Canada Assessment



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Canada Assessment

1. Which statement about the United Kingdom's parliamentary system is correct?

A. Members of both houses of Parliament are elected for life.

B. The queen decides which laws Parliament will debate.

C. Members of Parliament do not belong to political parties.

D. The prime minister is not directly chosen by voters.

2. Which of the following best explains why the United States is Canada's largest trading partner?

A. climate

B. population distribution

C. location

D. Gross Domestic Product

3. Canada is the world's second largest country in terms of land area. However, about 75 percent of Canada's population lives within 100 miles of its southern border. Which statement does not provide a reason why so many


Canadians live in their country's southern region?
A. More jobs are available in Canada's southern region.

B. Canadian law encourages people to live in its southern region.

C. Much of Canada's northern region is tundra.

D. Canada's southern region has a milder climate than its northern region.

4.

Which of these is MOST LIKELY to be classified as a reason for Canadians' concern about pollution of the Great Lakes?


A. The Great Lakes are a favorite Canadian tourist destination.

B. The Great Lakes are a major source of Canada's drinking water.

C. Canadians prefer the beaches along the Great Lakes to those along the coast.

D. Diving on shipwrecks is a growing Great Lakes sport which attracts divers from around the world.

5. Most democracies have a government with three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial. In Canada, the executive branch is the
A. Parliament.

B. Supreme Court.

C. Prime Minister.

D. Senate.

6. In most democratic countries, the government is divided into three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial. In Canada, the legislative branch is the
A. Parliament.

B. prime minister.

C. Supreme Court.

D. governor general.

7. In most democratic countries, the government is divided into three branches: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial. In Canada, the legislative branch is made up of the Senate and the
A. Prime Minister.

B. Supreme Court.

C. House of Commons.

D. Governor General.

8. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was designed to promote free trade between the United States,
A. Canada, and Mexico.

B. the United Kingdom, and Russia.

C. Canada, and the United Kingdom.

D. Mexico, and the islands of the Caribbean.

9. What is the purpose of free trade partnerships like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Canada, and Mexico?
A. to increase trade by doing away with tariffs.

B. to allow countries to get needed goods without having to pay for them

C. to keep the countries from trading with Europe or Asia

D. to help the countries produce everything they need for themselves

10. What is the purpose of a tariff, such as a protective tariff?


  1. to increase the prices of imported goods and protect a country's own industries from foreign competition




  1. to decrease the prices of imported goods so a country's people can buy what they need for the lowest cost




  1. to increase the prices of exported goods so a country's own businesses are less likely to send their products to other nations

D. to decrease the prices of exported goods so people in other countries will buy the foreign nation's product over one from home

11. Canada and Mexico are SIMILAR in that lowering trade barriers between these two nations has resulted in both nations experiencing
A. growth in their economies.

B. increases in unemployment.

C. increases in the prices of consumer goods.

D. decreases in the quality of consumer goods.

12. How did Canada achieve independence from Britain?

A. by a war for independence

B. as a result of the American Revolution

C. as a result of the British defeat of the French

D. by means of negotiations over a period of time

13. Canada gained its independence from Britain by

A. winning the war against Britain.

B. buying the land from Britain.

C. peaceful means.

D. going to war.

14. Today, some citizens and elected leaders of Québec believe their province should take which action?
A. refuse to trade with the United States

B. close its borders to all new immigrants

C. withdraw from the United Nations

D. become an independent country

15. Today, some Canadian citizens are called "separatists" because they believe that one Canadian province should become an independent nation. In which Canadian province would a separatist most likely live?
A. Ontario

B. Manitoba

C. Alberta

D. Québec



  1. Canada is an independent country, with its own set of laws. Still, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state for Canada. This makes Canada an example of ______________________.

  1. A constitutional monarchy.

  2. A multicultural nation.

  3. A provincial government.

  4. A dictatorship.

  1. In the 1960s, the Quebec independence movement began to form. Which statement best explains the main reason for this movement?



  1. Quebecois disagreed with Canadian independence and wished to rejoin the United Kingdom.

  2. Quebecois feared the loss of their culture and language in Canada.

  3. Quebecois disagreed with Canadian foreign policy and wished to build an empire.

  4. Quebecois claimed that Canadian parliament owed them money.



  1. All of the following are concerns of Canadian environmental policy except ______.

  1. Regulating pedestrian traffic.

  2. Preventing acid rain

  3. Conserving timber resources

  4. Regulating diamond mining operations.



  1. In Canada, a college education is provided free of charge by the Canadian government. This is an example of investing in

  1. Academic research

  2. Human capital

  3. International trade

  4. Environmental protection



  1. Canada is rich in natural resources and is a major exporter of these resources. What impact does this type of specialization have on international trade?

  1. It acts as a trade barrier between countries.

  2. It encourages trade between countries.

  3. It forces up the price of resources worldwide.

  4. It has little impact on international trade.



  1. All of the following are descriptions of the government of Canada EXCEPT



  1. A parliamentary system

  2. An absolute monarchy.

  3. A constitutional monarch.

  4. A federal system.



  1. What happened when the British North America Act went into effect in 1867?

  1. Free trade was established between Canada and the United Kingdom.

  2. The United Kingdom declared war on Canada.

  3. Canada’s provinces united to form new country, independent of Britain.

  4. Canada was given its own separate monarch.



  1. Canada recognizes which of the following as official languages?



  1. English and German

  2. French and Portuguese

  3. English and French

  4. German and Arabic



  1. Entrepreneurs in Canada are free to start their own businesses, while the government plays a role in regulating businesses. This makes Canada an example of a _____________________.



  1. Traditional economy.

  2. Mixed economy.

  3. Pure market economy

  4. Command economy.



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