History Quiz

History Quiz

The Federation's 75th anniversary history quiz initiative is now over, after running from November 2015 to November 2016. Many participated, put their knowledge to the test, learned more about the Federation’s history, and winners each received a special prize. The Federation hopes you have enjoyed the history quiz and thanks all who participated!

Feel free to explore our 75th anniversary page chronicling the Federation’s journey from 1940 until the present. There, you will learn about the beginnings of the Federation, which started as two small research councils meant to support Canadian scholars in the humanities and social sciences and later merged to become the current Federation. See the interactive digital timeline to view highlights of our first 75 years, and visit the rest of the site to see how to engage with us now and into the future.

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! 

October 2016

The Federation has always adapted to the changing environment in Canada. In the 1970s, the Social Science Federation of Canada (SSFC) and the Canadian Federation for the Humanities either mailed surveys to academics or visited universities to collect information on research, publications, and explore research needs. The SSFC then created a computer database to catalogue and centralize this data for researchers. What was the name of this program?

  • Social Science Catalogue
  • Canada Computers
  • SocScan (correct answer)
  • ResearchFind.me

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

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)