Canadian Studies - Demo

The following is a sampling of questions from our Canadian Studies testbank.



Geopolical Study of Canada

Examine the passages below before answering questions # 12 to 15.

Province A

This province earns more dollars from manufacturing than any other. In the northern part of the province, it has excellent hydroelectric capability and is a storehouse of metallic ores. In the southern region, it houses a large domestic market and a waterway which connects it to foreign markets. Also, this province is home to the "Fertile Triangle" where consistent rainfall, and an amply long growing season, allow for the growing of tobacco, fruits and vegetables for the local market.

Province B

This province experiences the greatest problem with unemployment of all provinces in our confederation; having had the highest unemployment rate in the nation for decades. This is primarily due to a rocky terrain which is generally not suited for agriculture. The primary industry here is fishing, which has been in decline recently given the introduction of quotas, and a limitation on fishing, in order to conserve the fish stock found in the area. This province is hoping that off-shore drilling for oil will provide greater economic stability in the future.

Province C

The province is reliant on two economic activities: agriculture and petroleum. Because of limited precipitation and a short growing season, this province tends to be primarily a grain producer. Where precipitation is too limited, ranching for beef production occurs. As a petroleum producer, this province is the primary producer in the nation having pipelines carry oil both to the manufacturing centres of Canada and southward towards American markets.

Province D

This province is novel as the primary, and almost exclusive, producer of potash in Canada. Besides mining this mineral, this province's economy is dependent upon one activity, grain farming. Indeed, as farming as become more mechanized, and as farms have become larger, this province has witnessed significant emigration of its population to other parts of the country.

12. Passage A characterizes which Canadian province?
  1. British Columbia
  2. Ontario
  3. Quebec
  4. Alberta
13. Passage B characterizes which Canadian province?
  1. Quebec
  2. Prince Edward Island
  3. Newfoundland
  4. Nova Scotia
14. Passage C characterizes which Canadian province?
  1. British Columbia
  2. Alberta
  3. Saskatchewan
  4. Manitoba

Examine the chart below to assist you in answering questions # 29 to 32.

29. Area A BEST characterizes which province?
  1. Prince Edward Island
  2. British Columbia
  3. Nova Scotia
  4. New Brunswick
30. Area B could be descriptive of which area?
  1. Canadian Northlands
  2. Maritime Region
  3. Central Canada
  4. Prairie Region

Canada's Role In The World Community

58. The PRIMARY difficulty or concern Canada has had with selling CANDU nuclear reactors is:
  1. insuring that consumer nations only use these reactors for peaceful purposes.
  2. insuring that the nuclear wastes, produced as a by-product, are properly disposed of.
  3. insuring that their product remain as technologically sophisticated as models sold by other nations.
  4. withstanding the criticism from other members of NATO who object to the sale of nuclear reactors.
59. The position taken by the Canadian government to the development of S.D.I. or "Star Wars" technology is:
  1. the Canadian government supports its development and provides funding to Canadian companies involved in its development.
  2. the Canadian government actively supports its development, but is unwilling to help and fund its development.
  3. the Canadian government is not willing to become directly involved, but has allowed Canadian companies to become involved in its development if they wish.
  4. the Canadian government is not willing to become involved in its development and has restricted the involvement of Canadian companies.

Canadian Issues and Government File

Examine the passage below before answering questions # 36 to 38.

In order to symbolically show that Canada clearly was totally sovereign and independent of British control, although this had long ago occurred in practice, Canada asked that she be allowed to "bring the Canadian constitution" home. This meant that Canada wanted to make the constitution a Canadian act of parliament, rather than a British act of parliament. Towards making this distinction clear, the constitution underwent a name change.

37. The "new" name for the constitution was the:
  1. British North America Act
  2. Statute of New Westminster
  3. Constitution Act of 1982
  4. Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
38. The Prime Minister who "brought the constitution home" was:
  1. Joe Clark
  2. Pierre Trudeau
  3. Brian Mulroney
  4. Jean Chretian

Examine the passage below to assist you in answering questions # 45 to 50.

Concept A - there is a belief that all legislation should pass through two houses or legislative bodies before it become law. This concept is based upon the belief that legislation should receive a "sober second look" before becoming law.

Concept B - this is the situation where you have more than one level of government capable of passing laws and each level is supreme within their area of jurisdiction.

Concept C - in order to insure that each citizen's vote has approximately the same weighting, there is an attempt to insure that the number of citizens found in one constituency is relatively uniform to that found in another. While some exceptions are made to accommodate unusual geographic locations or large, sparse areas, there is a concerted attempt to keep representation within each constituency the same.

Concept D - because the powers assigned each level of government, as defined in a constitution cannot be exhaustive, there will always be some areas of jurisdiction not outlined or specified in the constitution. These unassigned rights have to automatically become the right of one level of government or another.

45. Concept A is:
  1. federalism
  2. bicameral government
  3. residual power
  4. representation by population
46. Concept B is:
  1. federalism
  2. bicameral government
  3. residual power
  4. representation by population
47. Concept B is common to:
  1. Canada, Britain and the United States
  2. Britain and the United States only.
  3. Canada and the United States only.
  4. Canada and Britain only.

Regionalism In Canada

Examine the passage below before answering questions #1 to 4.

Quebec has argued that its cultural protection is so critical that legislation it passes to protect its unique culture should be able to violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Quebec feels that its French language and cultural rights take priority and precedence over federal human rights legislation.

Alberta has argued that control of its energy resources and their pricing is so vital to its economic survival, that the federal government must never be able to limit the price of our natural resources as was the case earlier in our history. Alberta believes that its oil pricing should be left to the province, regardless of how high oil prices might negatively impact the success and growth of industries in Central Canada.

1. Both paragraphs above provide examples of:
  1. nationalism
  2. protectionism
  3. regionalism
  4. federalism
2. If one was to extend the arguments developed in the paragraphs by Alberta and Quebec, one could assume that both provinces:
  1. wish to see federal powers increased to insure that their specific issues can be addressed.
  2. wish to see an increase in provincial rights to insure that their special interests can be protected.
  3. feel that separation from Canada is critical to the successful protection of their individual interests.
  4. would feel more comfortable with a "republican" form of government than with the existing "parliamentary democracy" found in Canada.

Examine the points below before answering questions # 12 to 14.

  1. Migration Figures
  2. Post Secondary Education Levels
  3. Cost of Living Figures
  4. Proximity to Market
  5. Drop In Resource Demand
  6. Average Weekly Income
12. If one was attempting to make the argument that the Yukon was regional ADVANTAGED, they would point to which of the signposts above?
  1. I and III
  2. II and III
  3. II and VI
  4. IV and VI
13. If one wished to explain the downturn in the Alberta economy during the late 1980's and early 1990's, they would look at which signpost?
  1. II
  2. III
  3. IV
  4. V




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