100 Questions On Singapore

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  • 1. 
      There was an early settlement long before the arrival of Stamford Raffles. It was located between the mouth of the Singapore River and a small watercourse known today as Stamford Canal. What was the original name of this stream?
    • A. 

      Fresh Water Well

    • B. 

      Fresh Water Lake

    • C. 

      Fish Water Spring

    • D. 

      Fresh Water Spring

  • 2. 
    When did the first junk transporting immigrants from China arrive in Singapore?  
    • A. 

      1820

    • B. 

      1821

    • C. 

      1822

    • D. 

      1823

  • 3. 
    The earliest mosque in Singapore is believed to be
    • A. 

      Jamae mosque

    • B. 

      Omar mosque

    • C. 

      Al Abrar mosque

    • D. 

      Hajjah Fatimah mosque

  • 4. 
    The oldest Jewish synagogue is the Maghain Aboth built in 1878. It is located at
    • A. 

      Queen Street

    • B. 

      Waterloo Street

    • C. 

      Victoria Street

    • D. 

      Bencoolen Stret

  • 5. 
    The Sikhs make up a small but significant proportion of the Indian population of Singapore. They began arriving in Singapore from as early as 1881. Committed to their religion, they set about establishing temples. Today, the Central Sikh Temple is an imposing building, capped by an impressive dome. Where is it located?
    • A. 

      Queen Street

    • B. 

      Silat Street

    • C. 

      Towner Road

    • D. 

      Serangoon Road

  • 6. 
    It is interesting to know that it was a wealthy Arab Muslim who donated the land for two non-Muslim buildings in Singapore. One of them was  
    • A. 

      The Armenian Church

    • B. 

      St Andrew's Cathedral

    • C. 

      Methodist Girls' School in Sophia Road

    • D. 

      Church of True Light off Serangoon Road

  • 7. 
    In 1875, the government bought over the old Parliament House for $15,000. What purpose, then, did it come to serve?  
    • A. 

      Quarantine centre for new immigrants

    • B. 

      Lookout point for smuggling

    • C. 

      The first government hospital

    • D. 

      Supreme Court of the colonial government

  • 8. 
    On what occasion was the bronze statue of Stamford Raffles moved from its original site to its present location in front of the Victoria Memorial Hall?
    • A. 

      Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee

    • B. 

      The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

    • C. 

      Singapore's centenary celebrations

    • D. 

      After the surrender of the Japanese in 1945

  • 9. 
    Today we are familiar with what is referred to as the Padang. It was, however, not known as the Padang until 1906. What was the original name given to it by Stamford Raffles?
    • A. 

      The Walk

    • B. 

      The Bay

    • C. 

      The Flatland

    • D. 

      The Plain

  • 10. 
    The Istana is today the official residence of the President of the Republic of Singapore. The word means 'palace' in Malay. What was the name given to it when it was first built?
    • A. 

      Governor's House

    • B. 

      Colonial House

    • C. 

      Temasek House

    • D. 

      Government House

  • 11. 
    In which year was the Istana built?  
    • A. 

      1869

    • B. 

      1879

    • C. 

      1871

    • D. 

      1872

  • 12. 
    Who supervised the construction of the Istana?  
    • A. 

      A J F McNair

    • B. 

      George D Coleman

    • C. 

      C Ronald MacPherson

    • D. 

      John Napier

  • 13. 
    Where was Tan Tock Seng Hospital originally located?
    • A. 

      Outram Park

    • B. 

      People's Park

    • C. 

      Moulmein Road

    • D. 

      Pearl's Hill

  • 14. 
    The site at which City Hall stands today was once occupied by the homes of private individuals. It was an oversight that led to the land sale. Stamford Raffles had wanted the site reserved for administrative buildings. The private homes eventually gave way to City Hall. When was City Hall built?
    • A. 

      Between 1928 and 1931

    • B. 

      Between 1927 and? 1930

    • C. 

      Between 1926 and 1929

    • D. 

      Between 1929 and 1932

  • 15. 
    Who designed the Supreme Court Building?
    • A. 

      George Coleman

    • B. 

      Colonel Jackson

    • C. 

      Henry McCallum

    • D. 

      Dorrington Ward

  • 16. 
    Pulau Ubin was once of great value to the main island of Singapore because of a valuable item it could offer. What was that item?
    • A. 

      Fish

    • B. 

      Sand

    • C. 

      Vegetables

    • D. 

      Granite

  • 17. 
    When did Raffles Hotel open for business?
    • A. 

      1877

    • B. 

      1887

    • C. 

      1896

    • D. 

      1892

  • 18. 
    The Alsagoffs have always been a prominent family in Singapore. Their history can be traced back to 1824 when the first of them arrived in Singapore from Yemen, which is today south of Saudi Arabia. Beginning with trading in spices, the family went on to own land in different parts of Singapore and were engaged in various charitable activities. Who was the old patriarch of this family?
    • A. 

      Syed Abdul Raman Taha Alsagoff

    • B. 

      Syed Mohammad Ahmad Alsagoff

    • C. 

      Syed Mohammed Alsagoff

    • D. 

      Syed Ali Redha Alsagoff

  • 19. 
    What was the name given to Keppel Harbour when it began to service ocean going vessels?
    • A. 

      Tanjong Pagar Harbour

    • B. 

      New Harbour

    • C. 

      Singapore Harbour

    • D. 

      Raffles Harbour

  • 20. 
    Keppel Harbour was named after Captain Henry Keppel. Who was he?
    • A. 

      Governor of the Straits Settlements

    • B. 

      Governor General of India

    • C. 

      Admiral of the British Navy

    • D. 

      Commodore of the British Merchant Fleet

  • 21. 
    Singapore's only suspension bridge is the
    • A. 

      Read Bridge

    • B. 

      Ord Bridge

    • C. 

      Cavenagh Bridge

    • D. 

      Anderson Bridge

  • 22. 
    Which was the first bridge to be built across the Singapore River?
    • A. 

      Elgin Bridge

    • B. 

      Montgomery Bridge

    • C. 

      Coleman Bridge

    • D. 

      Pulau Saigon Bridge

  • 23. 
    What was the very first name of Fort Canning?  
    • A. 

      Temasek Hill

    • B. 

      Government Hill

    • C. 

      Royalty Hill

    • D. 

      Forbidden Hill

  • 24. 
    In which year did trolley buses first ply the roads of Singapore?
    • A. 

      1918

    • B. 

      1920

    • C. 

      1926

    • D. 

      1928

  • 25. 
    It was not always the motorised vehicle that served as a means of transport in Singapore. In the days before and even after the arrival of Stamford Raffles, what was the standard mode of transport?
    • A. 

      The horse and carriage

    • B. 

      The bullock cart

    • C. 

      The jinrickshaw

    • D. 

      The trishaw

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