Originally created 12/23/99

Quiz answers



THE ANSWERS

1. No closer than second cousin. Luke tells us John's mother Elizabeth was Mary's cousin.

2. Caesar Augustus.

3. Constantine in 325 A.D.

4. They journeyed 92.5 miles.

5. The German astronomer Johannes Kepler supposed it was a conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Saturn. Modern authorities, like Arthur C. Clarke, conjecture it could have been a comet or a supernova, an exploding new star.

6. In Whoville.

7. They made off with Gabriel Grub, the grouchy grave digger.

8. Because their father, an ardent conservationist, feared a tree in the White House would encourage ravaging the forests for young pines and spruces.

9. Sitting beside the fire, he read aloud the Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol," exuberantly acting out all the parts.

10. A Christmas fruit cake.

11. "Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree."

12. An "invisibility cloak."

13. A lump of coal.

14. "Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer! and Vixen! On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder! and Blitzen!"

15. "Please to put a penny in the old man's hat. If you haven't got a penny, a halfpenny will do. If you haven't got a halfpenny, God bless you."

16. Yes. He depicted Grandma Moses among the friends and family greeting a boy returning from college in "Christmas Homecoming," a 1948 Saturday Evening Post cover.

17. On Dec. 26, the feast of St. Stephen.

18. The U.S. Post Office put in evidence sacks of mail addressed to Santa.

19. The fall of the wall.

20. The New York Sun. A famous editorial on Sept. 21, 1897, by Francis P. Church answered a letter by 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon. The paper ceased publication in 1950.

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SCORING

Score one point for each correct answer.

A perfect score of 20 lifts you or your team to the top of the Christmas tree, right up there with the twinkling star.

Scores of 15 and above designate you as master toy makers in Santa's workshop at the top of the world.

Marks of 10 through 14 rank you in the top half of the class in our Christmas SATs -- Santa's Annual Testing.

Five to nine correct answers could indicate an early wavering of the holiday spirit or perhaps overindulgence in the same.

From four to zero puts you deep in the bargain basement, but be of good cheer. That's where most department stores have their post-Christmas sales, so you may come up a winner yet.