Umbrella Quiz

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You don’t see too many umbrellas in Wellington – that’s not to say it doesn’t rain here – but there isn’t much point bothering with one on a windy Wellington day. In fact, when you do see them – they’re usually broken and stuffed into a rubbish bin… a bit sad really, so this is a quiz in appreciation of the umbrella.


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  • 1. 
    Ned Slattery, known as The Shiner, is remembered for the great care he took with his gentlemanly appearance. He wore a ‘straw boater tied to his lapel with a bootlace, a starched or celluloid collar around his neck, a dark tie faded green by the sun, a waistcoat, shrunken dark trousers, carefully fitted boots, and he carried a cane or an umbrella (or at least the handle thereof) under his arm’. What was he? Find the answer in Te Ara
    • A. 

      A shearer

    • B. 

      A swagman

    • C. 

      A jewelry thief

  • 2. 
    The Umbrella Mountains are found in which New Zealand region? Find the answer in Te Ara
    • A. 

      Otago

    • B. 

      Southland

    • C. 

      Canterbury

  • 3. 
    The ribs of umbrellas were once made from what? Find the answer in Te Ara
    • A. 

      Whale baleen

    • B. 

      Kiwi beak

    • C. 

      Sheep rib

  • 4. 
    Whale baleen was also used to make corsets and riding crops. What is the international symbol of sex workers' rights? Find the answer in Te Ara
    • A. 

      A purple umbrella

    • B. 

      A blue umbrella

    • C. 

      A red umbrella

  • 5. 
    A Foreign Minister visiting David Lange to persuade him to abandon New Zealand’s anti-nuclear policies carried a large black umbrella. Their persuasive efforts were unsuccessful and upon leaving Lange quipped ‘…do not forget your broomstick.’ Which country was the minister from? Find the answer in Te Ara
    • A. 

      Australia

    • B. 

      United States

    • C. 

      United Kingdom

  • 6. 
    Traditionally monks have very few possessions, and interestingly the umbrella is one of the basics. Which of these would not be considered a traditional possession? Find the answer in Te Ara
    • A. 

      A wristwatch

    • B. 

      A begging bowl

    • C. 

      A razor

  • 7. 
    An umbrella used to protect its user from the sun is more commonly referred to as what? Find the answer in Te Ara
    • A. 

      A shadestick

    • B. 

      A sunbrella

    • C. 

      A parasol

  • 8. 
    There is a great photograph of Auckland’s longest-serving mayor walking topless in the rain on Te Ara (to see it click on the link). Who is it? Find the answer in Te Ara
    • A. 

      John Banks

    • B. 

      Dove-Myer Robinson

    • C. 

      Lisa Lewis

  • 9. 
    Mosses are small, leafy green plants growing on soil, bark or rock. The umbrella moss holds its spreading leafy stems above a central stalk. What kind of moss is it? Find the answer in Te Ara
    • A. 

      A true moss

    • B. 

      A sphagnum moss

    • C. 

      A granite moss

  • 10. 
    The decider match of the first series of rugby games between New Zealand and South Africa was played in 1921 at Athletic Park. The terrible wind and rain did not deter the large crowd watching the game though they certainly needed their umbrellas. Who won the game? Find the answer in Te Ara
    • A. 

      Springboks

    • B. 

      All Blacks

    • C. 

      Draw