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Trivia Quiz - The First Fleet: First Europeans in Australia

The story of the desperate group of convicts, soldiers and settlers who began white settlement in Australia. This is a quiz about the history and facts of the First Fleet.

Quiz Number: 3462
Date Submitted: September 03, 2010
Quiz Categories: Australian History
Quiz Type: General Quiz
Author: grant228
Average Score: 61.5 percent
Times Taken: 447 times
Taken by Registered Users: 6

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1. What historical event caused overcrowding in English prisons in the 18th Century?
  A.   American War of Independence
  B.   French Revolution
  C.   Indian Mutiny
  D.   Scottish rebellion

2. What was the average sentence for most of the convicts?
  A.   7 years
  B.   14 years
  C.   20 years
  D.   Life

3. Who was in charge of the First Fleet and later the first Governor of New South Wales?
  A.   Lachlan Macquarie
  B.   William Bligh
  C.   John Hunter
  D.   Arthur Phillip

4. How many ships comprised the First Fleet?
  A.   5
  B.   7
  C.   9
  D.   11

5. Approximately how long did the voyage take from England to Australia?
  A.   5 months
  B.   8 months
  C.   1 year
  D.   2 years

6. Approximately how many convicts were transported?
  A.   500
  B.   700
  C.   1000
  D.   1500

7. The fleet's first port of call on the journey was?
  A.   Cape Verde
  B.   Tenerife
  C.   Rio De Janeiro
  D.   Cape Town

8. The fleet's first Australian landfall was?
  A.   Van Dieman's Land
  B.   Port Otway
  C.   Botany Bay
  D.   Port Jackson

9. Which nation's ships did the First Fleet encounter in Australia in January, 1788?
  A.   Spain
  B.   Portugal
  C.   France
  D.   Holland

10. Where did the First Fleet eventually begin its settlement?
  A.   Botany Bay
  B.   Sydney Cove
  C.   Parramatta
  D.   Campbelltown®   

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