Australia: Culture And History! Quiz

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  • 1. 

    Which town and stream in West Australia have the same name as a famous pop group?

    • A.

      Platters River

    • B.

      Clash Creek

    • C.

      Seekers Creek

    • D.

      Abba River

    Correct Answer
    D. Abba River
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Abba River. The question asks for a town and stream in West Australia that share the same name as a famous pop group. Among the given options, Abba River is the only one that matches this criteria. The pop group ABBA was a famous Swedish band in the 1970s and 1980s, and the name of the river in West Australia coincidentally shares the same name as the group.

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  • 2. 

    Alice Springs is located in the Northern Territory, but where is the town of Alice River?

    • A.

      South Australia

    • B.

      Tasmania

    • C.

      Northern Territory

    • D.

      Queensland

    Correct Answer
    D. Queensland
    Explanation
    Alice River is located in Queensland. The question asks where the town of Alice River is located, and the correct answer is Queensland.

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  • 3. 

    When Evan Whitton wrote a series of stories for the Melbourne Truth in 1969 entitled "The Ugly Cloud", what eventuated as a result?

    • A.

      A Long-Running Duel Between Two Prominent Civic Leaders Came To The Boil

    • B.

      Three High-Ranking Members Of The Presbyterian Church Resigned

    • C.

      An Abortion Protection Racket Run By The Police Was Exposed

    • D.

      The Wardens At H.M Prison Pentridge Went On An Extended Strike

    Correct Answer
    C. An Abortion Protection Racket Run By The Police Was Exposed
    Explanation
    The correct answer states that as a result of Evan Whitton's series of stories titled "The Ugly Cloud" in the Melbourne Truth in 1969, an abortion protection racket run by the police was exposed. This suggests that the stories written by Evan Whitton brought to light a corrupt operation involving the police and the illegal protection of abortion services.

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  • 4. 

    Which state or territory of Australia has two widely-separated towns, both called Alligator Creek?

    • A.

      Queensland

    • B.

      West Australia

    • C.

      The Northern Territory

    • D.

      Tasmania

    Correct Answer
    A. Queensland
    Explanation
    Queensland is the correct answer because it is a state in Australia that has two widely-separated towns called Alligator Creek. This suggests that there are two different locations within Queensland that share the same name.

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  • 5. 

    In the Australian postcode list, how many towns and suburbs begin with "Yarra"?

    • A.

      37

    • B.

      25

    • C.

      13

    • D.

      29

    Correct Answer
    A. 37
    Explanation
    There are 37 towns and suburbs in the Australian postcode list that begin with "Yarra".

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  • 6. 

    Where was the former Premier of Queensland, Sir Johannes Bjelke-Petersen, born?

    • A.

      Australia

    • B.

      The Netherlands

    • C.

      Denmark

    • D.

      New Zealand

    Correct Answer
    D. New Zealand
    Explanation
    Sir Johannes Bjelke-Petersen, the former Premier of Queensland, was born in New Zealand. This information suggests that he was not born in Australia, the Netherlands, or Denmark, but rather in New Zealand.

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  • 7. 

    What was the name of the garbage man in Mo's 1940's Australian radio show?

    • A.

      Marvin

    • B.

      Gustav

    • C.

      Garbo

    • D.

      Spencer

    Correct Answer
    D. Spencer
    Explanation
    In Mo's 1940's Australian radio show, the name of the garbage man was Spencer.

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  • 8. 

    What was Prime Minister Ben Chifley's occupation before he became the leader of Australia in 1945?

    • A.

      Printer

    • B.

      Itinerant Fruit Picker

    • C.

      Furniture Polisher

    • D.

      Locomotive Driver

    Correct Answer
    D. Locomotive Driver
    Explanation
    Before becoming the leader of Australia in 1945, Prime Minister Ben Chifley's occupation was a locomotive driver. This means that he worked as a driver of locomotives, operating and controlling trains. This background in the transportation industry likely provided him with a unique perspective and understanding of the needs and challenges faced by workers in that sector, which may have influenced his policies and decisions as a leader.

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  • 9. 

    What is the correct geographical term for a "billabong", term that appears in the song "Waltzing Matilda"?

    • A.

      A Meander

    • B.

      An Ox-Bow Lake

    • C.

      A Gondola Lake

    • D.

      A Lower Tributary

    Correct Answer
    B. An Ox-Bow Lake
    Explanation
    An ox-bow lake is a correct geographical term for a "billabong". A billabong is a stagnant water body or a small lake formed when a river or stream changes its course, leaving behind a curved or horseshoe-shaped water body. This process is known as an oxbow lake formation. In the song "Waltzing Matilda", the term "billabong" refers to a water body in the Australian outback, which aligns with the characteristics of an ox-bow lake.

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  • 10. 

    How many children did Australian Prime Minister Joe Lyons and his wife, Enid, have?

