35. Two Canadian historical figures died hours apart in the same city, and their dying moments are depicted in portraits that hang in the National Gallery of Canada. Who are they?
Answer to Canada Quiz #35
James Wolfe and Louis-Joseph Montcalm.
Major-General James Wolfe was leader of the British force charged with attacking the French fortification at Quebec City during the French and Indian War. His French counterpart was Louis-Joseph Montcalm, commander of French forces in North America.
On September 13, 1759, the two rivals met on the Plains of Abraham in the climactic battle of the war. Both leaders received mortal wounds, with Britain prevailing in the battle and ultimately in the conquest of Canada.
The Death of General Wolfe, painted by Benjamin West, and The Death of Montcalm by François-Louis-Joseph Watteau are in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
34. Where in the world can you stand on the earth’s surface, release a bowling ball, and watch it free fall for 16 seconds before it hits the ground?
Answer to Canada Quiz #34
The summit of Mount Thor (Thor Peak).
Mount Thor on Baffin Island, Nunavut features planet earth’s greatest vertical drop at 1250 m (4101 ft). This is the equivalent of 3 Empire State Buildings.
The physics equation for a falling body yields 15.96 seconds for a body to fall 1250 m in a vacuum; slightly more factoring in air resistance.
The world record for the longest single-rope rappel was set on Mount Thor in 2006.
33. What Canadian-born newsmaker of the 1920s inspired an Upton Sinclair poem and a character in a Sinclair Lewis novel, and was the subject of a 2012 Broadway play?
Answer to Canada Quiz #33
Aimee Semple McPherson.
Born in Salford, Ontario in 1890, Aimee Semple McPherson was widowed at age 19 while she and her husband, Robert Semple, were performing missionary work in Hong Kong. She settled in the U.S. and, pioneering the use of media, forged a career as one of the most popular evangelists of her time.
She developed a large following through her reputation as a dynamic revivalist and faith healer. In the 1920s she oversaw the building of the huge Angelus Temple in Los Angeles and founded the Foursquare Gospel Church.
Complex, charismatic and controversial, McPherson’s fame climaxed when she disappeared while swimming near Venice Beach in 1926. Presumed drowned, she caused a sensation when she reappeared one month later in Arizona, claiming to have been kidnapped and to have escaped through the Mexican desert. Investigators found inconsistencies in her statements, and theorized that she had been on a romantic liaison with her radio engineer.
The mystery has never been fully explained, but it has served as fuel for numerous literary efforts, including Upton Sinclair’s poem, An Evangelist Drowns, the character of Sharon Falconer in the Sinclair Lewis novel, Elmer Gantry, and the play Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, with book and lyrics by Kathy Lee Gifford. Pete Seeger also recorded the unsympathetic Ballad of Aimee McPherson.
32. Who is this celebrated athlete?
Answer to Canada Quiz #32
Before he broke the major league baseball color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Jackie Robinson became the first black professional baseball player of modern times as a member of the Triple-A Minor League Montreal Royals.
His first game took place in New Jersey against the Jersey City Giants. In the third inning Robinson smacked a home run and teammate George Shuba’s congratulatory handshake was captured in an iconic photograph.
April 15 is celebrated as Jackie Robinson Day when all major league baseball players are asked to wear Jackie’s retired number 42.
31. What Canadian culinary creation shares its name with an international figure who is frequently mentioned in the pages of Montreal’s leading newspaper?
Answer to Canada Quiz #31
Poutine — French fries covered with gravy and cheese curds — is sometimes described as Canada’s national dish. It originated in the late 1950s in rural Quebec, and its name means “a mess” in French. A 2007 CBC poll placed poutine among the top 10 Canadian inventions of all time.
Montreal’s leading newspaper by circulation is the French-language tabloid, Le Journal de Montréal, followed closely by the French-language daily, La Presse. Both papers regular coverage of Russia’s news-making president, Vladimir Putin, or Vladimir Poutine as his name is transliterated in French.