St. Patrick’s Day Trivia Quiz
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St. Patrick’s day off
St. Patrick’s Day is an official public holiday in just three places: Ireland, Northern Ireland and where else?
St. Patrick on the move
According to St. Patrick’s own writings, he first went to Ireland as a teenage boy. How did he get there?
B) As the captive of slave traders
C) In a home-made leather-skinned boat
D) With his father, who had been appointed sheriff
By the same author
Apart from his Confessio, only one other surviving literary work can be attributed with reasonable confidence to St. Patrick. What is it?
B) A history of pre-Christian Ireland
C) A treatise on reptiles
D) An invitation to tribal people to undergo baptism
St. Patrick, USA
Which American city held the first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States?
Drowning the shamrock
In Ireland, the shamrock is often worn on St. Patrick’s Day. Some wearers also follow an old custom called “drowning the shamrock”. How is this done?
B) By pouring whiskey over it before drinking
C) By sprinkling it with water before wearing it
D) By symbolically “baptizing” it in a wooden bowl
The “shamrock” plant you buy for St. Patrick’s Day at your local nursery or grocery store is usually a wood sorrel (also called “oxalis”). It is sold as a shamrock because:
B) The sale of shamrocks is illegal
C) The true shamrock is too hard to grow
D) They are one and the same thing
At an old-fashioned St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Ireland, which of these would you not see?
B) Men and women dancing together
C) Musicians playing the bagpipes
D) The wearing of the shamrock
March 17 is the feast of St. Patrick, who is said to have driven the snakes out of Ireland. On March 16, some people celebrate St. Urho, who is said to have helped Finland in a similar way by driving out:
B) Grasshoppers, which threatened to ruin the grape crop
C) Invading Norwegians, whose army was poised for victory
D) Snakes, just like St. Patrick
St. Patrick’s menu
In North America, a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner includes corned beef, cabbage, soda bread and boiled potatoes. Which part of this meal would not have been traditionally served in Ireland?
The little people
Although they have no association with St. Patrick himself, the mischievous fairy folk called leprechauns are a well-known symbol of Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day. What is the leprechauns’ traditional occupation?
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