Socials Studies 10: Mini Quest - Canada's Confederation

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Socials Studies 10: Mini Quest - Canadas Confederation - Quiz

Mr. Hamlin's Social Studies 10 class.
Mini Quest covering Canada's confederation.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Who was the driving force behind confederation?

    • A.

      Louis Joseph Papineau

    • B.

      John A McDonald

    • C.

      William Lyon Mackenzie

    • D.

      Lord Durham

    • E.

      Walter Raleigh

    Correct Answer
    B. John A McDonald
    Explanation
    John A McDonald was the driving force behind confederation because he played a crucial role in the negotiations and discussions that led to the formation of the Dominion of Canada in 1867. As the first Prime Minister of Canada, McDonald worked tirelessly to bring together the various provinces and territories, overcoming challenges and differences to establish a unified nation. His leadership and vision were instrumental in shaping the confederation and laying the foundation for modern Canada.

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  • 2. 

    In his 1840 report Lord Durham suggested uniting Upper and Lower Canada as well as developing this kind of Government....

    • A.

      Reciprocal

    • B.

      Responsible

    • C.

      Provincial

    • D.

      Confederate

    • E.

      Union

    Correct Answer
    B. Responsible
    Explanation
    In his 1840 report, Lord Durham suggested developing a "responsible" government for Upper and Lower Canada. A responsible government is a system in which the executive branch is accountable to the legislative branch. This would have allowed for greater democratic representation and decision-making power for the people of Upper and Lower Canada.

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  • 3. 

    Who took over as the new Governor General in 1847?

    • A.

      Walter Raleigh

    • B.

      George Washington

    • C.

      John A McDonald

    • D.

      Lord Elgin

    • E.

      William Lyon Mackenzie

    Correct Answer
    D. Lord Elgin
    Explanation
    Lord Elgin took over as the new Governor General in 1847. This can be inferred from the information provided in the question. The other options, Walter Raleigh, George Washington, John A McDonald, and William Lyon Mackenzie, are not relevant to the question and can be eliminated.

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  • 4. 

    The American's believed they had a "god given right to control all of British North America (BNA) - this notion was called _______________________

    • A.

      New World Order

    • B.

      Wold Dominion

    • C.

      Confederacy

    • D.

      Manifest Destiny

    • E.

      Destiny Manifestation

    Correct Answer
    D. Manifest Destiny
    Explanation
    Manifest Destiny was the belief held by Americans that they had a divine mission to expand their territory and influence across the entire continent of North America. This belief was rooted in the idea that it was their destiny, ordained by God, to spread their civilization and values westward. This ideology justified the annexation of new territories, such as the acquisition of Texas, the Oregon Territory, and the Mexican Cession. The concept of Manifest Destiny played a significant role in shaping American expansionism and the westward expansion of the United States in the 19th century.

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  • 5. 

    What was the central issue of conflict in the American Civil War?

    • A.

      Sugar

    • B.

      Tariffs

    • C.

      Slavery

    • D.

      Property

    • E.

      Religion

    Correct Answer
    C. Slavery
    Explanation
    The central issue of conflict in the American Civil War was slavery. This is because the war was primarily fought between the Northern states, who opposed slavery, and the Southern states, who relied on slavery for their agricultural economy. The disagreement over the expansion of slavery into new territories and the rights of enslaved individuals led to tensions between the North and the South, ultimately resulting in the outbreak of the Civil War.

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  • 6. 

    The American Civil War was fought between Northern states, known as the _________________ and the Southern states, known as the ___________________ .

    • A.

      Union / South

    • B.

      Confederacy / Nation

    • C.

      Union / Confederacy

    • D.

      English / Cowboys

    • E.

      Loyalists / Slaves

    Correct Answer
    C. Union / Confederacy
    Explanation
    The American Civil War was fought between the Northern states, known as the Union, and the Southern states, known as the Confederacy.

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  • 7. 

    What nationality were the Fenians?

    • A.

      English

    • B.

