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  • 1. 

    On what day did United States troops first arrive in Australia during World War II?

    • A.

      2-Jan-42

    • B.

      22-Dec-41

    • C.

      14-May-43

    • D.

      3-Mar-42

    Correct Answer
    B. 22-Dec-41
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 22-Dec-41. This date represents the day when United States troops first arrived in Australia during World War II.

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  • 2. 

    What territory was ceded to Australia on February 7, 1933?

    • A.

      The Cocos [Keeling] Islands

    • B.

      The Great Barrier Reef

    • C.

      Norfolk Island

    • D.

      The British Antarctic Territory

    Correct Answer
    D. The British Antarctic Territory
    Explanation
    The British Antarctic Territory was ceded to Australia on February 7, 1933. This territory is a sector of Antarctica claimed by the United Kingdom and is administered by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It is one of the fourteen British Overseas Territories.

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  • 3. 

    Who was the first Australian-born Governor-General?

    • A.

      Sir Isaac Alfred Isaacs

    • B.

      Sir Ninian Martin Stephen

    • C.

      Richard Gardiner, Baron Casey

    • D.

      Sir William Joseph Slim

    Correct Answer
    A. Sir Isaac Alfred Isaacs
    Explanation
    Sir Isaac Alfred Isaacs was the first Australian-born Governor-General because he held the position from 1931 to 1936. He was born in Australia and had a distinguished legal career before becoming Governor-General. Isaacs also served as a member of the Australian Parliament and was the first Australian-born person to be appointed to the High Court of Australia. His appointment as Governor-General marked an important milestone in Australian history, as it represented the country's growing independence and self-governance.

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  • 4. 

    The Executives were a Sydney group that had a couple of big hits in the late sixties, one of which was?

    • A.

      Go Where You Wanna Go

    • B.

      Up Up And Away

    • C.

      Sit Down, I Think I Love You

    • D.

      The Inner Sense

    Correct Answer
    C. Sit Down, I Think I Love You
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Sit Down, I Think I Love You." The question asks for the song that was one of the big hits by The Executives, a Sydney group in the late sixties.

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  • 5. 

    Which vocal group had hits in the late sixties including "My Aim Is To Please You"?

    • A.

      The La Di Das

    • B.

      The Executives

    • C.

      The Fifth Floor Elevators

    • D.

      The Illusions

    Correct Answer
    B. The Executives
    Explanation
    The correct answer is The Executives. The question asks for the vocal group that had hits in the late sixties, including the song "My Aim Is To Please You." The Executives fits this description, as they were a vocal group that had success during this time period with that particular song.

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  • 6. 

    What is Bagasse?

    • A.

      The Remaining Waste Material After Cotton Has Been Harvested

    • B.

      The Gas That Forms In A Bar When A Lot Of Liquor Has Been Consumed

    • C.

      The Gas That Is Extracted During The Beer-Making Process

    • D.

      The Remains Of Sugar-Cane After The Juice Has Been Sqeezed Out

    Correct Answer
    D. The Remains Of Sugar-Cane After The Juice Has Been Sqeezed Out
    Explanation
    Bagasse refers to the remains of sugar cane after the juice has been squeezed out. It is a fibrous material that is commonly used as a biofuel and in the production of paper, board, and other products. Bagasse is a byproduct of the sugar industry and is often burned to generate steam and electricity for the sugar mills.

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  • 7. 

    Where was the first sugar grown in Queensland?

    • A.

      Near Proserpine

    • B.

      Ormiston

    • C.

      Bowen

    • D.

      Mackay

    Correct Answer
    B. Ormiston
    Explanation
    Ormiston is the correct answer because it was the location where the first sugar was grown in Queensland. The other options, Proserpine, Bowen, and Mackay, were not the first places where sugar was cultivated in Queensland.

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  • 8. 

    Who starred in "The Idiot's Weekly", an Australian ABC comedy program?

    • A.

      Spike Milligan

    • B.

      Dame Edna Everage

    • C.

      Fred Dagg

    • D.

      Bobby Limb

    Correct Answer
    A. Spike Milligan
    Explanation
    Spike Milligan starred in "The Idiot's Weekly", an Australian ABC comedy program.

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  • 9. 

    Which one was not a cast member of "The Naked Vicar Show", a 1970's A.B.C. radio comedy program?

    • A.

      Ross Higgins

    • B.

      Noelene Brown

    • C.

      Rita Paunceford

    • D.

      Kev Golsby

    Correct Answer
    C. Rita Paunceford
    Explanation
    The question asks for the cast member who was not a part of "The Naked Vicar Show", a 1970's A.B.C. radio comedy program. The names mentioned are Ross Higgins, Noelene Brown, Rita Paunceford, and Kev Golsby. The correct answer is Rita Paunceford, as she was not a cast member of the show.

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  • 10. 

    Which of these newspapers used, or still uses, the British Coat of Arms featuring a lion and a unicorn as part of its masthead?

    • A.

