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Christmas Quiz 2018 – #BrainfluffChristmasQuiz2018

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When Gran was alive, during our family gatherings we used to play Christmas games. Gran particularly loved general knowledge quizzes, but with 5 generations ranging from the late nineties down to a three year old, it posed something of a challenge. So each year I devised multiple choice questions and everyone played in pairs, which gave even the youngest a chance of answering correctly. Gran is no longer with us, but if you happen to gather in a multi-generational mash-up to celebrate Christmas perhaps this will pass some time between opening presents and tucking into the seasonal feast.

Many thanks for your support and company throughout the year – I hope you have a lovely holiday, whatever your beliefs and whoever you are celebrating with.

1) What was asked for in the Christmas song?
a. Two front teeth                                               c. Three pairs of socks
b. Four DVD’s                                                     d. Five sets of smellies

2) What colour was Rudolf’s nose?
a. Green                                                             c. Mauve
b. Red                                                                d. Black

3) Where does Father Christmas live?
a. The moon                                                     c. Iceland
b. Greenland                                                    d. Lapland

4) How many sides does a snowflake have?
a. Five                                                              c. Eight
b. Six                                                               d. Twelve

5) In the Christmas song, who ‘are getting fat’?
a. Mothers preparing food                            c. Turkeys
b. Reindeer                                                    d. Geese

6) In the song ‘Rudolf the …..nosed reindeer, how is it described? ‘You would even say it…
a. Runs                                                           c. Glows
b. Blows                                                         d. Sneezes

7) In the song ’12 Days of Christmas’ what does my true love give on the fifth day?
a. Lords a leaping                                          c. Swans a swimming
b. Gold rings                                                  d. French hens

8) Where do poinsettias originally come from?
a. Mexico                                                       c. Brazil
b. Peru                                                           d. Venezuela

9) What brought Frosty the Snowman to life?
a. A special knitted scarf                              c. His carrot nose
b. An old top hat                                         d. His coal eyes and stone teeth

10) Who was the composer of The Nutcracker ballet?
a. Handel                                                     c. Bach
b. Tchaikvosky                                             d. Mozart

11) Who was the first English king or queen to have a Christmas tree?
a. King Henry VIII                                        c. Queen Elizabeth I
b. King Charles II                                         d. Queen Victoria

12) In the song ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ what pudding is asked for?
a. Figgy pudding                                        c. Plum pudding
b. Sticky toffee pudding                             d. Rice pudding

13) What was Joseph’s job?
a. Fisherman                                               c. Farmer
b. Carpenter                                               d. Builder

14) Which one of these is NOT one of Father Christmas’s reindeer?
a. Dixen                                                     c. Rudolf
b. Donner                                                  d. Dasher

15) Good King Wenceslas ruled which country?
a. Hungary                                                c. Flanders
b. Czechoslovakia                                     d. Bohemia

16) Where did the real St Nicholas used to live?
a. Lapland                                                 c. Greece
b. Turkey                                                   d. Hungary

17) What did Harry Potter get for Christmas in his first term at Hogwarts?
a. Invisibility cloak                                    c. X-box
b. Book of spells                                       d. An owl

18) What is the name of Tiny Tim’s father in A Christmas Carol?
a. Ben Sackett                                           c. Bob Cratchit
b. Bart Hatchet                                         d. Bill Scratchit

19) What drink was adapted to become the American Christmas drink ‘egg nog’?
a. The Scandinavian drink ‘Glogg’            c. The Austrian drink ‘Gluhwein’
b. The French drink ‘Lait de Poule’           d. The German drink ‘Biersuppe’

20) Who invented the Christmas cracker?
a. George Cracker                                    c. Tom Smith
b. Thomas Edison                                    d. Prince Albert

Christmas Quiz 2018 – Answers
1) What was asked for in the Christmas song?
c. Two front teeth                                     c. Three pairs of socks
d. Four DVD’s                                           d. Five sets of smellies

