Jose Rizal Life Incidents Quiz: How Well Do You Know?

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This is the Jose Rizal life incidents quiz. Want to see how well do you know him? Take this fun and comprehensive quiz to answer the following questions and find out if you really know about his life and experiences as well as you think you do. Keep in mind, we will dive deep and ask about every little tidbit so put on your thinking caps and make sure to share this quiz with other Jose Rizal fans as well!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    On his last night in Manila, Rizal rode about the city and its suburbs. He was accompanied by ___________.

    • A.

      Uncle Antonio Rivera

    • B.

      Paciano

    • C.

      Soledad

    • D.

      Both Uncle Antonio Rivera and Paciano

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Soledad
    Explanation
    On his last night in Manila, Rizal rode about the city and its suburbs. He was accompanied by his sister Soledad.

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  • 2. 

    When did Rizal leave for Spain to complete his university studies and improve his knowledge of arts & sciences and his God-given talents?

    • A.

      May 3, 1880

    • B.

      May 3, 1881

    • C.

      May 3, 1882

    • D.

      May 3, 1883

    • E.

      May 3, 1884

    Correct Answer
    C. May 3, 1882
    Explanation
    Rizal left for Spain on May 3, 1882 to complete his university studies and enhance his knowledge of arts and sciences, as well as develop his God-given talents.

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  • 3. 

    Rizal's departure for Spain was kept secret, but the following below knew that Jose was leaving EXCEPT 

    • A.

      His parents

    • B.

      His sisters

    • C.

      Uncle Antonio Rivera

    • D.

      Some close friends

    • E.

      Paciano

    Correct Answer
    A. His parents
    Explanation
    Except for his parents, Rizal's departure for Spain was kept secret from everyone in his life.

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  • 4. 

    In Singapore, Rizal boarded this French steamer named __________, which was sailing to Europe. 

    • A.

      Belvic

    • B.

      Salvadora

    • C.

      Hayfong

    • D.

      City of Rome

    • E.

      Djemnah

    Correct Answer
    E. Djemnah
    Explanation
    Rizal boarded the French steamer named Djemnah in Singapore, which was sailing to Europe.

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  • 5. 

    On board the steamer bound for Europe, Jose Rizal attempted to speak French with other passengers but they had difficulty understanding him. He tried different approaches to try and communicate with the other passengers, speaking in different ways except:

    • A.

      Speak it with Latin and Spanish words

    • B.

      Aid it with much gesticulation

    • C.

      Aid it with frequent sketching on paper

    • D.

      Speak it with German and Greek

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. Speak it with German and Greek
    Explanation
    Rizal did not try to speak German and Greek but tried different languages and movements to communicate with other passengers.

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  • 6. 

    Where did Rizal hear mass on the sunrise of his embarkation date to Madrid, Spain?

    • A.

      Sto. Domingo Church

    • B.

      San Agustin church

    • C.

      Manila Cathedral

    • D.

      San Francisco Church

    • E.

      Recoletos Church

    Correct Answer
    A. Sto. Domingo Church
    Explanation
    Rizal heard mass at Sto. Domingo Church on the sunrise of his embarkation date to Madrid, Spain.

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  • 7. 

    On June 2, 1882, Rizal arrived in the city of ___________and the beautiful moonlight of this picturesque city reminded him of his family and Calamba.

    • A.

      Colombo

    • B.

      Singapore

    • C.

      Aden

    • D.

      Marseilles

    • E.

      Suez

    Correct Answer
    E. Suez
    Explanation
    Rizal arrived in the city of Suez on June 2, 1882. The beautiful moonlight of this picturesque city reminded him of his family and Calamba.

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  • 8. 

    Rizal landed to see the interesting spots of ____________, the Mediterranean terminal of Suez Canal, where he heard the multi-racial residents speaking a babel of tongues. 

    • A.

      Point de Galle

    • B.

      Port Said

    • C.

      Colombo

    • D.

      Aden

    • E.

      Marseilles

    Correct Answer
    B. Port Said
    Explanation
    Rizal landed in Port Said, the Mediterranean terminal of the Suez Canal, to see the interesting spots and observe the multi-racial residents speaking different languages.

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  • 9. 

