Quizzes for your consumption:
1. Which small, uninhabited island in the Caribbean Sea, an unorganized unincorporated territory of the United States, which administers it through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is also claimed by Haiti?
2. Washington DC is located on land donated by which American state?
3. Bryce Canyon, a giant natural amphitheater created by erosion along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, is to be found in which US State?
4. Deriving from the French for ‘towards Arkansas’, what name is given to the physiographic, geologic, and cultural highland region of the central United States, covering much of the south half of Missouri and an extensive portion of northern Arkansas as well as parts of Oklahoma and Kansas?
5. Which river, perhaps named for the tannic acid it contains, separates the Adirondack Mountains from the Tug Hill Plateau in New York state before emptying into Lake Ontario?
6. With a maximum depth of 594 metres, which lake in Oregon is the deepest lake in the USA?
7. Theodore Roosevelt National Park consists of 110 square miles of badlands in which American state?
8. What is the name given to the historically significant one square mile tract of land along the border between Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania, the ownership of which was disputed from the 17th Century until Delaware’s ownership was confirmed by Pennsylvania in 1921?
9. In 1791, which became the 14th American state and the first admitted to the Union since the original 13 colonies declared independence from Britain?
10. Signed in San Lorenzo de El Escorial on October 27, 1795, establishing intentions of friendship between the United States and Spain, its full title was Treaty of Friendship, Limits, and Navigation Between Spain and the United States and it was also known as the Treaty of San Lorenzo or the Treaty of Madrid. However, the name by which it is best remembered today is that of the American statesman who negotiated the treaty for the United States. What name?
11. Taking place from 1795 to 1803, the Yazoo Land Scandal is the name given to the massive fraud perpetrated by several governors of which state by selling large tracts of land to insiders at ridiculously low prices?
12. Taking its name from a suburb of what is now Mexico City, what name is given to the treaty, signed in February 1848, that ended the Mexican-American War?
13. The land bought from Mexico in 1853 for $10 million in what is known as the Gadsden Purchase is now located in which two states?
14. Guam, Puerto Rico and American Samoa are three of the better known unincorporated territories of the Unites States. Which atoll in the Northern Pacific Ocean is the USA’s only incorporated territory?
15. What was the name of the chief of the Wampanoag Indians who led his people in the bloody war against the English colonists that would become known as King Philip’s War (1675-76)?
16. Which American jurist, statesman, and revolutionary leader from Connecticut served as a delegate to the Continental Congress where he signed the Declaration of Independence and later as the first President of the United States in Congress Assembled?
17. Although his very existence has never been proven, Tom the Tinker was the name given to the leader of which insurrection in Pennsylvania in 1794 caused by the introduction of a hated tax three years earlier?
18. In which city was George Washington inaugurated as the first US President in April 1789?
19. In 1959, Alaska and Hawaii were admitted as the 49th and 50th states. Admitted in 1912, which was the 48th state?
20. Shay’s Rebellion, led by small farmers angered by crushing debt and taxes in the immediate aftermath of the War of American Independence, was an armed uprising that occurred in which state from 1786-87?
1. NAVASSA ISLAND
5. BLACK RIVER
6. CRATER LAKE
7. NORTH DAKOTA
8. THE WEDGE
10. PINCKNEY’S TREATY
12. TREATY OF GUADALUPE HIDALGO
13. ARIZONA & NEW MEXICO
14. PALMYRA ATOLL
15. METACOMET (or METACOM)
16. SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
17. WHISKEY REBELLION
18. NEW YORK
1. Which American doctrine proclaimed, in December 1823, that European powers should no longer colonize or interfere with the affairs of the newly independent nations of the Americas.
2. The Louisiana Purchase occurred under which American President?
3. Containing approximately 80 islands, which lake between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York is drained northward by the Richelieu River into the St. Lawrence River near Montreal and fed by Otter Creek, the Winooski, Missisquoi, and Lamoille Rivers in Vermont, and the Ausable, Chazy, Boquet, and Saranac Rivers in New York?
4. Named after a disparaging phrase used by John Adams to describe agents of Foreign Minister Charles Maurice de Talleyrand, what name is given to the diplomatic episode of 1797 that worsened relations between France and the United States and led to the undeclared Quasi-War of 1798?
5. What was the name given to the two wars fought by the United States of America against the independent Sultanate of Morocco, and the three Regencies of Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli from 1801 to 1815?
6. Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in the USA, is to be found in which Alaskan National Park and Preserve, the name of which means "the great one" in the native Athabaskan language and refers to the mountain itself?
7. Who led the American forces against the British fleet, under the command of Sir Alexander Cochrane, at the Battle of New Orleans, the final major battle of the War of 1812?
8. The Era of Good Feelings is a much-used phrase coined by the journalist Benjamin Russell to describe a period of American history under which President?
