Thursday, December 29, 2011

An Aussie Quiz

On Saturday, December 17, I had some friends over to my St. Paul home for a little Christmas celebration – one that involved an "Aussie Quiz"! The winners that evening (including Curtis and Liana, pictured at right) received a packet of Tim Tams!

Dear readers, feel free to have a go yourselves at this quiz via the comments box, where I'll post the answers in a few days.


1) Australia is called:

“The Land _________________”


“The Great _____________ Land.”

2) According to the indigenous people of Australia, the world was brought into existence by . . .

a. a prehistoric race of people

b. God

c. songs

d. the Rainbow Serpent

3) If someone says they are 'fair dinkum,' they mean . . .

a. they know how to swim a little

b. they are telling you the truth

c. they were born in Australia

4) The first recorded European sighting of the Australian mainland and the first recorded European landfall on the Australian continent took place in what year and by sailors from which European country?

Year: _____________ Country: ___________________

5) If someone asks you where the dunny is, what are they looking for?

a. the pub

b. the boss

c. the toilet

6) In Australia, a ranch is known as a _________________.

7) What do you call the Aussie favourite sponge cake cubes dipped in chocolate and rolled in coconut?

a. Koala Cubes

b. Delights

c. Lamingtons

d. Croc Chocs

8) Name one well-known race held annually in Australia.

9) What two animals are on Australia’s coat of arms?

10) How many of the Australian birds perched on Michael’s TV can you identify? (For a clue, squeeze each one to hear what sound they make!)

11) Australia’s national dessert is named after a famous ballerina and is made of meringue, whipped cream and topped with a selection of tropical fruits. What is it called?

a. Nurmova

b. Tropilova

c. Zilatmova

d. Pavlova

12) Name six well known Australian landmarks – 3 natural ones, and 3 of human construction!

1. _________________________ 1. ________________________

2. _________________________ 2. ________________________

3. _________________________ 3. ________________________

13) What is Australia’s national anthem?

a. God Save the Queen

b. Waltzing Matilda

c. Advance Australia Fair

d. I Am Australian

14) If someone says let's 'crack a tinny', what are they going to do . . .

a. open the sun roof on the car

b. open a can of beer

c. race a boat

15) In eighteenth-century Australia, an outlaw (or highway man) was known as a ______________. Can you name a famous one?

16) From which Australian films are the following lines taken:

(i) “That’s not a knife. This is a knife!”

(ii) “[It has] only two states of being: dangerous or dead.”

(iii) “You know the law: Two men enter, one man leaves.”

(iv) “You’re terrible, Muriel!”

(v) “That is going straight to the Pool Room.”

(vi) “Just because it is, doesn't mean it should be.”

(vii) “And don’t worry, Mademoiselle, we’ll only be gone a little while.”

Above: Friends: Darlene, Noelle, Eileen, Kate, Jim and Phil – Saturday, December 17, 2011. Darlene and her husband Tom feature in Catholics for Marriage Equality MN's recently released video series.

Right: Jim Smith, Catholics for Marriage Equality MN's Parish Inreach Coordinator, and MN State Senator Scott Dibble – December 17, 2011. Scott was another big winner in the Aussie Quiz that night! Oh, and he and his husband Richard also feature in C4ME-MN's video series.

Above: Hello, boys! From left: Raul, Andy, Mark, Paul, Walter
and Tim
– Saturday, December 17, 2011.

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Another Time, Another Place . . .
Sydney Sojourn
Christmas in Australia
Swallows' Ledge

Images: Michael J. Bayly.

1 comment:

Garth said...

16 ii and vii could be pretty tricky, Mick! Kudos for the Razorback quote. I'll guess the other is Picnic at Hanging Rock?