Monday, July 1, 2013

Canada Day Quiz

On the 146th birthday of our great country, Canada, Number 16 presents a 14-question Canada Day quiz.  See how much you know about the True North Strong and Free.  Ready!  Set!  Go!


1.  Where is the most easterly point in Canada?

A,  Land's End, Newfoundland

B.  Cape Spear, Newfoundland

C.  Rock Point, Newfoundland

D.  Signal Hill, Newfoundland

E.   Clifton Point, Newfoundland

2.   What team won the first Stanley Cup?

A.  The University of Toronto

B.  The Ottawa Generals

C.  Montreal AAA

D.  McGill University

E.  The Toronto Arenas

3.  Which Canadian Prime Minister was born in the same city (Windsor, Ontario) as Shania Twain and also shares her birthday - August 28th?

A.  Lester B. Pearson

B.  Arthur Meighen

C.  William Lyon Mackenzie King

D.  Sir Robert Borden

E.  Paul Martin

4.  Where was actor Michael J. Fox born?

A.  Vancouver, British Columbia

B.  Calgary, Alberta

C.  Winnipeg, Manitoba

D.  Edmonton, Alberta

E.  Toronto, Ontario

5.  Who was the Premier of Quebec during the "Quiet Revolution?"

A.  Maurice Duplessis

B.  Robert Bourassa

C.  Jean Lesage

D.  Daniel Johnson

E.  Claude Ryan

6.  What year did Nunavut officially become a territory of Canada?

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A.  1995

B.  1989

C.  1997

D.  1999

E.  2000

7.  Who was Emily Murphy?

Emily Murphy

A. First female medical doctor in Canada

B.  First female mayor of a major Canadian city

C.  First Canadian woman to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics

D.  First woman appointed to the Canadian Senate

E.  First female magistrate in Canada and the British Empire

8.  Who was the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada?

A.  Vincent Massey

B.  Georges Vanier

C.  Roland Michener

D.  Jules Leger

E.  John Buchan

9.  Who said "I don't even know what street Canada is on.?"

A.  Stephen Colbert

B.  Al Capone

C.  Joseph Stalin

D.  Groucho Marx

E.  Mae West

10.  What is the capital city of the province of New Brunswick?

A.  Saint John, New Brunswick

B.  St. John's, New Brunswick

C.  Fredericton, New Brunswick

D.  Edmundston, New Brunswick

E.  Moncton, New Brunswick

11.  Who was the first Canadian prime minister born in Western Canada?

A.  Joe Clark

B.  John Diefenbaker

C.  Stephen Harper

D.  Kim Campbell

E.  R.B. Bennett

12.  Who founded Quebec City?

A.  Jacques Cartier

B.  Jean Talon

C.  Louis-Joseph de Montcalm

D.  Samuel de Champlain

E.  Bishop Francois de Montmorency-Laval

13.  Which Canadian city was originally named Pile of Bones?

A.  Winnipeg, Manitoba

B.  Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

C.  Regina, Saskatchewan

D.  Victoria, British Columbia

E.  Medicine Hat, Alberta

14.  Which of the following was not born in Winnipeg, Manitoba?

A,  Burton Cummings, singer, songwriter and musician

B.  Joni Mitchell, singer songwriter and musician

C.  David Steinberg, comedian

D.  Deanna Durban, recently-deceased Hollywood film actress and singer of the 1930s and 1940s

E.  Anna Paquin, actress

15.  In 1944, Tommy Douglas led the first democratic socialist government in North America when he became Premier of which province?

A.  Manitoba

B.  Saskatchewan

C.  Alberta

D.  British Columbia

E.  Nova Scotia


1.  B

The most easterly point in Canada is Cape Spear, Newfoundland.  It is located on the Avalon Peninsula near St. John's.

2.  C

The Montreal AAA  1802-1893 Stanley Cup champions

The Montreal Amateur Athletic Association won the first Stanley Cup after finishing first in the standings of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (AHA) at the end of the 1892-92 season.  The Ottawa Generals finished second.  According to the rules of Lord Stanley of Preston, any Canadian team had the right to challenge the Montreal AAA for the silver trophy but none did.  