    • A.

      12

    • B.

      10

    • C.

      Eight

    • D.

      Three

    Correct Answer
    A. 12
    Explanation
    Joe Lyons and his wife, Enid, had 12 children.

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  • 11. 

    In what year was the very first McDonald's fast-food restaurant opened in Australia?

    • A.

      1960

    • B.

      1971

    • C.

      1970

    • D.

      1974

    Correct Answer
    B. 1971
    Explanation
    In 1971, the very first McDonald's fast-food restaurant was opened in Australia.

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  • 12. 

    What did Victorian bowler, John Leehane, bowl to W. A? Colts batsman, Craig Serjeant, during a cricket match at the M. C. G. in 1973?

    • A.

      A Tennis Ball

    • B.

      A Ball Of Camel Dung

    • C.

      A Golf Ball

    • D.

      An Apple

    Correct Answer
    D. An Apple
    Explanation
    During a cricket match in 1973, Victorian bowler John Leehane bowled an apple to W.A. Colts batsman Craig Serjeant at the M.C.G. This unusual delivery was likely a playful and unconventional gesture, adding a lighthearted moment to the game.

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  • 13. 

    Apart from Australian Ballarat, which other city holds an annual Begonia Festival?

    • A.

      Aahus, Denmark

    • B.

      Capitola, USA

    • C.

      Hannover, Germany

    • D.

      Kamloops, Canada

    Correct Answer
    B. Capitola, USA
    Explanation
    Capitola, USA holds an annual Begonia Festival.

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  • 14. 

    After she retired from the world of athletics, what did Australian champion Raelene Boyle do?

    • A.

      She Opened A Fashion Boutique

    • B.

      She Became A TV Commentator

    • C.

      She Became A Ferrier

    • D.

      She Became A Gardener

    Correct Answer
    D. She Became A Gardener
    Explanation
    After retiring from athletics, Raelene Boyle pursued a career in gardening. This suggests that she developed a passion for plants and landscaping, possibly finding solace and fulfillment in working with nature. Becoming a gardener also allows her to continue being active and connected to the outdoors, which may have been important to her after a career in athletics.

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  • 15. 

    Who first sang, "Australia, Australia, we love you from the heart; the liver, the kidneys, and the giblets, and every other part"?

    • A.

      Spike Milligan

    • B.

      John Cleese

    • C.

      Graham Kennedy

    • D.

      Dame Edna Everage

    Correct Answer
    A. Spike Milligan
    Explanation
    Spike Milligan is the correct answer because he was a British comedian and writer known for his work on the British radio comedy show "The Goon Show." He often incorporated humor and satire into his performances, and the given line is a humorous and nonsensical expression of love for Australia. The other options, John Cleese, Graham Kennedy, and Dame Edna Everage, are not known for singing this particular line.

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  • 16. 

    What was Australia's first incorporated municipality?

    • A.

      Melbourne

    • B.

      Perth

    • C.

      Hobart

    • D.

      Adelaide

    Correct Answer
    D. Adelaide
    Explanation
    Adelaide was Australia's first incorporated municipality because it was established as a city in 1840, making it the oldest local government area in Australia. It was also the first city to have a local government structure with elected officials and a mayor. This demonstrates Adelaide's historical significance and its pioneering role in establishing local governance in Australia.

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  • 17. 

    What is the fifth-highest mountain in Australia?

    • A.

      It Doesn't Have A Name

    • B.

      Mt Paw Paw

    • C.

      Mt Baw Baw

    • D.

      Mt Feathertop

    Correct Answer
    A. It Doesn't Have A Name
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "It Doesn't Have A Name" because there is no fifth-highest mountain in Australia that has been officially named. This means that there is no specific mountain that can be identified as the fifth-highest in the country.

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  • 18. 

    What is the height of Ayer's Rock, or Uluru?

    • A.

      345 Meters

    • B.

      515 Meters

    • C.

      876 Meters

    • D.

      1002 Meters

    Correct Answer
    A. 345 Meters
    Explanation
    Ayer's Rock, also known as Uluru, has a height of 345 meters.

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  • 19. 

    In what famous British radio comedy series did Australian comedian, Dick Bentley, play a leading role?

    • A.

      Take It From Here

    • B.

      Hancock's Half Hour

    • C.

      Educating Archie

    • D.

      Beyond Our Ken

    Correct Answer
    A. Take It From Here
    Explanation
    Dick Bentley played a leading role in the famous British radio comedy series "Take It From Here".

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  • 20. 

    Within weeks of forming Australian rock group Cold Chisel, Jimmy Barnes left to join which band?

    • A.

      Disfunktional

    • B.

      Rough N Ready

    • C.

      Slamm

    • D.

      Fraternity

    Correct Answer
    D. Fraternity
    Explanation
    Jimmy Barnes left Cold Chisel to join the band Fraternity.

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