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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

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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