2) What colour was Rudolf’s nose?
c. Green                                                   c. Mauve
d. Red                                                      d. Black

3) Where does Father Christmas live?
c. The moon                                            c. Iceland
d. Greenland                                           d. Lapland

4) How many sides does a snowflake have?
c. Five                                                     c. Eight
d. Six                                                      d. Twelve

5) In the Christmas song, who ‘are getting fat’?
c. Mothers preparing food                    c. Turkeys
d. Reindeer                                            d. Geese

6) In the song ‘Rudolf the …..nosed reindeer, how is it described? ‘You would even say it…
c. Runs                                                   c. Glows
d. Blows                                                 d. Sneezes

7) In the song ’12 Days of Christmas’ what does my true love give on the fifth day?
c. Lords a leaping                                  c. Swans a swimming
d. Gold rings                                          d. French hens

8) Where do poinsettias originally come from?
c. Mexico                                               c. Brazil
d. Peru                                                   d. Venezuela

9) What brought Frosty the Snowman to life?
c. A special knitted scarf                       c. His carrot nose
d. An old top hat                                  d. His coal eyes and stone teeth

10) Who was the composer of The Nutcracker ballet?
c. Handel                                              c. Bach
d. Tchaikvosky                                      d. Mozart

11) Who was the first English king or queen to have a Christmas tree?
a. King Henry VIII                                 c. Queen Elizabeth I
b. King Charles II                                  d. Queen Victoria

12) In the song ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ what pudding is asked for?
a. Figgy pudding                                 c. Plum pudding
b. Sticky toffee pudding                      d. Rice pudding

13) What was Joseph’s job?
a. Fisherman                                       c. Farmer
b. Carpenter                                       d. Builder

14) Which one of these is NOT one of Father Christmas’s reindeer?
a. Dixen                                               c. Rudolf
b. Donner                                            d. Dasher

15) Good King Wenceslas ruled which country?
a. Hungary                                          c. Flanders
b. Czechoslovakia                               d. Bohemia

16) Where did the real St Nicholas used to live?
a. Lapland                                           c. Greece
b. Turkey                                            d. Hungary

17) What did Harry Potter get for Christmas in his first term at Hogwarts?
a. Invisibility cloak                              c. X-box
b. Book of spells                                 d. An owl

18) What is the name of Tiny Tim’s father in A Christmas Carol?
a. Ben Sackett                                    c. Bob Cratchit
b. Bart Hatchet                                  d. Bill Scratchit

19) What drink was adapted to become the American Christmas drink ‘egg nog’?
a. The Scandinavian drink ‘Glogg’     c. The Austrian drink ‘Gluhwein’
b. The French drink ‘Lait de Poule’    d. The German drink ‘Biersuppe’

20) Who invented the Christmas cracker?
a. George Cracker                             c. Tom Smith
b. Thomas Edison                             d. Prince Albert

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Christmas Quiz 2017

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When Gran was alive, during our family gatherings we used to play Christmas games. Gran particularly loved general knowledge quizzes, but with 5 generations ranging from the late nineties down to a three year old, it posed something of a challenge. So each year I devised multiple choice questions and everyone played in pairs, which gave even the youngest a chance of answering correctly. Gran is no longer with us, but if you happen to gather in a multi-generational mash-up to celebrate Christmas perhaps this will pass some time between opening presents and tucking into the seasonal feast.

1. What is another name for the alligator pear?
a) Kumquat                b) Avocado
c) Boysenberry          d) Pineapple

2. What did Marylebone, Ranleigh and Vauxhall have in common in the 18th century?
a) All were land owned by aristocratic families
b) All had churches on them
c) All were pleasure gardens
d) All were sites of gibbets for public hangings

3. Who taught Alice to dance the Lobster Quadrille?
a) The Lobster          b) The Walrus
c) The Carpenter      d) The Mock Turtle

4. Die/dice, man/men are examples of irregular plurals in English. Just how many of them are there?
a) 7                             b) 10
c) 13                           d) 18

