The modOzquiz 2013: How well do you know Australia?
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David Dale, author of The Little Book of Australia, promises nothing about Don Bradman and nothing about Waltzing Matilda in this test of how well you understand your nation.
1 Match the icons (top six photos) with the actors who played them (bottom six photos).
2 If Australia was ranked by the Economist Intelligence Unit as the second-best country in which to be born, which country was ranked first?
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3. Match the faith with the proportion of Australians who say they follow it: i) Catholic, ii) Buddhist iii) Muslim, iv) Jewish, v) “No religion”. A 2.5%; B 22.3%; C 0.5%; D 25.3%; E 2.2%.
4 What movie sold the most tickets in the past 50 years? A Crocodile Dundee; B The Sound of Music; C Avatar.
5 What nice round number will the population reach in May this year?
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6 Match the remark with the speaker: i) Puck you, Miss ii) Where the bloody hell are you? iii) Died of shame; iv) Please explain v) Fair shake of the sauce bottle, mate. A Kevin Rudd; B Pauline Hansen; C Lara Bingle; D Jonah Takalua; E Alan Jones.
7 What is our national sport (as measured by size of TV audience): A Rugby league; B Cricket; C Tennis; D AFL; E Horseracing.
8 Name the two leaders of the federal Labor Party before Julia Gillard and the two leaders of the federal Liberal Party before Tony Abbott.
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9 As measured by the latest “Q-scores” survey, who is the most liked male personality in Australia: i) Adam Hills, ii) Kyle Sandilands, iii) Hamish Blake. Who is the most liked female personality? A Rebecca Gibney; B Tanya Plibersek; C Jennifer Hawkins.
10 What honour is shared by Barry Marshall, Elizabeth Blackburn, Brian Schmidt and Patrick White? Which of them swallowed bacteria to give himself an ulcer?
11 Match the country of birth with the proportion of Australians born there: i) Britain; ii) China; iii) India; iv) New Zealand. A 2.2 per cent; B 1.6; C 5.3; D 1.5.
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12 What percent of marriages end in death: A 30; B 60; C 80? And what percent of marriages end in divorce? A 70; B 40; C 20?
13 Which of these international stars did NOT get their start in Home and Away: Melissa George, Guy Pearce, Chris Hemsworth; Rose Byrne; Isla Fisher. Which of these international stars did NOT get their start in Neighbours: Russell Crowe, Jesse Spencer, Rachael Taylor, Delta Goodrem, Radha Mitchell. While we’re at it, in which of these series has Alan Dale NOT been rich and sinister: Ugly Betty, 24, Lost, Once Upon A Time, Neighbours, The Killing, The X-Files.
14 Match the Australian gold medal tally with the Olympics: i) Sydney; ii) Athens; iii) Beijing; iv) London. A 17; B 7 C 16; D 14.
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15 Give the last word of these songlines, and name the singers: A You treat me like a stranger and that feels so … ; B A triangle trying to squeeze through a … ; C How can we sleep when our beds are …
16 Match these qualities with the percentage of Australians: i) Obese; ii) Drinking alcohol at “risky” levels; iii) Smoker; iv) Short-sighted; v) Asthmatic. A 10 per cent B 13; C 20; D 25; E 23.
17 What elite quintet includes Ivan Glasenberg, Andrew Forrest, Anthony Pratt and Frank Lowy? What other name should top the list?
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18 Match these events with their frequency: i) Australia gains one new immigrant; ii) A child is born; iii) A person dies. A Every 1 minute and 46 seconds; B Every 3 minutes and 35 seconds; C Every 2 minutes and 20 seconds.
19 What’s an Australian man’s idea of foreplay?
20 Match Australia’s most-watched TV series of the 21st century with their peak audiences in the mainland capitals: i) MasterChef, ii) The Block; iii) Australian Idol iv) The Voice; v) Big Brother. A 4.03 million; B 3.37m; C 3.35m; D 3.24m; E 2.86m.
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21 Source these movie lines:
A “That’ll do pig, that’ll do”;
B “There’s a smell in there that’ll outlast religion”;
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C “In country and western music, they've lost, they've given up and they are just all whining about it”;
D “Tell ‘em they’re dreamin’”;
E “Lets get them no good cheeky bull in the big bloody metal ship”.
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22 Match the champions with the records they held: i) Louise Sauvage; ii) Ian Thorpe; iii) Rod Laver; iv) Shane Warne; v) Layne Beachley. A Won Wimbledon four times; B Won the world surfing championship seven times; C First to take 700 Test wickets; D Fastest in 200, 400 and 800 metre freestyle; E Won Boston wheelchair marathon four times.
23 All these albums sold more than a million copies in Australia, but which was the biggest seller: A The Best of ABBA; B John Farnham’s Whispering Jack; C Adele’s 21; D Michael Jackson’s Thriller; E The Grease soundtrack.
24 Match the technology with the proportion of households possessing it: i) Internet access; ii) At least one tablet (iPad style) device; iii) At least one smartphone; iv) Subscription to pay TV; v) DVD player. A 56; B 78; C 85; D 22; E 28.
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25 What is the recommended intake of fruit and veg a day? What proportion of Australians eat less than that?
26 Match the state with the characteristic: i) Most lone-person households; ii) Lowest birth rate; iii) Highest drug arrest rate; iv) Lowest divorce rate; v) Lowest household income. A Queensland; B NSW; C Victoria; D Tasmania; E South Australia.
This quiz first appeared in printed form in The Sydney Morning Herald on January 26, 2013. It was constructed by David Dale, who teaches communications at UTS, Sydney. He is the author of The Little Book of Australia -- A snapshot of who we are (Allen and Unwin). For daily updates on Australian attitudes, bookmark The Tribal Mind.
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1. A 2 Bob Hawke was played by Richard Roxburgh; B 1 Roberta Williams was payed by Kat Stewart; C 4 and 6 Kerry Packer was played by Rob Carlton and Lachy Hulme; D 5 Lindy Chamberlain was played by Miranda Otto; E 2 Charles Waterstreet was played by Richard Roxburgh (in Rake); F 3 Shane Warne was played by Eddie Perfect.
3. i) D; ii) A; iii) E ; iv) C; v) B.
4. B. (Avatar made the most money, but The Sound of Music sold the most tickets between in 1965 and 1966).
5. 23 million.
6. i) D; ii) C; iii) E; iv) B; v) A.
8 Kevin Rudd, Kim Beazley. Malcolm Turnbull, Brendan Nelson.
9 iii and B (The most recent Q-scores survey was conducted in 2011).
10 The Nobel Prize. Marshall.
11 i) C; ii) B; iii) D; iv) A. Overall, 26 per cent of Australians were born overseas.
12 B. B.
13. Byrne started in Heartbreak High. Taylor started in McLeod’s Daughters. Neighbours.
14. i) C; ii) A; iii) D; iv) B.
15 … rough, Gotye; … circle, Missy Higgins; … burning, Peter Garrett.
16 i)D; ii) B; iii) C iv) E; v) A.
17 BRW’s five richest people in Australia. Gina Rinehart.
18 i) C; ii) A; iii) B.
19 Are you awake, love?
20 i)A; ii) B; iii) C; iv) D; v E.
21 A Babe; B Kenny; C The Sapphires; D The Castle; E Australia.
22 i) E; ii) D; iii) A; iv) C; v) B.
24 i)B; ii) D;; iii)A; iv)E; v)C.
25 Two pieces of fruit, five portions of veg. 94 per cent.
26 i)E; ii)C; iii)A; iv)B; v)D.