# Singapore River-change And Continuity

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Test your knowledge of Singapore River and its surrounding areas! How much exactly do you know?

• 1.

### How long is the Singapore River?

• A.

8 km

• B.

9 km

• C.

10 km

• D.

11 km

• E.

12 km

D. 11 km
Explanation
The correct answer is 11 km. The Singapore River is approximately 11 kilometers long.

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• 2.

### When did Raffles first land at the Singapore River?

• A.

28 January 1819

• B.

29 January 1819

• C.

30 January 1819

• D.

31 January 1819

• E.

1 February 1819

B. 29 January 1819
Explanation
Raffles first landed at the Singapore River on 29 January 1819.

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• 3.

### How tall is the Merlion?

• A.

8.6m

• B.

8.7m

• C.

8.8m

• D.

8.9m

• E.

9.0m

A. 8.6m
Explanation
The Merlion is 8.6 meters tall.

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• 4.

### Boat Quay was formerly known as __________?

• A.

Commercial Square

• B.

South Bank

• C.

Public Quay

• D.

Singapore River

C. Public Quay
Explanation
Boat Quay was formerly known as Public Quay. This suggests that in the past, the area was a public quay, which is a landing place for boats and ships. The name change to Boat Quay is likely due to the fact that it became a popular location for boat activities and businesses, such as boat rentals, tours, and waterfront restaurants. The name change also reflects the transformation of the area into a bustling and vibrant waterfront destination in Singapore.

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• 5.

### The Fullerton was completed in which year?

• A.

1925

• B.

1926

• C.

1927

• D.

1928

• E.

1929

D. 1928
Explanation
The Fullerton was completed in 1928.

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• 6.

### When was Elgin Bridge opened?

• A.

30 June 1929

• B.

1 July 1819

• C.

6 June 1910

• D.

6 May 1910

• E.

30 May 1929

E. 30 May 1929
Explanation
The correct answer is 30 May 1929.

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• 7.

### The first bridge built across the Singapore River was _____________?

• A.

Ord Bridge

• B.

Presentment Bridge

• C.

Elgin Bridge

• D.

• E.

B. Presentment Bridge
Explanation
The correct answer is Elgin Bridge. The question asks for the first bridge built across the Singapore River, and the Elgin Bridge fits this description. It was completed in 1822 and was named after Lord Elgin, the Governor-General of India at the time. The other options mentioned are not the correct answer as they either do not exist or were built at a later date.

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• 8.

### The Fullerton Waterboat House was built in _______.

• A.

1915

• B.

1916

• C.

1917

• D.

1918

• E.

1919

E. 1919
Explanation
The Fullerton Waterboat House was built in 1919.

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• 9.

### Why was Cavenagh Bridge built?

Commemorate the 50 Anniversary of the founding of the Crown Colony of the Straits Settlements
Explanation
Cavenagh Bridge was built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Crown Colony of the Straits Settlements.

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• 10.

### How were people transported before the building of bridges across the Singapore River?

• A.

Ferry

• B.

Hot air balloon

• C.

Car

• D.

Helicopter

• E.

Bus

A. Ferry
Explanation
Before the building of bridges across the Singapore River, people were transported by ferries. Ferries were commonly used to transport people and goods across bodies of water before bridges were constructed. They provided a means of transportation by carrying passengers and vehicles across the river.

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• 11.

### Where was Raffles believed to have first stepped ashore onto Singapore?

• A.

Clarke Quay

• B.

South Boat Quay

• C.

North Boat Quay

• D.

Boat Quay

C. North Boat Quay
Explanation
Raffles is believed to have first stepped ashore onto Singapore at North Boat Quay.

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• 12.

### What is the statue of Raffles standing at North Boat Quay made of?

• A.

Silver

• B.

Bronze

• C.

Gold

• D.

White Polymarble

• E.

Copper

D. White Polymarble
Explanation
The statue of Raffles standing at North Boat Quay is made of White Polymarble.

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• 13.

### What did the Fullerton Building house in its early days?

General Post Office
The Singapore Club
Chamber of Commerce
Explanation
The Fullerton Building housed the General Post Office, the Singapore Club, and the Chamber of Commerce in its early days. This suggests that the building served multiple purposes and was used by different organizations for various functions.

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• 14.

### Who inititated the clean-up of the Singapore River in the 1970s?

• A.

Lee Kuan Yew

• B.

Goh Chok Tong

• C.

Tan Kim Seng

• D.