    In his two-day sojourn in the English colony of Singapore, what did Rizal particularly admire?

    • A.

      Their languages and culture they spoke

    • B.

      Their customs and traditions that were somewhat alike to the Filipinos

    • C.

      The confidence which natives of Singapore seemed to have in their government

    • D.

      Their discipline and strict compliance of imposed laws

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. The confidence which natives of Singapore seemed to have in their government
    Explanation
    Rizal particularly admired the confidence which natives of Singapore seemed to have in their government. This suggests that Rizal observed a sense of trust and belief in the government among the people of Singapore during his visit. This admiration could stem from Rizal's own aspirations for good governance and his desire to see the same level of confidence in the Filipino government.

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  • 10. 

    Who was the editor of Diariong Tagalog who congratulated Rizal for his article and requested him for some more?

    • A.

      Marcelo H. del Pilar

    • B.

      Juan Luna

    • C.

      Francisco Calvo

    • D.

      Antonio Luna

    • E.

      Manuel T. Hidalgo

    Correct Answer
    C. Francisco Calvo
    Explanation
    Francisco Calvo was the editor of Diariong Tagalog who congratulated Rizal for his article and requested him for some more.

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  • 11. 

    What was the name of the article that Rizal wrote in Diariong Tagalog urging his compatriots to love their fatherland just like his prize-winning A La Juventud Filipina?

    • A.

      Los Viajes

    • B.

      Felicitacion

    • C.

      Un Recuerdo a Mi Pueblo

    • D.

      Revista de Madrid

    • E.

      Amor Patrio

    Correct Answer
    E. Amor Patrio
    Explanation
    In this question, the correct answer is "Amor Patrio". This article was written by Rizal in Diariong Tagalog and it urged his compatriots to love their fatherland, just like his prize-winning A La Juventud Filipina.

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  • 12. 

    What was the name of the article that Rizal wrote in Madrid on November 29, 1882 which was returned to him because the Diariong Tagalog ceased publication?

    • A.

      Los Viajes

    • B.

      Felicitacion

    • C.

      Amor Patrio

    • D.

      Revista de Madrid

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. Revista de Madrid
    Explanation
    Rizal wrote an article in Madrid on November 29, 1882. However, the article was returned to him because the Diariong Tagalog ceased publication. The correct answer, "Revista de Madrid," suggests that Rizal's article was intended for this publication in Madrid.

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  • 13. 

    Rizal visited ___________  (in Marseilles) where Dante (hero of the Count of Monte Cristo) was imprisoned.

    • A.

      Tower of babel

    • B.

      Chateau d' If

    • C.

      Hanging Garden of Babylon

    • D.

      Point de Galle

    • E.

      Pyramid of Pharaoh in Greece

    Correct Answer
    B. Chateau d' If
    Explanation
    Rizal visited Chateau d' If in Marseilles where Dante (hero of the Count of Monte Cristo) was imprisoned.

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  • 14. 

    Naples: Italy;  Marseilles: France;  Port-Bou:__________

    • A.

      Spain

    • B.

      Germany

    • C.

      Japan

    • D.

      Singapore

    • E.

      Africa

    Correct Answer
    A. Spain
    Explanation
    The given question is asking for a city that is associated with a specific country, similar to how Naples is associated with Italy and Marseilles is associated with France. Therefore, the correct answer is Spain, as Port-Bou is a city located in Spain.

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  • 15. 

    Filipinos in Barcelona, some of whom were Rizal's schoolmates in Ateneo, gave him a party at their favorite café in __________.

    • A.

      Hotel de Paz

    • B.

      Plaza de Cataluna

    • C.

      Las Ramblas

    • D.

      Port-Bou

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Plaza de Cataluna
    Explanation
    Filipinos in Barcelona, who were Rizal's school mates in Ateneo, organized a party for him at their favorite café in Plaza de Cataluna.

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  • 16. 

    While sojourning in Barcelona, Rizal received a sad news about the dreadful breakout of___________ that was ravaging Manila and other provinces.

    • A.

      Dengue

    • B.

      Malaria

    • C.

      Typhoid fever

    • D.

      Diarrhea

    • E.