      Only The Melbourne Age And The Melbourne Herald

    • B.

      Only The Melbourne Argus And The Melbourne Age

    • C.

      The Melbourne Herald, The Melbourne Age And The Melbourne Argus

    • D.

      Only The Melbourne Herald And The Melbourne Argus

    Correct Answer
    C. The Melbourne Herald, The Melbourne Age And The Melbourne Argus
    Explanation
    The correct answer is The Melbourne Herald, The Melbourne Age And The Melbourne Argus. This is because all three newspapers used, or still use, the British Coat of Arms featuring a lion and a unicorn as part of their mastheads.

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  • 11. 

    Traveling from East to West, what is the correct order of these downtown Sydney streets?

    • A.

      Sussex, Kent, Clarence, York

    • B.

      Kent, York, Clarence, Sussex

    • C.

      York, Sussex, Clarence, Kent

    • D.

      York, Clarence, Kent, Sussex

    Correct Answer
    D. York, Clarence, Kent, Sussex
    Explanation
    The correct order of these downtown Sydney streets when traveling from East to West is York, Clarence, Kent, Sussex.

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  • 12. 

    Which of these Australian towns and cities is located within the caldera of an extinct volcano?

    • A.

      Atherton, Q.

    • B.

      Mt. Gambier, S.A.

    • C.

      Murwillumbah, N.S.W.

    • D.

      Armidale, N.S.W.

    Correct Answer
    C. Murwillumbah, N.S.W.
    Explanation
    Murwillumbah, N.S.W. is located within the caldera of an extinct volcano. A caldera is a large depression formed when a volcano collapses into itself after a massive eruption. Murwillumbah is situated in the Tweed Valley, which is surrounded by the remnants of the Tweed Volcano. This makes it the correct answer as it is the only town listed that is located within the caldera of an extinct volcano.

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  • 13. 

    In the late fifties, in Australia, which one was 3UZ's breakfast announcer?

    • A.

      Geoff Manion

    • B.

      John Eden

    • C.

      Tiny Snell

    • D.

      Ron Cadee

    Correct Answer
    C. Tiny Snell
    Explanation
    Tiny Snell was the breakfast announcer for 3UZ in Australia during the late fifties.

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  • 14. 

    During the fifties, which Melbourne commercial radio station always introduced its news broadcasts with the chimes of Big Ben?

    • A.

      3ak

    • B.

      3xy

    • C.

      3AW

    • D.

      3kz

    Correct Answer
    C. 3AW
    Explanation
    During the fifties, the Melbourne commercial radio station 3AW always introduced its news broadcasts with the chimes of Big Ben.

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  • 15. 

    In which part of Britain was Australia's early coastal explorer, Matthew Flinders, born and bred?

    • A.

      Sussex

    • B.

      Lincolnshire

    • C.

      Durham

    • D.

      The Isle Of Wight

    Correct Answer
    B. Lincolnshire
    Explanation
    Matthew Flinders, Australia's early coastal explorer, was born and bred in Lincolnshire.

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  • 16. 

    Where did Australian cricketer Sir Donald Bradman score his final test century in 1948?

    • A.

      Old Trafford

    • B.

      The M.C.G.

    • C.

      Headingley

    • D.

      The Oval

    Correct Answer
    C. Headingley
    Explanation
    Sir Donald Bradman scored his final test century in 1948 at Headingley.

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  • 17. 

    Which one of these books was written by Australian author John Marsden?

    • A.

      Letters From The Inside

    • B.

      Mind Over Matter, Matter Over Mind

    • C.

      Messages From Within

    • D.

      Signals From The Interior

    Correct Answer
    A. Letters From The Inside
    Explanation
    "Letters From The Inside" was written by Australian author John Marsden.

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  • 18. 

    Which Australian town was originally named Brelsford?

    • A.

      Mackay, Q.

    • B.

      Coffs Harbour, N.S.W.

    • C.

      Esperance, W.A.

    • D.

      Deniliquin, N.S.W.

    Correct Answer
    B. Coffs Harbour, N.S.W.
    Explanation
    Coffs Harbour, N.S.W. was originally named Brelsford.

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  • 19. 

    Which Australian journalist won a Graham Perkin Award for his reporting on the collapse of The Soviet Union for The Melbourne Age?

    • A.

      Bruce Gyngell

    • B.

      Wayne Ludbey

    • C.

      Robert Haupt

    • D.

      Simon Nathan

    Correct Answer
    C. Robert Haupt
    Explanation
    Robert Haupt won a Graham Perkin Award for his reporting on the collapse of The Soviet Union for The Melbourne Age.

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  • 20. 

    In 1995, Martin Flanagan wrote a book on one season of what the A.F.L. club?

    • A.

      Carlton

    • B.

      St Kilda

    • C.

      Fitzroy

    • D.

      Footscray

    Correct Answer
    D. Footscray
    Explanation
    Martin Flanagan wrote a book on one season of the Footscray A.F.L. club in 1995.

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