Here are the answers to our April quiz on key news topics, plus some additional background information.

1. What Caribbean island had to evacuate due to a volcano eruption?

Answer: c

Additional notes: La Soufriere on St. Vincent erupted over a two-week period in April, making the landscape of part of the island unrecognizable. The most recent previous eruption took place 42 years ago.

2. Prince Philip died April 9, 2021.  How old was he? 

Answer: b

Additional notes. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, married Queen Elizabeth in 1952 before her ascension to the throne.

3. Who was Earl Simmons?

Answer: b

Additional notes: Hip-hop rapper DMX died of a heart attack at 50.

4. What did Egyptian archeologists discover?

Answer: c

Additional notes: They discovered a city 3,000 years old near Luxor

5. How did Canada rank, according to World’s Best Countries Report?

Answer: a

Additional notes: For the first time Canada took top spot. The categories by which countries are ranked are: cultural, economic, political, technological, social purpose and agility. Canada is perceived as having a good job market, caring about human rights, and being committed to social justice. Canada is also viewed as being not corrupt and respectful of property rights.

6. What did the federal government do on April 20?

Answer: c

Additional notes: Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister, presented the first federal budget in two years. It passed and no election was called.

7. How much money did the federal government include in the budget for a national childcare plan?

Answer: a

Additional notes: The budget included more than $2 billion for a national childcare program in collaboration with those provinces that want to participate.

8. By how much is Canada committing to decrease its greenhouse gas emissions? 

Answer: c

Additional notes: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising to slash Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030, but has not yet articulated a detailed plan on how to do it.

9. What canal was blocked by a ship that got stuck?

Answer: b

Additional notes: The Suez Canal was blocked when a 400-metre-long container ship was buffeted by strong winds on March 23 and ended up wedged across the waterway, blocking all traffic. It took six days to move the vessel, allowing traffic to flow again.

10. Which Canadian city did Netflix select for its headquarters?

Answer: d

Additional notes: Netflix had narrowed the decision to Vancouver or Toronto and in the end selected Toronto.

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