QUESTIONS for a CHRISTMAS QUIZ

from Neil MacQueen, www.sundaysoftware.com

These Christmas story questions can be used "as is" or put into the Fall of Jericho Question Editor and turned into a Jericho quiz game for up to four teams.  Add humor, and only use 3* answers for younger children --who will need the questions and answers read to them but will enjoy the race!

This quiz focuses on the Bible story of Jesus’ birth and the difference between what it says and what people think it says. Discussing the correct (and incorrect) answers allows a teacher to teach. It took about 15 minutes for groups of 4 elementary age students to complete the quiz, and about another 15-20 to go over the quiz and discuss a few points.

Questions start out very easy and then get hard. *Place an asterisk in place of an answer if you want to reduce the number of possible answers in the Fall of Jericho game. 

1. The name of the mother of Jesus was:

Martha
Mary
Eve
Deborah

2. Jesus was born in what town?

Jerusalem
Nazareth
Bethlehem
New York

3. Joseph was a:

Carpenter
Doctor
Engineer
Fisherman

4. Why didn’t Joseph and Mary stay at the inn?

It was too expensive
There was no inn
There was no room
None of the above

5. How did Joseph and Mary get to Bethlehem?

Colt
Mary rode a donkey and Joseph walked
wagon
Who knows?

6. After being born, Jesus was placed in a:

Basket
Manger
Pile of hay
On the back of a donkey

7. A manger is a:

stable
feeding trough
wooden table
barn

8. Which animals does the Bible say were housed in the stable?

cows, donkeys, sheep
lions, tigers and bears
goats, sheep and cows
The Bible doesn’t say.

9. From what region were the wisemen from?

the west
the east
the orient
none of the above

10. What sign were the shepherds told to look for by the angel?

a lion and a sheep together in peace
a tree with a star on top
a star over Bethlehem
none of the above

11. With what words did the heavenly host of angels praise God?

"Joy to the World, the Lord is Come"
"Glory, Glory, Hallelujah”
“King of Kings and Lord of Lords”
"Glory to God in the highest,"

12. What is frankincense?

a form of gold
an incense from a tree
a jewel
none of the above.

13. What is myrrh?

a musical instrument
a spice used for burial
a valuable wine
none of the above

14. How many wise men came to see Jesus?

One
Two
Three
The Bible doesn’t say

15. What does "wise men" most likely refer to?

lawyers
star gazers.
priests
doctors

16. The wise men met Jesus in a:

manger.
castle.
stable.
house.

17. Who told Joseph and Mary to go to Bethlehem?

an angel
Caesar Augustus.
Herod
No one told them to go.

18. The child Jesus went to Egypt:

to meet pharaoh
because Joseph was told in a dream to take him
Joseph did not take Jesus to Egypt
none of the above

19. According to the Bible, the little drummer boy met Jesus:

when Jesus was in the manger
at a house
When Jesus was about two years old
none of the above

20. In which books do we find the story of Jesus’ birth

Matthew
Mark
Luke
John

21. December 25th has been celebrated as Christmas since the Bible was written.

True
False

22. In which Gospel does the Angel appear to Joseph to announce the coming birth of Jesus?

Matthew
Mark
Luke
John


23. In which Gospel does the Angel appear to Mary to announce the coming birth of Jesus?

Matthew
Mark
Luke
John

24. In which Gospel do the angels appear to the Shepherds?

Matthew
Mark
Luke
John


25. In which Gospel do the wisemen visit Herod and Jesus?

Matthew
Mark
Luke
John

We answered ____ correct out of 25 possible.

Christmas Superstar: 24 or 25 correct
Christmas Angel: 21 or 23 correct
Christmas Magi: 19 or 21 correct
Christmas Shepherd: 16 -18 correct
Christmas Babe: 11-15 correct
Christmas Donkey only 1-10 correct


 



ANSWER KEY


1. The name of the mother of Jesus was:
Martha
Mary*
Eve
Deborah

2. Jesus was born in what town?
Bethlehem Matthew 2:1 “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, . . .”

3. Joseph was a:
Carpenter Matthew 13:55 “Isn't this the carpenter's son? Isn't his mother's name Mary, . . .”

4. Why didn’t Joseph and Mary stay at the inn?
There was no room. Luke 2:7 " . . . because there was no room for them in the inn."

5. How did Joseph and Mary get to Bethlehem?
5. We don’t know. The Bible doesn't say. Some suppose that she rode something since she was so far along in her pregnancy.

6. After being born, Jesus was placed in a:
6. Manger. Luke 2:7 "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn."

7. A manger is a:
7. Feeding Trough. It comes from a Greek word that means "to eat".

8. Which animals does the Bible say were housed in the stable?
8. The Bible doesn't say.

9. From what area were the wisemen from?
9. The East
Matthew 2:1 “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,”

10. What sign were the shepherds told to look for by the angel?
10. None of the Above Luke 2:12 "And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."

11. With what words did the heavenly host of angels praise God?
11. Glory to God... Luke 2:14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Most of these other songs were written long after Christ died.

12. What is frankincense?
12. A valuable incense made from the sap of a tree

13. What is myrrh?
13. A valuable spice sometimes used in burials. John 19:39-40 "And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight 40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury"

14. How many wise men came to see Jesus?
14. No one knows, but more than one. Some SUPPOSE that there were three since there were three gifts, but that is just a guess. Matthew 2:1 "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,"

15. What does "wise men" most likely refer to?
15. Star Gazers. See most any commentary. Star gazers could often navigate, predict the times for best planting, knew math, astronomy and calendar systems. They were very important in agricultural societies.

16. The wise men met Jesus in a:
16. House. Matthew 2:11 "And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."

17. Who told Joseph and Mary to go to Bethlehem?
17. Caesar Augustus. Luke 2:1, 4 "And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David"

18. The child Jesus went to Egypt:
18. Joseph was told in a dream to do it. Matthew 2:13 "And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him."

19. According to the Bible, the little drummer boy met Jesus:
19. None of the above. The story of a drummer boy meeting Jesus is not in the Bible.

20. In which books do we find the story of Jesus’ birth:
20. Matthew and Luke only. Mark and John to not talk about the birth of Jesus.

21. December 25th has been celebrated as Christmas since the Bible was written.
21. False. Although the Bible talks about the birth of Jesus, it never uses the word “Christmas”. As best as we know, the earliest Christians didn't even celebrate Christmas. Later, several different dates were observed by Christians but it wasn’t until about the 4th century that December 25th became the common day of celebration. The fact is that no one really knows when Jesus was born.

22. In which Gospel does the Angel appear to Joseph to announce the coming birth of Jesus?
Matthew

23. In which Gospel does the Angel appear to Mary to announce the coming birth of Jesus?
Luke

24. In which Gospel do the angels appear to the Shepherds?
Luke

25. In which Gospel do the wisemen visit Herod and Jesus?
Matthew
 

These questions are courtesy of Neil MacQueen, www.sundaysoftware.com and may be used for non-commercial purposes.