CANADA’S HISTORY

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Canada’s History

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Question 1
How many Canadian and Newfoundland servicemen served in World War II?
A
250,000
B
1 million+
C
500,000
D
100,000
Question 2
Canada Day, formerly known as Dominion Day, is celebrated to mark the date of the Dominion of Canada formally came into being in 1867, which is…?
A
May 1
B
June 1
C
August 1
D
July 1
Question 3
How many Canadians lost their lives in the First World War?
A
40,000
B
80,000
C
60,000
D
20,000
Question 4
The commander of the victorious British Army in the Battle of the Plains was…?
A
Arthur Wellesley
B
The Duke of Marlborough
C
Charles Cadogan
D
James Wolfe
Question 5
The Atlantic colonies and Upper and Lower Canada were collectively known as what?
A
Greater Canada
B
Northern States
C
British Canada
D
British North America
Question 6
In what year were Upper and Lower Canada united as the Province of Canada?
A
1830
B
1850
C
1860
D
1840
Question 7
Sir John Alexander MacDonald, first Prime Minister of Canada, is represented on what Canadian currency?
A
$1 bill
B
$10 bill
C
$5 bill
D
$20 bill
Question 8
Sir Wilfred Laurier was the first Canadian Prime Minister…?
A
Who was an immigrant
B
All of these
C
Who was French Canadian
D
Who was born in Canada
Question 9
In 1867, which of these provinces was not part of the new country called the Dominion of Canada?
A
Nova Scotia
B
Ontario
C
Newfoundland
D
New Brunswick
Question 10
The first democratic representative assembly in Canada was elected where?
A
New Brunswick
B
Newfoundland
C
Prince Edward Island
D
Halifax
Question 11
On what day of the year to Canadians remember all those who have served and died for Canada?
A
August 25
B
July 1
C
April 3
D
November 11
Question 12
France’s empire in North America came to an end at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759 in which part of Canada?
A
Québec City
B
Prince Edward Island
C
Hudson’s Bay
D
Montréal
Question 13
Canada became an official title in what year?
A
1776
B
1782
C
1796
D
1791
Question 14
In what year were the majority of female Canadian citizens aged 21 or over given the right to vote in federal elections?
A
1921
B
1916
C
1918
D
1917
Question 15
In 1812, in revenge for British interference with their shipping, which country attempted to invade Canada?
A
Portugal
B
Spain
C
USA
D
France
Question 16
Which of these First Nations tribes did not become allies of the original French settlers?
A
Algonquin
B
Huron
C
Montagnais
D
Iroquois
Question 17
Along with other former countries of the British Empire, Canada is part of which organisation?
A
The Former Empire Club
B
The British Protectorate
C
The Colonial Society
D
The Commonwealth of Nations
Question 18
In the 1920s, it was suggested that what area should become a part of Canada?
A
Alaska
B
The Falkland Islands
C
Ireland
D
British West Indies
Question 19
To defend Canada, the Duke of Wellington chose Bytown as the endpoint of his network of forts. What is it called today?
A
Edmonton
B
Toronto
C
Montréal
D
Ottawa
Question 20
In what year did King Charles II give the Hudson’s Bay Company exclusive trading rights over the Hudson Bay area?
A
1665
B
1675
C
1660
D
1670
Question 21
Which Act of 1791 divided Québec into Upper Canada and Lower Canada?
A
The Québec Act
B
The Constitutional Act
C
The Canada Act
D
The Division Act
Question 22
British Columbia joined Canada in 1871 when Ottawa promised to build a linking…?
A
Highway
B
Telegraph network
C
Railway
D
Canal
Question 23
The Québec Act was based on…?
A
French criminal law and French civil law
B
British criminal law and British civil law
C
British criminal law and French civil law
D
French criminal law and British civil law
Question 24
To mark a remarkable victory in April 1917, April 9 is now celebrated as…?
A
Ypres Day
B
Vimy Day
C
Gallipoli Day
D
Passchendaele Day
Question 25
The export of which of these was not a major part of the Canadian economy when it was first founded?
A
Oil
B
Fur
C
Fish
D
Timber
Question 26
In what year did the Americans attempt to invade Québec?
A
1776
B
1769
C
1771
D
1775
Question 27
Around what time did the word Canada first begin appearing on maps?
A
1650s
B
1450s
C
1750s
D
1550s
Question 28
The first British North American colony to truly govern itself was…?
A
New Brunswick
B
Prince Edward Island
C
Newfoundland
D
Nova Scotia
Question 29
The name Canada derives from the Iroquois word kanata, which means what?
A
Seashore
B
Village
C
Country
D
Lake
Question 30
In which year did the French make peace with the Iroquois?
A
1721
B
1701
C
1741
D
1681
Question 31
During the American Revolution, Joseph Brant led thousands of Native Americans into Canada who were loyal to the British. Which tribe did they represent?
A
Navajo
B
Apache
C
Sioux
D
Mohawks
Question 32
In 1608 Samuel de Champlain built a fortress in an area which is now…?
A
Montréal
B
Toronto
C
Québec city
D
