Another Christmas Quiz

Mikkel-bergmann-ysHUIEx3nis-unsplash (2)Anne here, celebrating the onset of the Festive Season with another Christmas Quiz. I usually have 12 questions, but I've extended this one and included several tricky questions from a previous quiz. 

As usual, you will need a pen and paper to jot down your choices, then at the end, click on the link to check your answers. Don't forget to come back and tell us how you went — and remember, it's not a test, it's just a bit of fun. 

1) In the Regency era, the Christmas turkey:—

    a) walked to London wearing special shoes

    b) was shipped to London by boat, to keep them calm.

    c) was brought to London by wagon, in specially constructed willow cages    

    d) wasn't eaten at this time — everyone ate Christmas goose

 

2) In a traditional mummers' Christmas play, a commonly appearing character was:—

    a) the king

    b) Saint George (of dragon fame)

    c) Saint Nicholas

    d) Oliver Cromwell

3) In the Tudor period, the centrepiece of a Christmas feast was usually:—

    a) the Christmas pudding PieterClaesz 1627

    b) an enormous cheese

    c) a dish of flaming soup

    d) a boar's head

 

4) Marchpane is:—

    a) another name for marzipan

    b) a hard Christmas fruit bread that is saved until March

    c) a game using a walnut, played by six or more people

    d) toffee that comes in glass-like sheets

    e) what you feel after too much marching. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

 

5) Souse is: —

    a) a boozy Christmas pudding

    b) an early version of egg-nog 

    c) a Christmas cake from Newcastle

    d) is a dish made from pickled pigs' feet and ears

 

6)  The dish we now know as turducken was eaten:—

    a) In the Regency era

    b) in the Victorian era

    c) by highland Scots

    d) in the Tudor era

 

7) A Twelfth Night cake traditionally contained:—12thnightCakejpg

    a) dried fruit and a peach stone

    b) dried fruit and a dried pea or bean

    c) no fruit 

    d) dried fruit and a small ceramic shoe

8) Frumenty is:—

    a) porridge made with grains, almonds, currants and sugar

    b) a drink made of hot wine, orange peel and spices

    c) a toast made to the success of the apple and pear harvest

    d) a slice made from dried and pounded fruit

 

9) Bullet pudding was:

    a)  slang for a man sentenced to die by firing squad 

    b) a game often played at Christmas

    c) a shooting competition where the winner won a pudding 

    d) a pudding containing a lucky silver bullet

 

10) At Christmas, Queen Victoria particularly enjoyed:— Christina'sXmasTree

    a) roast lamb

    b) roast swan

    c) roast suckling pig

    d) roast potatoes

 

11) The first member of the English royal family to display a Christmas tree was :—

     a) Queen Charlotte in 1800 

    b) Queen Adelaide in 1820

     c) Queen Caroline in 1825

     d) Queen Victoria in 1848 

(That's Wench Christina's tree in the photo)

 

12) The festival of Twelfth Night was banned by:

    a) Queen Victoria

    b) Queen Elizabeth the 1st

    c) Henry VIII

    d) King George III

 

13)  Nesselrode pudding was popular in the Victorian era. It was:— 

    a) a cold mousse-like pudding made with whipped egg-whites

    b) a hot Christmas pudding made without suet

    c) an early chocolate pudding

    d) a moulded ice pudding made from pureed chestnut

 

14) Which of these was thought to bring bad luck? 

     a) dancing inside during the twelve days of Christmas 

     b) dropping an uncooked potato on Christmas Day 

     c) decorating with greenery before Christmas Eve 

     d) hanging out green or blue stockings

 

15) The Christmas pudding is topped with a sprig of holly:— PlumPud

    a) to symbolize Christ's crown of thorns

    b) to symbolize the continuation of life through the winter

    c) as a reminder not to be greedy

    d) because it looks pretty

 

16) Candy canes first became bent over at the end to look like a shepherd's crooks:—

    a) when a choirmaster made them to keep the young choristers quiet

    b) as a reminder of the shepherds who watched their flocks by night

    c) because they are easier to hang on the tree

    d) because they were easier to store

 

Now that you have jotted down your answers, click on this link and check how many you got right —scroll down. Then come back and tell us how you went — and which questions tripped you up — but please try to avoid spoilers.

140 thoughts on “Another Christmas Quiz”

  1. I did awful! Only 8 of of 16 correct. I knew what souse, and marchpane and frumenty are, but missed on the Nesselrode pudding. And completely missed any answer having to do with Queen Victoria, probably because I read so many books set during the Regency and earlier, but not many set in the Victorian era.

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  2. I did awful! Only 8 of of 16 correct. I knew what souse, and marchpane and frumenty are, but missed on the Nesselrode pudding. And completely missed any answer having to do with Queen Victoria, probably because I read so many books set during the Regency and earlier, but not many set in the Victorian era.