9. In April 2007, a strong storm caused a 300 yard breach between Martha’s Vineyard and which smaller island off its eastern end that had previously been connected to the main island?
10. Sometimes known in the South as the Battle of Sharpsburg, which battle, fought in Maryland on September 17, 1862, was the first major battle in the American Civil War to take place on Northern soil and was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with almost 23,000 casualties?
11. What is the name of the historic village in Viriginia where the surrender of the Confederate Army under Robert E. Lee to Union commander Ulysses S. Grant took place on April 9, 1865, effectively ending the American Civil War?
12. With a population of a little over 11,500, which Floridian city is the oldest continuously occupied European-established city in the USA, and the oldest port in the continental United States?
13. It is traditionally held that the American Civil War began when which Confederate General opened fire upon Fort Sumter in South Carolina?
14. In 1848, the former Democratic President Martin van Buren was again nominated for Presidency by which short-lived political party that was active during the 1848 and 1852 elections before being largely absorbed by the Republican Party in 1854?
15. Devils Tower in Wyoming gained its name during an 1875 expedition led by Col. Richard Irving Dodge when his interpreter misinterpreted the Lakota name ‘Mato Tipila’ to mean Bad God's Tower, later to be shortened to its present name. What is the correct translation?
16. Named after an American slave who was later hanged, what name was given to the slave rebellion that took place in Southampton County, Virginia during August 31 during which over 50 people were killed?
17. What was the name of the American Commodore who compelled the opening of the Japanese ports of Shimoda and Hakodate to United States trade with the Convention of Kanagawa in 1854?
18. The Pocono Mountains region is a popular tourist destination located in the northeastern part of which state?
19. Taking its name from the response expected from its members when asked about their involvement with the party, what was the popular name given to the movement that originated in New York in 1843 as the American Republican Party that was empowered by popular fears that the country was being overwhelmed by Irish Catholic immigrants?
20. Kolob Arch, the second longest natural arch in the world, can be found in which National Park in Utah?
1. MONROE DOCTRINE
2. THOMAS JEFFERSON
3. LAKE CHAMPLAIN
4. XYZ AFFAIR
5. BARBARY WARS
6. DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE
7. ANDREW JACKSON
8. JAMES MONROE
9. CHAPPAQUIDDICK ISLAND
10. BATTLE OF ANTIETAM
11. APPOMATTOX COURT HOUSE
12. ST AUGUSTINE
13. PIERRE BEAUREGARD
14. FREE SOIL PARTY
15. BEAR TOWER
16. NAT TURNER’S REBELLION
17. MATTHEW PERRY
19. KNOW-NOTHING (PARTY or MOVEMENT)
20. ZION NATIONAL PARK
1. The name Canada is taken from the St. Lawrence Iroquoian word kanata, meaning what?
2. The capital of Upper Canada from 1797 - 1841, by what name was Toronto known prior to 1834?
3. Which city in Newfoundland and Labrador is the oldest English-founded city in North America and received the first wireless trans-Atlantic message in 1901?
4. Celebrated annually on July 1st, by what name was Canada Day known prior to 1982?
5. Samuel de Champlain founded Quebec City in 1608 under the sponsorship of which French King?
6. Lucy Maude Montgomery's character, Anne of Green Gables was born in which Canadian province?
7. Who was the colonist and soldier of New France who led a French militia, allied with Huron Indians, against a much larger Iroquois army at the Battle of Long Sault in 1660?
8. Who was the Canadian-born French colonial governor who, in 1755, became the last governor of New France before it was ceded to Britain after the Seven Years’ War?
9. Canada shares its only land border with the United States. However, it shares marine borders with which two countries?
10. According to Canadian legend "Push on, brave York Volunteers" were the last words of which British Major-General, nicknamed ‘The Hero of Upper America’, who was killed at the Battle of Queenston Heights in 1812?
11. Which Canadian heroine of the War of 1812, after becoming aware of plans for a surprise attack on troops led by British Lieutenant James Fitzgibbon at Beaver Dams, is said to have walked, perhaps barefoot, approximately 32 km from present day Queenston to Fitzgibbon's headquarters to warn him of the attack?
12. Which easily recognizable twin peaked mountain with two flat-topped cylindrical rock towers, separated by a saddle, in Auyuittuq National Park in Nunavut appeared in the opening sequence of the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me?
13. The Red River Rebellion is the name given to the events surrounding the actions of a provisional government established by Métis leader Louis Riel in 1869 at the Red River Settlement that led to the creation of which Canadian province?
14. One of the most notorious incidents in the history of early 20th century exclusion laws in Canada designed to keep out immigrants of Asian origin, what was the name of the Japanese steam liner that sailed from Hong Kong to Vancouver in 1914, carrying 376 passengers from the Punjab, that was not allowed to land in Canada and was forced to return to India?
