Saturday, 24 December 2011

Christmas Quiz

Happy Christmas to everyone!

Thank-you very much for the support you have given in the past year.

I now have readers from all around the globe,which is pleasing to know.


My Twitter quizzes will be back up from 26th December,so keep an eye out.






Below is a Christmas related quiz.(I promise not to ask the names of Santa's reindeer)


Hope you enjoy......................

1.The Hotelling-Faustmann model is a standard used by many countries,when deciding the price of which Christmas commodity?



Christmas Trees


2.The Christmas mountains,which have peaks including North Pole Mountain,Mount Prancer and Mount St Nicholas,can be found in which mountain range?



Appalachians


3.The Christmas carol 'In The Bleak Midwinter' was written by Christina Rossetti as a poem,which was published posthumously in 1904.Which British composer added the music two years later?



Gustav Holst


4.In which two of New Testament Gospels is the story of the nativity told?



Matthew and Luke


5.The 'Pasterka' is the midnight mass service in which European country,which also uses Christmas Eve day as a period of fasting?



Poland


6.Operation Christmas Drop,is an American Air Force training tradition,whereby members of the Andersen Air Force base and the residents of which of America's territories, drop gifts to remote islands throughout Micronesia?



Guam


7.What name is given to the date in the Christian calendar when Mary was visited by the Angel Gabriel?



The Annunciation


8.Who is the only British monarch,to be crowned at Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day?



William I (the conqueror)


9.Which actress born on Christmas Day 1949,has been nominated for six Academy Awards,winning Best Actress in 1980 for her part in 'The Coal Miner's Daughter?



Sissy Spacek


10.Elvis Presley had only one UK Christmas number one single in 1962,with which song?



Return To Sender


11.A collection of letters written and illustrated between 1920 and 1942 for his children, from 'Father Christmas'. They tell of the adventures and misadventures of Father Christmas and his helpers, including the North Polar Bear and his two sidekick cubs, Paksu and Valkotukka.Eventually published in 1976 and 2004,who was the well-known author?



JRR Tolkein


12.Its name meaning nativity in Portuguese,which large South American city was founded on Christmas Day 1599?



Natal


13.In the traditional song 'The Twelve Days of Christmas',how many animals are mentioned?



23 (Twenty three)


14.He played Prince Humperdinck in the film 'The Princess Bride' and was also nominated for an Academy Award for his part in 'Dog Day Afternoon',which actor performed the part of main character,Jack Skellington,in Tim Burton's 'The Nightmare Before Christmas?




Chris Sarandon


15.Which artist painted an 1894 nativity scene with a Tahitian scene,titled 'Be Be'?



Paul Gaugin


16.Based on the nativity,who wrote his first play in 1940 'Bariona, ou le fils du tonnerre ',which was written and performed during his time as a prisoner of war in a German stalag?



Jean Paul Sartre


17.The Australian Indian Ocean Territories consist of two island groups.Christmas Island is one,which is the other?



Cocos (Keeling) Islands


18.Cattleya Maxima is also known as Christmas flower.To which species of flower does it belong?



Orchid


19.The Belavezha Accords held in 1991,prompted the resignation of which President on Christmas Day of the same year?



Mikhail Gorbachev


20.Which type of Christmas decoration was founded in Lauscha,Germany in the nineteenth century and became globally popularised, when FW Woolworth began selling them in his shops?



Bauble


21.The son of Pepin the Short,which Holy Roman Emperor was crowned on Christmas Day 800AD.He is also known as Charles I of Germany?



Charlemagne


22.During the Boxing day 2004 tsunami,many Asian countries were hit,but which nation had the largest death toll, of the African nations hit?



Somalia


23.So called,because of their abundance at Christmas time,what type of insect,native to Australia,is from the genus Anoplognathus?



Beetle


24.Which Christmas character has been played on screen by Judy Cornwell in 1985,Elizabeth Mitchell in 2006 and Miranda Richardson in 2007?



Mrs Claus


25..According to tradition,this item was introduced in 1847 by Thomas Smith.Its original name was the 'Cosaque',but over time it gained its onomatopoeic name by which we know today.What Christmas item is this?



(Christmas)Cracker


26.Which explorer discovered Christmas Island in 1777?



Captain James Cook


27.Carlos Andres Perez died on Christmas Day 2010.He served two seperate terms as President and was eventually impeached in 1993.In which South American country did he hold office?



Venezuela


28.Killing an estimated 681 people in 1940,in which English City did the 'Christmas Blitz' occur?



Manchester


29.In which country is the traditional Christmas dessert known as Risalamande,where the finder of the almond in the centre is entitled to an extra present?



Denmark


30.Shunned by The Times,The Guardian and the BBC in many of their guides,what word,according to Millicent Fenwick's 1948 'Vogue Book of Etiquette' should never be used in Christmas greetings cards?



Xmas


31.An American football competition,the final is played between the top two high schools from two regions,Kanto and Kansai.In which country is the annual Christmas Bowl played?



Japan


32.Although he served in Turkey,what nationality was St Nicholas of Myra, from whom Santa Claus is said to have derived?



Greek


33.Haplochromis phytophagus or 'Christmas fulu' is native to Kenya,Uganda and Tanzania.Which type of animal is it?



Fish


34.Written in six parts,the Christmas Oratorio is a 1734 work by which composer who also wrote the Ascension Oratorio and Easter Oratorio, around the same time?



Johann Sebastian Bach


35.In most parts of China, Christmas is not a public holiday, but in which two administrative areas of China is the public holiday observed?



Hong Kong and Macau


36.In the novel 'A Christmas Carol' which character says 'God bless us, every one!' whilst eating Christmas dinner,a line Dickens repeats at the end of the story?



Tiny Tim


37.To the nearest 5 degrees south,what is the latitude of Christmas Island (Australian Territory)?



10 (ten) degrees and 30 minutes South


38.'Julemanden',literally 'The Yule Man ,is the Santa Claus equivalent in which Scandinavian country?



Denmark


39.Well known for his thriller novels,which American author wrote the Time Bestselling, comedy novel 'Skipping Christmas' in 2001,which was the basis of the 2004 film 'Christmas With The Kranks'?



John Grisham


40.Thought by many to be the worst construction of its kind and involving deaths during its testing,the Christmas Bullet,designed by Dr William Christmas, was what mode of transport?



Aircraft (fighter bi-plane)