St. Valentine’s Day Trivia Quiz
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Saint of all trades
St. Valentine is indeed the patron saint of love, but he has many other duties. He is also the patron saint of:
The British Museum has a letter that is regarded as the oldest valentine in existence — a rather sad one. Who wrote it?
B) A French nobleman captured at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415
C) A Spanish missionary, captured by islanders in 1695
D) An English grenadier captured in Spain in 1803
I gave my love some swsus
If you are in Wales on Valentine’s Day, you might give your sweetheart some swsus, or as we say in English:
Anatomy of love
We associate love with the heart, but in Shakespeare’s time it was not always so. In what other organ did love reside?
It’s the eighteenth century, and your sailor sweetheart has just given you what is called a “busk valentine”. What is it?
B) A piece of decorated whale-bone
C) A song in which the singer vows fidelity
D) A trinket from a far-off place
Cupid in love
The god Cupid wasn’t always depicted as a plump cherub with bow and arrow. In another aspect, he was a lusty youth in love with the beauteous mortal, Psyche. Unfortunately for Psyche…
B) She grew old before they could marry
C) She had to live half the year in the Underworld
D) Venus, Cupid’s mother, hated her
Cranking out valentines
It was the 1850s, and Esther Howland was one of the first to mass produce valentines in the United States. For what quality were her valentines known?
B) Only costing a penny
C) Self-righteous moral tone
D) Using only local materials
In the deep midwinter
Perhaps Chaucer thought English Februaries could use some cheering up. At any rate, he generally gets the credit for being first to link love and romance with St. Valentine’s Day. In which poem did he do this?
B) The Canterbury Tales
C) The Legend of Good Women
D) The Parliament of Fowls
Thanks to the efforts of certain businesses, Valentine’s Day has been popular in Japan since the 1950s. It is now customarily celebrated by:
B) Extravagant meals at special “love diners”
C) Men giving electronic products to women
D) Women giving chocolate to men
In early nineteenth-century Britain, a new type of valentine became trendy. Nicknamed the “vinegar valentine”, it was characterized by a particular type of message. What type?
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