5. Who is the heir apparent to the British throne?
a) Prince William    b) Prince Andrew
c) Prince Charles     c) Princess Anne

6. On which day did God make the sun, the moon and the stars?
a) The second day    b) The third day
c) The fourth day     d) The fifth day

7. Which artist expressed a wish to eat his wife when she died?
a) Pablo Picasso       b) Paul Gauguin
c) Paul Cézanne       d) Salvador Dali

8. What is blennophobia?
a) Fear of the colour white       b) Fear of slime
c) Fear of ice                                d) Fear of silence

9. Quarantine is isolation because of sickness. What else can it be?
a) A forty-day study sabbatical available to university dons
b) A small island in the Pacific, named by James Cooke
c) The name of the flag, warning of infection aboard, flown by the Royal Navy
d) A sort of red apple

10. Who cut off Samson’s hair?
a) Delilah                   b) Salome
c) Jezebel                   d) Naomi

11. Linnaeus gave the name “food of the gods” to which drink?
a) Brandy                   b) Coffee
c) Chocolate              d) Wine

12. Over how many days is the decathlon held?
a) 10                            b) 5
c) 4                              d) 2

13. Who claimed to be able to recognize 140 different forms of tobacco ash?
a) Dr. Watson                  b) Sherlock Holmes
c) Lord Peter Whimsey  d) Hercule Poirot

14. What is a group of swine called?
a) Herd                      b) Sounder
c) Drift                       d) Wallow

15. What does the name Thermopylae, the site of a famous battle, actually mean?
a) Hot waters           b) Red bush
c) Hot gates              d) Place of the Geysers

16. How many lines are there in a limerick?
a) 3                             b) 4
c) 5                             d) 14

17. Whose best friend is Barney Rubble?
a) Mickey Mouse     b) Buzz Lightyear
c) Scooby Doo          d) Fred Flintstone

18. How did the tank get its name?
a) When Lord Kitchener described it as looking “like a damnable tank.”
b) It is acronym for Terrestrial Automotive Navigable Kinesthesmobile
c) For security reasons they were sent to France in crates labelled WATER TANKS
d) It was a nickname coined by the troops that stuck

19. What is the value of the gold spot in the centre of an archery target?
a) 5                              b) 9
c) 10                            d) 25

20. What is added to gin and vermouth to make a drink called a Gibson?
a) Strawberry            b) Orange
c) Onion                     d) Cucumber

ANSWERS

1. What is another name for the alligator pear?
a) Kumquat              b) Avocado
c) Boysenberry         d) Pineapple

2. What did Marylebone, Ranleigh and Vauxhall have in common in the 18th century?
a) All were land owned by aristocratic families
b) All had churches on them
c) All were pleasure gardens
d) All were sites of gibbets for public hangings

3. Who taught Alice to dance the Lobster Quadrille?
a) The Lobster        b) The Walrus
c) The Carpenter    d) The Mock Turtle

4. Die/dice, man/men are examples of irregular plurals in English. Just how many of them are there?
a) 7                            b) 10
c) 13                          d) 18

5. Who is the heir apparent to the British throne?
a) Prince William   b) Prince Andrew
c) Prince Charles    d) Princess Anne

6. On which day did God make the sun, the moon and the stars?
a) The second day   b) The third day
c) The fourth day     d) The fifth day

7. Which artist expressed a wish to eat his wife when she died?
a) Pablo Picasso        b) Paul Gauguin
c) Paul Cézanne        d) Salvador Dali

8. What is blennophobia?
a) Fear of the colour white b) Fear of slime
c) Fear of ice                         d) Fear of silence

9. Quarantine is isolation because of sickness. What else can it be?
a) A forty-day study sabbatical available to university dons
b) A small island in the Pacific, named by James Cooke
c) The name of the flag, warning of infection aboard, flown by the Royal Navy
d) A sort of red apple

