Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Canada Day!

Today is Canada Day and Canada's 141st birthday. How much do you know about Canada? Specifically, how much do you know about Canada's literary scene? Take this CANADA DAY LITERARY QUIZ and find out!

1. Rhubarb is a Canadian literary magazine that celebrates
a] the ethnicity of the Doukhobor
b] Ukrainian art and culture
c] Writers and artists who are of Mennonite heritage

2. Canada's richest literary award for fiction (presently $50,000) is:
a] the Giller prize
b] CBC Literary Award
c] Governor General's Literary Award

3. Which Canadian writer has sold over 30 million books -- more than any other Canadian author:
a] Lucy Maud Montgomery
b] Margaret Atwood
c] Robert Munsch

4. Children's writer Kenneth Oppel is best known for his books about
a] monkeys
b] bats
c] sloths

5. Which Canadian province did Lucy Maud Montgomery not live in?
a] Prince Edward Island
b] Ontario
c] Manitoba
d] Saskatchewan

6. Which Canadian writer's short stories have been compared to the stories of Chekhov?
a] Alice Munro
b] Guy Vanderhaeghe
c] Carol Shields

7. This Canadian author is sometimes referred to as a pioneer of inspirational fiction:
a] Lucy Maud Montgomery
b] Janette Oke
c] Rudy Wiebe

8. This Canadian author who has had a book named to the Oprah Winfrey book club also does acting and has hosted a TV documentary series.
a] Gabrielle Roy
b] Ann-Marie MacDonald
c] W. P. Kinsella

9. This artist and writer of several classic books for children was influenced by Ukrainian roots, a childhood on the prairies and the Catholic faith:
a] Marsha Skrypuch
b] William Kurelek
c] Ian Krykorka

10. This Canadian Christian poet won the Governor General's Award, the Griffin Poetry Prize and was made an officer of the Order of Canada:
a] Margaret Avison
b] Patrick Lane
c] Michael Ondaatje

Below are the names of five current Canadian writers who are Christian. Can you unscramble their names? The list of book titles, below, are your hints. After unscrambling the writer's name, match it with the book they've written.






a] Broken Angel
b] Glitter of Diamonds
c] Hidden in Plain Sight
d] The Spiritual Brain
e] Family Squeeze


Rate yourself:
12-15 correct: Congratulations! You are part of the Canadian literati.
8-11 correct: You're not unaware of the Canadian scene, but probably more into content than trivia.
4-7 correct: No doubt you're well read. Now why not get some Canadian content into your literary diet?
0-3 correct: Well... thanks for at least reading my (Canadian written) blog!


Kitty Lewis said...

thanks for the literary quiz.

Marsha Skrypuch said...

What a fun quiz!

violet said...

Thank you, ladies! :)

Kimberley Payne said...


What a great quiz! How long did it take you to come up with those questions?
Kimberley Payne

Anonymous said...

Well .... at least I learned a thing or two, or three or four, or ... Great quiz! -E

The Koala Bear Writer said...

cool quiz! thanks.

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