Holiday Trivia Quiz

Holiday Trivia Quiz

It’s the holiday season. As you study for exams or shop for gifts this week, take a moment to test your knowledge of these American winter celebrations. Hanukkah starts today and lasts for eight nights, ending Dec. 9. Christmas is coming up on Dec. 25. And Kwanzaa will be celebrated Dec. 26 through Jan. 1.

1. Hanukkah commemorates which event?
a. the miraculously long-burning olive oil during the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE
b. the founding of the State of Israel in 1948
c. the parting of the Dead Sea by Moses
d. the marriage of Esther to King Ahasueras

2. Christmas commemorates which event?
a. the invention of egg nog
b. the birth of Jesus
c. the birth of Santa Claus
d. a great brainstorming session at Hallmark

3. Kwanzaa commemorates which event?
a. the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863
b. the birth of Nelson Mandela in 1918
c. the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1929
d. It doesn’t commemorate a specific event. It is a celebration of African-American heritage and culture.

4. Which game is associated with Hanukkah?
a. Yahtzee
b. Connect Four
c. Dreidel
d. Guitar Hero

5. What is gelt?
a. the feeling you have after eating too much chocolate
b. gold-wrapped chocolate coins exchanged during Hanukkah
c. the act of lighting the middle candle on a menorah
d. The forgotten piece of candy in the bottom of a Christmas stocking that stays there until next year

6. Which character was introduced to Christmas lore through a song?
a. Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
b. Santa Claus
c. Frosty the Snowman
d. Ebeneezer Scrooge

7. Which character was invented for a Montgomery Ward coloring book?
a. Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
b. Frosty the Snowman
c. Snoopy
d. Buddy the Elf

8. Where does Santa Claus live?
a. North Pole
b. Lapland
c. Canada
d. Florida

9. Who created the celebration of Kwanzaa in 1966?
a. Ron Karenga
b. Richard Wright
c. Maya Angelou
d. Winnie Mandela

10. With which ancient Roman celebration is Christmas associated?
a. the day Roma burned the ships of Prince Aenas
b. the winter solstice
c. the birth of Romulus and Remus
d. The Feast of Wine for the founding of the Republic

Answers: 1. a – One night’s worth of oil burned for eight nights during the rededication of the temple; 2. b – Whether or not Jesus was actually born Dec. 25, his birth is celebrated on that date; 3. d – Kwanzaa was created to be a celebration of African heritage and culture for African-Americans; 4. c – Dreidel is a game that involves a spinning top; 5. b – Hanukkah gelt (“money” in Yiddish) refers to chocolate coins given to children during the festival; 6. c – “Frosty the Snowman” was written by Jack Rollins and first recorded by Gene Autry in 1950; 7. a – Montgomery Ward had been buying and giving away coloring books for Christmas every year, and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer was their coloring book story for 1939; 8. All of the above, depending on your national affiliations; 9. a – Ron Karenga, a.k.a. Maulana Karenga, created Kwanzaa to “give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and history,” he wrote; 10. b – The winter solstice was observed as the festival of Brumalia by the ancient Romans, generally ending on Dec. 25.

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