David Marshall

A. Lee Kuan Yew
Explanation
Lee Kuan Yew initiated the clean-up of the Singapore River in the 1970s. As the first Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew recognized the importance of improving the cleanliness and environmental conditions of the Singapore River. He launched the "Clean Rivers Campaign" in 1977, which aimed to clean up the heavily polluted river and transform it into a clean and vibrant waterway. This initiative played a crucial role in improving the overall hygiene and quality of life in Singapore, and the successful clean-up of the Singapore River became a symbol of the country's commitment to environmental sustainability.

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• 15.

### Which year exactly was the cleanup of the Singapore River initiated?

• A.

1973

• B.

1974

• C.

1975

• D.

1976

• E.

1977

E. 1977
Explanation
The cleanup of the Singapore River was initiated in 1977.

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• 16.

### The Singapore River was a _____________.

• A.

• B.

• C.

• D.

• E.

Explanation
The correct answer is British Trading Outpost. The Singapore River was established as a British Trading Outpost during the colonial period. The British played a significant role in developing Singapore as a trading hub and the Singapore River served as a crucial location for trade activities. The British presence and control over the outpost greatly influenced the growth and development of Singapore as a major trading port in Southeast Asia.

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• 17.

### The town hall was built to commemorate __________.

• A.

Benjamin Sheares

• B.

Queen Victoria

• C.

Stamford Raffles

• D.

Yusof Bin Ishak

B. Queen Victoria
Explanation
The town hall was built to commemorate Queen Victoria.

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• 18.

### The Singapore Stone was discovered by the Singapore River in _________.

• A.

1822

• B.

1820

• C.

1819

• D.

1818

• E.

1816

C. 1819
Explanation
The correct answer is 1819. The Singapore Stone was discovered by the Singapore River in 1819.

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• 19.

### What is the Alkaff Bridge commonly known as to Singaporeans?

• A.

Bridge of Wonders

• B.

Bridge of culture

• C.

Bridge of joy

• D.

Bridge of Art

• E.

Bridge of wealth

D. Bridge of Art
Explanation
The Alkaff Bridge is commonly known as the "Bridge of Art" to Singaporeans. This suggests that the bridge is associated with artistic expression and creativity. It may be adorned with art installations or have a design that is considered artistic and visually appealing. The name implies that crossing the bridge is not just a functional experience, but also a visually stimulating and enriching one.

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• 20.

### Anderson Bridge was constructed to replace which bridge?

• A.

Anderson Bridge

• B.

• C.

Alkaff Bridge

• D.

Presentment Bridge

• E.

Cavenagh Bridge

E. Cavenagh Bridge
Explanation
The correct answer is Cavenagh Bridge. The question asks which bridge was replaced by Anderson Bridge, implying that Anderson Bridge was constructed as a replacement for another bridge. Among the options given, Cavenagh Bridge is the only one that fits this criteria. Therefore, Cavenagh Bridge is the correct answer.

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• 21.

### What was not allowed on Cavenagh Bridge upon its change to a pedestrian Bridge?

Heavier vehicles
Horse carts
Ox carts
Explanation
Upon its change to a pedestrian bridge, Cavenagh Bridge did not allow heavier vehicles, horse carts, and ox carts. This means that only lighter forms of transportation, such as pedestrians and bicycles, were permitted on the bridge. The restriction on heavier vehicles and carts suggests that the bridge was designed to accommodate only pedestrian traffic and not vehicular traffic.

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• 22.

### Who was Clemenceau Bridge named after?

Mousier Georges Clemenceau
French Prime Minister
French Prime Minister Mousier Georges Clemenceau
Mousier Clemenceau
Georges Clemenceau
Explanation
The correct answer is Georges Clemenceau. The bridge is named after him because he was a French Prime Minister.

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• 23.

### Why was the Merlion relocated from the back to the front of the Esplanade Bridge?

The Bridge blocked views.
blocked views
Explanation
The Merlion was relocated from the back to the front of the Esplanade Bridge because the bridge was blocking views.

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• 24.

### When were rickshaws introduced to Singapore?

• A.

1870

• B.

1880

• C.

1890

• D.

1900

• E.

1910

B. 1880
Explanation
In 1880, rickshaws were introduced to Singapore. This means that the mode of transportation involving human-powered carts was first seen in Singapore during this year.

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• 25.

### What dictated the charges of rickshaw pullers?

• A.

Ordinance of 1892

• B.

Ordinance of 1890

• C.

Ordinance of 1888

• D.

Ordinance of 1886

• E.

Ordinance of 1884

A. Ordinance of 1892
Explanation
The charges of rickshaw pullers were dictated by the Ordinance of 1892.

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• 26.

### In which period did Singaporeans switch from clogs to modern footwear?

• A.

1920s

• B.

1930s

• C.

1940s

• D.

1950s

• E.