10. Who cut off Samson’s hair?
a) Delilah                 b) Salome
c) Jezebel                 d) Naomi

11. Linnaeus gave the name “food of the gods” to which drink?
a) Brandy                 b) Coffee
c) Chocolate            d) Wine

12. Over how many days is the decathlon held?
a) 10                           b) 5
c) 4                             d) 2

13. Who claimed to be able to recognize 140 different forms of tobacco ash?
a) Dr. Watson                  b) Sherlock Holmes
c) Lord Peter Whimsey d) Hercule Poirot

14. What is a group of swine called?
a) Herd                     b) Sounder
c) Drift                      d) Wallow

15. What does the name Thermopylae, the site of a famous battle, actually mean?
a) Hot waters           b) Red bush
c) Hot gates              d) Place of the Geysers

16. How many lines are there in a limerick?
a) 3                              b) 4
c) 5                              d) 14

17. Whose best friend is Barney Rubble?
a) Mickey Mouse      b) Buzz Lightyear
c) Scooby Doo           d) Fred Flintstone

18. How did the tank get its name?
a. When Lord Kitchener described it as looking “like a damnable tank.”
b. It is acronym for Terrestrial Automotive Navigable Kinesthesmobile
c. For security reasons they were sent to France in crates labelled WATER TANKS
d. It was a nickname coined by the troops that stuck

19. What is the value of the gold spot in the centre of an archery target?
a) 5                              b) 9
c) 10                            d) 25

20. What is added to gin and vermouth to make a drink called a Gibson?
a) Strawberry            b) Orange
c) Onion                     d) Cucumber

Wishing you a Happy Christmas and a healthy, successful 2018.

CHRISTMAS TRIVIA QUIZ – 2016

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merry_christmas_in_red_193358For a number of years at our Christmas gatherings we played games – not such a simple task when there are five generations taking part. It doesn’t happen now my grandmother, who loved playing them, has left us. It fell to me to construct them and so my Christmas Quiz was always a multi-choice affair which gave the youngest child as much chance of getting the right answer as my very clever father. As I devised this one, please feel free to use it at your own gatherings over the festive season, should you so wish. Merry Christmas everyone and a very Happy New Year.

1. What was the name of the girl who wove so beautifully that the jealous goddess Athena turned her into a spider?
a) Eurycleia  b) Calypso  c) Arachne  d) Charybdis

2. To whom is Alvin Stardust married?
a) Lisa Goddard  b) Pamela Stevenson  c) Joanna Lumley  d) Helen Mirren

3. Who was the treacherous knight of the Round Table?
a) Sir Lancelot  b) Sir Mordred  c) Sir Gawain  d) Sir Baldrys

4. In which city would you find Michelangelo’s David?
a) Rome  b) Florence  c) Genoa  d) Venice

5. Where is the tarsal joint?
a) The wrist  b) The finger  c) The ankle  d) The toe

6. What is the “Senior Service”?
a) The cavalry b)  The infantry  c)  The Navy  d) The musketeers

7. Which European country has a patron saint of cinemas?
a) France – Jean Bosquet b) Spain – St John Bosco c) Italy – Juliano Bosquelli d) Luxembourg – Jean Bosquet

8. What is the sacred beetle of the ancient Egyptians?
a) The scarab b) The termite c) The Death-watch beetle  d) The locust

9. By what name is Abyssinia now known?
a) Niger  b) Chad  c) Somalia  d) Ethiopia

10 What is heraldic black called?
a) jet  b) nigrescent  c) sable  d) inky

11 A Frenchman Adolphe Pegoud was the first pilot to do what in 1913?
a) Cross the Channel  b) Loop the loop  c) Fire a gun from a plane  d) Die in a plane crash

12 Who said, “The executioner is, I believe, very expert and my neck is very slender.”?
a) Charles I  b) Lady Jane Gray  c) Anne Boylyn  d) Catherine Howard

