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Trivia Quiz - Matthew Flinders - The Man Who Named Australia


A quiz on the Englishman who crammed much into his short life as a sailor, explorer and scientist.

Quiz Number: 4595
Date Submitted: July 11, 2012
Quiz Categories: Australian History
Quiz Type: Personality Quiz
Author: grant228
Average Score: 48.2 percent
Times Taken: 84 times
Taken by Registered Users: 2
Quiz is about: Matthew Flinders

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1. How old was Matthew Flinders when he sailed to the colony of New South Wales in 1795?
  A.   15
  B.   21
  C.   28
  D.   30

2. On his arrival in New South Wales Flinders teamed up with George Bass and made what important discovery?
  A.   They solved the "riddle of the rivers".
  B.   They discovered the Coral Sea north-east current.
  C.   They discovered Tasmania (Van Dieman's Land) was an island.
  D.   All the above

3. Early in the 19th century, Matthew Flinders achieved what?
  A.   The first circumnavigation of the Australian continent
  B.   The fastest journey from Australia to England
  C.   The third Englishman to circumnavigate the world
  D.   The first trip from Australia to the Antarctic Circle

4. How many trips did Flinders make to Australia?
  A.   1
  B.   2
  C.   3
  D.   4

5. On his return trip to England in 1803, what fate befell Flinders?
  A.   His ship was raided by pirates of the Canary Islands.
  B.   His visited Norfolk Island and was detained by the Bounty mutineers.
  C.   His ship ran aground on outlying islands of the Maldives.
  D.   He was imprisoned by the French on the island of Mauritius.

6. Flinders married his wife, Ann in England 1801. How long would it be before they saw each other again?
  A.   5 years
  B.   9 years
  C.   12 years
  D.   15 years

7. Flinders wrote of his experiences in New South Wales, giving his work what title?
  A.   A Journey Around New South Wales
  B.   The Continent of Australia
  C.   A Voyage to Terra Australis
  D.   The Great South Land

8. When was Matthew Flinders' definitive account of his trip to Australia published?
  A.   The day before he died.
  B.   20 years after his death
  C.   50 years after his death
  D.   On the centenary of his birth

9. How many children did Flinders and his wife have?
  A.   0
  B.   1
  C.   5
  D.   8

10. How old was Matthew Flinders when he died?
  A.   30
  B.   40
  C.   45
  D.   49


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