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Quiz about The Halifax Explosion
Quiz about The Halifax Explosion

The Halifax Explosion Trivia Quiz


This was probably one of the most infamous explosions in Canadian history in the 20th century. Take a journey into the fascinating details of this unique explosion. Good luck!

A multiple-choice quiz by apathy100. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
apathy100
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
212,561
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
1279
Last 3 plays: Guest 142 (0/10), Guest 172 (6/10), Guest 142 (7/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. The Halifax Explosion occurred during which of the following wars? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. What was the name of the French ship that was involved in this catastrophic event? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. The Norwegian ship known as "Imo" left Bedford Basin at 7:30 am (the same time the French vessel left). To which U.S. city was the Imo voyaging? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. The French vessel, while on fire, drifted to which of the following piers where it exploded at 9:05 am? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Each Christmas, a tree glitters in Prudential Park to thank those Americans who risked their lives to help with medical supplies and public safety. In what city does this tree light up each year? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Which committee was established on January 22, 1918 by the Canadian government to handle the majority of claims associated with the Halifax Explosion? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Which of the following developments were built following the explosion to supply relief housing to the victims? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. All of the members of the crew on board the French ship were killed as a result of the explosion.


Question 9 of 10
9. Who was later charged with manslaughter as the result of this tragic incident? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. In which of the following provinces did this explosion take place? Hint



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1. The Halifax Explosion occurred during which of the following wars?

Answer: World War I

Unfortunately, the death toll of the First World War was already rising into the thousands and this tragic explosion killed nearly a further 2,000 people. 12,000 houses were damaged by the explosion, 1,600 homes were completely destroyed, and 6,000 people were left without shelter.

http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mma/AtoZ/HalExpl.html
2. What was the name of the French ship that was involved in this catastrophic event?

Answer: Mont-Blanc

The Mont-Blanc was a French ammunition ship that was heading on its voyage to Europe to supply troops with weaponry. On board the ship were wet and dry picric acid, TNT, gun cotton, and benzol. This combination of materials was a highly explosive mixture and would cause the worst explosion in Canadian history.
3. The Norwegian ship known as "Imo" left Bedford Basin at 7:30 am (the same time the French vessel left). To which U.S. city was the Imo voyaging?

Answer: New York

The Imo was heading off to New York City to pick up relief supplies and then would head off to Belgium where the cargo was to be dropped off. It has been debated as to who was at fault for the collision, however, what has been well documented is that a series of disastrous manouvers by both ships contributed to the collision.
4. The French vessel, while on fire, drifted to which of the following piers where it exploded at 9:05 am?

Answer: Pier 6

Pier 6 was located in the Richmond district of Halifax. This area was in the north end of the city and was a busy commercial and industrialized location. Tragically, because of the location of this explosion, churches, schools, factories, housing, and docks and ships all became subject to this terrifying explosion.
5. Each Christmas, a tree glitters in Prudential Park to thank those Americans who risked their lives to help with medical supplies and public safety. In what city does this tree light up each year?

Answer: Boston

News of the disaster reached Boston later that morning and as a result, a train of public safety workers and medical personnel were rushed to Halifax with emergency supplies. As hospitals were already overcrowded and with the Canadian medical staff already overworked, the support of the United States has been commemorated with a tree that glitters each Christmas in Boston, Massachusetts.

This tree was donated to the city of Boston by the province of Nova Scotia.
6. Which committee was established on January 22, 1918 by the Canadian government to handle the majority of claims associated with the Halifax Explosion?

Answer: Halifax Relief Commission

The Halifax Relief Commission was established and handled pensions, claims for loss and damage, rehousing and the rehabilitation of explosion victims. In 1976, this committee was disbanded by the Canadian government, however, the remaining victims of the explosion were then compensated by the Department of Veteran Affairs.

http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mma/AtoZ/HalExpl.html
7. Which of the following developments were built following the explosion to supply relief housing to the victims?

Answer: The Hydrostone development

As a result of the explosion, the Canadian government introduced higher standards and regulations on shipping in Halifax Harbour. Medical supplies, hospitals, and social welfare were also improved in Halifax in case of another disaster. The Hydrostone development still exists and is an example of the housing and historical presence that Halifax had to offer following the explosion.
8. All of the members of the crew on board the French ship were killed as a result of the explosion.

Answer: False

The captain and his crew were well aware of the potential disaster that was going to result should the stay on board the ship. As a result, they launched their lifeboats immediately and headed for shore. All crew members from the Mont-Blanc survived with the exception of one crewmate who later died as the result of severe wounds. All members of the Norwegian ship however, were tragically killed.
9. Who was later charged with manslaughter as the result of this tragic incident?

Answer: The captain, co-pilot, and naval commanding officer of the French vessel

Although these three members of the Mont-Blanc who were charged with manslaughter, it was determined that gross negligence causing death could not be proved and the charges would later be dropped. In May 1919, it was determined by the Privy Council in London, that both ships (not their actual crewmates) were at fault for the disaster.
10. In which of the following provinces did this explosion take place?

Answer: Nova Scotia

Although this explosion hit the province of Nova Scotia, it is said that the effects of the blast could be felt hundreds of miles away in various locations of New Brunswick.
Source: Author apathy100

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