An Ireland Facts & Fancy Trivia Quiz
With St. Patrick's Day coming this weekend I thought this would be the perfect time for a trivia quiz about Ireland. To participate just get out paper and pen or pencil. Next, number the paper from 1.-21. Then scroll down this Hub page until you reach the Questions area. Read the first question, make your answer from among the four possibilities provided and mark this number on your paper. Proceed in this way through all the questions and then you will come to the Answers section. Here you can check your answers and tally up your score.
Good luck and have fun :)
1. The ancient Romans called Ireland by what Latin name?
d. Muchimo Pubdrinkus
2.. Saint Patrick is the Christian patron saint of Ireland. Where was Patrick born?
3. According to legend Saint Patrick drove what creatures out of Ireland?
d. skinny French runway models
4. Saint Patrick is known for writing what manuscript?
a. Confession, a biography of his life and spirituality
b. Humility, an allegory about redemption
c. The Shepard, a parable about faith
d. Frustration, a tale about overly tight stockings
5. The shamrock has been used over the centuries as a specific remedy for what?
b. snake bites and scorpion stings
c. urinary and kidney stones
d. girl cooties
6. According to Irish Christians the shamrock represents what?
a. the holy trinity
b. the three magi
c. the three sisters of Christ
d. the three coins it takes to bribe a bar keep not to tell your wife
7. Ireland’s King Brian Boru is remembered best for what deed?
a. Repelling the English
b. Repelling the Danes
c. Repelling the Moors
d. Losing his kilt while repelling off his castle wall
8. According to legend, leprechauns all engage in what trade?
b. shoe maker
d. mattress tester
9. The famous Irish seer, Saint Malachy, who was born in 1094, is known for his prophecies concerning what?
a. The last ten popes of the Catholic Church
b. Henry VIII’s break with the Catholic Church
c. The assassination of John F. Kennedy
d. Al Gore’s appearance on My Strange Addiction
10. To kiss the legendary –and very real- Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle near Cork, Ireland, is reputed to bestow the kisser what?
c. Eloquent speech
d. A trip back to Kansas
11. When an Irishman toasts you by saying, “Slainté!” –pronounced “Slaw in tche”- what is he wishing you?
c. good fortune
d. that your wife leaves you
12. In the U.S. it is customary to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day. By school days tradition, what are you supposed to do to a person you find not wearing green on the holiday?
a. pinch them
b. kiss them
c. kick them
d. paint a huge shamrock on their front door and pray for locusts to descend on their property
13. Some traditional Irish St. Patrick’s Day foods include what?
a. corned beef and cabbage, soda bread and Guinness
b. sweet potato bread, soup and dandelion wine
c. mashed potatoes, carrots, rye bread and brandy
d. Mint pie, pretzels, curly fries and a large beer milk shake
14. The official emblem of Ireland is what?
a. The shamrock
b. The Blarney Stone
c. The harp
d. A pint of stout
15. The Book of Kells, which presently resides in Trinity College, Dublin is what?
a. an illustrated compilation of the four new testaments
b. a compilation of illustrations of the original gods of Ireland
c. an illustrated history of ancient Irish battles
d. a druid cook book
16. The potato, which became a staple of the Irish diet, originated where?
a. The high plateaus of the AndeanMountains in South America
b. The Navajo Valley region of the Colorado Plateau
c. The plains valley land of Kentucky
17. What Native American tribe made an unexpected and generous donation of money to the Irish during the Great Potato Famine?
a. The Cherokee
b. The Chippewa
c. The Choctaw
d. The Chippendales
18. The first official St. Patrick’s Day parade happened where and when?
a. London in 1899
b. New York City in 1766
c. New Orleans in 1843
d. Dublin in 1900
19. Typical Irish coffee consists of coffee, brown sugar, cream and what other ingredient?
a. Irish whiskey
b. mint extract
c. apple juice
d. Leprechaun blood
20. In Gaelic, if someone calls a young woman a cailin rua, they are saying what about her?
a. She has freckles
b. She is ill-tempered
c. She’s a red-haired girl
d. She’s a party girl
21. Which of the following U.S. Presidents claim Irish ancestry?
a. Theodore Roosevelt and Bill Clinton
b. Andrew Jackson and Barack Obama
c. James Polk, Richard Nixon, George Bush I and II
d. all of the above
Find the Answers below the shamrock
1. a. Hibernia
2. b. Britain
3. a. snakes
4. a. Confession, a biography of his life and spirituality
5. b. snake bites and scorpion stings
6. a. the holy Trinity
7. b. Repelling the Danes
8. b. shoe maker
9. a. The last ten popes of the Catholic Church
10. c. eloquent speech
11. a. health
12. a. pinch them
13. a. corned beef and cabbage, soda bread and Guinness
14. c. the harp
15. a. an illustrated compilation of the four new testaments
16. a. The high plateaus of the AndeanMountains in South America
17. c. The Choctaw
18. b. New York City in 1766
19. a. Irish whiskey
20. c. She’s a red-haired girl
21. d. all of the above
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