      Cholera

    Correct Answer
    E. Cholera
    Explanation
    While Rizal was in Barcelona, he received news about a devastating outbreak of cholera that was affecting Manila and other provinces. Cholera is a highly contagious and potentially deadly disease caused by the ingestion of contaminated food or water. The outbreak of cholera would have been a significant concern for Rizal, as it posed a serious threat to the health and well-being of the people in his home country.

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  • 17. 

    On November 3, 1882, Rizal enrolled in Universidad Central de Madrid (Central University of Madrid) in what two additional courses?

    • A.

      Philosophy and Letters & Medicine

    • B.

      Philosophy and Latin & Medicine

    • C.

      Philosophy and Latin & Diploma in Surveying

    • D.

      Ophthalmology and Philosophy

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Philosophy and Letters & Medicine
    Explanation
    The 2 other courses Riza enrolled in were Medicine and Philosophy and Letters. Rizal took these courses aside from his studies of painting and sculpture at the Academy of San Carlos, private instruction in French, German, and English, as well as fencing and shooting at the Hall of Arms of Sanz y Carbonell.

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  • 18. 

    Rizal invested his three pesetas (peseta was the currency of Spain between 1869 and 2002) on __________.

    • A.

      A lottery ticket

    • B.

      Wine

    • C.

      Food

    • D.

      Books

    • E.

      Clothing

    Correct Answer
    A. A lottery ticket
    Explanation
    Rizal invested his three pesetas on a lottery ticket.

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  • 19. 

    The historic waterway Suez Canal, which was traversed by Rizal for 5 days, was constructed by the famous Frenchman named __________. 

    • A.

      Ferdinand Magellan

    • B.

      Ferdinand de Lesseps

    • C.

      Miguel Lopez de Legazpi

    • D.

      Juan de Salcedo

    • E.

      Cristopher Colombus

    Correct Answer
    B. Ferdinand de Lesseps
    Explanation
    Ferdinand de Lesseps is the correct answer because he was the famous Frenchman who was responsible for the construction of the historic waterway, the Suez Canal. Rizal traversed the canal for 5 days, making de Lesseps the most likely candidate for the correct answer.

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  • 20. 

    Who was the liberal-minded Spaniard and Civil Governor of Manila (during General Carlos Ma. de la Torre's administration) whose home Rizal used to visit every Saturday evening because the hero was lonely in Madrid?

    • A.

      Guillermo Puatu

    • B.

      Francisco Calvo Muñoz

    • C.

      Ramon Blanco

    • D.

      Don Pablo Ortega y Rey

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. Don Pablo Ortega y Rey
    Explanation
    Don Pablo Ortega y Rey was the liberal-minded Spaniard and Civil Governor of Manila during General Carlos Ma. de la Torre's administration. Rizal used to visit his home every Saturday evening because he felt lonely in Madrid.

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  • 21. 

    On August 22, 1883, Rizal wrote a lovely poem entitled A la Senorita C.O. y R. Who was he dedicating the poem to?

    • A.

      Leonor Rivera

    • B.

      Pilar

    • C.

      Consuelo

    • D.

      Concepcion

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Consuelo
    Explanation
    Rizal was dedicating the poem "A la Senorita C.O. y R." to Consuelo.

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  • 22. 

    Shortly after Rizal's arrival in Madrid, he joined the Society of Spaniards and Filipinos, in which the members of the society requested him to write a poem, which he entitled Me Piden Versos(They Asked Me for Verses). What's the name of the organization? 

    • A.

      Circulo Hispano-Filipino

    • B.

      El Consuejo de los Dioses

    • C.

      Liceo Artistico-Literario

    • D.

      Marian Congregation

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Circulo Hispano-Filipino
    Explanation
    Shortly after Rizal's arrival in Madrid, he joined the Society of Spaniards and Filipinos, in which the members of the society requested him to write a poem, which he entitled "Me Piden Versos" (They Asked Me for Verses). The correct answer is Circulo Hispano-Filipino, as this was the name of the organization that Rizal joined.

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  • 23. 

    Rizal, as lover of books, was able to build up a fair-sized private library. Who was the owner of the second-hand book store where Rizal purchased books from?

    • A.

      Guillermo Puatu

    • B.

      Francisco Calvo Muñoz

    • C.

      Juan de Salcedo

    • D.

