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Polish general knowledge quiz.(for foreigners)


a.k.
12 Oct 2011 #1
The following quiz is to test your general knowledge about Poland. The rules are simple:

1. You must be a resident (non-Polish) in another country, or a foreigner living in Poland for less than 1 year.

2. Please don't cheat! If you "Google" the answers, you'll only be cheating on yourself.

Good luck.


Let's make one!

1. What are the colors of Polish flag:
a. red and white
b. white and red
c. white and red with blue triangle

2. Are nonprivate university courses in Poland free?
a. yes all courses are free
b. no, only day time, working week courses are free
c. as in answer b, but a second major is not free

3. Schoolkids in Poland needs to wear a uniform:
a. true
b. false
c. they don't wear it either way

4. What creature is on Polish Coat of Arms:
a. a stork
b. a bison
c. an eagle

5. What is the name of Polish anthem:
a. Mazurek Dąbrowskiego
b. Rota
c. My, Pierwsza Brygada

6. What was the name of first dynasty rulling on Polish lands
a. Lech
b. Piast
c. Jagiellonians

7. Every citizen of Poland has a number called:
a. NIP
b. PESEL
c. Id card number

8. What is celebrated on the Polish national holiday on August 15:
a. Assumption of Mary
b. Battle of Warsaw
c. The end of harvest season

9. How many years Poland was under the partitions:
a. 123
b. 105
c. 98

10. At what places in Poland drinking alcohol is illegal:
a. in public places
b. on streets, backyards, parks and playgrounds
c. there are no restrictions about places when a person cannot drink alcohol

11. What year the communism in Poland ended:
a. 1991
b. 1989
c. 1990

12. What was the first capital city of Poland:
a. Cracow
b. Biskupin
c. Gniezno

Don't cheat! :)
Seanus 15 | 19,706
12 Oct 2011 #2
The first question reminds me of a Marx Brothers sketch, a.k. Are you after Mullins and McCartey? No, the fellas we are after are McCartey and Mullins :) :)

You would have been well advised to write:

c half red and half white.

Then the test would have been truly Polish ;) ;)
OP a.k.
12 Oct 2011 #3
Seanus

Actually you're not right. The catch is that the sequence is important! :)

Don't you want to try and do the test?
Vincent 9 | 836 Moderator
12 Oct 2011 #4
Ok How many have I got right, if any?

1b,2c,3a,4c,5c 6b,7a.8a .9a.10a.11a,12a
Seanus 15 | 19,706
12 Oct 2011 #5
Polska Biało-Czerwoni tells you all you need to know but b is not wrong :) :) Some people might have their flag inverted ;)

I can assure you that the test is not too hard for me having been here for so long. Besides, it's best to be sure face-2-face. Anyone can say they got 100% but cheat all the while.
OP a.k.
12 Oct 2011 #6
Ok How many have I got right, if any?

I will tell you tomarrow. Maybe some other users wants to check their knowledge ;)

an assure you that the test is not too hard for me having been here for so long.

It's basic but there are some tricky answers which I hope some users will fall for ;)

Besides, it's best to be sure face-2-face. Anyone can say they got 100% but cheat

I believe in your honesty.
Seanus 15 | 19,706
12 Oct 2011 #7
Hmm...Kraków. Are you sure, Vince? ;)
Vincent 9 | 836 Moderator
12 Oct 2011 #8
not sure just know that it was once the capital before Warsaw
Sidliste_Chodov 1 | 441
12 Oct 2011 #9
10. At what places in Poland drinking alcohol is illegal:
a. in public places
b. on streets, backyards, parks and playgrounds
c. there are no restrictions about places when a person cannot drink alcohol

In reality, "c" would be correct :D
Seanus 15 | 19,706
12 Oct 2011 #10
But perhaps not the first ;)
Vincent 9 | 836 Moderator
12 Oct 2011 #11
I will be honest and say that I have never heard of the other two, shame. Oh well Maybe I got the flag right:)
Seanus 15 | 19,706
12 Oct 2011 #12
Google and you will see, I don't want to spoil things for others ;)

Sid, I see a D option in post 20 ;) ;) What's that about? ;)
OP a.k.
13 Oct 2011 #13
13. What was the name of the party rulling during communism since 1948 to its fall
a. PRL
b. PZPR
c. PPR

14. Polish Parliment is bicameral
a. true
b. false

15. President's of Poland constitutional term in office lasts:
a. 4 years
b. 5 years
c. 6 years

16. Polish parliment constitutionally is chosen for:
a. 3 years
b. 4 years
c. 5 years

17. Visegrád Group wasn't formed with
a. Hungry
b. Ukraine
c. Czechoslovakia

18. In what year the first constitution of Poland was ratified:
a. 1791
b. 1813
c. 1918

19. What's the name of an office which is the head of Polish goverment
a. chancellor (kanclerz)
b. prime minister (premier)
c. president (prezydent)

20. A person in Poland become adult at the age of
a. 17
b. 18
c. 21

If Im not mistaken,all 3 have been national "hyms" at one time or another........