Prince Edward Island
Question 33
Upper Canada became the first province of the British Empire to start to introduce abolition of slavery in what year?
A
1793
B
1776
C
1807
D
1800
Question 34
Which were the first group of women to be given the right to vote in federal elections in Canada?
A
Women married to soldiers in World War I
B
Women working in munitions factories in World War I
C
Women who lost a family member in World War I
D
Women serving as nurses in World War I
Question 35
Having beaten the French, the British renamed the area of the Battle of the Plains what?
A
Prince Edward Island
B
New Britain
C
Province of Québec
D
Newfoundland
Question 36
In what year did the Montréal stock exchange open?
A
1782
B
1832
C
1862
D
1802
Question 37
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are now the national police force of Canada. What were they originally called when they were established to help pacify the west of Canada?
A
The Western Provinces Mounted Police
B
Her Majesty’s Mounted Police
C
The Canada Mounted Police
D
The North West Mounted Police
Question 38
Which of these Canadian tribes was nomadic?
A
Inuit
B
Iroquois
C
Sioux
D
Cree
Question 39
In 1792, black immigrants to Nova Scotia established a colony for free slaves where?
A
Togo
B
Ethiopia
C
Sierra Leone
D
Nigeria
Question 40
The original French economy of Canada was driven by the trade in what?
A
Pine timber
B
Gold
C
Dried fish
D
Beaver pelts
Question 41
In the D-Day invasion of Western Europe on June 6, 1944, Canadian forces stormed and took which beach from the German army?
A
Omaha
B
Sword
C
Gold
D
Juno
Question 42
During the Second World War, Canadians with origins in which country were unfairly discriminated against in British Columbia?
A
Germany
B
Italy
C
Japan
D
Austria
Question 43
In 1813 American invaders burnt down Government House and the Parliament Buildings in York. What is that city now called?
A
Montréal
B
Halifax
C
Kingston
D
Toronto
Question 44
Sir John Alexander McDonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada, was born in what country?
A
Scotland
B
England
C
Canada
D
Wales
Question 45
Many slaves escaped from the United States to Canada using…?
A
The Underground Tramway
B
The Underground Railroad
C
The Underground Canal
D
The Underground Highway
Question 46
The first people to set foot in Canada apart from Aboriginal peoples are thought to have come from where?
A
England
B
Ireland
C
Germany
D
Iceland
Question 47
Samuel de Champlain and Pierre de Monts established the first European settlement north of Florida in which year?
A
1604
B
1512
C
1608
D
1589
Question 48
In 1885 a Head Tax was established to attempt to block the immigration of which people to Canada?
A
Indians
B
Chinese
C
Africans
D
Mexicans
Question 49
Who was the first European to explore the St Lawrence River?
A
John Cabot
B
Jacques Cartier
C
William Cormack
D
Christopher Columbus
Question 50
The Québec Act allowed Catholics in Canada to do what that they could not, at the time, do in Britain?
A
Get married
B
Buy property
C
Celebrate mass
D
Hold public office
Question 51
At the turn of the 19th/20th century, more than 260 Canadians died in which war?
A
The American war
B
The Boer War
C
The Indian war
D
The Mexican War
Question 52
Which of these Canadian tribes lived by farming and hunting?
A
Cree
B
Iroquois
C
Dene
D
Sioux
Question 53
What was the last territory to become part of the Dominion of Canada, in 1999?
A
Nunavut
B
Alberta
C
Saskatchewan
D
Yukon
Question 54
Why did European explorers call the native people they found in Canada Indians?
A
They thought they looked like Indians
B
It was the native people’s word for themselves
C
They thought they were in the East Indies
D
It was short for “Independents”
Question 55
The cities of Edmonton, Langley and Victoria all began as what?
A
Trading posts
B
Religious settlements
C
Army bases
D
Landing stages
Question 56
In what year did the British Parliament pass the Québec act?
A
1767
B
1779
C
1781
D
1774
Question 57
Which was the first Canadian province to give women the right to vote?
A
British Columbia
B
Manitoba
C
Alberta
D
Ontario
Question 58
At the time of the American Revolution, how many Loyalists fled to Canada?
A
40,000+
B
50,000+
C
30,000+
D
60,000+
Question 59
Who was the first person to draw a map of the east coast of Canada?
A
Jacques Cartier
B
John Cabot
C
Ferdinand Magellan
D
Christopher Columbus
Question 60
Louis Riel led uprisings against the Dominion of Canada in 1869 and 1885, leading which people?
A
Métis and Indians
B
Inuit
C
Sioux
D
Iroquois
Question 61
Out of a population of 8 million, how many Canadians fought in the First World War?
A
600,000
B
400,000
C
200,000
D
100,000
Question 62
When European settlers first came to Canada, they caused large numbers of Aboriginal people to die due to…?
A
Execution
B
Disease
C
Starvation
D
Warfare
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Canadian Citizenship Study Guide - Facts You Need to Know

