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Test your knowledge of Canada’s first prime minister



  1. In the nineteenth century, the height of an average Canadian man was 5’ 6.” How tall was Sir John A Macdonald?

a) 5’ 5"

b) 5’ 7”

c) 5’ 9”

d) 5’ 11”



e) 6’ 5”


  1. Sir John A. Macdonald was leader of the

    1. Liberal Conservative Party

    2. New Democratic Party

    3. Liberal Party

    4. Green Party

    5. Progressive Conservative Party




  1. Sir John A. Macdonald first

practised law as an attorney in


    1. Toronto

    2. Kingston

    3. Picton

    4. Napanee

    5. Ottawa

  1. Sir John A. Macdonald worked for how many years non- stop after he left school?

    1. 27

    2. 61

    3. 38

    4. 42

    5. 15




  1. Which quote is Macdonald’s?

    1. Ask not what your country can do for you: ask what you can do for your country.

    2. I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.

    3. Don’t find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain.

    4. Religion is the opium of the masses.

    5. I have never asked the question and never will ask what a man’s religion, race or ancestry may be; if he is a capable man, ‘the right man for the right place’ that is all I inquire into.

  2. The famous last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway uniting the Maritimes with Vancouver Island was ceremoniously placed by

    1. Financier Donald Smith at Craigellachie in 1885

    2. Lieutenant-Colonel Oswald near Jackfish Tunnel in 1885

    3. Sir John A. Macdonald at Shawinigan Lake in 1886

    4. CEO, John Ross in Kingston in 1856

    5. Financier George W. McMullen in Belleville 1884




  1. Sir John A. Macdonald was

    1. Prime Minister of Canada

    2. Co-premier of Province of Canada

    3. Minister of Justice

    4. Attorney General

    5. Minister of Militia Affairs

    6. None of the above

    7. All of the above





  1. Sir John A. Macdonald received honorary doctorates from


  1. McGill and University of Toronto

  2. George Washington and Harvard

  3. Loyalist and Humber

  4. Queen’s and Oxford

  5. Sorbonne and Paris




  1. Sir John A. Macdonald drafted how much of Canada’s constitution act of 1867?

    1. none b) 70% c) 28% d) 17% e) 80%

  2. Sir John A. Macdonald proposed legislation for the House of Commons that would extend equal rights to all Canadians. Which of the following was the only one that was rejected?




    1. Vote for women

    2. Workers’ rights to form trade unions

    3. Vote for Indians

    4. Francophone rights

    5. Equal rights of every kind—of language, of religion, of property, and of person.



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