1960s

D. 1950s
Explanation
During the 1950s, Singaporeans switched from clogs to modern footwear. This suggests that there was a transition in fashion and footwear trends during this period, with people opting for more modern and comfortable shoes over traditional clogs.

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• 27.

### Where did parrot astrologers mostly come from?

• A.

South India

• B.

North India

• C.

China

• D.

Indonesia

• E.

Britain

A. South India
Explanation
Parrot astrologers mostly came from South India. This could be due to the fact that South India has a rich cultural and historical tradition of astrology. The region is known for its ancient texts and teachings on astrology, which have been passed down through generations. Additionally, South India has a strong belief in astrology and its practitioners, making it a favorable place for parrot astrologers to thrive and gain popularity.

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• 28.

### The history of the Singapore River can be divided into three distinct periods. Name any one of these periods.

Pre-colonial
Colonial
Post-colonial
Explanation
The history of the Singapore River can be divided into three distinct periods: pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial. The pre-colonial period refers to the time before the arrival of European colonizers, when the river was an important trading route for indigenous communities. The colonial period refers to the time when Singapore was under British rule, and the river played a crucial role in the development of the city as a major port. The post-colonial period refers to the time after Singapore gained independence, when the river underwent significant urban redevelopment and transformation.

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• 29.

### The Singapore River flows under how many bridges?

• A.

9

• B.

10

• C.

11

• D.

12

• E.

13

D. 12
Explanation
The Singapore River flows under 12 bridges.

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• 30.

### How many bumboats were there in 1987 on the Singapore River?

• A.

0

• B.

2

• C.

4

• D.

6

• E.

8

C. 4
Explanation
In 1987, there were four bumboats on the Singapore River.

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• 31.

### Name any of the three quays of Singapore River.

Boat Quay
Clarke Quay
Robertson Quay
Explanation
The three quays mentioned - Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, and Robertson Quay - are all located along the Singapore River. These quays are popular tourist destinations known for their vibrant nightlife, waterfront dining, and historical significance. Boat Quay is the oldest of the three and was once a bustling trading hub. Clarke Quay is known for its entertainment and dining options, with numerous restaurants, bars, and clubs. Robertson Quay offers a more relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, with trendy cafes, boutique hotels, and art galleries.

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• 32.

### The Singapore River, today, is part of the _________.

Marina Reservoir
Explanation
The Singapore River, today, is part of the Marina Reservoir. This means that the river flows into the reservoir, which is a man-made body of water. The Marina Reservoir serves multiple purposes, including water supply, flood control, and recreation. It is a significant landmark in Singapore, providing a scenic and vibrant waterfront area for residents and tourists to enjoy. The integration of the Singapore River into the Marina Reservoir reflects the city's commitment to sustainable urban development and the preservation of its natural resources.

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• 33.

### Which of the following was never the Singapore River's purpose at any point of its history?

• A.

• B.

Beauty

• C.

Tourism

• D.

Water activities

D. Water activities
Explanation
The Singapore River has served multiple purposes throughout its history, including trade, beauty, and tourism. However, water activities were never the primary purpose of the river. While people may have engaged in recreational activities on or near the river, such as boating or fishing, these activities were not the main focus or reason for its existence.

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• 34.

### Surrounding the Singapore River is the _________.

• A.

Central Shopping District

• B.

Central Eating District

• C.

• D.

Central Entertainment District

Explanation
The correct answer is Central Business District. The Singapore River is surrounded by the Central Business District, which is the main commercial and financial hub of Singapore. It is home to numerous multinational corporations, financial institutions, and government offices. The area is characterized by high-rise buildings, modern infrastructure, and a bustling atmosphere, making it the central hub for business activities in Singapore.

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• 35.

### The maximum height of buildings in Singapore is _______.

• A.

270m

• B.

280m

• C.

290m

• D.

300m

• E.

310m

B. 280m
Explanation
The maximum height of buildings in Singapore is 280m. This means that buildings in Singapore cannot exceed a height of 280m. This regulation is likely in place to ensure the safety and aesthetics of the cityscape, as well as to prevent overcrowding and excessive development. By setting a maximum height limit, Singapore can maintain a balanced and sustainable urban environment.

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• 36.

### What is the name of the bridge that spans across the mouth of the Singapore River?

• A.

• B.

One Bridge

• C.

• D.

Cantonment Bridge

• E.

Alkaff Bridge

Explanation
Esplanade Bridge is the correct answer because it is the bridge that spans across the mouth of the Singapore River. The other options, such as One Bridge, Read Bridge, Cantonment Bridge, and Alkaff Bridge, are not the correct names of the bridge that spans across the mouth of the Singapore River.