All 3 were the candidates to become the Polish National Anthem. But only one of them was chosen. Which one?

No one else wants to have a fun and answer 20 simple questions checking knowledge about Poland? I'm dissapointed :(
Vincent 9 | 836 Moderator
13 Oct 2011 #14
Purely guesswork, but will learn something new when you give the answers :)

13. b. PZPR; 14. a. true; 15. a. 4 years; 16. b. 4 years; 17. b. Ukraine; 18. a. 1791; 19. c. president (prezydent) 20. c. 21
OP a.k.
13 Oct 2011 #15
1. You must be a resident from another country, or a foreigner living in Poland for less than 1 year.

Hey, I didn't made this rule! :) I think that all foreigners even if they don't live in Poland can try their knowledge (or try to guess the answers). It's all about fun. Just don't say you know the answer for sure to not spoil the quiz to others.

I will solve the quiz in the evening.
Mooselimb
13 Oct 2011 #16
c. there are no restrictions about places when a person cannot drink alcohol

In reality, "c" would be correct :D

The question is WHEN or WHERE?i think the answer should be NONE OF THE ABOVE?am i right?
OP a.k.
13 Oct 2011 #17
It's a language mistake. I'm sorry, of course there should be where. I'm asking about places.
Mooselimb
13 Oct 2011 #18
. Please don't cheat! If you "Google" the answers, you'll only be cheating on yourself

i didnt but would like to test myself:D
1:b
2:c
3:b
4:c
5:Really dont know:( wild guess in the dark....B
6:Another one dont know,will not even guess:(
7:b
8:a(another guess as once i arrived on 15th august and everything was closed so figuring it was relegious)
9:a(as per common knowledge over 100)
10:c(if the question you meant as there are resterictions where to drink alcohol)
11:b
12:a
13:b(wild guess again)
14:a
15:a
16:b
17:b
18:a(thinking it will be the oldest)
19:c
20:a(assuming one can have sex at the age of 16 and above legally)

The following quiz is to test your general knowledge about Poland.

When posting answers can you please rate everyone who answered:)
OP a.k.
13 Oct 2011 #19
When posting answers can you please rate everyone who answered:)

No problem since it seems you two will be the only to rate.

1. What are the colors of Polish flag:
a. red and white
b. white and red
c. white and red with blue triangle

Red and white would be the flag of Indonesia

2. Are nonprivate university courses in Poland free?
a. yes all courses are free
b. no, only day time, working week courses are free
c. as in answer b, but a second major is not free

3. Schoolkids in Poland needs to wear a uniform:
a. true
b. false
c. they don't wear it either way

Actually when I created this question I thought the correct answer would be c) but in fact it depends on school now.
During PiS goverment, a new Minister of Education Roman Giertych (from LPR) introduced in 2006 an obligation of wearing uniforms in elementary and middle schools to prevent poorer kids from being singled out. In fact it met a huge critisism - kids opposed wearing uniforms, parents complained about additional expenses. That led to abolishion of that requirement in 2008. Since them some schools still require to wear uniforms (as a inner school rule), but most don't.

4. What creature is on Polish Coat of Arms:
a. a stork
b. a bison
c. an eagle

All of those animals are in some way associated with Poland but the white eagle on red background makes the Polish Coat of Arms. It is connected with legend about progenitor of Polish nation - Lech who was inspired by an eagle where to establish his settlement.

It is said that most storks are born in Poland. European bison (in Polish: żubr) was extincted on the wilde but reintroduced. You can find żubr only in: Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania and Russia. Especially famous of żubr population is Białowieża forest. Poland was very engaged in the action of reintroduction of that spiecies.

5. What is the name of Polish anthem:
a. Mazurek Dąbrowskiego
b. Rota
c. My, Pierwsza Brygada

6. What was the name of first dynasty rulling on Polish lands
a. Lech
b. Piast
c. Jagiellonians

7. Every citizen of Poland has a number called:
a. NIP
b. PESEL
c. Id card number

NIP = numer identyfikacji podatkowej (tax identification number) issued when you fill an application. Id card (dowód osobisty) is given to adults (in most cases). PESEL = national identification number, 6 first numbers of it are your date of birth.

8. What is celebrated on the Polish national holiday on August 15:
a. Assumption of Mary
b. Battle of Warsaw
c. The end of harvest season

On that day there are celebrated 2 holidays: a religious one (Assumption of Mary) and a national one called Święto Wojska Polskiego (A Holiday of Polish Army) which is a day of Battle of Warsaw commemoration (called also the Miracle on Vistula river).

9. How many years Poland was under the partitions:
a. 123
b. 105
c. 98

10. At what places in Poland drinking alcohol is illegal:
a. in public places
b. on streets, backyards, parks and playgrounds
c. there are no restrictions about places when a person cannot drink alcohol

You can get a ticket if you drink on the streets. However some doesn't give a toss.