13 In Ancient Egypt the standard length was a cubit. How many palms made a cubit?
a) 3   b) 4   c) 5   d) 7

14 What is scotopic vision?
a) short-sightedness  b) long-sightedness  c) vision impaired by cataracts  d) night vision

15 Which English novelist invented pillar-boxes while working as a civil servant?
a) A.A. Milne  b) Antony Trollop  c) Hugh Walpole  d) R.D. Blackmore

16 What was “Big Willie”?
a) One of the first military tanks b) One of 3 surviving gun carriage horses in WWI  c) One of the first bomber planes  d) One of the first machines guns

17 Which wedding anniversary is leather?
a) First  b) Third  c) Fifth  d) Seventh

18 What was founded by William and Catherine Booth?
a) The Salvation Army  b) Christian Science Church  c) The Temperance Society  d) The Chartist Movement

19 In which film did James Bond drive a white lotus underwater
a) Thunderball  b) The Spy Who Loved Me  c) Live and Let Die  d) Moonwalker

20 When might you use the western roll technique?
a) Making a roll-up cigarette b) Trampolining c) High Jump  d) Pole Vault

ANSWERS

1. What was the name of the girl who wove so beautifully that the jealous goddess Athena turned her into a spider?
a) Eurycleia  b) Calypso  c) Arachne  d) Charybdis

2. To whom is Alvin Stardust married?
a) Lisa Goddard  b) Pamela Stevenson  c) Joanna Lumley  d) Helen Mirren

3. Who was the treacherous knight of the Round Table?
a) Sir Lancelot  b) Sir Mordred  c) Sir Gawain  d) Sir Baldrys

4. In which city would you find Michelangelo’s David?
a) Rome  b) Florence  c) Genoa  d) Venice

5. Where is the tarsal joint?
a) The wrist  b) The finger  c) The ankle  d) The toe

6. What is the “Senior Service”?
a) The cavalry  b) The infantry  c) The Navy  d) The musketeers

7. Which European country has a patron saint of cinemas?
a) France – Jean Bosquet  b) Spain – St John Bosco  c) Italy – Juliano Bosquelli  d) Luxembourg – Jean Bosquet

8. What is the sacred beetle of the ancient Egyptians?
a) The scarab  b) The termite  c) The Death-watch beetle  d) The locust

9. By what name is Abyssinia now known?
a) Niger  b) Chad  c) Somalia  d) Ethiopia

10 What is heraldic black called?
a) jet  b) nigrescent  c) sable  d) inky

11 A Frenchman Adolphe Pegoud was the first pilot to do what in 1913?
a) Cross the Channel  b) Loop the loop  c) Fire a gun from a plane  d) Die in a plane crash

12 Who said, “The executioner is, I believe, very expert and my neck is very slender.”?
a) Charles I  b) Lady Jane Gray  c) Anne Boylyn  d) Catherine Howard

13 In Ancient Egypt the standard length was a cubit. How many palms made a cubit?
a) 3   b) 4   c) 5   d) 7

14 What is scotopic vision?
a) short-sightedness  b) long-sightedness  c) vision impaired by cataracts  d) night vision

15 Which English novelist invented pillar-boxes while working as a civil servant?
a) A.A. Milne  b) Antony Trollop  c) Hugh Walpole  d) R.D. Blackmore

16 What was “Big Willie”?
a) One of the first military tanks  b) One of 3 surviving gun carriage horses in WWI  c) One of the first bomber planes  d) One of the first machines guns

17 Which wedding anniversary is leather?
a) First  b) Third  c) Fifth  d) Seventh

18 What was founded by William and Catherine Booth?
a) The Salvation Army  b) Christian Science Church  c) The Temperance Society  d) The Chartist Movement

19 In which film did James Bond drive a white lotus underwater
a) Thunderball  b) The Spy Who Loved Me  c) Live and Let Die  d) Moonwalker

20 When might you use the western roll technique?
a) Making a roll-up cigarette  b) Trampolining  c) High Jump  d) Pole Vault

Christmas Quiz – 2015

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During our family gatherings on Christmas Day, there are regularly four generations of us. And some are right clever-clogs… So I compiled this multi-choice quiz of 20 quirky questions so the youngest, hopefully, will have almost as much chance of getting the right answer as aforementioned clever-clogs. I thought I’d share it with you – you’re very welcome to download it and use it. Happy Christmas!

