Wednesday, 21 December 2011

A Christmas quiz - books, films and music

For your festive fun and entertainment, try my Christmas quiz. Click on the Show/Hide button at the bottom to find the answers. Please comment to tell me how many you scored (but don't check out the comments until you've tried it yourself - there may be spoilers).

Round 1 Books

1. Which much-loved Christmas classic of 1978 is wordless?

2. Who wrote of a child's Christmas in Wales?

3. Which Shakespeare play has the lines: 'At Christmas I no more desire a rose/Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled mirth;/But like of each thing that in season grows.'?

4. A page from which Christmas book?

5. What are the opening five words of Clement Clarke Moore's poem, A Visit from Saint Nicholas?

6. What are the closing five words of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol spoken by Tiny Tim?

7. Apart from A Christmas Carol there are four other works by Dickens generally grouped together as 'the Christmas books'. Can you name one of these?

8. Which Agatha Christie novel has 'Christmas' in its title?

9. Who wrote about 'the journey of the Magi'?

10. In which Victorian classic does Tom Tulliver come home for Christmas?

Round 2 Films

1. Who played Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)?

2.  In which 1994 film does Father Christmas fall to his death from a roof on Christmas Eve?

3. In Love Actually what is the title of the Christmas Number One hit recorded by Billy Mack (Bill Nighy)?

4. In which 1942 film does Bing Crosby sing White Christmas?

5. Name this 2003 film.

6. What name is given to the Pumpkin King in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas?

7. Which 'miracle' was originally seen in 1947 and has since reappeared differently - for example in 1959, 1973 and 1994?

8. What is the first name of the character who was 'home alone' at Christmas in 1990?

9. Name this 1946 Christmas classic.

10. Which 2003 film was publicised with the strap line 'He doesn't care if you're naughty or nice'?

Round 3 Music

1. Who went 'rockin' around the Christmas tree' in 1962?

2. A Facebook campaign helped prevent a fifth consecutive X Factor winner from topping the UK Charts for Christmas 2009 and helped which US performers to Number One instead?

3. In 1973 Elton John invited us to 'hop aboard the turntable' and... what?

4. According to the well-known carol, 'Good King Wenceslas looked out on the Feast of Stephen.' What date is that, in Western tradition?

5. Who featured with the Pogues in the recently re-released Christmas favourite Fairytale of New York?

6. Which song featured in the film version of 'The Snowman'?

7. Which Christmas artefact did Lady Gaga sing about in 2008?

8. The title has been brushed out of this famous Christmas album cover. What is it?

9. In the song Twelve Days of Christmas how many birds are there in total?

10. Which 1980 song became a Christmas favourite even though it has nothing to do with the festive season except for the line 'Wish I was at home for Christmas'?


  1. 1. Edwardian Christmas
    2. Dylan Thomas
    3.Love's Labour Lost
    4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
    5. Twas the night before Christmas
    6. God bless Us every one
    7.Cricket on the Hearth, the Chimes,the haunted man and the ghost's bargain, battle of life
    8. Murder for Christmas
    9. Richard Trexler
    10. ?? Mill on the floss??

    1. Remember Michael Caine's voice but can't remember the character.
    2. The Santa Clause
    3.Christmas is All Around
    4. er um Doh! "White Christmas"
    5. Elf
    7. Miracle on 34th Street
    8. Kevin
    9.It's a Wonderful Life
    10.Bad Santa

    1. Little Miss Brenda Lee
    2. ????
    3.Oh step into Christmas with me.
    4.Dec 27
    6.Walking in the Air
    7.??? A tree? I don't usually listen to her.
    8. a christmas gift four you...a motown hit.
    7 swans a swimming
    6 geese a laying
    4 calling bird
    3 french hens
    2 turtle doves
    and a partridge innnn a pear tree (23 total)
    10. LOL Stop the Calvary- a lot of soldiers in my family.

    Merry Christmas David. This just goes to show how much basically useless knowledge I have running around in my head. LOL

  2. Very impressive, I have to say. I won't say what's right and what's wrong pour les autres but almost spot on.

  3. David, I shan't tell you my score as it's embarrassingly low but would like to wish you and your family a very happy Christmas instead!

  4. Mmm, my family tell me it's pretty hard, but I hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for your good wishes and your Twitter rt. Have a great Christmas yourself and yours.

  5. Good quiz big Dave - only 13 for me i'm afraid but I am only a young'un!

  6. An impressive score in the scheme of things, Jamie. Everybody's struggling a little bit.

  7. Eek! I still haven't had a chance to read through the whole quiz. I'll have to print it out...

  8. I'm impressed with your commitment, Deniz. Don't worry, it will still be here in the archives after it's dropped off the page.

  9. I did it! On paper. Let's see... I got 1, 2, 9 and 10 wrong on the book section, and got most of the film and music questions wrong, sadly enough.
    I've read Dickens' The Chimes! And Agatha Christie's Christmas book, and Dylan Thomas too.
    Off to look at the answers - I can't wait to find out what #1 is!

  10. Well done, Deniz. I love your commitment and your enthusiasm. And you did as well as most people, believe me.

  11. i just got this quiz over, and whats comes out is I am very bad with it. May be I should go back to school :(

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    1. Well, you know what they say, Logan. It's not the winning, it's the taking part. Thanks for doing so.