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Teacher Quiz

Welcome to another round of our section Teacher Quiz”. Test yourself on a range of interesting and useful topics related to the English language, British culture and English-speaking countries.

This month: Christmas.

How much do you know?

countries. This month: Christmas. How much do you know? 1. Where does the word “Christmas” come

1. Where does the word “Christmas” come from?

a. "Christ's Mass”

b. The ancient Hebrew word for “December”

2. Where was Christmas first celebrated on 25 th December 336AD,

offering citizens an alternative to the popular pagan winter solstice celebration?

a. Jerusalem

b. Rome

3. When was the first Christmas card designed by J.C. Horsley?

a. 1762

b. 1843

4. When are the twelve days of Christmas? Between

a. 13

b. Christmas

th December and 24 th December

Day and 5 th January

5. What do the 12 days represent? The length of time it took the wise men from the East to

a. their camels across the desert.

ride

b. to the manger where Jesus was born.

get

6. What gifts did the Three Wise Men bring with them?

a. gold, frankincense and myrrh

b. gold, frankincense and incense

7. What is the 26th of December known as?

a. Boxing Day

b. Christmas Eve

8. Which saint is 26 th December in honour of?

a. St Christmas

b. St Stephen

a. Boxing Day b. Christmas Eve 8. Which saint is 26 t h December in honour

9. Why is it called Boxing Day? Because

a. alms

boxes in church were opened and the money was

distributed to the poor.

b. often have a lot of boxes to throw away after Christmas

people

Day.

10. Who banned Christmas between 1647 and 1660 because the celebrations were considered immoral?

a. Queen Victoria

b. Oliver Cromwell

11. In 1937, which country issued the first postage stamp to commemorate Christmas?

a. England

b. Austria

12. Which country donates the Christmas tree which goes on display in Trafalgar Square in London every year?

a. Norway

b. France

13. Which country has St Nicholas as its patron saint?

a. Russia

b. Belgium

14. Who sang “White Christmas” in the 1942 film Holiday Inn?

a. Bing Crosby

b. Frank Sinatra

15. At the start of the story A Christmas Carol we are told that somebody is dead. Who is it?

a. Scrooge

b. Marley

somebody is dead. Who is it? a. Scrooge b. Marley And now we’d just like to

And now we’d just like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year. Bye!

Answers: 1a - 2b - 3b - 4b - 5b - 6a - 7a - 8b - 9a - 10b - 11b - 12a - 13a - 14a - 15b

the best for the New Year. Bye! Answers: 1a - 2b - 3b - 4b -