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Canada's Patriot Statesman

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Activity 3

Quiz Show and Trivia Contest (all subjects)

Option 1

Students will play a quiz show game in the classroom as a review of relevant material learned during the unit study on Sir John and his times.

Questions can be prepared as a series of question and answer cards. The trivia game can take the format of "Reach for the Top" or "Jeopardy."

Option 2

The class will hold a "Canada's Next Great Prime Minister" show. Four or five students will apply to be interviewed for the position of prime minister. Their classmates will prepare the questions to interview the candidates.

The interviews could be filmed and critiqued or used for future projects. The entire school population could take part in voting for the future prime minister.

Option 3

Students will participate in a school-wide trivia contest ranging in difficulty to include many grades. Sample questions might include:

  1. If Sir John A. Macdonald were alive today, how many candles would be needed on his birthday cake?
  2. What is the name of Sir John's adversary in the Northwest Rebellion of 1885? Why were they opponents?
  3. Which four provinces united when Canada first became a country?
  4. In what year did Canada become a country and did Sir John become prime minister? Who declared that Canada was a country?
  5. From which business did Sir John buy the Northwest Territories: a) T. Eaton Company; b) Hudson's Bay Company; c) G. Walmart Company; or d) Sir John did not buy the Northwest Territories from any company?
  6. Name the type of transportation that Sir John A. Macdonald advanced to unite the regions of Canada.