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20 Questions on our home and native land

Happy 152, Canada. We have our problems (who doesn't?), but we're still a country worth celebrating. This month, check out your knowledge of all things Canuck. You know doubt know that Mackenzie King was Canada's longest-serving prime minister.
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Happy 152, Canada. We have our problems (who doesn't?), but we're still a country worth celebrating. This month, check out your knowledge of all things Canuck.

  1. You know doubt know that Mackenzie King was Canada's longest-serving prime minister. Who has the record for the shortest term?
  2. Speaking of King, who did he once describe as "a simple sort of peasant"?
  3. The Dionne Quintuplets were born on May 24, 1934. How many of them can you name?
  4. Name the Canadian doctor who was unknown in his home country, but a hero in Communist China?
  5. What was the forerunner of the New Democratic Party called?
  6. Name the Canadian figure skater who, in 1948, became our first female Olympic gold medalist?
  7. Name the former Russian embassy clerk who revealed that a major Soviet spy ring was operating in the U.S. and Canada in 1945.
  8. Name the movement whose breakaway sect, the Sons of Freedom, briefly became famous by burning all of their possessions – often while naked.
  9. The oldest still operating brewing company in North America was born in Canadian in 1786. Can you name it?
  10. According to surveys, what is the most purchased grocery item in Canada?
  11. What New Brunswick-based company is the world's largest producer of french fries?
  12. What is a sourtoe cocktail?
  13. Canada is the world's largest grower and exporter of what colourful fruit?
  14. A Canadian invented a mode of packaging that you most certainly have in your refrigerator right now. Can you name it?
  15. Name the type of screw that bears the name of its Canadian creator.
  16. A Canadian mother of seven invented what still popular contraption that keeps energetic infants happy?
  17. Name the Canadian-created variety of wheat that made Canada 'the breadbasket of the world'?
  18. Name Canada's oldest professional sports team.
  19. Which came first, Fort Edmonton or Fort Calgary?
  20. How many prime ministers have served under Queen Elizabeth's reign?

ANSWERS

  1. Charles Tupper lasted just 68 days in 1896. More recently, John Turner survived just 79 days in 1984.
  2. Adolph Hitler. A slight misjudgment.
  3. Yvonne, Emile, Cecile, Annette and Marie.
  4. Dr. Norman Bethune
  5. It was called the Co-Operative Commonwealth Federation
  6. Barbara Ann Scott
  7. Igor Gouzenko
  8. They were the Doukhobors, located primarily in B.C.
  9. Molson
  10. Macaroni and cheese
  11. McCain
  12. In Dawson City, Yukon, a sourtoe cocktail is a drink the an amputated toe in it.
  13. Blueberries
  14. The egg carton
  15. The Robertson screw
  16. The Jolly Jumper
  17. Marquis wheat
  18. The Toronto Argonauts, founded in 1873.
  19. Fort Edmonton was founded in 1795, Fort Calgary in 1875.
  20. 12 – Louis St. Laurent, John Diefenbaker, Lester B. Pearson, Pierre Trudeau, Joe Clark, John Turner, Brian Mulroney, Kim Campbell, Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin, Stephen Harper, and Justin Trudeau.