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Monday, 2 September, 2002, 12:27 GMT 13:27 UK
How cultured are you?
Some British children cannot tell the difference between a violin and a guitar. Others think Shakespeare, Elvis and Michael Jackson are classical composers, according to a survey.

Before you scoff at such Philistinism, see if you can make the grade in BBC News Online's culture quiz.

Which of these has not been the subject of a recent opera?
A: Princess Diana's death
B: Jerry Springer's talk show
C: England's World Cup win in 1966
In which decade did Picasso create his giant anti-war painting Guernica?
A: The 1930s
B: The 1940s
C: The 1960s
What was Rembrandt’s full name?
A: Jan van Rembrandt
B: Rembrandt van Rijn
C: Romeo van Rembrandt
The aria Nessun Dorma was popularised by the Three Tenors (whose rendition became the 1990 World Cup theme tune) and Russell "The Voice" Watson. Which Puccini opera is it from?
A: La Boheme
B: Turandot
C: Madame Butterfly
What can be made from ox-ear hair, squirrel tail or Kolinsky sable?
A: Paint brushes
B: Violin bows
C: Padding in ballet shoes
Which of the following Britons did not win the Nobel Prize for Literature?
A: Sir William Golding
B: Sir Winston Churchill
C: Sir Kingsley Amis
"Ma dry, cracking bones are soothed and liquefied by ma beautiful heroine's tender caresses." Whose ode to drugs?
A: Thomas De Quincey in his Confessions of an English Opium Eater (1821)
B: Junkie Mark Renton in Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting (1994)
C: Lou Reed in the 1967 Velvet Underground track Heroin
Quite Early One Morning, Adventures in the Skin Trade and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog are prose works by which 20th Century poet?
A: Charles Bukowski
B: Dylan Thomas
C: Allen Ginsberg
Which theatrical legend’s final films included The Enchanted Journey, The Muppet Movie and Transformers: The Movie?
A: Orson “Citizen Kane” Welles
B: Laurence “Hamlet” Olivier
C: John “Look Back in Anger” Osborne
Complete Hugh Mills’ assessment of his country’s cultural tastes. "Nothing unites the English like war. Nothing divides them like..."
A: DH Lawrence
B: Picasso
C: Gilbert and Sullivan
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