Legal Trivia Quiz #29

Following on from last month’s quiz on historical separations, this month’s quiz will focus on some historical unifications or re-unifications.

The questions have been prepared by Douglas Clark, Barrister. Suggestions for questions to appear in next month’s journal are most welcome.

1. What year did the Kowloon Peninsula become part of the Crown Colony of Hong Kong?

A. 1842
B. 1844
C. 1860
D. 1898

2. What year did the New Territories become part of the Crown Colony of Hong Kong?

A. 1860
B. 1897
C. 1898
D. 1911

3. When was Hong Kong returned to the Mainland of China?

A. 1984
B. 1990
C. 1995
D. 1997

4. What year was Port Arthur (now part of Dalian) returned to Chinese rule?

A. 1945
B. 1951
C. 1953
D. 1955

5. When was Okinawa returned to Japanese rule following World War II?

A. 1952
B. 1972
C. 1974
D. 1990

6. In what year was the United States of America formed as a confederated entity?

A. 1776
B. 1781
C. 1783
D. 1788

7. When did Hawaii become part of the United States of America?

A. 1897
B. 1898
C. 1959
D. 1970

8. In what year was the Commonwealth of Australia formed?

A. 1890
B. 1900
C. 1901
D. 1943

9. When did Scotland become part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain?

A. 1603
B. 1707
C. 1832
D. 1853

10. When were Papua and New Guinea united to form the Territory of Papua New Guinea?

A. 1918
B. 1945
C. 1949
D. 1972 

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We would like to congratulate Austin Yiu, Barrister, the winner of our Legal Quiz #28.

Answers to Legal Trivia Quiz # 28

1. C. Great Britain joined the common market in 1973.
2. B. English will remain an official language of the EU. The Republic of Ireland will remain a member of the EU. One of its official languages is English.
3. B. Ireland was partitioned in 1921.
4. B. India was partitioned in 1947.
5. A. True. Burma was part of British India until 1937.
6. C. The American Confederacy declared secession from the United States of America from 1861.
7. D. Singapore became a separate nation from Malaysia in 1965.
8. C. UDI was declared in Rhodesia in 1965.
9. B. The Soviet Union formally ceased to exist in 1991.
10. C. The Commonwealth of Independent States was intended to become a successor to the Soviet Union. 


Mr. Clark is a barrister (and former solicitor) practising in Hong Kong. His practice focuses primarily on intellectual property and related areas.  From September 2016, he has been appointed an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong to teach the IP LLM course. Mr. Clark is General Editor and a co-author ofIntellectual Property Rights: Hong Kong SAR and the People’s Republic of China and author of Patent Litigation in China. He has also published a history of British and American extraterritoriality in China, Gunboat Justice