Anti-racism activities - Years 4-12

Puzzles and quizzes

Quiz - Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders.

This quiz is designed to test your knowledge of issues relating to Australian Indigenous issues. It is based on information from Face the Facts, a publication of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. When you have finished click on the button marked "My Score" to see how you went. For more information, see Face the Facts Online.

Who is an Aboriginal person?

a. A person of Aboriginal descent
b. A person who identifies as an Aboriginal person
c. A person who is accepted as such by the Aboriginal community in which he or she lives
d. (a) plus (b) plus (c)

In which two states do over half of Australia's Indigenous population live?

a. New South Wales and South Australia
b. Western Australia and the Northern Territory
c. New South Wales and Queensland
d. Queensland and Victoria

Are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people disadvantaged?

a. All Australians enjoy the same high standard of living
b. Indigenous Australians have a higher standard of living than non-Indigenous Australians
c. There are clear differences between qualities of life of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian
d. There are no relevant statistics

What is the life expectancy for Indigenous Australians?

a. 59.4 years for Indigenous males and 64.8 years for Indigenous females
b. 40.4 years for Indigenous males and 52.6 years for Indigenous females
c. 60.2 years for Indigenous males and 70.5 years for Indigenous females
d. 75.2 years for Indigenous males and 81.1 years for Indigenous females

Why are there some special government programs for Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders?

a. To address disadvantage
b. To recognise inequalities
c. To recognise cultural difference
d. All of the above

Why were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children removed from their families from the early nineteenth century to the 1970s?

a. Because they chose to go
b. To promote assimilation and provide a source of labour
c. Because they were neglected
d. To teach them English

"The right of all peoples to freely determine their political status and pursue their economic, social and cultural development" is called what?

a. Self-determination
b. Reconciliation
c. Freedom of speech
d. Native title

What new land rights did the Mabo decision give Indigenous people?

a. Many
b. None
c. Some
d. Several

What did the Mabo decision say?

a. That Australia was uninhabited at the time of European settlement
b. That Australia belongs to the British
c. That Australia was inhabited by Indigenous people at the time of European settlement
d. That Indigenous people have no land rights

What is native title?

a. Indigenous ownership of land and waters based on Indigenous laws, customs and traditions
b. A law enabling Europeans to colonise other lands
c. A pastoral lease
d. A name given to Aboriginal landmarks of historical significance