Laborious Details

1. Which countries celebrate Labor Day?

A. United States and Canada
B. United States and Germany
C. United States and England
D. United States and Australia

A. United States and Canada
TBD: It is a celebration of the working class.

2. Which country has the largest labor force in the world?

A. Indonesia
B. United States
C. India
D. China

D. China
TBD: China is followed by India, the United States, and Indonesia. China’s work force at 709 million in 1995 is almost double that of India’s at 398 million which in turn is three times that of the United States at 133 million while Indonesia is at 89 million.

3. In which country do people work the most hours?

A. Norway
B. Mexico
C. Czech Republic
D. Spain

C. Czech Republic
TBD: Although Mexico wasn’t far behind when comparing 1996 statistics.

4. When does Brazil celebrate Labor Day?

A. It does not.
B. May 1
C. September 1
D. November 1

B. May 1
TBD: A globe-trotting worker could celebrate Labor Day more than once a year if job moves were timed just right!

5. If you have a phobia about work you suffer from what?

A. Phronemophobia
B. Koniphobia
C. Ataxiophobia
D. Ergophobia

D. Ergophobia
TBD: the others are all real phobias, too. Phronemophobia is a fear of thinking, koniphobia is the fear of dust, and ataxiophobia is the fear of disorder (suggestion that if you suffer from any of these phobias, do not visit The QuizQueen’s house!)

6. What day of the year is Labor Day traditionally celebrated in the United States and Canada?

A. The last Monday in August
B. The first Monday in September
C. It is not celebrated in the United States
D. It is not celebrated in Canada

B. The first Monday in September
TBD: Tsk, tsk, to anyone who missed this!

7. What year were the first parades and rallies to honor workers for Labor Day held in Canada?

A. 1872
B. 1877
C. 1882
D. 1887

A. 1872
TBD: They were held in Ottawa and Toronto.

8. One reason that many people work is that they worry about this, even if they do not actually suffer from peniaphobia?

A. Being alone
B. Sleep
C. Poverty
D. Trees

C. Poverty
TBD: Peniaphobia is the fear of poverty. The other answers have real phobias, too. Being alone is monophobia, sleep is hypnophobia, and trees is dendrophobia.

9. When does Cuba celebrate Labor Day?

A. It does not.
B. May 1
C. September 1
D. November 1

B. May 1
TBD: We had no idea, did you?

10. What year did Parliament recognize the official date for Labor Day in Canada?

A. 1872
B. 1885
C. 1894
D. 1900

C. 1894
TBD: What a holiday!

11. If you were an ancient worker, which would you rather be?

A. Serf
B. Helot
C. Thrall
D. Vassal

D. Vassal
TBD: While Serfs, Helots, and Thralls were little better than slaves, a Vassal often had some choice, at least in the initial contract.

12. Which ancient ruler first encouraged traders’ and workers’ associations?

A. Roman Emperor Alexander Severus
B. Saladin
C. Catherine the Great
D. King Henry the Eighth

A. Roman Emperor Alexander Severus
TBD: He was a pretty busy guy who curbed the power of the army and reduced taxes as well.

13. One reason a person might unilaterally refuse to work at a factory would be?

A. Mechanophobia
B. Zoophobia
C. Tocophobia
D. Oneirophobia

A. Mechanophobia
TBD: That is the fear of machinery, while the others are the fear of animals, childbirth, and dreams respectively.

14. In which country do people work the least number of hours each year?

A. Italy
B. Japan
C. Portugal
D. Norway

D. Norway
TBD: We are thinking of moving…

15. What year did the Congress of the United States make Labor Day a legal holiday?

A. 1882
B. 1887
C. 1894
D. 1901

C. 1894
TBD: What a great holiday, no gifts to buy or wrap, just a day off from work!

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