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Quiz about Sir Ernest Shackleton
Quiz about Sir Ernest Shackleton

Sir Ernest Shackleton Trivia Quiz


This quiz is on the life of Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose courage and daring stills inspires us today.

A multiple-choice quiz by LindaC007. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
LindaC007
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
114,613
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
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983
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Question 1 of 10
1. Where and when was Ernest Shackleton born? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. What was the occupation of Shackleton's father, Henry? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Ernest Shackleton grew up in a large family with eight sisters and one brother.


Question 4 of 10
4. Which of the following did Shackleton do when he was sixteen years old? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. How did Shackleton meet his wife Emily? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Shackleton was part of Robert Scott's expedition to Antarctica in 1902 and was one of Scott's team that made a run to be the first to reach the South Pole.


Question 7 of 10
7. Shackleton was a part of many "firsts" to occur in Antarctica. Which of the following "firsts" did Shackleton NOT participate in during his expeditions to Antarctica? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Did Shackleton ever reach the point found near the center of Antarctica that is commonly known as the South Pole?


Question 9 of 10
9. In 1914, Shackleton set out on his third expedition to Antarctica. The story of how Shackleton rescued his men (after the "Endurance" was crushed by ice) still inspires us today. How far did Shackleton travel in a small open boat to find help for his stranded men? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Sir Ernest Shackleton was only forty-seven years old when he died of a heart attack on Jan. 5, 1922.



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1. Where and when was Ernest Shackleton born?

Answer: County Kildare, Ireland on February 15, 1874

Ernest Henry Shackleton was born on February 15, 1874 in County Kildare, Ireland to a Quaker farmer and landowner, Henry Shackleton and his wife, Henrietta Savan Shackleton.
2. What was the occupation of Shackleton's father, Henry?

Answer: He was a farmer turned medical doctor.

Henry Shackleton was a landowner and farmer, but with Ireland's diastrous potato crops, he knew that supporting his large family by farming would not be possible. When Ernest was six years old, Henry Shackleton moved the family to Dublin, Ireland and began his medical studies at Trinity College.

He was thirty-three years old at the time. After finishing his medical training, Henry Shackleton moved the family from Dublin to London, England where he began his career as a doctor.
3. Ernest Shackleton grew up in a large family with eight sisters and one brother.

Answer: True

There were ten children in Shackleton's family. He had nine siblings-eight sisters and one brother.
4. Which of the following did Shackleton do when he was sixteen years old?

Answer: Left school and went to sea

Henry Shackleton wanted his son to follow him and become a doctor, but the adventuresome Ernest longed to go to sea. When Shackleton was sixteen years old, with his father's permission, he left Dulwich College and joined the crew of the "Houghton Tower" bound for South America. Over the next five years, Shackleton made voyages to and from the Far East and America.

In 1898, at the age of twenty-four, Shackleton was certified as Master which meant he could command a British ship anywhere on the seven seas.
5. How did Shackleton meet his wife Emily?

Answer: She was a friend of his sister.

It was while Shackleton was on shore leave in the summer of 1897 that he first met Emily Dorman, the woman who later became his wife. Emily, five years his senior, was a friend of Shackleton's sister. The couple began a long courtship and were married at Christ Church in Westminster on April 9, 1904. By this time, Shackleton had already left the sea and been to Antarctica as part of an expedition led by Robert Scott.

The couple's first child was born on February 2, 1905.
6. Shackleton was part of Robert Scott's expedition to Antarctica in 1902 and was one of Scott's team that made a run to be the first to reach the South Pole.

Answer: True

Shackleton's first expedition to Antarctica, called the National Antarctic Expedition, was organized by the Royal Geographic Society and was led by Robert Scott. On November 2, 1902, Shackleton, Scott, and Dr. Edward Wilson set out for the South Pole.

The going was slow and the food began running low. Their sled dogs began to die, and they had to pull the heavy sled themselves. Shackleton developed scurvy and a terrible cough. By the time Scott agreed to turn back, the trio were in a race to stay alive long enough to reach camp. Shackleton began coughing up blood and was so ill that when their relief ship came, Scott ordered Shackleton to return to England. Shackleton always felt that the hardships endured on this expedition had weakened his heart.
7. Shackleton was a part of many "firsts" to occur in Antarctica. Which of the following "firsts" did Shackleton NOT participate in during his expeditions to Antarctica?

Answer: He was the first to circumnavigate Antarctica.

Shackleton took part in the first Antarctic hot air balloon ride while on his first expedition in 1902 with Robert Scott. When Shackleton led his own race to the South Pole in 1908-1909, he took along a motorcar which had been made and donated to him by a company in Scotland.

The car was not a success. Its weight was too heavy, and the tires could not get traction on the ice. It was during this expedition that Shackleton's party became the first to climb Antarctica's 12,448-foot Mount Erebus. In 1921, Shackleton sailed aboard the "Quest" intending to be the first to circumnavigate the continent of Antarctica, but he died aboard ship on January 5, 1922, shortly after reaching South Georgia.
8. Did Shackleton ever reach the point found near the center of Antarctica that is commonly known as the South Pole?

Answer: No

Shackleton's furthest point south was reached on January 9, 1909, when his party came within ninety-seven miles of the South Pole. How did these early Antarctic explorers know when they reached the South Pole? Their progress was measured in degrees of latitude. Both Scott and Amundsen reached the latitude that is considered the South Pole at 90 degrees South. Shackleton's team reached latitude 83 degrees 23' South. Shackleton was knighted by King Edward VII in 1909.
9. In 1914, Shackleton set out on his third expedition to Antarctica. The story of how Shackleton rescued his men (after the "Endurance" was crushed by ice) still inspires us today. How far did Shackleton travel in a small open boat to find help for his stranded men?

Answer: 750 to 800 miles

On December 14, 1911, Shackleton's set out for Antarctica in the "Endurance". The purpose of the expedition was to to become the first party to ever cross Antarctica overland, a distance of some 1500 miles. On January 15, 1915, the "Endurance" became frozen in pack ice, and on October 27, it began to buckle, forcing them to abandoned ship.

They set up camp on an ice floe, but April 9, 1916, the ice was so thin that Shackleton and his men set out in three lifeboats. After six days, the men reached an isolated, uninhabited spot called Elephant Island. Shackleton knew for his men to survive, he must bring help from the Norwegian whaling station on South Georgia, nearly 800 miles away. On April 24, Shackleton and four other men set off in the lifeboat "James Caird".

They arrived on South Georgia on May 8. After making four attempts to return to Elephant Island, Shackleton finally rescued his men August 28, 1916, 126 days after setting out.
10. Sir Ernest Shackleton was only forty-seven years old when he died of a heart attack on Jan. 5, 1922.

Answer: True

Many of the men from the "Endurance" party were with Shackleton on the "Quest" for what was to be his final expedition. Shackleton's plan was to be the first circumnavigate Antarctica, but he died of a massive heart attack shortly after reaching South Georgia, on Jan. 5, 1922.

He was only forty-seven years old, leaving behind a legacy of courage that still inspires us today. At the request of his wife, Lady Emily Shackleton, he was buried on South Georgia. Brought back in recent years was the bottle left as a tribute to the "Boss" from his men.

Inside was a picture of the "Quest" party signed by each, with a a request that the finder return it to the Royal Geographic Society. Thank you for taking my quiz.
Source: Author LindaC007

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