Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Kwanzaa?


What is the Kwanzaa candleholder called? Was the word "Kwanzaa" originally spelled with two "a's"? Test your knowledge here.

Need help? Visit this Kwanzaa primer for clues and Kwanzaa basics.

Plus: Learn about Kwanzaa history and rituals with Beliefnet's complete Kwanzaa features.

Q1. What is the term for the seven principles of Kwanzaa?
1. Nagazo Suba
2. Nguzo Saba
3. Kwanzaa Saba
Q2. The candleholder that is used during the Kwanzaa celebration is called...
1. An African candelabra
2. A kinara
3. A black menorah
Q3. In creating the holiday, Maulana Karenga added a second "a" to the original Swahili word "Kwanza." Why?
1. So that observers would pronounce the word correctly.
2. A child in the first celebration wanted a cardboard letter to hold during the ceremony.
3. The letter stands for "all," because all African-Americans should unite when celebrating.
Q4. From which other celebration does Kwanzaa adopt much of its structure?
1. Hanukkah in Israel
2. Umkhosi in Zululand
3. Bembe Elegba in Cuba
Q5. What do the ears of corn, called "muhindi," in a Kwanzaa display represent?
1. Feeding one's soul
2. The nourishment that African heritage can give
3. Each child in a family
Q6. Which Kwanzaa principle would be most closely associated with making a purchase at an African-American-owned shop?
1. Kuumba
2. Umoja
3. Ujamaa
Q7. Which is the Swahili word recited at every Kwanzaa celebration that means, "Let's pull together"?
1. "Jambo!"
2. "Harambee!"
3. "Karamu!"
Q8. The colors of the Black National Flag, or "bendera," are red, black, and green. What does each color symbolize?
1. Red: the blood of the people; Black: those who have died; Green: the land of Africa
2. Red: the struggle of the people; Black: for black people; Green: the hope of the future
3. Red: the passion of the people; Black: dark days of the race; Green: the hope of the future
Q9. Fill in the blank: The pouring of libations is usually performed in honor of our ancestors by ________.
1. a male child
2. a clergy member
3. an elder
Q10. The Karamu is the major Kwanzaa feast held on December 31. What 1980s song features lyrics about this feast?
1. "Happy Birthday" by Stevie Wonder
2. "All Night Long" by Lionel Richie
3. "How Long" by Ladysmith Black Mambazo


 

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