The C.P.R. Quiz - Social Studies 10

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A quiz for students in Canada taking Social Studies 10. The focus for this quiz is the development of the Canadian Pacific Railway.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    In 1875:

    • A.

      Canada stretched from sea to sea

    • B.

      A railroad was needed to make B.C. join the confederation of Canada.

    • C.

      A & B

    • D.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    C. A & B
    Explanation
    In 1875, Canada stretched from sea to sea, meaning that it spanned from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Additionally, a railroad was needed to make British Columbia (B.C.) join the confederation of Canada. Therefore, both statements A and B are correct.

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  • 2. 

    Some of the obstacles to constructing the railroad included this one.

    • A.

      A need for workers and engineers.

    • B.

      A lack of political support.

    • C.

      Native uprisings.

    • D.

      Weather

    Correct Answer
    A. A need for workers and engineers.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "A need for workers and engineers." This answer suggests that one of the obstacles to constructing the railroad was the requirement for a sufficient number of workers and engineers. Building a railroad involves various tasks such as surveying, designing, and physically constructing the tracks, which require a skilled workforce. Additionally, the need for engineers is crucial in planning and overseeing the construction process. Without an adequate number of workers and engineers, the construction of the railroad would be hindered, making it a significant obstacle.

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  • 3. 

    The initial financing for the railroad came from...

    • A.

      Canada

    • B.

      America

    • C.

      France

    • D.

      Britain

    Correct Answer
    B. America
    Explanation
    The initial financing for the railroad came from America. This is because during the 19th century, the construction of railroads in America was a major undertaking that required significant financial resources. American investors and entrepreneurs played a crucial role in funding and developing the railroad infrastructure across the country. They saw the potential for economic growth and expansion through improved transportation and connectivity, leading to a boom in railroad construction and investment in America.

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  • 4. 

    In 1877,

    • A.

      The railroad was completed.

    • B.

      The railroad had reached Alberta.

    • C.

      One locomotive arrived in the Red River Valley.

    • D.

      Louis Riel attacked the train.

    Correct Answer
    C. One locomotive arrived in the Red River Valley.
    Explanation
    In 1877, one locomotive arrived in the Red River Valley. This suggests that the railroad had made progress and reached a significant milestone by reaching this particular location. It indicates that the construction of the railroad was successful and that transportation via the railroad was now possible in the Red River Valley. The arrival of the locomotive signifies the operational readiness of the railroad in that area.

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  • 5. 

    In the Pacific Scandal, John A. Macdonald accepted a large "contribution" for his party's campaign fund from..

    • A.

      George Cartier

    • B.

      Donald Smith

    • C.

      William Van Horne

    • D.

      Hugh Allan

    Correct Answer
    D. Hugh Allan
    Explanation
    In the Pacific Scandal, John A. Macdonald accepted a large "contribution" for his party's campaign fund from Hugh Allan. This scandal occurred in the 1870s and involved bribery and corruption related to the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Hugh Allan, a wealthy businessman, provided a significant financial contribution to Macdonald's campaign fund in exchange for political favors and contracts related to the railway project. The scandal ultimately led to Macdonald's resignation as Prime Minister in 1873.

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  • 6. 

    The railroad was a vital component of...

    • A.

      The NWT Act

    • B.

      The Pacific Scandal

    • C.

      The National Policy

    • D.

      The Indian Act

    Correct Answer
    C. The National Policy
    Explanation
    The National Policy was a significant factor in the development of Canada's economy and nation-building. It was a set of policies implemented in the late 19th century that aimed to promote economic growth, industrialization, and the settlement of the West. One of the key components of the National Policy was the construction of a transcontinental railroad, which connected the eastern and western parts of Canada. This railroad played a vital role in facilitating the movement of goods, people, and ideas across the country, promoting trade and economic development.

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  • 7. 

    The Canada Pacific Railway Company (C.P.R.) was associate with....

    • A.

      Donald Smith

    • B.

      The Bank of Montreal

    • C.

      The Bank of Hong Kong

    • D.

      Van City Credit Union

    Correct Answer
    B. The Bank of Montreal
    Explanation
    The Canada Pacific Railway Company (C.P.R.) was associated with The Bank of Montreal. This suggests that the Bank of Montreal had some form of partnership or financial involvement with the railway company. It is possible that the bank provided loans or other financial services to support the construction and operation of the railway. This association could have been mutually beneficial, as the railway would have needed financial support, and the bank would have gained business and influence through its connection with such a major infrastructure project.