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  3. I did awful! Only 8 of of 16 correct. I knew what souse, and marchpane and frumenty are, but missed on the Nesselrode pudding. And completely missed any answer having to do with Queen Victoria, probably because I read so many books set during the Regency and earlier, but not many set in the Victorian era.

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  4. I did awful! Only 8 of of 16 correct. I knew what souse, and marchpane and frumenty are, but missed on the Nesselrode pudding. And completely missed any answer having to do with Queen Victoria, probably because I read so many books set during the Regency and earlier, but not many set in the Victorian era.

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  5. I did awful! Only 8 of of 16 correct. I knew what souse, and marchpane and frumenty are, but missed on the Nesselrode pudding. And completely missed any answer having to do with Queen Victoria, probably because I read so many books set during the Regency and earlier, but not many set in the Victorian era.

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  6. Evidently I am not smart enough to be a reader of this blog. But, you can’t stop me whether I get any answers right or not.
    Thanks for the quiz – hope everyone is well and safe and on the way to having a joyous holiday season.

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  7. Evidently I am not smart enough to be a reader of this blog. But, you can’t stop me whether I get any answers right or not.
    Thanks for the quiz – hope everyone is well and safe and on the way to having a joyous holiday season.

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  8. Evidently I am not smart enough to be a reader of this blog. But, you can’t stop me whether I get any answers right or not.
    Thanks for the quiz – hope everyone is well and safe and on the way to having a joyous holiday season.

    Reply
  9. Evidently I am not smart enough to be a reader of this blog. But, you can’t stop me whether I get any answers right or not.
    Thanks for the quiz – hope everyone is well and safe and on the way to having a joyous holiday season.

    Reply
  10. Evidently I am not smart enough to be a reader of this blog. But, you can’t stop me whether I get any answers right or not.
    Thanks for the quiz – hope everyone is well and safe and on the way to having a joyous holiday season.

    Reply
  11. Only missed two, which clearly proves I am spending way too much time reading Christmas novellas and novels! No wonder there are still gifts to be wrapped and baking to be done! Had no idea about Queen Victoria’s favorite dish and as much as I love candy canes, didn’t know their history. Your quizzes are always fun, Anne – thanks for this one!
    Peace and joy to all the Wenches and Commenters for the holidays and the coming new year!

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  12. Only missed two, which clearly proves I am spending way too much time reading Christmas novellas and novels! No wonder there are still gifts to be wrapped and baking to be done! Had no idea about Queen Victoria’s favorite dish and as much as I love candy canes, didn’t know their history. Your quizzes are always fun, Anne – thanks for this one!
    Peace and joy to all the Wenches and Commenters for the holidays and the coming new year!

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  13. Only missed two, which clearly proves I am spending way too much time reading Christmas novellas and novels! No wonder there are still gifts to be wrapped and baking to be done! Had no idea about Queen Victoria’s favorite dish and as much as I love candy canes, didn’t know their history. Your quizzes are always fun, Anne – thanks for this one!
    Peace and joy to all the Wenches and Commenters for the holidays and the coming new year!

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  14. Only missed two, which clearly proves I am spending way too much time reading Christmas novellas and novels! No wonder there are still gifts to be wrapped and baking to be done! Had no idea about Queen Victoria’s favorite dish and as much as I love candy canes, didn’t know their history. Your quizzes are always fun, Anne – thanks for this one!
    Peace and joy to all the Wenches and Commenters for the holidays and the coming new year!

    Reply
  15. Only missed two, which clearly proves I am spending way too much time reading Christmas novellas and novels! No wonder there are still gifts to be wrapped and baking to be done! Had no idea about Queen Victoria’s favorite dish and as much as I love candy canes, didn’t know their history. Your quizzes are always fun, Anne – thanks for this one!
    Peace and joy to all the Wenches and Commenters for the holidays and the coming new year!

    Reply
  16. What a fun quiz! Got only 8 out of 16 right but had a laugh doing it and was surprised by some of the answers.
    Most of what I got right was about food which is not surprising! Hope everyone has a peaceful and joyous holiday!

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  17. What a fun quiz! Got only 8 out of 16 right but had a laugh doing it and was surprised by some of the answers.
    Most of what I got right was about food which is not surprising! Hope everyone has a peaceful and joyous holiday!

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  18. What a fun quiz! Got only 8 out of 16 right but had a laugh doing it and was surprised by some of the answers.
    Most of what I got right was about food which is not surprising! Hope everyone has a peaceful and joyous holiday!

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  19. What a fun quiz! Got only 8 out of 16 right but had a laugh doing it and was surprised by some of the answers.
    Most of what I got right was about food which is not surprising! Hope everyone has a peaceful and joyous holiday!

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  20. What a fun quiz! Got only 8 out of 16 right but had a laugh doing it and was surprised by some of the answers.
    Most of what I got right was about food which is not surprising! Hope everyone has a peaceful and joyous holiday!