Canadian Citizenship Study Guide Are you applying for Canadian citizenship? Do you find the Canadian citizenship test a bit hard? Many feel a bit nervous when it comes to the test. You might be more curious since you are going to write about another country. You do not need to bother much. The test will have only multiple-choice questions. More importantly, you do not need to write all the correct answers. It will have twenty questions. You can pass the test if you write fifteen correct answers. Also, you will have thirty minutes to complete the test. Even if you do not pass the test on your first attempt, you will be eligible to write for the second time. You might be thinking that what will happen if you do not pass the second time. You will go to the interview straightaway. But yes, the interview will be a lengthy one compared to those who appear after passing the test.

Are you a bit scared? You should not. You can pass the test. You will have to prepare all the possible questions. In this article, we will help you in the preparation. We will discuss what to cover and which things you should consider to perform well in your test. The following Canadian citizenship study guide will answer your queries related Canadian citizenship test.

How to Prepare for the Test

First, you will have to know what you need to prepare for the test. The test will focus on a few subjects. You will have to know about the rights and duties of a Canadian citizen. Also, you will have to study the form of the Canadian government, politics, culture, history, geography, and society. In brief, you will have to cover all the possible aspects. Once you apply for citizenship, you will receive a notice for the test. The notice will include a lot of information about the test. After the test, you will have to appear for a short interview. Make sure that you have the original copies of all documents that you have submitted with the application form. In addition to those documents, you will be asked to bring your travel documents for the last five years.

Resources for the Study

You will have to start with Discover Canada. It has a lot of information about Canada. It is the only government guide that helps people to know more about Canada. The guide will enable you to know about the symbols, regions, history, and the government. The best thing about this guide is that you can read online, listen, or download it. You can order it as well. It is worth mentioning that Discover Canada is the primary source. If you avoid this one and use other sources to prepare for the test, you might not perform well. Yes, you can combine it with other resources to even perform better.

Does Discover Canada Cover Everything?

Even if the Canadian citizenship study guide is free, it has everything that you need to write the Canadian citizenship test. Here are a few things that Discover Canada will cover.

  • The regions and history of Canada
  • Various symbols of Canada
  • The Canadian government and how it works
  • The rights and responsibilities for citizenship

As mentioned earlier, it is available in audio, print, and electronic format. You might notice a difference in different formats. However, the difference is not going to affect your performance in the test.

In addition to this guide, you can consider some other resources to be more confident. You can take online practice tests. Many free options are available. You can enroll in some classes. If possible, you can talk to someone who has already received citizenship. They are not going to share the questions and sample papers. They are not allowed to share the questions since these are copyrighted. But yes, they can give you an overall idea instead of sharing the exact questions.

Additional Tips to Perform Well in Your Test

Join a Class

Once you are done with the preparation, you can take a review class. If you enroll in a class, you can talk to other people. You can share your doubts and get the required help from the instructor. A class will make you familiar with the process. As a result, you will not feel nervous on the test day. You can join free classes offered by the Immigration Centre. These free citizenship classes are for the language benchmark. They offer classes for six weeks. There will be one class every week for two hours.

Plan for Your Review Class

Yes, you can take your review class when you are applying for citizenship with your family. You can check the citizenship study material for your review class. Some materials follow the official requirements and easy to study as well. You can go through the guide questions to prepare well for your test.

Consider Free Online Practice Tests

Now you are all set for your test. You have covered almost everything. You know about the history, language, symbols, government, politics, citizenship responsibilities and duties, and cultural history. Next, you will have to take some practice tests. Most of these tests are free. Therefore, you must give them a try before your writing your test. If you are looking for the best ones, you can consider the following.

You can write as many as possible to be more confident. Some might offer you additional help like coaching and material.

Wrapping Up

Proper preparation is a must to pass the Canadian citizenship test. You will find many free materials online. But make sure that you are going through Discover Canada. You can give online tests to know how close you are to the goal. As you will get thirty minutes for twenty questions, you should not take more time for one question. Instead, do all the easy questions first, and then you can revisit to try other questions. The passing score is fifteen. If you write fifteen correct answers, the next step is a short interview. Finally, you will be in the worth taking ceremony!