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Trivia Quiz - John Curtin: 14th Australian Prime Minister
He guided his nation through the dark hours of World War II. "His country was his pride. His brother man his cause."
December 19, 2010
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1. John Curtin, while being a Western Australian politician, was born elsewhere in 1885. Where was he born?
B. New South Wales
2. John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia, moved to Western Australia in 1917 to do what?
A. Follow his fiance, Elsie who had moved there
B. Become editor of the Westralian Worker newspaper
C. Study political science at Perth University
D. Assume leadership of the state's transport workers' union
3. John Curtin had many attempts at running for federal parliament. Which seat did he eventually win for the Labor Party?
4. John Curtin became leader of the Federal Labor Party in 1935 after promising not to...
A. advocate the overthrow of capitalism
B. punish the supporters of Jack Lang
C. voice his anti-conscription views
D. drink alcohol
5. In October 1941 John Curtin became Prime Minister when two independent members withdrew their support of which P M?
A. Robert Menzies
B. Arthur Fadden
C. Earle Page
D. Billy Hughes
6. Which military action and British response to it in 1941 caused John Curtin to state, "Australia looks to America, free of any pangs as to our traditional kinship with the United Kingdom."?
A. Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour
B. Fall of Singapore to Japanese forces
C. Sinking of Prince of Wales and Repulse
D. Japanese invasion of Manchuria
7. With which World War II figure did John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia, disagree over the defence of Australia and the deployment of Australian troops?
A. Franklin Roosevelt
B. Douglas MacArthur
C. Thomas Blayney
D. Winston Churchill
8. Which group received many benefits during the life of John Curtin's government?
D. Tertiary students
9. Which of the following is not one of John Curtin's achievements?
A. Winning an unprecedented 58% of votes at the 1943 election
B. Introducing conscription in World War II in spite of being against conscription in World War I
C. Appointing the British Duke of Gloucester as Governor General contrary to Labor policy
D. Establishment of the Commonwealth Bank
10. Following his death in July 1945, John Curtin was immediately succeeded by which Labor figure?
A. Ben Chifley
B. Frank Forde
C. Arthur Calwell
D. Eddie Ward
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