1. What is blennophobia?Featured Image -- 4449

a) Fear of the colour white b) Fear of fish
c) Fear of slime d) Fear of zinc

 

2. Where is the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes?

a) Malbro’ country b) The moon Europa
c) Alaska d) South Island, New Zealand

 

3. What is the commonest surname is Spain?

a) Garcia b) Campo
c) Blanco d) deCruz

 

4. How many times have the Olympic Games been cancelled due to war?

a) Never b) Once
c) Twice d) Three times

 

5. What does a belly-man do?

a) Tattoos tummies b) Is a food-taster
c) Assembles pianos d) Looks after ballast on a ship

 

6. Which mammal lives longest?

a) Gorilla b) Man
c) Blue Whale d) Sloth

 

7. Which festival was the first greeting card manufactured for?

a) Christmas Day b) Easter Day
c Mothering Sunday d) St Valentine’s Day

 

8. Where do Vectians live?

a) The Virgin Islands b) The Isle of Wight
c) The Channel Islands d) The Isle of Man

 

9. In 1949, many precious manuscripts in the Vatican Library were discovered to be destroyed. How?

a) Monks had doodled in the margins b) Damp had rotted them
c) Termites ate them d) Paper wasps had nested in them

 

10. In which film did James Bond drive a white Lotus car underwater?

a) The Spy Who Loved Me b) Live and Let Die
c) Thunderball d) Goldfinger

 

11. What freak weather killed 23 people in Rostov, Russia in July 1923?

a) A tornado b) Mud slide after a rainstorm
c) Giant hail stones d) A tsunami

 

12. What is 555 in Roman numerals?

a) VVV b) VCDM
c) DLV d) LVD

 

13. From which planet do Dr Who’s daleks come?

a) Davros b) Skaro
c) Gallifrey d) Silurian

 

14. Who sang the original version of “Blue Suede Shoes”?

a) Elvis Presley b) Buddy Holly
c) Little Richard d) Carl Perkins

 

15. Which part of the body was the guillotine originally designed to cut off?

a) Head b) Hands
c) Feet d) Fingers

 

16. Whose national anthem is called “Thousand-Year-Old-Land”?

a) Ethiopia b) Finland
c) Bosnia d) Egypt

 

17. How many nobles used to be in £1?

a) None – a noble was worth £1-2s-6d b) 2
c) 3 d) 4

 

18. What is the name of the Flintstone family’s pet dinosaur?

a) Fido b) Dino
c) Boom-Boom d) Thumper

 

19. What part of the body does Bright’s disease affect?

a) The heart b) The eyes
c) The kidneys d) The liver

 

20. Why were brasses originally worn by horses hauling heavy loads?

a) To ward off the evil eye b) Their jingling warned people they were coming
c) To make them look good d) To keep the flies away

Christmas Quiz 2008 – Answers

1. What is blennophobia?

a) Fear of the colour white b) Fear of fish
c) Fear of slime d) Fear of zinc

 

2. Where is the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes?

a) Malbro’ country b) The moon Europa
c) Alaska  d) South Island, New Zealand

 

3. What is the commonest surname is Spain?

a) Garcia  b) Campo
c) Blanco d) deCruz

 

4. How many times have the Olympic Games been cancelled due to war?

a) Never  b) Once
c) Twice  d) Three times

 

5. What does a belly-man do?

a) Tattoos tummies b) Is a food-taster
c) Assembles pianos  d) Looks after ballast on a ship

 

6. Which mammal lives longest?

a) Gorilla b) Man
c) Blue Whale d) Sloth

 

7. Which festival was the first greeting card manufactured for?

a) Christmas Day b) Easter Day
c Mothering Sunday d) St Valentine’s Day

 

