Quiz created: 1999/12/5

Christmas Pop-Culture Trivia Quiz (3)

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1. In Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge watches his former employer hosting a Chritmas party during a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past. Who was the jolly employer?
2. What spiritual, dating from the 1800s, has become a general American Christmas favorite?
Little Drummer Boy 
Go Tell It on the Mountain 
Oh Come All Ye Faithful 
The Messiah 
Babes in Toyland 
No Answer
3. What gift does Ralphie yearn for in the 1983 movie "A Christmas Story"?
4. What gift does Der Bingle receive under the Christmas tree from Rosmary Clooney at the end of the picture "White Christmas"?
5. Which gift did the kings bring to the manger?
silver 
incense 
a frisbee 
two turtle doves 
a magic ocarina 
No Answer
6. What were the names of the gift-toting kings?
Balthazar 
Ebenezer 
Henry IV 
Weiselfish 
Gaspar 
Melchior 
Wenceslas 
Ralphie 
7. The origin of the Christmas tree is usually credited to what famous German-speaking Protestant, apparently inspired by the sight of a star-lit evergreen on Christmas Eve?
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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.

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