The following questions provide a review of some key topics and issues that were in the news in March.


  1. Canada signed a new free trade agreement with which of the following countries:
    1. China
    2. South Korea
    3. South Korea and Japan
    4. Japan and China
  2. Quebec’s premier Pauline Marois is considering a referendum. What would she poll Quebec residents about?
    1. The economy
    2. Health care
    3. Sovereignty
    4. Taxes
  3. The old adage that you can’t get water from a stone was proved wrong by a discovery of:
    1. A diamond containing ringwoodite
    2. A subduction zone beneath the earth
    3. An emerald from Brazil
    4. None of the above
  4. How many provinces and territories in Canada now have a penalty for texting and driving?
    1. None
    2. 6
    3. 12
    4. 13
  5. Canada is the newest creditor nation. What does this mean?
    1. Canada has more assets abroad than foreigners have in Canada
    2. Canada is the prime lender to other countries
    3. Canadians have reduced their debt loads
    4. Canadians provide credit backup to the United States
  6. Canada, along with other western nations, has imposed economic sanctions against which country?
    1. Ukraine
    2. Malaysia
    3. Russia
    4. China
  7. The Supreme Court of Canada recently ruled against the appointment of Justice Marc Nadon of Quebec to the court. Why?
    1. They wanted to embarrass Prime Minister Harper
    2. They assumed Quebec would become sovereign
    3. Justice Nadon did not have the qualifications
    4. Members of the court didn’t like Justice Nadon
  8. What is the polar vortex?
    1. The place polar bears live
    2. A pocket of frigid air over the polar region
    3. Opposite ends of an Olympic ice rink
    4. A Canadian winter sport
  9. Which of the following special days occur in the month of March?
    1. World Down Syndrome Day
    2. St. Patrick’s Day
    3. International Women’s Day
    4. All of the above
  10. Alison Redford resigned as Premier of what province?
    1. New Brunswick
    2. Saskatchewan
    3. Alberta
    4. Ontario
  11. Which of Canada’s museums celebrated its 100th anniversary this year?
    1. Royal Ontario Museum
    2. Canadian Museum of Human Rights
    3. Canadian Museum of History
    4. Canadian Museum of Immigration
  12. Jim Flaherty resigned as Minister of Finance in March. Who took his place?
    1. Tony Clement
    2. John Baird
    3. Joe Oliver
    4. Janet Yellen
  13. Which university is planning on closing two of its campuses?
    1. University of Alberta
    2. McGill University
    3. University of Guelph
    4. University of British Columbia
  14. Which professional sports league is considering expanding the number of teams it currently has?
    1. NHL
    2. NBA
    3. MBL
    4. CFL
  15. The CEO of which social media company visited China in March?
    1. Facebook
    2. Instagram
    3. Pinterest
    4. Twitter

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