Christmas Quiz

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There’s four generations of us when we get together at Christmas and for years I was in charge of organising the games. So I devised a multi-question quiz so that everyone could pair up and join in. Because there are a LOT of clever-clogs in our family, the questions are a bit quirky and difficult, so  said clever-clogs didn’t always win – and the answers used to provide some hilarity… Have a go. Or if you are also wondering what to do with the family during the festive season, then you’re very welcome to download it and use it.

1. If you suffer from cynanthropy, what do you think you are?
a) a dog b) a swan c) a plant d) a superhero

2. What is a group of foxes called?
a) a pack b) a skulk c) a rabble d) a sneak

3. What was the name of William Tell’s son, who stood with an apple on
his head?
a) Jean b) Walter c) Hubert d) Frederick

4. For what did the Russians use the bones of the 40,000 killed at Sebastopol?
a) Making cement b) The footings of a war memorial
c) Fertilizer d) The foundations of St Peter’s Hill

5. From which country does lettuce originate?
a) Iraq b) Tunisia c) Egypt d) Iran

6. On which Christian feast day is the Earth nearest the Sun?
a) Christmas b) Ascension Day c) Epiphany d) All Hallow’s Eve

7. Which colour tranquillizer pills have the best effect?
a) Green/blue b) Blue c) Yellow d) White

8. What is the birth stone for March?
a) greenstone b) aquamarine c) agate d) topaz

9. Which place name gives the word ‘port’ its name?
a) Portugal b) Portsmouth c) Oporto d) Portobello

10 According to the Bible, what “quencheth the thirst of the jackasses”?
a) seawater b) vinegar c) water d) strong wine

11 Approximately how many inches of snow are equal to 1 inch of rain?
a) 6 inches b) 8 inches c) 10 inches d) 12 inches

12 Who was the oldest Beatle?
a) Paul McCartney b) Ringo Starr
c) George Harrison d) John Lennon

13 What is the nickname that Anne Frank gave her diary?
a) Kitty b) Dulcie c) Paige d) Carrie

14 What part of the human body contains the most gold?
a) hair b) kidneys c) liver d) toenails

15 What is a Suffolk punch?
a) Very strong cider b) A farm implement
c) A breed of horse d) A knockout blow in boxing

16 How did Alfred Hitchcock appear in his film Rope?
a) In an oil painting b) In outline, on a neon sign
c) On an advertising billboard d) Staring out of a passing taxi

17 In 1631 Robert Barker’s Holy Bible was destroyed and the printer fined £300. Why?
a) Because the 7th Commandment read: Thou shalt commit adultery
b) Because he mistranslated Moses as having horns
c) Because he misspelled the word ‘Blessed’ as Blissed’ in the Beatitudes
d) Because he omitted the last chapter, Revelations.

18 What was John Logie Baird’s first successful invention?
a) the earliest television b) socks to prevent sweaty feet
c) sweatproof underclothing d) infra-red images

19 What does an oometer measure?
a) audience reaction b) birds’ eggs
c) water purity d) calorific values in food

20 Whose hair caught fire while making a Pepsi-Cola advert?
a) Madonna b) George Michael
c) Michael Jackson d) Tina Turner

Answers

1. If you suffer from cynanthropy, what do you think you are?
a) a dog b) a swan c) a plant d) a superhero

2. What is a group of foxes called?
a) a pack b) a skulk c) a rabble d) a sneak

3. What was the name of William Tell’s son, who stood with an apple on
his head?
a) Jean b) Walter c) Hubert d) Frederick

4. For what did the Russians use the bones of the 40,000 killed at Sebastopol?
a) Making cement b) The footings of a war memorial
c) Fertilizer d) The foundations of St Peter’s Hill

5. From which country does lettuce originate?
a) Iraq b) Tunisia c) Egypt d) Iran

6. On which Christian feast day is the Earth nearest the Sun?
a) Christmas b) Ascension Day c) Epiphany d) All Hallow’s Eve

7. Which colour tranquillizer pills have the best effect?
a) Green/blue b) Blue c) Yellow d) White

8. What is the birth stone for March?
a) greenstone b) aquamarine c) agate d) topaz

9. Which place name gives the word ‘port’ its name?
a) Portugal b) Portsmouth c) Oporto d) Portobello

10. According to the Bible, what “quencheth the thirst of the jackasses”?
a) seawater b) vinegar c) water d) strong wine

11. Approximately how many inches of snow are equal to 1 inch of rain?
a) 6 inches b) 8 inches c) 10 inches d) 12 inches

12. Who was the oldest Beatle?
a) Paul McCartney b) Ringo Starr
c) George Harrison d) John Lennon

13. What is the nickname that Anne Frank gave her diary?
a) Kitty b) Dulcie c) Paige d) Carrie

14. What part of the human body contains the most gold?
a) hair b) kidneys c) liver d) toenails

15. What is a Suffolk punch?
a) Very strong cider b) A farm implement
c) A breed of horse d) A knockout blow in boxing

16. How did Alfred Hitchcock appear in his film Rope?
a) In an oil painting b) In outline, on a neon sign
c) On an advertising billboard d) Staring out of a passing taxi

17. In 1631 Robert Barker’s Holy Bible was destroyed and the printer fined £300. Why?
a) Because the 7th Commandment read: Thou shalt commit adultery
b) Because he mistranslated Moses as having horns
c) Because he misspelled the word ‘Blessed’ as Blissed’ in the Beatitudes
d) Because he omitted the last chapter, Revelations.

18. What was John Logie Baird’s first successful invention?
a) the earliest television b) socks to prevent sweaty feet
c) sweatproof underclothing d) infra-red images

19. What does an oometer measure?
a) audience reaction b) birds’ eggs
c) water purity d) calorific values in food

20. Whose hair caught fire while making a Pepsi-Cola advert?
a) Madonna b) George Michael
c) Michael Jackson d) Tina Turner

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6 responses »

  1. 8 out of 20! Most of these were guesses, though. *lol*

    What’s the answer to #7 (tranquilizer pills)? That was the only one where the correct answer wasn’t underlined at the end. Thanks!

    Toenails contain gold? Wow. I didn’t know that. I’m assuming it’s only a tiny amount…?

    • I’m sooo sorry that the answer to No 7 somehow became un-underlined:((. How annoying! I’ve now fixed it, but the answer is YELLOW. Yes… sadly our toenails only contain weeny amounts of gold, so don’t go collecting nail clippings thinking you can start up your own jewellery business…

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