7 questions on sandwiches


The British town of Sandwich is celebrating the moment when the town's earl was said to have invented the sandwich 250 years ago. Historians argue, however, that the sandwich belongs to a long line of bread-based snacks stretching down the centuries. Test yourself on the humble snack.

Boy with a sandwich

1.) Multiple Choice Question

What was John Montagu, fourth Earl of Sandwich, doing when he ordered his manservant to bring him cuts of beef and slices of bread so that he could continue uninterrupted and eat with his fingers?

Earl of Sandwich
  1. Playing cards
  2. Writing love poetry
  3. Practising fencing moves

2.) Multiple Choice Question

In which work of fiction portraying the English aristocracy do crust-free cucumber dainties become the object of a lie?

cucumber sandwich
  1. Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies
  2. Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest
  3. PG Wodehouse's Right Ho, Jeeves

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Heroes, hoagies and po'boys are all types of sandwiches in the US. Which term originated in New Orleans?

  1. Hero
  2. Po'boy
  3. Hoagie

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Packaged sandwiches are now ubiquitous in the British high street. But in which decade did Marks and Spencer first sell them nationwide, leading to a revolution in lunchtime eating?

Sandwich in a pack
  1. 1960s
  2. 1970s
  3. 1980s

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Smorrebrod is an open sandwich, Scandinavian-style. What does the Danish word roughly translate as?

  1. Anything goes
  2. Buttered bread
  3. Open-face

6.) Multiple Choice Question

The "prawn sandwich brigade" - who are they?

Prawn sandwich
  1. Football fans who are perceived to lack passion
  2. Women who attend the Royal Ascot horse race meeting
  3. Overpaid bankers

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Which of the following popular American sandwich ingredients started life as a processed food for people who had bad teeth and were unable to chew.

  1. Spam
  2. Meat paste
    Meat paste
  3. Peanut butter
    Peanut butter


  1. He was playing cards and gambling. The story goes that he asked for the particular serving so that he could eat while continuing to play cards. According to the British Sandwich Association, his friends asked "to have the same as Sandwich".
  2. It's The Importance of Being Earnest. Vice in the play is represented by Algernon Moncrieff's craving for cucumber sandwiches. In the first act, sandwiches have been ordered for his aunt Lady Bracknell's visit, but they are all voraciously eaten beforehand by her nephew. He lies by saying: "There were no cucumbers in the market this morning."
  3. It's po'boy - a derivation of "poor boy". It is widely believed the sandwich - french bread filled with a variety of ingredients - was made popular during the 1929 streetcar strike. Two brothers, who were owners of Martin Brothers Grocery, are said to have served the sandwich to striking streetcar workers either free of charge or for a few cents.
  4. It was the 1980s. Taking advantage of the development of the easy-seal pack, Marks and Spencer launched its packaged sandwich in 1980.
  5. It's roughly buttered bread and is pronounced "smur-er-BREWTH".
  6. They are football fans who are perceived to lack passion and commitment. The term was coined by footballer Roy Keane in 2000, and is used to refer to fans who attend matches only in order to enjoy corporate hospitality.
  7. It was peanut butter. In the late 19th Century, a doctor experimented with grinding peanuts in a hand-operated meat grinder. The ground paste was then processed and packaged as a nutritious protein substitute for people who were unable to chew meat.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Stale

3 - 5 : Filling

6 - 7 : Upper crust

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