Nova Scotia Quiz: How Much You Know?

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  • 1. 

    What is known as "The Devil's Staircase?"

    • A.

      The Stairway at the oldest Nova Scotia Lighthouse.

    • B.

      A unique geological formation at the Sambro Lighthouse.

    • C.

      The three mile Fish Ladder on the Musquodoboit River.

    • D.

      Jacobs Ladder at Truro's Victoria Park.

    Correct Answer
    B. A unique geological formation at the Sambro Lighthouse.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is a unique geological formation at the Sambro Lighthouse. This explanation is supported by the fact that the term "The Devil's Staircase" is commonly used to refer to a geological feature, often a series of steep cliffs or rock formations that resemble steps or a staircase. Therefore, it is reasonable to conclude that the correct answer refers to a unique geological formation at the Sambro Lighthouse.

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  • 2. 

    Where was the First European Settlement established?

    • A.

      Port Royal.

    • B.

      Annapolis Royal

    • C.

      Louisburg

    • D.

      Halifax

    Correct Answer
    A. Port Royal.
    Explanation
    Port Royal was the first European settlement established because it was founded by the French in 1605, making it the oldest European settlement in North America. It was located in present-day Nova Scotia, Canada, and served as a trading post and base for French exploration and colonization in the region. The settlement was strategically important for its access to the lucrative fur trade and its proximity to other European colonies in North America. Despite being captured and destroyed multiple times by rival European powers, Port Royal played a significant role in the early history of European colonization in North America.

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  • 3. 

    What famous person obtained his degree in freemasonry near Yarmouth in 1772?

    • A.

      Ulysses S. Grant

    • B.

      General Robert E. Lee

    • C.

      Paul Revere

    • D.

      Mi'kmaq Chief Membertou

    Correct Answer
    C. Paul Revere
    Explanation
    Paul Revere is the correct answer because he obtained his degree in freemasonry near Yarmouth in 1772. Paul Revere was an American silversmith and a patriot in the American Revolution. He is famous for his "midnight ride" to alert the colonial militia of the approaching British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord. Revere was also a prominent member of the Freemasons, a fraternal organization that promotes moral and spiritual values.

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  • 4. 

    What event occurred at New Minas Nova Scotia on October 12, 1786?

    • A.

      The Chair Factory Fire with the loss of twelve lives.

    • B.

      First documented North American UFO sighting.

    • C.

      Canada's only gun fight ending in both men's death.

    • D.

      The Mikmaq rescued a slave being taken back to the USA.

    Correct Answer
    B. First documented North American UFO sighting.
    Explanation
    The event that occurred at New Minas Nova Scotia on October 12, 1786 was the first documented North American UFO sighting.

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  • 5. 

    What was Rose Fortune's claim to fame?

    • A.

      First female Governor General of Nova Scotia.

    • B.

      The only Canadian Survivor of the Titanic

    • C.

      She started the "Fortune 500" Companies.

    • D.

      Nova Scotia's First Police woman in Annapolis Royal.

    Correct Answer
    D. Nova Scotia's First Police woman in Annapolis Royal.
    Explanation
    Rose Fortune's claim to fame was being Nova Scotia's First Police woman in Annapolis Royal.

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  • 6. 

    What is the City of Halifax's Motto?

    • A.

      Riches from the Sea.

    • B.

      The Atlantic Gateway.

    • C.

      From History to The Future.

    • D.

      The City of Spirits.

    Correct Answer
    A. Riches from the Sea.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Riches from the Sea" because Halifax is a coastal city known for its rich maritime history and connection to the sea. The motto reflects the city's dependence on the sea for its economy and cultural identity.

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  • 7. 

    What did the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designate as a Heritage Site in 1995?

    • A.

      Old Town Lunenburg.

    • B.

      The Citidal in Halifax.

    • C.

      PIER 21

    • D.

      Fort Louisburg.

    Correct Answer
    A. Old Town Lunenburg.
    Explanation
    In 1995, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Old Town Lunenburg as a Heritage Site. This means that Old Town Lunenburg has been recognized for its cultural and historical significance and is protected by international agreements.

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  • 8. 

    What did Oscar Wilde declare as his only item of value when he went through customs at Halifax in 1882?

    • A.

      His Mother-in-law.

    • B.

      His ticket to the Americas.

    • C.

      His imagination.

    • D.

      His genius.

    Correct Answer
    D. His genius.
    Explanation
    Oscar Wilde declared his genius as his only item of value when he went through customs at Halifax in 1882. This suggests that he believed his intellectual abilities and creative talent were the most valuable possessions he had. It also reflects his confidence and self-assuredness in his own abilities and accomplishments.

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  • 9. 

    What game was played in Newport Nova Scotia ending in a 120 to 102 score?

    • A.

      A hockey game.

    • B.

      The first basketball game in Canada.

    • C.

      A lacrosse game.

    • D.

      A Masters Dart Tournament.

    Correct Answer
    A. A hockey game.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is A hockey game. This can be inferred from the fact that Newport Nova Scotia is known for its hockey culture, and the score of 120 to 102 is a typical hockey score.

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  • 10. 

    What location has "A Progressive Community" as its motto?

    • A.

      Dartmouth

    • B.

      Town of Canso

    • C.

      Sydney

    • D.

      Bible Hill

    Correct Answer
    D. Bible Hill
    Explanation
    Bible Hill has "A Progressive Community" as its motto.

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  • 11. 

    What is known as "The Graveyard of the Atlantic?"

    • A.

      Sable Island.

    • B.

      The Grand Banks.

    • C.

      The Shoal Rocks of Gunner Harbour.

    • D.

      The Fundy Tidal Area.

