History Quiz

History Quiz

Test your knowledge of the Federation’s history! Only 1 month left to participate!

We hope you have enjoyed perusing the Federation’s 75th anniversary timeline, chronicling our journey from 1940 until the present day. Now is the time to put your knowledge to the test!

A new question will be posted every month from November 2015 to October 2016. Each month, a winner will be randomly selected from all the correct entries to receive a special prize from the Federation.
What are you waiting for? Answer this month’s question below! If you feel stuck, we invite you to visit our timeline and do some more research. All the answers are there, we promise.

October quiz entries must be submitted by October 31, 2016 to be eligible for the prize. Only correct responses will be considered.


Past questions and winners

The correct answers to past quizzes will be posted here alongside the names of the monthly winners. Check back at the end of the month to see if you got the right answer! 

September 2016
Who wrote, in praise of the Humanities Research Council of Canada, that “we need the humanities more than ever, so that the ‘culture’ of science will be counselled by the ‘culture’ of the humanities, for the peaceful benefit and betterment of mankind”?

  • Michael Ondaatje
  • Lester B. Pearson (correct answer)
  • Alice Munro
  • Margaret Laurence

August 2016
Until the late 1950s, where did a majority of funding for the Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Social Science Research Council come from?

  • The Aid to Publications Program
  • American sources like the Rockefeller Foundation and Carnegie Corporation (correct answer)
  • The Canadian federal government
  • Canadian universities

Winner: Susan Aaron

July 2016
Which of the following organizations was not one of the founding members of the Canadian Social Science Research Council?

  • Canadian Political Science Association
  • Canadian Historical Association
  • Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association (correct answer)
  • Canadian Psychological Association
  • Canadian Committee of the International Council of Geographers

June 2016
Who was the first female President of the Humanities Research Council of Canada?

  • Roseann Runte
  • Elaine Benice
  • Hilda Neatby
  • Eva Kushner (correct answer)

May 2016
Which of the following people spoke at the 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences?

  • George Stroumboulopoulos
  • Naomi Klein
  • Justice Murray Sinclair (correct answer)
  • Margaret Atwood

Winner: Marilyn Gale, Student Education Coordinator for the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia

April 2016
Throughout the 1970s, both the Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Social Science Research Council urged to the government to create a new organization which would eventually be called:

  • The Canada Council for the Arts
  • The Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (correct answer)
  • The Humanities Association of Canada
  • The Royal Society of Canada

Winner: Pallavi V Das, Associate Professor in the Department of History, Lakehead University, of the Canadian Historical Association

March 2016
In 1992, the federal government proposed Bill C-93. Both the Social Science Federation of Canada and the Canadian Federation for the Humanities lobbied against the bill and were instrumental in the bill’s failure. What about Bill C-93 did the two organizations oppose?

  • A reduction in government transparency
  • A plan to merge the Social Science and Humanities Research Council with the Canada Council (correct answer)
  • The creation of fixed election dates
  • The redirection of money from the Canada Council to the armed forces

Winner: Philip Jansson @philjansson, Analyst, Cabinet and Parliamentary Affairs, Department of Justice 

February 2016
Which of the following famous Canadians received a grant from the research councils early in his career?

  • Marshall McLuhan (correct answer)
  • Pierre Trudeau
  • David Suzuki
  • Seth Rogen

January 2016
Who was the first female President of the Social Science Federation of Canada?

  • Janet Debicka (correct answer)
  • Mary Stewart
  • Caroline Andrew
  • Sheila Copps

Winner: Ariane Couture of the Canadian University Music Society (MusCan)

December 2015
After the Canada Council was formed in 1957, most of the funding programs formerly run by the Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Social Science Research Council were turned over to the Canada Council. One program stayed wholly under the control of the research councils. Which program was this?

  • Grants in Aid of Research
  • Pre-Master’s Scholarships
  • Scholar Recognition Awards
  • Aid to Scholarly Publications (correct answer)

Winner: Michelle K McGinn @dr_mkmcginn of  the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education @csshescees

November 2015
From 1940 through to the merging of the social science and humanities secretariats, both councils and federations underwent several name changes. Order the organization names chronologically below.

Correct order:
1. CSSRC (Canadian Social Science Research Council)
2. HRCC (Humanities Research Council of Canada)
3. SSRCC (Social Science Research Council of Canada)
4. SSFC (Social Science Federation of Canada)
5. CFH (Canadian Federation for the Humanities)
6. HSSFC (Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada)