Remembrance Day Quiz

By Alan G. Luke

This year is the centennial of the exclusive Canadian victory at the battle for Vimy Ridge during the “Great War”. Honour the memory of those fallen (on November 11th) and quiz yourself on these other often tragic trivia question remembrances.

1. On the back of which Canadian polymer banknote denomination is the image of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France?

a) 5

b) 10

c) 20

d) 50

2. Canadian physician John McCrae penned the poem “In Flanders Fields” in May 1915 following the fi rst chlorine gas attack. The region of Flanders is situated in which country?

a) France

b) Belgium

c) Austria

d) Netherlands

3. Three Canadian soldiers residing on the same block of Pine Street in Winnipeg, MB were recipients of the Victoria Cross for extreme bravery. What was the name of the street changed to in their honour?

a) Bravery Blvd.

b) Courage Crescent

c) Valour Rd.

d) Deadly Drive

4. Shooting down five or more enemy aircraft designated the aviator as a “flying ace”. Manfred von Richthofen was a German Ace credited with 80 aerial combat victories and was known as what?

a) “Bloody Fritz”

b) “The Red Baron”

c) “Meister Maniac”

5. Although the French initially deployed tear gas in 1914, what type of poisonous gas was first unleashed by the German troops on the Allies during the Second Battle of Ypres? Corporal Adolf Hitler was temporarily blinded by a British gas shell attack here.

a) Mustard gas

b) Methane gas

c) Chlorine gas

d) Shell gas

6. In early August 1914, Germany declared war on Russia and France and then invaded neutral Belgium. What country declared war on Germany on August 23, 1914?

a) Russia

b) Britain

c) France

d) Japan

7. Mata Hari (1876-1917), an exotic dancer and courtesan, was convicted of espionage and executed by a firing squad. What country did this Dutch-born lady spy for?

a) France

b) Britain

c) Germany

d) Netherlands

8. What Canadian actor starred (as Michael Dunne), wrote and directed Passchendaele (2008), depicting the muddy and bloody battle?

a) Paul Gross

b) Peter Birzvilkis

c) Ryan Gosling

d) Kiefer Sutherland

9. Three blameless privates are courtmartialed and executed for cowardice during French trench warfare in 1916. Who starred as Colonel Dax in Paths of Glory (1957), an early Stanley Kubrick film?

a) Kirk Douglas

b) Mitchum

c) Widmark

d) Lancaster

10. Who starred in Gallipoli (1981) as an Australian sprinter engaged in the brutal campaign in Turkey?

a) Bryan Brown

b) Russell Crowe

c) Mel Gibson

d) Paul Linvard

11. Isla Lund (Ingrid Bergman) implores Sam (Dooley Wilson), the piano player in Rick’s Café to play “it” and he sings the following lyrics: “you must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh” from which song in Casablanca (1942)?

a) “It Had to Be You”

b) “The Very Thought of You”

c) “Heaven Can Wait”

d) “As Time Goes By”

12. Who made the statement: “Remember your humanity and forget the rest.”?

a) Mark Twain

b) Stephen Leacock

c) Oscar Wild

d) Albert Einstein


Answers to Quiz: 1c, 2b, 3c, 4b, 5c, 6d, 7c, 8a, 9a, 10c, 11d, 12d