8. Where do Vectians live?

a) The Virgin Islands  b) The Isle of Wight
c) The Channel Islands d) The Isle of Man

 

9. In 1949, many precious manuscripts in the Vatican Library were discovered to be destroyed. How?

a) Monks had doodled in the margins b) Damp had rotted them
c) Termites ate them  d) Paper wasps had nested in them

 

10. In which film did James Bond drive a white Lotus car underwater?

a) The Spy Who Loved Me  b) Live and Let Die
c) Thunderball  d) Goldfinger

 

11. What freak weather killed 23 people in Rostov, Russia in July 1923?

a) A tornado b) Mud slide after a rainstorm
c) Giant hail stones  d) A tsunami

 

12. What is 555 in Roman numerals?

a) VVV b) VCDM
c) DLV  d) LVD

 

13. From which planet do Dr Who’s daleks come?

a) Davros b) Skaro
c) Gallifrey d) Silurian

 

14. Who sang the original version of “Blue Suede Shoes”?

a) Elvis Presley b) Buddy Holly
c) Little Richard d) Carl Perkins

 

15. Which part of the body was the guillotine originally designed to cut off?

a) Head b) Hands
c) Feet d) Fingers

 

16. Whose national anthem is called “Thousand-Year-Old-Land”?

a) Ethiopia b) Finland
c) Bosnia  d) Egypt

 

17. How many nobles used to be in £1?

a) None – a noble was worth £1-2s-6d  b) 2
c) 3   d) 4

 

18. What is the name of the Flintstone family’s pet dinosaur?

a) Fido b) Dino
c) Boom-Boom d) Thumper

 

19. What part of the body does Bright’s disease affect?

a) The heart b) The eyes
c) The kidneys  d) The liver

 

20. Why were brasses originally worn by horses hauling heavy loads?

a) To ward off the evil eye  b) Their jingling warned people they were coming
c) To make them look good  d) To keep the flies away

 

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

A Christmas Present – from me to you…

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For years I’ve been Games Mistress to the Family Gathering – which at one time ranged from my grandmother in her late nineties to my small granddaughter. Five generations of us. Hm. Tricky. So I devised these multi-choice quizzes that meant everyone could take part. I’ve also included the answers, with the correct version underlined. It took some time compiling it, and if you wish to use it for your own Christmas festivities, feel free to do so. Merry Christmas!

Christmas Quiz

1. What is blennophobia?

a) Fear of the colour white     b) Fear of fish    c) Fear of slime     d) Fear of zinc

2. Where is the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes?

a) Malbro’ country    b) The moon Europa   c) Alaska    d) South Island, New Zealand

3. What is the commonest surname in Spain?

a) Garcia    b) Campo   c) Blanco    d) deCruz

4. How many times have the Olympic Games been cancelled due to war?

a) Never    b) Once   c) Twice    d) Three times

5. What does a belly-man do?

a) Tattoos tummies    b) Is a food-taster   c) Assembles pianos    d) Looks after ballast on a ship

6. Which mammal lives longest?

a) Gorilla    b) Man   c) Blue Whale    d) Sloth

7. Which festival was the first greeting card manufactured for?

a) Christmas Day   b) Easter Day   c Mothering Sunday    d) St Valentine’s Day

8. Where do Vectians live?

a) The Virgin Islands    b) The Isle of Wight   c) The Channel Islands    d) The Isle of Man

9. In 1949, many precious manuscripts in the Vatican Library were discovered to be destroyed. How?

a) Monks had doodled in the margins    b) Damp had rotted them   c) Termites ate them    d) Paper wasps had nested in them

10. In which film did James Bond drive a white Lotus car underwater?

a) The Spy Who Loved Me    b) Live and Let Die   c) Thunderball    d) Goldfinger

11. What freak weather killed 23 people in Rostov, Russia in July 1923?

a) A tornado    b) Mud slide after a rainstorm   c) Giant hail stones    d) A tsunami

