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CANADA QUIZ: HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT CANADA?

Coish, Calvin
Grand Falls - Windsor (Nfld.), Lifestyle Books, 1992. 59pp, paper, $5.95, ISBN 0-9691126-4-5. Distributed by Lifestyle Books, 6 Dawe Crescent, Grand Falls - Windsor, Nfld. A2A 2T2. CIP


Grades 4 to 8/Ages 9 to 13

Reviewed by Judy Baxter

Volume 21 Number 2
1993 March


This paperback is a delightful and timely collection of quizzes, each with ten questions varying enormously in difficulty. The fifty quizzes are numbered consecutively and the ten questions for each are in a random sequence. The answers are similarly listed and appear at the back of the book. Physically, the format is very clear with large type and generous spacing. Each quiz begins a new page and is numbered with bold oversized print.

The subject coverage is broad, including everything from politics to entertainment, and requiring knowledge from the commonplace to the very obscure. (Example: This Newfoundlander invented the gas mask. Answer: Cluny Macpherson!) An effort has been made, it seems, to present questions from all regions and provinces in Canada. This fact, combined with the varying levels of difficulty, makes the collection terrific for classes a gem for young adult librarians planning library visits for grades 4 to 8.

At a time when Canada's unity is tenuous, this collection could be a welcome addition to any public or school library. One may quibble with Coish, however, when he states that Canada's first national park was Banff (quiz #18, question #4). The park is currently known as Banff National Park, but what was the park's original name? Answer: Rocky Mountain National Park.


Judy Baxter is a librarian in Calgary, Alberta
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