Quiz: Winter Solstice

Do you know who's who among the Solstice gods? Your Yule log from your Christmas tree? Test your knowledge of Solstice celebration through the ages.

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  • Q1. All of the following are holidays centering around the winter solstice, except:
    1. Yule (Scandanavian)
    2. Samhain (Celtic)
    3. Gwyl Canol Gaeof (Welsh)
    4. Saturnalia (Roman)
    5. Tongji (Korean)
    Q2. Which of the following was used by the ancient Druids as an aphrodisiac?
    1. Wassail
    2. Apple cider
    3. Fruitcake
    4. Mistletoe
    5. Holly
    Q3. Because of their Pagan roots, all Christmas customs (except for church service) were banned in 1659 in what American city?
    1. New York, New York
    2. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    3. Boston, Massachusetts
    4. Charleston, South Carolina
    Q4. The burning of the Yule log on the eve of Solstice symbolized:
    1. Faith, hope, and divine grace
    2. Good luck, abundance, and protection from harm
    3. Sexuality, passion, and love
    4. All of the above
    5. None of the above
    Q5. Technically, the winter solstice occurs:
    1. When the sun is farthest from the earth
    2. On the shortest night of the year
    3. When the sun reaches the northernmost point in its yearly cycle
    4. All of the above
    5. None of the above
    Q6. All of the following Christmas traditions have pagan roots, except:
    1. Caroling
    2. Decorating trees
    3. Feasting
    4. Christmas cards
    5. Gift-giving
    Q7. A Pagan nativity scene might include:
    1. Mother Donn, Father Math, and Baby Hu
    2. Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and Baby Elf
    3. Jack Frost, Lady Winter, and Baby New Year
    4. All of the above
    5. None of the above
    Q8. Holly, commonly used around the Solstice to decorate doors, windows, and fireplaces:
    1. Was used to ward off evil spirits
    2. Was a symbol of the feminine aspect of the divine
    3. Represented the thorns of Christ's crown
    4. All of the above
    5. None of the above
    Q9. Which one of the following does not celebrate a birthday at the winter solstice?
    1. Ra (Egyptian)
    2. Saturn (Roman)
    3. The Holly King (Anglo-Celtic)
    4. Mithra (Persian)
    Q10. All of the following items have been associated with Solstice celebration, except:
    1. Evergreen trees
    2. Holly
    3. The eight-spoked wheel
    4. The flaming chalice
    5. Wreaths
    Q11. Goddesses (from various cultures) associated with winter solstice include all of the following, except:
    1. Angerona (Roman)
    2. Pandora (Greek)
    3. Yachimato-Hime (Japanese)
    4. Brigid (Celtic)
    5. NuKua (Chinese)
    Q12. Traditionally, Yule taboos include:
    1. Singing
    2. Lighting fires
    3. Traveling
    4. All of the above
    5. None of the above
    Q13. Once lit, the Yule log should burn:
    1. For 12 hours
    2. For 12 days
    3. For three hours
    4. Until it dies out
    Q14. According to various traditions, holiday trees through the ages have been decorated with all of the following, except:
    1. Apples
    2. Gifts
    3. Sacrificed animals
    4. Shoes
    5. Candles
    6. Witch dolls
    Q15. Yuletide incense includes all of the following, except:
    1. Pine
    2. Cedar
    3. Patchouli
    4. Bayberry
    5. Cinnamon
    Q16. Which of the following accompany the Norse God Odin on his Yule-night "Wild Ride"?
    1. Valkyries
    2. Ghostly dogs
    3. An eight-legged horse
    4. Fallen warriors
    5. All of the above


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