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• 37.

### In the 1970s, shipping and trading activities were shifted to which place from the Singapore River?

Keppel Harbour
Explanation
In the 1970s, shipping and trading activities were shifted from the Singapore River to Keppel Harbour. Keppel Harbour became the new hub for maritime activities due to its strategic location and deeper waters, which could accommodate larger ships. This shift allowed for more efficient and streamlined operations in the shipping and trading industry, contributing to Singapore's economic growth and development as a major global trading hub.

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• 38.

### Why was Singapore successful as a shipping port?

• A.

It was a free port.

• B.

Raffles founded it so everyone supported him.

• C.

The British forced everyone to use the port.

• D.

There were no other ports in the vicinity.

A. It was a free port.
Explanation
Singapore was successful as a shipping port because it was a free port. This means that there were no taxes or tariffs imposed on goods passing through the port, making it an attractive destination for traders. The absence of such restrictions encouraged trade and attracted merchants from around the world. As a result, Singapore became a major hub for maritime commerce and played a crucial role in connecting different regions, contributing to its success as a shipping port.

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• 39.

### Shophouses are concentrated on just one embarkment of Boat Quay. Which is it?

• A.

North

• B.

South

• C.

West

• D.

East

B. South
Explanation
The correct answer is South because shophouses are concentrated on just one embarkment of Boat Quay, and the only option that matches this description is South.

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• 40.

### On which bank of the Singapore River did Raffles land?

• A.

Northwestern

• B.

Northsouthern

• C.

Northeastern

• D.

North

C. Northeastern
Explanation
Raffles landed on the northeastern bank of the Singapore River.

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• 41.

### Who did Clarke Quay get its name from?

Sir Andrew Clarke
Andrew Clarke
Explanation
Clarke Quay got its name from Sir Andrew Clarke, who was a British colonial administrator and governor of the Straits Settlements in the late 19th century. He played a significant role in the development of Singapore's infrastructure, including the construction of the Singapore River and the establishment of Clarke Quay as a commercial and trading hub. Andrew Clarke, without the title "Sir," is likely referring to the same person, as it is common to refer to individuals by their first name without the title in informal contexts.

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• 42.

### Which two races constructed the Robertson Quay? (Choose 2 answers)

• A.

European

• B.

Malay

• C.

Indian

• D.

Chinese

A. European
D. Chinese
Explanation
The Robertson Quay was constructed by European and Chinese races. The European influence can be seen in the architecture and design of the quay, while the Chinese contribution is evident in the cultural elements and businesses found in the area. This combination of European and Chinese influences has made Robertson Quay a unique and diverse destination.

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• 43.

### How much does it cost for a single adult ticket on the bumboat by Singapore River Experience?

• A.

\$10

• B.

\$11

• C.

\$12

• D.

\$13

• E.

\$14

D. \$13
Explanation
The correct answer is \$13. This suggests that the cost for a single adult ticket on the bumboat by Singapore River Experience is \$13.

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• 44.

### Where does the bumboat ride embark?

• A.

Parliament House Landing Steps

• B.

Raffles' Landing Site

• C.

Alkaff Bridge

• D.

Bank of China Building

• E.

Singapore Flyer

A. Parliament House Landing Steps
Explanation
The bumboat ride embarks at Parliament House Landing Steps.

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• 45.

### Who is the other operator of bumboat rides other than Singapore River Experience?

• A.

Old River Experience

• B.

New River Experience

• C.

Unique River Experience

• D.

Merlion River Experience

B. New River Experience
Explanation
New River Experience is the other operator of bumboat rides other than Singapore River Experience.

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• 46.

### Why was the River House built?

• A.

Mansion for Tan Yeok Nee

• B.

Mansion for Tan Kim Seng

• C.

Mansion for Yusof Bin Ishak

• D.

Mansion for Lee Kuan Yew

A. Mansion for Tan Yeok Nee
Explanation
The River House was built as a mansion for Tan Yeok Nee.

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• 47.

### In which month was the 2009 Singapore River Festival conducted?

• A.

January

• B.

March

• C.

April

• D.

June

• E.

It was cancelled.

D. June
Explanation

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• 48.

### Where is the Singapore Repertory Theatre located?

• A.

Clarke Quay

• B.

Robertson Quay

• C.

Boat Quay

B. Robertson Quay
Explanation
The correct answer is Robertson Quay.

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• 49.

### Which cat species is indigenous to the Singapore River?

• A.

No cat species are indigenous.

• B.

Felidae Cat

• C.

Kucinta Cat

• D.

None of the above

C. Kucinta Cat
Explanation
The Kucinta Cat is indigenous to the Singapore River.

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