh rurality and at the centre of the west Wales agricultural industry lay a farm-cum-theme park. What was the name of this park which attracted visitors from across the UK and beyond? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. The first area of Wales that was elevated to the status of a National Park was Snowdonia and within lies the highest mountain of the country, Snowdon. However, which of the following British mountains is higher than Snowdon and its absolute height of 3,560 ft? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Wales has many islands off its shores and the biggest of them is Anglesey (Ynys Môn). Which of the following Welsh towns is found in the north west county of Anglesey? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Wales is known for many of its place names, some of which are long and some just plain difficult to pronounce. There are places that are easier to get your tongue around however and with that in mind, which of the following biological organisms is a town in north Wales? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Wales has an impressive wildlife scene with many areas, including the National Parks, classified as breeding sites. Which of these islands is found off the Pembrokeshire coastline and is important for the breeding of Manx Shearwater? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. In comparison to England, Wales has very few cities. Swansea, Newport, Bangor and the capital, Cardiff, are the largest. However, there is a very small settlement with a sparse population to match which, upon its elevation to city status in 1994, was the smallest city in the United Kingdom. Which of the following is being described? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid) found in the county of Gwynedd is one of the largest bodies of water in Wales. In the 1990s the Environmental Agency had concerns over the extensive pollution of the lake. It was brought to their attention by the bloom of algae on the lake's surface. What ecological process did this indicate was taking place? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. To the east of Wales is England and to the south is the Bristol Channel. The border on the west coast of the nation consists of two bodies of water; one an ocean and the other a sea. What is the name of this particular sea? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. A village on the fringes of the city of Newport is the location of a famous Roman fortress. What is the name of this Welsh settlement on the river Usk that calls itself home to this fabulous archaeological site of interest? Hint



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1. Wales is a nation that can be geographically described as a peninsula yet has within it further peninsulas. Which of the following Welsh peninsulas was the first place in the whole of the United Kingdom to gain the title of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty?

Answer: Gower

Gower Peninsula, known locally as just Gower, was awarded this distinction in 1956 and for anyone who has visited the area the reason for categorising the locality as such is self-evident. Clear waters and golden sand dunes adorned with the subtle beauty of the local flora is just the beginning of what this relaxing yet intriguing peninsula has to offer.

The scenery and wildlife are treasured by the local communities and for an area that is not far from the urbanised and industrial city of Swansea, Gower maintains an elegant rural charm.
2. In amongst the expanse of Welsh rurality and at the centre of the west Wales agricultural industry lay a farm-cum-theme park. What was the name of this park which attracted visitors from across the UK and beyond?

Answer: Oakwood Park

The pièce de résistance of Oakwood Park was the wooden behemoth that was 'Megafobia', an encroaching roller coaster that was built in 1996. I only went on this ride once (I am prone to motion sickness...honestly!) and it really was exhilarating. The slow rise to the top of the colossus which builds up the tension before you begin to feel the carriage tip over the edge as it plummets back to Earth.

As it was a wooden roller coaster the creaking just added to that authenticity and perhaps pushed the adrenaline levels that little bit further.
3. The first area of Wales that was elevated to the status of a National Park was Snowdonia and within lies the highest mountain of the country, Snowdon. However, which of the following British mountains is higher than Snowdon and its absolute height of 3,560 ft?

Answer: Ben Nevis

Modest in comparison to the likes of Mt Everest and K2, Snowdon which is situated in the heart of north west Wales, really is a splendid geographical feature. The locals know the summit of the mountain by the name 'Yr Wyddfa' which translates into 'The Tumulus' which really does understate the magnitude of the geological disturbance.

The only British peaks that are higher than Snowdon are the mountains of Scotland such as Ben Nevis and others located in the Highlands.
4. Wales has many islands off its shores and the biggest of them is Anglesey (Ynys Môn). Which of the following Welsh towns is found in the north west county of Anglesey?

Answer: Holyhead

The Welsh language is more commonly heard in this area than most other places in Wales and the modest population masks what is essentially a very busy port. The island houses a port for ferries which transports people across to the Republic of Ireland. Holyhead, the birthplace of the brilliant comedienne Dawn French, isn't actually on the island of Anglesey but is situated just four miles away on a separate and smaller isle, Holy Island.

