Canadian Government Mid Unit Test

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  • 1. 
    In Canada, we have an election system that is called ______. 
    • A. 

      May the best man win

    • B. 

      Democratic

    • C. 

      Pass the post first

    • D. 

      First past the post

  • 2. 
    How can a party that only gets 35% of the vote have power? 
    • A. 

      All you need is to have the greatest percentage of votes compared to your rivals.

    • B. 

      The other parties that make up 65% can't agree with each other

    • C. 

      The party with the most votes has the strongest leader

    • D. 

      Both A and B

  • 3. 
    What is a Coalition? 
    • A. 

      An evil group of rich people.

    • B. 

      Stephen Harper's golfing foursome

    • C. 

      An alliance for combined action, especially a temporary alliance of political parties forming a government of states.

    • D. 

      Both A and B

  • 4. 
    Why is Stephen Harper afraid of a coalition?  
    • A. 

      The coalition would have 65% of the vote.

    • B. 

      The conservatives would have 35% of the power

    • C. 

      Although the conservatives would be first past the post, they would not be in power forming a government.

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 5. 
    Who makes laws in Canada? 
    • A. 

      Parliament

    • B. 

      The house of commons

    • C. 

      The senate

    • D. 

      The Queen (Governor General)

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 6. 
    What allows us to make laws? 
    • A. 

      The Charter of rights and freedom

    • B. 

      The Declaration of Independence

    • C. 

      The Constitution

    • D. 

      The Ten Commandments

  • 7. 
    Senators are elected? 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    There are two types of Bills
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    The majority of laws start out as Government Bills
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    How much time per day is devoted to private members Bills? 
    • A. 

      1hr

    • B. 

      30 min

    • C. 

      2hr

    • D. 

      3hr

  • 11. 
    How many steps does a Bill go through in the house of commons? 
    • A. 

      (5) Intro, 1st reading, 2nd reading, report stage, 3rd reading

    • B. 

      (6) Intro, 1st reading, 2nd reading, committee stage, report stage, third reading

    • C. 

      (4) 1st reading, 2nd reading, committee stage, 3rd reading

    • D. 

      (3) 1st reading, 2nd reading, 3rd reading

  • 12. 
    According to the presentation, how many steps does a Bill go through in the Senate (Message Stage)? 
    • A. 

      (5) Intro 1st reading, 2nd reading, report stage, 3rd reading

    • B. 

      (6) Intro, 1st reading, 2nd reading, committee stage, report stage, third reading

    • C. 

      (4) 1st reading, 2nd reading, committee stage, 3rd reading

    • D. 

      (3) 1st reading, 2nd reading, 3rd reading

  • 13. 
    What is Royal Assent?
    • A. 

      The PM calls the Queen to get some advice

    • B. 

      The governor general visits Parliament and waives to everyone

    • C. 

      The Queen's representative approves a bill to become law

    • D. 

      The house of commons makes a bill into a law

  • 14. 
    How can you get involved?
    • A. 

      Encourage your MP to vote for or against a bill

    • B. 

      Get educated about an issue and share your thoughts with your MP

    • C. 

      Encourage an MP to introduce a bill that you care about

    • D. 

      Build up support or opposition for a bill in your community

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 15. 
    What is a mace?
    • A. 

      A big gold club that was originally used in England to discourage people from going to the washroom during debate

    • B. 

      A gilded club with the Canadian coat of arms on it. Parliament can only start when it is placed in front of the speaker

    • C. 

      A symbol of the authority of Parliament

    • D. 

      B and c

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 16. 
    At the time Rick Mercer's  "Everything you wanted to know about Canada but were to afraid to ask" video was made (May 2009), how many years had we enjoyed of peace, order and good government?
    • A. 

      100

    • B. 

      131

    • C. 

      141

    • D. 

      151

  • 17. 
    Who is Canada's Head of State?
    • A. 

      The Prime Minister

    • B. 

      The President

    • C. 

      The Governor General

    • D. 

      The Queen of England

  • 18. 
    Who is Canada's Head of State when the Queen is not in town?
    • A. 

      The Prime Minister

    • B. 

      The President

    • C. 

      The Governor General

    • D. 

      The Queen of England

  • 19. 
    What cannot happen in Canada unless the Governor General says so?
    • A. 

      We cannot go to war

    • B. 

      Laws cannot be passed

    • C. 

      Parliament does not sit

    • D. 

      Elections cannot be called

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 20. 
    Who does the Governor General Take orders from?
    • A. 

      The Prime Minister

    • B. 

      The Government of Canada

    • C. 

      The House Speaker

    • D. 

      The Queen of England

  • 21. 
    Stephen Harper was elected Prime Minister of Canada
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 22. 
    What is the only reason why Stephen Harper is the Prime Minister of Canada?
    • A. 

      In his other job he was the president and CEO of a company

    • B. 

      They had a separate election just for PM and he won

    • C. 

      He is the leader of the Conservative party and they have the most seats in the house of Parliament

    • D. 

      Because the Governor General appointed him

  • 23. 
    How can the Prime Minister of Canada keep his job?
    • A. 

      He has to be nice to everyone

    • B. 

      He has to do what Canadians want

    • C. 

      He has to keep the confidence of the house of commons

    • D. 

      He has to have the Governor General over for afternoon tea once a week

  • 24. 
    What happens if the Prime Minister looses the confidence of the house of commons?
    • A. 

      We have an election for a new Prime Minister

    • B. 

      The Governor General asks another leader if they have the confidence of the house and makes them Prime Minister

    • C. 

      The other Leaders play Rock Paper Scissors

    • D. 

      The Governor General Prorogues Parlaiment and calls for a general election.

    • E. 

      B or D

  • 25. 
    How many appointments to the Senate has Stephen Harper Made?
    • A. 

      11

    • B. 

      22

    • C. 

      33

    • D. 

      44

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