15. The only known nesting site of whooping cranes, which national park, located in northeastern Alberta and southern Northwest Territories, is the largest national park in Canada at 44,807 km²?
16. What was the name of the Canadian First World War flying ace, officially credited with 72 victories, the highest number for a British Empire pilot?
17. What was the name of the French munitions ship that exploded off the coast of Nova Scotia in December 1917, after colliding with the Belgian relief ship Imo, destroying most of the city of Halifax?
18. Located where the foothills of the Rocky Mountains begin to rise from the prairie near Fort McLeod in Alberta, which UNESCO World Heritage Site and museum of Native culture has, perhaps, the most unusual name of all World Heritage Sites?
19. What name is given to the formal and ceremonial uniform of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police?
20. What is the English name for the comedy festival Juste Pour Rire held each July in Montreal, the largest festival of its kind in the world?
1. VILLAGE (or SETTLEMENT)
3. ST. JOHN’S
4. DOMINION DAY
5. HENRY IV
6. PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
7. DOLLARD DES ORMEAUX
8. PIERRE FRANÇOIS DE RIGAUD, MARQUIS DE VAUDREUIL-CAVAGNAL
9. DENMARK (GREENLAND) & FRANCE (SAINT PIERRE AND MIQUELON)
10. ISAAC BROCK
11. LAURA SECORD
12. MOUNT ASGARD
14. KOMAGATA MARU
15. WOOD BUFFALO NATIONAL PARK
16. BILLY BISHOP
18. HEAD-SMASHED-IN BUFFALO JUMP
19. RED SERGE
20. JUST FOR LAUGHS
1. Which previously independent Dominion joined the Canadian Confederation in 1948 after a bitterly fought referendum that often descended into a slanging match between Protestants and Catholics?
2. Sharing its name with a Greek goddess, which body of water separates the Queen Charlotte Islands from the mainland of British Columbia in Canada?
3. What was the name of the Belarussian cipher clerk who defected to Canada in September 1945, with 109 documents on Soviet espionage activities in the West exposing Joseph Stalin's efforts to steal nuclear secrets, and the then-unknown technique of planting sleeper agents?
4. Which is the longest river in Canada?
5. Which Polish-born Communist politician and trade union organizer became, in 1947, the only Member of the Canadian Parliament ever convicted of spying for a foreign country?
6. Which is the only Canadian province to have both French and English as official languages?
7. Which Canadian statesman, diplomat and future Prime Minister was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 for his role in defusing the Suez Crisis through the United Nations?
8. Which small, uninhabited barren knoll measuring 1.3 km², located in the centre of the Kennedy Channel of Nares Strait that separates Ellesmere Island from northern Greenland and connects Baffin Bay with the Lincoln Sea is claimed by both Canada and Denmark?
9. Named after a Canadian Prime Minister, what was the name of Constable Benton Fraser’s canine sidekick in the award-winning Canadian television police drama Due South?
10. Canada’s Four Corners point, located near Kasba Lake, is a point at which four political subdivisions meet, namely the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and which two provinces?
11. What was the name of the Minister of Quebec who was kidnapped and murdered by members of the terrorist group The Front de Libération du Québec during the October Crisis of 1970?
12. Cape Columbia is the northernmost point of land of Canada and is located on which island?
13. What was the name of the one-legged cancer patient who became a national celebrity after he undertook the cross-Canada run known as the Marathon of Hope in 1980?
14. Sharing its name with a now defunct American rock group, what is the name of the highest mountain in the Northwest Territories, first climbed in July 1965 by Bill Buckingham and Lew Surdam?
15. What was the name of the gunman who killed 14 women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6 1989, his actions leading Parliament to officially designate December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women?
16. In 2005, which Haitian-born broadcaster and film-maker became the first black person to serve as Governor General of Canada, a post she currently still occupies?
17. What name has been given to the international fishing dispute of 1995 between Canada and the European Union which ended in the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans boarding a Spanish fishing trawler, the Estai, in international waters and arresting its crew?
18. Formerly known as Frobisher Bay, what is the capital and largest town of Nunavut?
19. Canada is the world’s largest producer of which two important metallic elements?
20. What is Canada’s official national summer sport?
2. HECATE STRAIT
3. IGOR GOUZENKO
4. MACKENZIE RIVER
5. FRED ROSE
6. NEW BRUNSWICK
7. LESTER B. PEARSON
8. HANS ISLAND
10. MANITOBA AND SASKATCHEWAN
11. PIERRE LAPORTE
12. ELLESMERE ISLAND
13. TERRY FOX
14. MOUNT NIRVANA
15. MARC LÉPINE
16. MICHAËLLE JEAN
17. TURBOT WAR
19. ZINC & URANIUM