Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Nativity Story?

A baby born to a virgin--it's one of the most familiar stories in the world. But how well do you really remember the gospels' accounts of Jesus' birth? Take this quiz and find out. (And remember: Not everything we know about Christmas comes from the gospels!)

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Q1. Which archangel announced Jesus' birth to Mary?
1. Michael
2. Gabriel
3. Raphael
4. Uriel
Q2. After Mary became pregnant with Jesus, her first action was to:
1. Explain to her parents what had happened
2. Explain to Joseph what had happened
3. Visit her cousin Elizabeth, who was also pregnant
4. Go into seclusion so as not to be an object of shame
Q3. According to the gospels, where was Jesus born?
1. In Bethlehem
2. In Nazareth
3. In Heaven
4. In Jerusalem
Q4. During the reign of which Roman emperor was Jesus born?
1. Augustus
2. Tiberius
3. Claudius
4. Nero
Q5. Why was Jesus born in a barn?
1. In order to fulfill a prophecy
2. Because Joseph was a rancher
3. Because there was no room in the inn
4. To make clear that his message was for animals as well as humans
Q6. In which two gospels does the Nativity story appear?
1. Matthew and Mark
2. Matthew and Luke
3. Matthew and John
4. Mark and John
Q7. The angel who appeared to the shepherds told them they would recognize Jesus this way:
1. He would be wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger
2. They would see a halo over his head
3. A star would be shining over the stable
4. He would have startling blue eyes
Q8. Which animals does the Bible mention in connection with Jesus' birth?
1. Sheep
2. An ox and an ass
3. Camels
4. All of the above
Q9. According to the gospels, how many wise men were there?
1. 6
2. 3
3. 0
4. Nobody knows
Q10. Which star did the wise men follow to find the baby Jesus?
1. The Star in the East
2. The North Star
3. The Star of David
4. The Dog Star
Q11. What were the gifts that the wise men bought to honor Jesus' birth?
1. Baby clothes
2. A young lamb
3. Diamonds and pearls
4. Frankincense, myrrh, and gold
Q12. When the wise men told Herod they were following a star to a newborn royal child, Herod:
1. Told them they were superstitious old fools
2. Arranged for an expensive present to be sent to the baby
3. Resolved to find out where the baby was so he could kill it
4. Gave instructions that the child was to be raised as his own son
Q13. Where did Joseph, Mary and Jesus flee not long after the visit from the wise men?
1. To Jerusalem
2. To Nazareth
3. To the hills outside Bethlehem
4. To Egypt
Q14. What relation did John the Baptist have with Jesus?
1. Mentor
2. Friend
3. Disciple
4. Cousin


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