Christmas Trivia Quiz II

Questions 1-10

Quiz Question #1

If you were given some frumenty at a Medieval Christmas party, you would probably:
A) Eat it
B) Burn it
C) Put it in your sweetheart's hair
D) Use it to polish your boots

Quiz Question #2

The first charity Christmas card was produced by UNICEF in 1949.
The picture chosen for the card was painted not by a professional artist but by:
A) A chimpanzee
B) A blind man
C) A seven-year-old girl
D) A Buddhist monk

Quiz Question #3

"Hot cockles" was popular at Christmas in medieval times.  It was:
A) A dish of oysters and mussels
B) A hot spiced drink
C) A game in which a blindfolded person was struck
D) The title of a popular drinking song

Quiz Question #4

During the ancient 12-day Christmas celebration, it was considered unlucky to:
A) Let the log in the fireplace stop burning
B) Sneeze
C) Spill wine or ale
D) Hunt reindeer

Quiz Question #5

"Mumming plays" with traditional plots have been enjoyed
at Christmas time in Europe since the Middle Ages.
In England, the central character is usually:
A) King Arthur
B) Pinocchio
C) Robin Hood
D) St. George

Quiz Question #6

At lavish Christmas feasts in the Middle Ages,
swans and peacocks were sometimes served "endored".
This means:
A) The feet and beaks were coated with gold
B) The guests knelt in adoration as the birds were brought in
C) The birds had been raised on grain soaked in brandy
D) The flesh was painted with saffron dissolved in melted butter

Quiz Question #7

One of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes takes place during the Christmas season.
The tale hinges upon:
A) A burglar disguised as Father Christmas
B) A blue diamond found in a goose
C) A cat trapped in an organ pipe
D) A poisoned flask of Napoleon brandy

Quiz Question #8

In the Ukraine, if you find a spider web in the house on Christmas morning
it is believed to mean:
A) Good luck
B) Misfortune will strike in the coming year
C) The winter will be unusually cold
D) Your house needs cleaning!

Quiz Question #9

Postmen in Victorian England were popularly called "robins".  This was because:
A) The British postal service was founded by Sir Robin Spence
B) Their uniforms were red
C) They were famous for whistling as they made their rounds
D) They also delivered eggs

Quiz Question #10

"Little Jack Horner" in the nursery rhyme may refer to the man
who was chief steward to the Abbot of Glastonbury in the early sixteenth century.
If so, then the "plum" he pulled from his Christmas pie was actually:
A) A gem - a gift from the abbot for faithful service B) Six golden guineas
C) An order banishing him from England
D) A deed to a manor in Glastonbury

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