      Jose M. Cecicilio

    • E.

      Señor Roses

    Correct Answer
    E. Señor Roses
  • 24. 

    In 1883, Rizal joined the Masonic Lodge Acacia and his Masonic name was Dimasalang. On November 15, 1890, he became a Master Mason in _________.

    • A.

      La Liga Filipina

    • B.

      Liceo Artistico-Literario

    • C.

      Circulo Hispano-Filipino

    • D.

      Propaganda Movement

    • E.

      Lodge Solidaridad

    Correct Answer
    E. Lodge Solidaridad
    Explanation
    Rizal joined the Masonic Lodge Acacia in 1883 and his Masonic name was Dimasalang. The question asks about the lodge in which he became a Master Mason. The correct answer is Lodge Solidaridad, as it is the only option given that mentions a lodge.

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  • 25. 

    At the National Exposition of Fine Arts in Madrid in 1884, joined by many painters in Europe in that art competition, Luna won first prize (gold medal) for his __________.

    • A.

      Christian Virgins Exposed to the Populace

    • B.

      Spolarium

    • C.

      Felicitacion

    • D.

      Uncle Tom's Cabin

    • E.

      The Wandering Jew

    Correct Answer
    B. Spolarium
    Explanation
    Luna won the first prize (gold medal) at the National Exposition of Fine Arts in Madrid in 1884 for his artwork called "Spolarium".

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  • 26. 

    Rizal graduated with a degree of Licentiate in Medicine in June 1884 at Universidad Central de Madrid as well as a degree of Licentiate in Philosophy and Letters with the rating of __________.

    • A.

      Aprobado (passing grade)

    • B.

      Bueno (good)

    • C.

      Notable (very good)

    • D.

      Sobrasaliente (excellent)

    • E.

      Emperor

    Correct Answer
    D. Sobrasaliente (excellent)
    Explanation
    Rizal graduated with a degree of Licentiate in Philosophy and Letters with the rating of "sobrasaliente" which means excellent. This indicates that Rizal performed exceptionally well in his studies and achieved the highest rating possible for his degree.

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  • 27. 

    After Rizal completed his studies in Madrid, he went to Paris and Germany in order to specialize in ___________.

    • A.

      Optometry

    • B.

      Philosophy and Letters

    • C.

      Ophthalmology

    • D.

      Philosophy and Latin

    • E.

      Doctorate in Medicine

    Correct Answer
    C. Ophthalmology
    Explanation
    He took Doctorate of Medicine in Universidad Central de Madrid in 1884-1885 but but he was not awarded such.

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  • 28. 

    After completing his studies at Universidad Central de Madrid, on his way to Paris for further studies in Ophthalmology, he stopped at Barcelona to visit his friend named ___________, a medical student and a member of a rich family of San Miguel, Bulacan.

    • A.

      Maximo Viola

    • B.

      Trinidad Pardo de Tavera

    • C.

      Paz Pardo de Tavera

    • D.

      Señor Eusebio Corominas

    • E.

      Don Miguel Morayta

    Correct Answer
    A. Maximo Viola
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Maximo Viola. The passage states that the person stopped at Barcelona to visit his friend named Maximo Viola, who is a medical student. This information matches with the option Maximo Viola, making it the correct answer.

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  • 29. 

    During his week long stay in Paris, Rizal befriended _________  the editor of La Publicidad

    • A.

      Don Miguel Morayta

    • B.

      Trinidad Pardo de Tavera

    • C.

      Paz Pardo de Tavera

    • D.

      Señor Eusebio Corominas

    • E.

      Maximo Viola

    Correct Answer
    D. Señor Eusebio Corominas
  • 30. 

    Who was the owner of La Publicidad and a statesman whom Rizal made a crayon sketch of when he went to Paris.  

    • A.

      Don Miguel Morayta

    • B.

      Trinidad Pardo de Tavera

    • C.

      Dr. Louis de Weckert

    • D.

      Señor Eusebio Corominas

    • E.

      Maximo Viola

    Correct Answer
    A. Don Miguel Morayta
    Explanation
    Don Miguel Morayta was the owner of La Publicidad and a statesman whom Rizal made a crayon sketch of when he went to Paris.

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