The distance of four miles was used to unimaginatively name a bridge connecting Holy Island to Anglesey, the Four Mile Bridge.
5. Wales is known for many of its place names, some of which are long and some just plain difficult to pronounce. There are places that are easier to get your tongue around however and with that in mind, which of the following biological organisms is a town in north Wales?

Answer: Mold

Mold, a very attractive name for a town I'm sure you'll agree! Mold is a town found in Flintshire, a county which is on the Welsh border with neighbouring England. The actor Rhys Ifans of 'Notting Hill' fame and yes, OK 'Kevin & Perry Go Large' attended a Welsh language school in Mold and Rhodri Meilir, actor in British sitcom 'My Family', hailed from the town.

Some of the more difficult to pronounce towns of Wales include Llanfairfechan and Machynlleth. Also, Wales is home to the small village with the big name Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. I have always wanted to drop that into a quiz!
6. Wales has an impressive wildlife scene with many areas, including the National Parks, classified as breeding sites. Which of these islands is found off the Pembrokeshire coastline and is important for the breeding of Manx Shearwater?

Answer: Skomer

Skomer is one of a few islands found off the Pembrokeshire coast with others including Skokholm and Grassholm. As well as the Manx Shearwater, a species of seabird, breeding on the island of Skomer, the local population of the Atlantic Puffin is thriving.

Tresco, Bryher and St Agnes are all constituents of an archipelago that make up the Isles of Scilly. This beautiful archipelago can be found off the coast of Cornwall, a county in the south west of England.
7. In comparison to England, Wales has very few cities. Swansea, Newport, Bangor and the capital, Cardiff, are the largest. However, there is a very small settlement with a sparse population to match which, upon its elevation to city status in 1994, was the smallest city in the United Kingdom. Which of the following is being described?

Answer: St David's

The 2001 census of the United Kingdom shows that the population of the city of St David's, which is located on the peninsula of the same name, was 1,797. To put this into perspective, my home town of Neath in south Wales had a population of 47,020 at the same census. St David's is the settlement where the patron saint of Wales, St David, came to rest. Truro, Wells and Ripon are all cities that can be found in various parts of England.
8. Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid) found in the county of Gwynedd is one of the largest bodies of water in Wales. In the 1990s the Environmental Agency had concerns over the extensive pollution of the lake. It was brought to their attention by the bloom of algae on the lake's surface. What ecological process did this indicate was taking place?

Answer: Eutrophication

Eutrophication is the process whereby excess nutrients are leached from the soil and enter a body of water such as a lake. The nutrient in question is usually a nitrate which is often applied in the form of ammonium nitrate fertiliser. The blue-green algae bloom in the presence of the nitrates and form a blanket on the top of the lake which blocks light energy from penetrating the lake's surface.

The plants in the body of water do not get the required light energy to photosynthesise and die. Bacteria and other decomposers use the nutrients from the dead plants and respire, depleting the oxygen supply. With decreased levels of oxygen, fish and other organisms die as they are unable to respire. Essentially, the entire ecosystem is destroyed and this concerned the Environmental Agency when this was occurring in Bala Lake!
9. To the east of Wales is England and to the south is the Bristol Channel. The border on the west coast of the nation consists of two bodies of water; one an ocean and the other a sea. What is the name of this particular sea?

Answer: Irish Sea

The Irish Sea, known as Muir Éireann in Irish and Môr Iwerddon in Welsh, is a hydrological barrier between Great Britain and Ireland. Another island, the Isle of Man is found in the Irish Sea. The ocean in question is the Atlantic Ocean.
10. A village on the fringes of the city of Newport is the location of a famous Roman fortress. What is the name of this Welsh settlement on the river Usk that calls itself home to this fabulous archaeological site of interest?

Answer: Caerleon

Caerleon is also nearby the resort of Celtic Manor, an establishment that was at one time run by the first billionaire from Wales, Sir Terry Matthews. The resort had the great honour of being named the venue of a Ryder Cup competition (2010), one of the great golfing tournaments.
Source: Author jonnowales

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