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  21. This was fun, Anne. Only six correct. Interesting information for each question.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  22. This was fun, Anne. Only six correct. Interesting information for each question.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  23. This was fun, Anne. Only six correct. Interesting information for each question.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  24. This was fun, Anne. Only six correct. Interesting information for each question.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  25. This was fun, Anne. Only six correct. Interesting information for each question.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  26. At my age I should be ashamed of only 8 correct answers. I guess it is my memory getting old too.
    Thanks for the quiz. Fun as usual.

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  27. At my age I should be ashamed of only 8 correct answers. I guess it is my memory getting old too.
    Thanks for the quiz. Fun as usual.

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  28. At my age I should be ashamed of only 8 correct answers. I guess it is my memory getting old too.
    Thanks for the quiz. Fun as usual.

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  29. At my age I should be ashamed of only 8 correct answers. I guess it is my memory getting old too.
    Thanks for the quiz. Fun as usual.

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  30. At my age I should be ashamed of only 8 correct answers. I guess it is my memory getting old too.
    Thanks for the quiz. Fun as usual.

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  31. Well I bombed out on this totally. I apparently know nothing about Christmas customs 🙂
    The one that surprised me the most was the 1 about the Christmas turkey in England. I had thought turkey was strictly a North American phenomenon. Apparently they had turkeys in England too. I did not know that bc in Charles Dickens it’s always the Christmas goose, the bigger the better.
    Fun 🙂

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  32. Well I bombed out on this totally. I apparently know nothing about Christmas customs 🙂
    The one that surprised me the most was the 1 about the Christmas turkey in England. I had thought turkey was strictly a North American phenomenon. Apparently they had turkeys in England too. I did not know that bc in Charles Dickens it’s always the Christmas goose, the bigger the better.
    Fun 🙂

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  33. Well I bombed out on this totally. I apparently know nothing about Christmas customs 🙂
    The one that surprised me the most was the 1 about the Christmas turkey in England. I had thought turkey was strictly a North American phenomenon. Apparently they had turkeys in England too. I did not know that bc in Charles Dickens it’s always the Christmas goose, the bigger the better.
    Fun 🙂

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  34. Well I bombed out on this totally. I apparently know nothing about Christmas customs 🙂
    The one that surprised me the most was the 1 about the Christmas turkey in England. I had thought turkey was strictly a North American phenomenon. Apparently they had turkeys in England too. I did not know that bc in Charles Dickens it’s always the Christmas goose, the bigger the better.
    Fun 🙂

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  35. Well I bombed out on this totally. I apparently know nothing about Christmas customs 🙂
    The one that surprised me the most was the 1 about the Christmas turkey in England. I had thought turkey was strictly a North American phenomenon. Apparently they had turkeys in England too. I did not know that bc in Charles Dickens it’s always the Christmas goose, the bigger the better.
    Fun 🙂

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  36. Oh dear! I failed miserably with only a paltry five correct. Clearly I have some history to brush up on. It was fun though and while I’m clearly atrocious at guessing I have learned a lot so thanks and a very merry Christmas to you all.

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  37. Oh dear! I failed miserably with only a paltry five correct. Clearly I have some history to brush up on. It was fun though and while I’m clearly atrocious at guessing I have learned a lot so thanks and a very merry Christmas to you all.

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  38. Oh dear! I failed miserably with only a paltry five correct. Clearly I have some history to brush up on. It was fun though and while I’m clearly atrocious at guessing I have learned a lot so thanks and a very merry Christmas to you all.

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  39. Oh dear! I failed miserably with only a paltry five correct. Clearly I have some history to brush up on. It was fun though and while I’m clearly atrocious at guessing I have learned a lot so thanks and a very merry Christmas to you all.

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  40. Oh dear! I failed miserably with only a paltry five correct. Clearly I have some history to brush up on. It was fun though and while I’m clearly atrocious at guessing I have learned a lot so thanks and a very merry Christmas to you all.

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  41. I believe the first Christmas tree was brought to England with either George 1 or George 2 but that reference was just a passing one in a book. I didn’t know What Victoria ate nor why people put Mistletoe on the Christmas pudding. I also had never been introduced to nesslerod oudding.

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  42. I believe the first Christmas tree was brought to England with either George 1 or George 2 but that reference was just a passing one in a book. I didn’t know What Victoria ate nor why people put Mistletoe on the Christmas pudding. I also had never been introduced to nesslerod oudding.

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  43. I believe the first Christmas tree was brought to England with either George 1 or George 2 but that reference was just a passing one in a book. I didn’t know What Victoria ate nor why people put Mistletoe on the Christmas pudding. I also had never been introduced to nesslerod oudding.

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  44. I believe the first Christmas tree was brought to England with either George 1 or George 2 but that reference was just a passing one in a book. I didn’t know What Victoria ate nor why people put Mistletoe on the Christmas pudding. I also had never been introduced to nesslerod oudding.

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  45. I believe the first Christmas tree was brought to England with either George 1 or George 2 but that reference was just a passing one in a book. I didn’t know What Victoria ate nor why people put Mistletoe on the Christmas pudding. I also had never been introduced to nesslerod oudding.

    Reply

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