    Correct Answer
    A. Sable Island.
    Explanation
    Sable Island is known as "The Graveyard of the Atlantic" because it is a notorious location for shipwrecks. The island is situated off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, and its treacherous sandbars and strong currents have caused numerous vessels to run aground throughout history. The shifting sands and unpredictable weather conditions make navigation around Sable Island extremely challenging, leading to its reputation as a dangerous area for ships.

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  • 12. 

    What town in Nova Scotia became known as Canada's "Biggest" Town by population in the 1940s?

    • A.

      North Sydney.

    • B.

      Glace Bay.

    • C.

      Springhill.

    • D.

      Halifax.

    Correct Answer
    B. Glace Bay.
    Explanation
    In the 1940s, Glace Bay became known as Canada's "Biggest" Town by population in Nova Scotia.

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  • 13. 

    What community is also known as "City of Lakes?"

    • A.

      Sydney.

    • B.

      Yarmouth.

    • C.

      Halifax.

    • D.

      Dartmouth.

    Correct Answer
    D. Dartmouth.
    Explanation
    Dartmouth is also known as the "City of Lakes" because it is located on the eastern shore of Halifax Harbour in Nova Scotia, Canada, and is home to a large number of lakes and ponds.

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  • 14. 

    What is known as the "New England Planters?"

    • A.

      An Elizabethan term for colonists.

    • B.

      Mennonite farmers from New England.

    • C.

      Peanut farmers from New England.

    • D.

      Loyalists repatraiting to Canada after the Acadian Expolsion.

    Correct Answer
    A. An Elizabethan term for colonists.
    Explanation
    The term "New England Planters" refers to colonists during the Elizabethan era. This term was used to describe the individuals who settled in the New England region during that time period. It does not refer to Mennonite farmers, peanut farmers, or loyalists repatriating to Canada after the Acadian Expulsion.

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  • 15. 

    What town is also known as "The Little Switzerland of Nova Scotia?"

    • A.

      Bear River.

    • B.

      Port Hawkesbury.

    • C.

      Sheet Harbour.

    • D.

      Baddeck.

    Correct Answer
    A. Bear River.
    Explanation
    Bear River is known as "The Little Switzerland of Nova Scotia" because of its picturesque landscape and hilly terrain that resembles the Swiss Alps. The town is situated on the Bear River, which flows through a valley surrounded by rolling hills, giving it a similar appearance to the Swiss countryside. Additionally, Bear River is known for its vibrant arts community and charming small-town atmosphere, further adding to its comparison with Switzerland.

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  • 16. 

    What eventually happened to the first "Bluenose?"

    • A.

      Sank on the Grand Banks in 1948

    • B.

      Sold to a Rum-runner in New England in 1954.

    • C.

      Perished on a reef off Haiti in 1946.

    • D.

      The schooner was scrapped and the hull used on Bluenose II in 1968.

    Correct Answer
    C. Perished on a reef off Haiti in 1946.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Perished on a reef off Haiti in 1946." This means that the first "Bluenose" was destroyed after running aground on a reef near Haiti in 1946.

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  • 17. 

    What is the relationship between the Norwegian Sealing Ship "The Samson" and the "Titanic?"

    • A.

      The Samson relayed the distress call to Signal Hill in Newfoundland.

    • B.

      The Samson was the second ship after the Carpatia to respond and collect the deceased.

    • C.

      The Samson was a sister ship of the Titanic.

    • D.

      The Samson was close to the Titanic but steamed off because it was poaching seals.

    Correct Answer
    D. The Samson was close to the Titanic but steamed off because it was poaching seals.
    Explanation
    The correct answer explains that the Norwegian Sealing Ship "The Samson" was close to the Titanic but chose to steam off because it was engaged in illegal sealing activities. This suggests that the crew of The Samson prioritized their illegal poaching over assisting the distressed Titanic, highlighting their disregard for human life and the severity of their illegal activities.

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  • 18. 

    Thomas Wilby and Jack Haney left Truro Nova Scotia on August 29, 1912, at 7:45 AM to do what?

    • A.

      The first Train on the new Cape Breton Railroad.

    • B.

      First Transcanada Automobile Trip.

    • C.

      The youngest boys to successfully join the army in World War I.

    • D.

      To join Scott Fitzgerald in his successful attempt to reach the North Pole.

    Correct Answer
    B. First Transcanada Automobile Trip.
    Explanation
    Thomas Wilby and Jack Haney left Truro Nova Scotia on August 29, 1912, at 7:45 AM to embark on the first Transcanada Automobile Trip. This means that they were the first individuals to attempt to travel across Canada by car.

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  • 19. 

    What did Champlain in 1604 refer to as "The Sea Wolves?"

    • A.

      Unpredictable Grand Bank Storms.

    • B.

      Killer whales.

    • C.

      Caribbean Pirates.

    • D.

      Seal Island and the rocks around it.

    Correct Answer
    D. Seal Island and the rocks around it.
    Explanation
    In 1604, Champlain referred to Seal Island and the rocks around it as "The Sea Wolves." This suggests that he saw these areas as dangerous and potentially hazardous, similar to how wolves are often perceived. The term "Sea Wolves" implies that these areas were unpredictable and posed a threat to sailors and ships navigating the waters.

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  • 20. 

    What motto is on the New Glasgow Flag?

    • A.

      "Let New Glasgow Flourish."

    • B.

      "Through Diversity, Onward to the Stars"

    • C.

      "Hard Work & Dedication equals Success"

    • D.

      "Sinn Fein" "We Ourselves"

    Correct Answer
    A. "Let New Glasgow Flourish."
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Let New Glasgow Flourish." This motto reflects the desire for the city of New Glasgow to thrive and prosper. It conveys a sense of optimism and hope for the future, encouraging growth and development.

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