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St Patrick's Day Quiz
by On March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  It’s the one day of the year when everyone has a wee bit ‘o the Green.  

We thought we’d test your knowledge of all things Irish with our St. Patty’s Day Quiz.  Answers are below.

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1.  St. Patrick was born in which country?

a)  Ireland
b)  England
c)  France
d)  Norway

2.  How many leaves does a shamrock have?

a)  2
b)  3
c)  4
d)  6

3.  The phrase, “Erin Go Bragh,” often said on St. Patrick’s Day, means:

a)  I Love Ireland
b)  Ireland Forever
c)  Brave and Free
d)  Ireland, My Home

4.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, how many U.S. residents who claim Irish ancestry?

a)  17.7 million
b)  26.8 million 
c)  34.7 million
d)  42.2 million

5. On March 17, we remember St. Patrick’s:

a)  Birth
b)  Death
c)  The day St. Patrick was named a Saint
d)  The day St. Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland

6.  According to legend, kissing the Blarney Stone endows the kisser with what gift?

a)  Gab
b)  Dance
c)  Red hair
d)  A pot of gold

7.  How many colors make up a rainbow?

a)   5
b)  6
c)  7
d)  8

8.  According to Irish legend, what do you find at the end of a rainbow?

a)  Lucky Charms Cereal
b)  Four Leaf Clover
c)  Crystal Statue
d)  Pot of Gold 

9.  Two hands clasping a heart is the traditional design of an Irish…

a)  Ring
b)  Bracelet
c)  Necklace
d)  Earring

10.  What is the currency of Ireland?

a)  The Pound
b)  The Euro
c)  The Dollar
d)  Tanáiste

Answers:

1.  B – St. Patrick was born in Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century. At the age of sixteen, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family’s estate. They transported him to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity.

2.  B – Shamrocks have 3 leaves.  The world record for the most leaves on a clover stem is 18 and was discovered by Shigeo Obara of Hanamaki City, Iwate, Japan on May 25, 2002.

3.  D – Ireland, My Home

4.  C – There are 34.7 million U.S. residents who claim Irish ancestry. This number is almost nine times the population of Ireland itself (4.2 million). Irish is the US’s second most frequently reported ancestry, trailing only those of German ancestry.

5.  B – The date is when St. Patrick died. St. Patrick died on 17 March 461 AD. and has been celebrated ever since.

6.  A – According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery). The word blarney has come to mean clever, flattering, or coaxing talk.

7.  C – There are 7 colors in a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. “Roy G. Biv” and “Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain” are popular mnemonics.

8.  D – Pot of Gold – Leprechauns are fabled to be keepers of the mythical pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  If you capture a leprechaun, it is said he has to give you his gold.

9.  A – Two hands clasping a heart is the traditional design of the Claddagh, a ring given in friendship or as a wedding ring.

10.  B – The Euro

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