11. What year the communism in Poland ended:
a. 1991
b. 1989
c. 1990

12. What was the first capital city of Poland:
a. Cracow
b. Biskupin
c. Gniezno

Every child in Poland is taught that there were three capital cities in Polish history: Gniezno was the first, Cracow was the second and Warsaw was the third. But it's not true. I've just read that recent archeologist research revealed that Poznań was more important town in those times than Gniezno. Gniezno is near Poznań so we can certainly say that origins of Polish state are somewhere from there :) Also there were some other episodical capital cities during Poland's existense.

If you check the legend about Lech the place where he found white eagle nest he named Gniezno (nest in Polish is gniazdo)

13. What was the name of the party rulling during communism since 1948 to its fall
a. PRL
b. PZPR
c. PPR

14. Polish Parliment is bicameral
a. true
b. false

Parlament = Sejm + Senat

15. President's of Poland constitutional term in office lasts:
a. 4 years
b. 5 years
c. 6 years

16. Polish parliment constitutionally is chosen for:
a. 3 years
b. 4 years
c. 5 years

17. Visegrád Group wasn't formed with
a. Hungry
b. Ukraine
c. Czechoslovakia

18. In what year the first constitution of Poland was ratified:
a. 1791
b. 1813
c. 1918

19. What's the name of an office which is the head of Polish goverment
a. chancellor (kanclerz)
b. prime minister (premier)
c. president (prezydent)

Goverment is composed of ministers which are lead by a prime minister.

20. A person in Poland become adult at the age of
a. 17
b. 18
c. 21

18 can drink, smoke cigarettes, gain a driving license and vote.

Mooselimb
11/20

Check if didn't made a mistake

Vincent

1b,2c,3a,4c,5c 6b,7a.8a .9a.10a.11a,12a
13. b. PZPR;14. a. true; 15. a. 4 years; 16. b. 4 years;17. b. Ukraine;18. a. 1791; 19. c. president (prezydent) 20. c. 21

10/20
Not bad :)
Vincent 9 | 836 Moderator
13 Oct 2011 #20
Thank for running the quiz a.k.. Well 50% is not too bad:) I was looking for trick questions and should have had No 20 correct as it's the same in most countries. I also knew the Berlin wall fell in 1989, but for some reason I thought I'd read that the communists stayed for another two years PL. My bad:)
isthatu2 4 | 2,703
13 Oct 2011 #21
All 3 were the candidates to become the Polish National Anthem. But only one of them was chosen. Which one?

Ahh, Well, easy then, A,Mazurek Dąbrowskiego
( What were the other ones called then? Was Bogwottsits ever? Or was I just mis translating "candidates for"? :) )
ps, glad this got seperated into its own thread, Top job Mod ! :)
OP a.k.
13 Oct 2011 #22
I also knew the Berlin wall fell in 1989, but for some reason I thought I'd read that the communists stayed for another two years PL.

In 1991 was Soviet Union dissolution.

Thank for running the quiz a.k..

Thank you for creating this thread. Too bad so little people wanted to take part in it.

ps, glad this got seperated into its own thread, Top job Mod ! :)

You're late! :)
isthatu2 4 | 2,703
13 Oct 2011 #23
I know! Im just going to ignore your answers post and give it a go anyway later :)
Tempesta
13 Oct 2011 #24
President would be the head of the Polish state, right?
And does Poland have an office called chancellor and does it have any real power?
Allways thought having chancellors was something unique to us Germans and the Imperium in Star Wars ;)

The question about the coat of arms is by the way quite easy to guess.
All countries, or at least all countries worth knowing either have an eagle or a lion as their coat of arms. You should have at least included the lion to the list of possible answers :D
OP a.k.
13 Oct 2011 #25
And does Poland have an office called chancellor

No, she haven't.

Chancellor is like a prime minister in Germany.

Battle of Warsaw

To makes things clear I mean battle of 1920.
scottie1113 7 | 898
13 Oct 2011 #26
18 out of 20 isn't bad. It would have been 19, but you say that for 8 the answer is the battle for Warsaw. My calendars always list it as the Assumption of Mary. I think I'm right on this one.
Mooselimb
14 Oct 2011 #27
[quote=a.k.]Thank you for creating this thread. Too bad so little people wanted to take part in it.[/quot
Good thread AK,I feel like a SLUM DAWG MILLIONAIRE :)

18 can drink, smoke cigarettes, gain a driving license and vote

Just to question isnt 16 legal age to have sex in poland?Doesnt one be considered to have sex at an adult age considered by the law of the land?Now to drink in USA is 21,and to vote is 18 so is to have sex.......wouldnt 16 be also considered legal age?????Guess its a grey area....depends how you look at it:)very debatable but still I think 16 can be legal adult age also in Poland?wonder what Polish law define an adult as?
legend 3 | 664
14 Oct 2011 #28
Im Polish ethnically but I havent been to Poland in almost 20 years... theres a lot I cant answer o.o

I failed (9/20 I think) teacher please give me an A instead :D

Wait I passed! 10/19 (I didnt understand what bicameral is but I knew it consisted of 2 parts).


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