Each month we put together a series of topical trivia questions. This month brings our Holiday Quiz!

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1) The Balsam, Douglas and Fraser varieties of this type of tree are among the most popular options for Christmas trees.

2) In this classic book, the Pevensie children meet Father Christmas after a cosy dinner with the Beavers.

3) This word originates in the term for a member of a Persian priest caste. It is best known in connection with an ancient trio.

4) Who used his honeymoon savings to stop a run on a small community bank in Bedford Falls?

5) The first African American to host a television variety show, he achieved his greatest commercial success as a vocalist, including “The Christmas Song”. In 1991, his daughter released “Unforgettable”, a virtual duet with her father that was a smash hit.

6) This author of “Auld Lang Syne” is celebrated with an annual dinner on January 25, often featuring the traditional toast – “Here’s tae us. Wha’s like us? Gey few, and they’re a’deid.” (“Here’s to us. Who is as good as us? Damn few, and they’re all dead.”)

7) This religious object appears on the Arch of Titus in Rome, commemorating the conquest of Jerusalem, as well as the official emblem of the State of Israel.

8) The Smithsonian collection includes Christmas, a winter scene of farm life painted by this noted artist, born Anna Mary Robertson. The subject began painting at the age of seventyeight, after arthritis forced her to stop needlepoint embroidery.

9) This celebrated ensemble, originally created in 1955, appeared with Michael Caine in their 1992 film version of The Christmas Carol. They also teamed with John Denver, lending their voices to the 1979 album A Christmas Together.

10) A Special Medal for Heroism, authorized by the US Congress, was granted posthumously to these men in 1961. The medals were awarded for “extraordinary heroism” in connection with the 1943 sinking of the troop transport Dorchester, in which each of the subjects perished, having given their lifejackets to others.

11) The animated film The Curse of Clara is based on a superstition that girls who perform the role in this ballet do not become principal dancers.

12) Name the poet who composed the following lines – “’Hope’ is the thing with feathers – /That perches in the soul – /And sings the tune without the words – /And never stops – at all -”

13) This toxic parasite contributes to bird life in many American forests.  It has been helping to spread holiday cheer for hundreds of years.

14) This Bavarian-born “Father of the American political cartoon” is famous for exposing the corruption of the Tweed Ring. However, his most cherished creations are depictions of Santa Claus, whom he would have known in his youth as Weihnachtsmann.

15) The seven principles of this festive American holiday include unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

16) This Shakespeare play is named for the conclusion of the Christmas season. It involves some of the playwright’s memorably-named characters, including Sir Toby Belch, Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Malvolio.

17) In what Jimmy Fallon termed “the best interview I have ever done”, former President Obama recently opined that this 1988 production is not a Christmas movie.  The film featured a celebrated defector from the Bolshoi Ballet and a future mainstay of the Harry Potter franchise.

18) Identify the Christmas carol from the snippet of lyrics below –

a) “Fa la la la la, la la la la”

b) “Good tidings we bring to you and your kin”

c) “Gloria, in excelsis Deo”

d) “All is calm, all is bright”

19) Akitu, celebrated by this civilization, is among the earliest recorded New Year festivals. The subject civilization is perhaps best known for its botanical wonders and the Code of Hammurabi.

20) This famed horror actor, best known for playing the title role in Frankenstein, achieved late-career success by winning a Grammy for narrating How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

21) Name’s the same – a James Baldwin novel and an African American spiritual about the Nativity.

22) Though perhaps only legendary, one of the most renowned sporting events in history was an impromptu European football match on December 25, 1914. Who comprised the opposing teams?

23) This artist’s recording of “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” has sold more than 12 million copies since first hitting #1 during Christmas 1949. Known as the “Singing Cowboy”, the subject is the only person to have five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

24) In religious art, one frequently encounters the letters “INRI”. What is their significance?

25) Name the beloved literary character who graces a Christmas feast with his exclamation, “God bless us every one!”.

 

And a closing thought…

 

The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.

Coretta Scott King

 

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