Activity 2: Travel through time

Question 1

Frédéric Back was born in France in 1924, in a village that’s today part of Germany. France and Germany are two countries in the continent of Europe. In 1948, when he was 24, Frédéric decided to leave his family and country and come to Canada.

What form of transportation did Frédéric take to get to Canada? Choose from among the following.

Click on the choices below to see the answer.

  1. Airplane
  2. Horse
  3. Train
  4. Boat

Question 2

Do you know of anyone who crossed the sea by boat like Frédéric Back?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Question 3

Frédéric Back has drawn many boats in his lifetime.

Among the images below, choose the type of boat you think Le Foudroyant was (the boat that Frédéric took across the Atlantic Ocean).

Click on the images to see the answer.


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Question 4

It took 35 days for Le Foudroyant to cross the Atlantic in 1948.

How long do you think it takes a ship to cross the Atlantic today?

Click on the choices below to see the answer.

  1. 7 to 10 days
  2. 15 to 20 hours
  3. 1 to 2 months

Question 5

How we make long trips today has greatly changed since Frédéric Back sailed across the Atlantic in 1948.

These days, how do most travellers cross the ocean?

Enter your response and click on the button OK to see the answer.

Question 6

Today Frédéric Back lives in Quebec, a French-speaking province in Canada.

If you wanted to pay him a visit, how would you get there? What mode of transportation would you use?

Insert the name of your country, then choose your continent from the drop-down menu. Lastly, select the mode of transport you would use.

  1. Type in the name of your country:
  2. Select your continent:
  3. Select the mode of transport you would use:

Here’s an idea! Instead of having to travel (and possibly use a mode of transportation that causes pollution), why not send Frédéric a drawing showing how you would get there? Click here to submit your drawing.


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