      Scottish

    • C.

      French

    • D.

      Irish

    • E.

      Canadian

    Correct Answer
    D. Irish
    Explanation
    The Fenians were a group of Irish nationalists who sought to establish an independent Irish republic. They were active in the 19th and early 20th centuries and played a significant role in the fight for Irish independence. Therefore, it is correct to say that the Fenians were Irish.

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  • 8. 

    Independent politicians who could swing a vote were known as the ___________________

    • A.

      Slippery Fish

    • B.

      Wild Cards

    • C.

      Loose Fish

    • D.

      Freelance

    • E.

      Renegades

    Correct Answer
    C. Loose Fish
    Explanation
    The term "loose fish" refers to independent politicians who have the ability to sway or change a vote. Just like a fish that is not caught or tied down, these politicians are not bound by party affiliations or commitments, allowing them to freely make decisions that can have a significant impact on the outcome of a vote. They are not associated with any particular party and can therefore be unpredictable in their choices, making them influential players in political decision-making.

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  • 9. 

    The concept of two or more political parties coming together is known as a ____________________

    • A.

      Union

    • B.

      Coalition

    • C.

      Team

    • D.

      Organization

    • E.

      Amalgamation

    Correct Answer
    B. Coalition
    Explanation
    A coalition refers to the concept of two or more political parties coming together. It involves the formation of a temporary alliance or partnership between different political parties in order to achieve a common goal or to gain political power. This allows parties to pool their resources, influence, and support in order to increase their chances of success in elections or to form a government. A coalition is often formed when no single party has enough support to govern independently or when parties with similar ideologies or interests join forces to strengthen their position in the political landscape.

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  • 10. 

    When a majority vote is needed in both Canada West and Canada East to pass a law into effect, this was known as ____________________

    • A.

      Double Time

    • B.

      Majority Vote

    • C.

      Double Majority

    • D.

      Vast Majority

    • E.

      Popular Vote

    Correct Answer
    C. Double Majority
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Double Majority." This term refers to the requirement for a majority vote in both Canada West and Canada East in order to pass a law into effect. This system was put in place to ensure that laws were not passed without the support of both regions of Canada.

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  • 11. 

    Canada felt an increased pressure to join the country as one especially after the America bought _____________ from the Russians

    • A.

      Alabama

    • B.

      Arkansas

    • C.

      Alaska

    • D.

      Yukon

    • E.

      California

    Correct Answer
    C. Alaska
    Explanation
    Canada felt an increased pressure to join the country as one especially after America bought Alaska from the Russians. Alaska's acquisition by the United States in 1867 was significant because it expanded American territory and resources, and it also increased the country's influence in the North American region. This may have led to Canada feeling the need to strengthen its ties with the United States and potentially consider joining the country as a result.

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  • 12. 

    What policy did George Brown support?

    • A.

      Pop by Rep

    • B.

      Rep by Pop

    • C.

      Pop Rocks

    • D.

      King of Pop

    • E.

      King of Reps

    Correct Answer
    B. Rep by Pop
    Explanation
    George Brown supported the policy of "Rep by Pop," which refers to representation by population. This means that the number of representatives in government should be determined by the population of each region or constituency. Brown believed that this policy would ensure fair and equal representation for all citizens, as it would prevent larger populations from dominating decision-making processes.

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  • 13. 

    Canadian's outside of central Canada were not eager about Confederation because _______________________

    • A.

      They didn't want a railroad

    • B.

      They didn't want to be controlled by a central government

    • C.

      They didn't want to lose their culture

    • D.

      They were afraid of losing their land

    • E.

      They didn't want to be forced to trade with the cities

    Correct Answer
    B. They didn't want to be controlled by a central government
    Explanation
    Canadian's outside of central Canada were not eager about Confederation because they didn't want to be controlled by a central government. They preferred to maintain their regional autonomy and have the ability to govern themselves independently. They were concerned that a central government would diminish their ability to make decisions that were in the best interest of their specific regions. They wanted to preserve their individuality and have the freedom to shape their own governance.

