Quiz created: 1999/12/5
Quiz modified: 2001/12/6

Christmas Pop-Culture Trivia Quiz (1)

Instructions: Answer the multiple choice questions, guessing if necessary; then click on the "Process Questions" button to see your score. The program will not reveal which questions you got wrong, only how many points you have. Go back and change your answers until you get them all right. (The message box will rejoice at that point and the page will change color in delight.)

Points to note: (1) Questions with only one possible answer are one point each. (2) Questions with one or more possible answers (represented by check boxes) give a point for each correct answer, but also subtract a point for each wrong answer! (3) The program will not attempt to score your efforts at all if you have not tried at least half of the questions. (4) This quiz is for your own use only. No record of your progress is kept or reported to anyone.


1. Who wrote the famous Christmas ballet, "The Nutcracker"?
Puccini 
Wagner 
Tchaikovsky 
Bizet 
Rogers 
Lerner & Lowe 
No Answer
2. Who wrote the famous Christmas novel, A Christmas Carol?
Martin Luther 
Charles Dickens 
William Gilbert 
Lewis Carol 
Luisa May Alcott 
No Answer
3. What plant, native to Mexico, is now associated with Christmas throughout the United States?
4. Jesus was born in the reign of which Roman emperor?
5. In what year did the Frisbee enter the toy market?
1900  1931  1945  1957  1970  1992  No Answer
6. Which of the following are not among Santa's reindeer?
Grumpy 
Dasher 
Prancer 
Vixon 
Cupid 
Donner 
Sleepy 
Geoffrey 
7. "There must have been some magic in" what object that, when placed on Frosty's head, made the snowman come to life?
Marty's muffler 
Granny's babushka 
that old silk hat 
Grandpa's stovepipe 
Grandpa's pipe 
the last coal in his smile 
No Answer
8. King Wenceslas ruled over what land?
England  Ireland  India  Sweden  Syria  Bohemia  No Answer
9. What Secular Christmas Song is the most popular in America?
White Christmas 
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire 
I'll Be Home for Christmas 
Oh Chritmas Tree 
Jingle Bells  
No Answer
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This quiz is adapted from Barbara Yost's "Yuletide Knowledge Test," which appeared in Arizona Republic in about 1996 or 1997 and was reprinted in the San Diego Union Tribune in December, 1997.

This consummately cool, pedagogically compelling, self-correcting,
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