12. What is 555 in Roman numerals?

a) VVV    b) VCDM   c) DLV    d) LVD

13. From which planet do Dr Who’s daleks come?

a) Davros   b) Skaro   c) Gallifrey   d) Silurian

14. Who sang the original version of “Blue Suede Shoes”?

a) Elvis Presley   b) Buddy Holly   c) Little Richard   d) Carl Perkins

15. Which part of the body was the guillotine originally designed to cut off?

a) Head   b) Hands   c) Feet   d) Fingers

16. Whose national anthem is called “Thousand-Year-Old-Land”?

a) Ethiopia   b) Finland    c) Bosnia    d) Egypt

17. How many nobles used to be in £1?

a) None – a noble was worth £1-2s-6d    b) 2   c) 3    d) 4

18. What is the name of the Flintstone family’s pet dinosaur?

a) Fido   b) Dino   c) Boom-Boom   d) Thumper

19. What part of the body does Bright’s disease affect?

a) The heart   b) The eyes   c) The kidneys    d) The liver

20. Why were brasses originally worn by horses hauling heavy loads?

a) To ward off the evil eye   b) Their jingling warned people they were coming   c) To make them look good   d) To keep the flies away

Christmas Quiz 2008 – Answers

1. What is blennophobia?

a) Fear of the colour white   b) Fear of fish   c) Fear of slime   d) Fear of zinc

2. Where is the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes?

a) Malbro’ country   b) The moon Europa    c) Alaska    d) South Island, New Zealand

3. What is the commonest surname is Spain?

a) Garcia   b) Campo   c) Blanco    d) deCruz

4. How many times have the Olympic Games been cancelled due to war?

a) Never   b) Once   c) Twice    d) Three times

5. What does a belly-man do?

a) Tattoos tummies    b) Is a food-taster   c) Assembles pianos    d) Looks after ballast on a ship

6. Which mammal lives longest?

a) Gorilla    b) Man   c) Blue Whale    d) Sloth

7. Which festival was the first greeting card manufactured for?

a) Christmas Day   b) Easter Day   c Mothering Sunday    d) St Valentine’s Day

8. Where do Vectians live?

a) The Virgin Islands   b) The Isle of Wight   c) The Channel Islands   d) The Isle of Man

9. In 1949, many precious manuscripts in the Vatican Library were discovered to be destroyed. How?

a) Monks had doodled in the margins   b) Damp had rotted them   c) Termites ate them   d) Paper wasps had nested in them

10. In which film did James Bond drive a white Lotus car underwater?

a) The Spy Who Loved Me   b) Live and Let Die   c) Thunderball   d) Goldfinger

11. What freak weather killed 23 people in Rostov, Russia in July 1923?

a) A tornado   b) Mud slide after a rainstorm   c) Giant hail stones   d) A tsunami

12. What is 555 in Roman numerals?

a) VVV   b) VCDM   c) DLV    d) LVD

13. From which planet do Dr Who’s daleks come?

a) Davros   b) Skaro   c) Gallifrey   d) Silurian

14. Who sang the original version of “Blue Suede Shoes”?

a) Elvis Presley    b) Buddy Holly   c) Little Richard   d) Carl Perkins

15. Which part of the body was the guillotine originally designed to cut off?

a) Head   b) Hands   c) Feet d)    Fingers

16. Whose national anthem is called “Thousand-Year-Old-Land”?

a) Ethiopia   b) Finland   c) Bosnia    d) Egypt

17. How many nobles used to be in £1?

a) None – a noble was worth £1-2s-6d    b) 2   c) 3    d) 4

18. What is the name of the Flintstone family’s pet dinosaur?

a) Fido   b) Dino   c) Boom-Boom   d) Thumper

19. What part of the body does Bright’s disease affect?

a) The heart    b) The eyes   c) The kidneys    d) The liver

20. Why were brasses originally worn by horses hauling heavy loads?

a) To ward off the evil eye   b) Their jingling warned people they were coming   c) To make them look good d) To keep the flies away