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  • 14. 

    In 1864 George Brown proposed a group of politicians including McDonald, Cartier, Brown, and Galt. This group was known as _________________________

    • A.

      The Union

    • B.

      The Great Coalition

    • C.

      The Confederacy

    • D.

      The Republic

    • E.

      The Group of 4

    Correct Answer
    B. The Great Coalition
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The Great Coalition." In 1864, George Brown proposed a group of politicians, including McDonald, Cartier, Brown, and Galt, to form a coalition. This coalition was referred to as "The Great Coalition."

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  • 15. 

    A conference was scheduled in this city to propose a Maritime union.

    • A.

      Halifax

    • B.

      St. John's

    • C.

      Charlottetown

    • D.

      Fredericton

    • E.

      Moncton

    Correct Answer
    C. Charlottetown
    Explanation
    Charlottetown is the correct answer because it is the capital city of Prince Edward Island, which is known for its maritime culture and history. The city has a strong connection to the sea and has hosted important maritime events in the past. Given that the conference is proposing a Maritime union, Charlottetown would be a suitable location due to its maritime significance and history.

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  • 16. 

    The next conference that decided what powers the provinces would have was held in _______________.

    • A.

      Ontario

    • B.

      Nova Scotia

    • C.

      Newfoundland

    • D.

      New Brunswick

    • E.

      Quebec

    Correct Answer
    E. Quebec
    Explanation
    The next conference that decided what powers the provinces would have was held in Quebec.

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  • 17. 

    What act created the federation or Dominion of Canada?

    • A.

      Quebec Act

    • B.

      Charlottetown Act

    • C.

      Act of 1841

    • D.

      British North America Act

    • E.

      Ontario Act

    Correct Answer
    D. British North America Act
    Explanation
    The British North America Act created the federation or Dominion of Canada. This act, passed by the British Parliament in 1867, united the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia into a single country called Canada. It established a federal government with powers divided between the central government and the provinces, and it granted certain rights and protections to the Canadian people. The British North America Act is considered a crucial milestone in Canadian history, as it laid the foundation for Canada's political system and its path towards independence from British rule.

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  • 18. 

    Which city is known as the birthplace of democracy?

    • A.

      Rome

    • B.

      Athens

    • C.

      London

    • D.

      Paris

    Correct Answer
    B. Athens
    Explanation
    Athens, the capital of Greece, is widely recognized as the birthplace of democracy. This acknowledgment stems from the Athenian democracy that developed around the 5th century BC, which was a pioneering form of government giving citizens the right to vote and participate in decision-making. The other cities listed have their own historical and cultural significances: Rome is known for its ancient empire and republic, London for its pivotal role in the English and later British monarchical and parliamentary history, and Paris for its influence during the Enlightenment and French Revolution, but none are famed specifically as the birthplace of democracy like Athens.

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  • 19. 

    What four new provinces formed the Dominion?

    • A.

      Alaska, Northwest Territories, Quebec, Ontario

    • B.

      Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island

    • C.

      Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland

    • D.

      Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick

    • E.

      Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

    Correct Answer
    D. Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick. These four provinces formed the Dominion of Canada in 1867. The Dominion was created through the British North America Act, which united the colonies of Canada (Ontario and Quebec), New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia into a single entity. This marked the beginning of Canada as a federal parliamentary democracy, with each province retaining its own government while also being part of the larger Dominion.

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  • 20. 

    Canada has a _________________ system of government.

    • A.

      Republican

    • B.

      Federal

    • C.

      Union

    • D.

      Legislative

    • E.

      Royal

    Correct Answer
    B. Federal
    Explanation
    Canada has a federal system of government. This means that power is divided between a central government and provincial or territorial governments. The federal government is responsible for national matters such as defense and foreign policy, while the provincial and territorial governments have authority over areas like education and healthcare. This system allows for a balance of power and ensures that different regions of Canada have some autonomy in governing themselves.

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