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The Active Reader, 2e: Defining Canadians: Canada in the World

Instructions: For each question, click on the radio button beside your answer. When you have completed the entire quiz, click the 'Submit my answers' button at the bottom of the page to receive your results.



“Tarmageddon: Dirty Oil is Turning Canada into a Corrupt Petro State" by Andrew Nikiforuk

Question 1:


a) increased its reputation as a global leader
b) encouraged more tourism
c) lead to comparisons with Saudi Arabia
d) all of the above

Question 2:


a) British Columbia
b) North Dakota
c) Northwest Territories
d) Alberta

Question 3:


a) It is expensive.
b) It is thick.
c) It contains more carbon than hydrogen.
d) all of the above

Question 4:


a) the toxic waste is stored in unlined dykes
b) dykes occupy many kilometres of forest
c) it requires large open pit mines
d) all of the above

Question 5:


a) his denial of climate change
b) his family history in the oil industry
c) his appointment of climate change sceptics to various posts within the government
d) answers B and C
e) all of the above

Question 6:


a) Their numbers in Canada exceed permanent immigrants.
b) The majority of these workers come from Brazil.
c) They are treated better than in Saudi Arabia.
d) They are protected through the temporary foreign worker program.

Question 7:


a) It receives a third of its revenue from hydrocarbons.
b) It has been ruled by the same political party for 38 years.
c) It charges a lot for bitumen.
d) answers A and B
e) all of the above

Question 8:


a) It is the name of a deadly epidemic in the Netherlands.
b) It is a term coined in the 70s to express a lack of government regulation.
c) It refers to a contaminated potato crop.
d) none of the above

Question 9:


a) True
b) False

Question 10:


a) True
b) False



“The Ugly Canadian” by Amir Attaran

Question 11:


a) Canada is not transparent in international dealings
b) being a Canadian does not necessarily protect one from harm when travelling abroad
c) guidelines for hostage negotiations are effective
d) answers A and B

Question 12:


a) universal health care
b) bilingualism
c) student loans
d) the pacifist movement

Question 13:


a) the belief that a nation is superior
b) the belief that we should have a common world power
c) the idea that a nation does not have to abide by global laws
d) none of the above

Question 14:


a) arbitrary
b) similar to the United States exceptionalism
c) progressive
d) all of the above

Question 15:


a) Canada's participation in the Anti-Bribery Convention
b) a loophole in the law which suggests that Canada does not have jurisdiction to deal with bribery outside of Canadian borders
c) Canada's prosecution of 67 violations of the Anti-Bribery Convention
d) Anne McLellan’s statement at the initial press conference

Question 16:


a) a refusal to provide health information to the World Health Organization during the SARS outbreak
b) Canada's national policy on dealing with epidemics
c) the creation of a Public Health Agency
d) all of the above

Question 17:


a) electing serious and committed government ministers
b) restructuring certain government departments
c) choosing diplomats with a more heterogeneous approach to global affairs
d) all of the above

Question 18:


a) True
b) False

Question 19:


a) True
b) False

Question 20:


a) True
b) False



“Into Afghanistan: The Transformation of Canada’s International Security Policy Since 9/11” by Paul H. Chapin

Question 21:


a) It has been protected by its geography.
b) It has a peaceful relationship with its closest neighbour.
c) Canada has participated in wars of choice and not wars of necessity.
d) all of the above

Question 22:


a) Britain
b) Denmark
c) Greece
d) none of the above

Question 23:


a) Stephen Harper
b) Pierre Trudeau
c) Paul Martin
d) Jean Chrétien

Question 24:


a) Citizens were more proactive than governmental leaders.
b) The Prime Minister immediately contacted the American president.
c) Canadian emergency crews were busy and could not help.
d) none of the above

Question 25:


a) the protection of Canadians in Canada
b) the protection of Canadians abroad
c) the protection of Canadian allies from harm
d) answers A and B
e) all of the above

Question 26:


a) Jean Chrétien
b) Brian Mulroney
c) Pierre Trudeau
d) Paul Martin

Question 27:


a) The military costs were huge.
b) They were convinced by Stephen Harper’s opposition to the war.
c) The media focused on deaths of Canadian troops.
d) all of the above

Question 28:


a) immediate withdrawal of Canadian troops
b) increase of Canadian aid services in the region
c) more dialogue with the US
d) all of the above

Question 29:


a) Canada started to take security risks more seriously.
b) It improved relations with the United States.
c) It improved international relations.
d) answers A and B
e) all of the above



“Canadian Cannabis: Marijuana as an Irritant/Problem in Canada-US Relations” by Paul Gecelovsky

Question 30:


a) Canadian marijuana is exported into America.
b) Canadian marijuana is potent.
c) Canadian laws are more restrictive than American laws.
d) answers A and B
e) all of the above

Question 31:


a) Quebec
b) Ontario
c) New Brunswick
d) British Columbia

Question 32:


a) It has a smaller concentration of psychoactive compound than other marijuana.
b) It is a globally recognized product.
c) It is very expensive.
d) answers B and C
e) all of the above

Question 33:


a) They changed their laws to follow suit.
b) They viewed this as a threat to their country.
c) They suggested re-criminalizing marijuana at the American border.
d) answers B and C
e) none of the above

Question 34:


a) They have proven to be effective deterrents.
b) They ve made marijuana cultivation a high risk activity.
c) Individuals who break the laws are prosecuted quickly.
d) answers A and C
e) none of the above

Question 35:


a) a linkage between marijuana and homeland security
b) suicides resulting from marijuana use
c) an increase in Canada’s drug profits
d) answers A and B
e) all of the above

Question 36:


a) True
b) False

Question 37:


a) True
b) False



“Listen to the North” by John Ralston Saul

Question 38:


a) He learned wilderness survive tactics.
b) He almost died in a snowmobile accident.
c) It confirmed his vast knowledge of the Arctic.
d) none of the above

Question 39:


a) seeing the world from a northern perspective
b) seeing the world from a southern perspective
c) seeing the world from a western perspective
d) answers B and C

Question 40:


a) The dialogue is between southerners.
b) Southerners speak for northerners.
c) The North is not seen from a northern perspective.
d) all of the above

Question 41:


a) housing shortages
b) the lack of strong northern policy
c) a colonial attitude
d) answers A and B
e) all of the above

Question 42:


a) It is geographically the biggest part of Canada.
b) Half of Canada’s gross domestic product hails from the north.
c) The rate of gross domestic product from the North is increasing.
d) answers A and C
e) all of the above

Question 43:


a) The South has helped the north achieve international acknowledgement.
b) The South has a disinterest in things northern.
c) The South has had waves of periodic interest in the North.
d) answers B and C
e) none of the above

Question 44:


a) building cultural schools
b) promoting non-western philosophy in the school system
c) creating a centre for northern experts
d) answers A and B
e) all of the above

Question 45:


a) modern architecture is needed in the north
b) the current universities are getting old
c) it would encourage northerners to enter further education
d) answers B and C
e) all of the above

Question 46:


a) True
b) False