Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Answers to St. Patrick's Day Quiz
1. Patrick is credited with a) Making the shamrock Ireland's national symbol, b) Converting Ireland to Christianity, and c) Driving the snakes out of Ireland. In other words, d) All of the above was the correct answer.
2. The green symbolizes b) Ireland's lush landscape.
3. The first St. Patrick's Day parade in the United States was held in d) Boston in 1737. New York City's first St. Patrick's Day parade was in 1762.
4. A leprechaun's usual job is a b) Shoemaker.
5. Colcannon consists of potatoes and c) Cabbage mashed together with butter.
6. Seamrog translates to b) Little clover.
7. Ceapaire = sandwich, geansai = sweater, and riomhaire = computer, so a classic Irish toast would be b) Slainte!, which is Irish for "Cheers!"
8. In 1962, the tradition of a) Dyeing the Chicago River green for a day began. The green lighting for the Sears (soon to be re-named?) Tower started in 1997.
9. The Boston Red Sox played in green jerseys to mark St. Patrick's Day in d) 2004, which turned out to be quite a successful year for them. They were the first team in major league history to overcome a 3-0 deficit in the American League Championship Series, and then went on to win the World Series.
10. The Caribbean nation where St. Patrick's Day is an official public holiday is c) Montserrat. The other two countries are Ireland, of course, and Canada -- the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador. March 17th also commemorates the martyrdom of those who died in a failed slave uprising in 1768, when African-Montserratian slaves revolted against the island's Irish plantation owners. Montserrat is also known as the "Emerald Isle of the Caribbean".
Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!