Sunday, July 1, 2007

Happy Birthday Canada!

Ok, I really don't know what to write today, so I'll just make it quick. Today, Canada is going through its 140th birthday. Let's hope that better days await this country so that our children can have a better future. So, I'll leave you with some suggestions on books and movies (all made in Canada!) along with a quiz on Canadian History. Enjoy, because there are just a few simple questions!

Suggested books:
1. The Whirlpool, by Jane Urquhart
2. Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery
3. Bonheur d'occasion (The Tin Flute), by Gabrielle Roy
4. The English Patient, by Michael Ondaatje
5. Les sept jours du talion, by Patrick Senécal

Suggested movies
1. Where the Truth Lies, directed by Atom Egoyan
2. eXistenZ, directed by David Cronenberg
3. C.R.A.Z.Y., directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
4. Felicia's Journey, directed by Atom Egoyan
5. Les ordres, directed by Michel Breault

And now, get ready for the quiz on Canadian History! Ready or not, here it comes! Just post your answers in your comment. Thank you.

1. Which one of these things DOES NOT belong to the Canadian culture?
a) The Bluenose boat
b) The Bloody Caesar (cocktail)
c) Hockey
d) The Liberty Bell

2. True or false: Was the ideology of multiculturalism invented in Canada?

3. The province of Alberta was named after who?
a) A Métis girl who got killed during the colonization of the province.
b) The daughter of Alexander Rutherford, Alberta's first Premier ever.
c) Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848-1939), the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria

4. In the English version of the national anthem written by Robert Stanley Weir, the passage saying "the true North strong and free" historically refers to what?
a) An old racist mentality from French and English Canadians expressed towards Americans, black people and Easterners from the 19th century to the 1960s.
b) A geographical worship of Canada's landscapes.
c) The tough winter period in Canada.

5. The picture of the duck on the loonie is taken from a painting made by who?
a) Robert-Ralph Carmichael
b) Alex Colville
c) Emily Carr
d) Jean Paul Lemieux

6. What is the title of Newfoundland's anthem?
a) Ode to Newfoundland!
b) Long live Newfoundland!
c) O Newfoundland!

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