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  • 8. 

    Donald Smith and his associates came to be known as...

    • A.

      The C.P.R. Syndicate

    • B.

      The Montreal Mafia

    • C.

      The Railway Royals

    • D.

      The Traintrack Terrors

    Correct Answer
    A. The C.P.R. Syndicate
    Explanation
    Donald Smith and his associates were known as The C.P.R. Syndicate because they were involved in the creation and development of the Canadian Pacific Railway (C.P.R.). The C.P.R. Syndicate was a group of influential businessmen who secured the necessary financing and political support to build the transcontinental railway. This project was of great importance for Canada's economic development and national unity, and the C.P.R. Syndicate played a crucial role in its realization.

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  • 9. 

    The new company (C.P.R.) decided on a route that took a more ______________ direction.

    • A.

      Northerly

    • B.

      Southerly

    • C.

      Easterly

    • D.

      Westerly

    Correct Answer
    B. Southerly
    Explanation
    The new company (C.P.R.) decided on a route that took a more southerly direction. This means that they chose a path that went towards the south.

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  • 10. 

    The Last Spike was driven in on

    • A.

      November 11, 1882

    • B.

      November 7, 1885

    • C.

      November 17, 1885

    • D.

      November 7, 1902

    Correct Answer
    B. November 7, 1885
    Explanation
    On November 7, 1885, the Last Spike was driven in. This date marks the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway, a transcontinental railroad that connected the eastern and western coasts of Canada. The Last Spike ceremony was held at Craigellachie, British Columbia, where the final spike was driven into the railway track, symbolizing the completion of the project. This event was significant as it united Canada and facilitated transportation and trade across the country.

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  • 11. 

    _______________________________________________Created his "National Policy" to help finance the construction of the C.P.R.

    Correct Answer
    John A. Macdonald
    Explanation
    John A. Macdonald created his "National Policy" to help finance the construction of the C.P.R. This policy was a set of economic measures aimed at promoting economic growth and development in Canada. One of the key components of the National Policy was the implementation of protective tariffs on imported goods, which aimed to encourage domestic production and raise revenue for the government. The revenue generated from these tariffs was then used to finance the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway (C.P.R.), a major infrastructure project that aimed to connect the eastern and western parts of Canada. By implementing his National Policy, Macdonald aimed to stimulate economic growth, strengthen national unity, and promote Canada's development as a nation.

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  • 12. 

    ______________________________ was an HBC partner and member of the C.P,R. Syndicate.

    Correct Answer
    Donald Smith
    Explanation
    Donald Smith was an HBC partner and member of the C.P.R. Syndicate.

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  • 13. 

    __________________________________________ completed the C.P.R. five years ahead of schedule.

    Correct Answer
    William Van Horne
    Explanation
    William Van Horne is the person who completed the C.P.R. (Canadian Pacific Railway) five years ahead of schedule.

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  • 14. 

    _____________________________________ gave Macdonald's Conservative Party a large amount of money to garauntee he would get the C.P.R. contract.

    Correct Answer
    Hugh Allan
    Explanation
    Hugh Allan provided a significant sum of money to Macdonald's Conservative Party in order to ensure that he would secure the C.P.R. (Canadian Pacific Railway) contract.

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  • 15. 

    ________________________________ was the Liberal Leader who was against the building of the C.P.R.

    Correct Answer
    Alexander Mackenzie
    Explanation
    Alexander Mackenzie was the Liberal Leader who opposed the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway (C.P.R.). Mackenzie believed that the government should not be involved in such large-scale infrastructure projects and that the railway would lead to excessive government spending. He also argued that the railway would primarily benefit Eastern Canada and the United States, rather than the Western provinces. Mackenzie's opposition to the C.P.R. was in line with his broader political ideology of limited government intervention and fiscal responsibility.

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  • 16. 

    Okay, time for the dreaded short essay/paragraph question. (Yes, you may take a moment to moan)Given what you know now, and what you experience today, do you think John A. Macdonald was right to push so strongly for the construction of the C.P.R.? Why, or why not.

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