3.  E

Paul Martin, 21st Prime Minister of Canada, was born on August 28, 1938 in Windsor, Ontario.  Shania Twain was born on August 28, 1965 in Windsor, Ontario.

4.  D

Michael J. Fox was born in Edmonton, Alberta on June 9, 1961.

5.  C

Jean Lesage

Jean Lesage, known as the Father of the Quiet Revolution, was Premier of Quebec from June 22, 1960 until August 16, 1966.  The Quiet Revolution was a period of intense change in Quebec society.  The welfare state came into prominence and the power and influence of the Roman Catholic Church was considerably lessened.  It was a time of rapid secularization in the province as the provincial government seized control of health care and education from the Church.

6.  D

Nunavut officially became a territory of Canada on April 1, 1999 as a subdivision of the eastern portion of the Northwest Territories.  It includes the traditional lands of the Inuit, the indigenous people of Arctic Canada.  The name "Nunavut" comes from Inukitut, the dialect of the Eastern Arctic Inuit and it means "Our Land."

The territory was established by the Nunavut Act of 1993 but did not exist constitutionally until 1999 and its creation marked the first change to the map of Canada since Newfoundland entered Confederation in 1949.

7.  E

Emily Murphy was the first female magistrate in Canada and in the British Empire.  Born in Cookstown, Ontario in 1868, she and her husband Arthur and their two daughters moved west, first to Swan River Manitoba and then to Edmonton, Alberta.  In 1916, Emily was appointed police magistrate for Edmonton and later for the province of Alberta.

Emily Murphy was a strong advocate for the rights of women and a prominent suffragette.  She campaigned vigorously to have women recognized as "persons" in the eyes of the law.  Along with four other women (Nellie McClung, Louis McKinney, Irene Parlby and Henrietta Muir Edwards), she helped bring about a ruling in 1929 by the Privy Council in Britain that recognized women as persons under the BNA Act.  Murphy and her colleagues are known as the "Famous Five" and due to their efforts in the "persons case," Canadian women became eligible to hold an appointed office such as Senator.

8.  A

In 1952, Vincent Massey, born in Toronto, Ontario, became the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada.  Until then, Canada's Governor Generals had been British born peers.

9.  B

American mobster Al Capone said "I don't even know what street Canada is on." in 1931.

10.  C

Fredericton is the capital of the province of New Brunswick.

11.  A

Charles Joseph "Joe" Clark, 16th Prime Minister of Canada, was the first PM to have been born in Western Canada.  Clark, now 74 years old, was born in High River, Alberta on June 5, 1939.  Clark was took the oath of office on June 4, 1979, one day short of his 40th birthday.  He remains the youngest person to have held the office of Canadian Prime Miniser.

12.  D


Samuel de Champlain, French explorer, navigator and diplomat, founded Quebec City in 1608.

13.  C

Regina, Saskatchewan was originally named Pile of Bones from the Cree word "Wascana."  In 1882, it was renamed Regina in honour of Queen Victoria by Victoria's daughter, Princess Louise.  Louise was the wife of the Marquess of Lorne who was then the Governor General of Canada.   In 1905, Regina was designated the capital of the province of Saskatchewan.

14.  B.

Joni Mithell was born Roberta Joan Anderson in Fort Macleod, Alberta on November 7, 1943.  The others were all born in Winnipeg:: Anna Paquin on July 24, 1982;  Deanna Durbin, who died this past April in France at the age of 91, on December 4, 1991, David Steinberg on August 9, 1942 and Burton Cummings of Guess Who fame on December 31, 1947.

15.  B

In 1944, Tommy Douglas, preacher-turned-politician, led the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (forerunner to the New Democratic Party)  to power in Saskatchewan.  As premier, Douglas introduced universal healthcare to the province.

- Joanne

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