How Well Do You Know the Christmas Story?

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Test your Christmas IQ with this fun and thought-provoking quiz! Answers will be published tomorrow, December 23rd.

  1. According to the Bible, which animals were present at the birth of Jesus?
    • a. Cows, sheep, goats
    • b. Cows, donkeys, goats
    • c. Sheep and goats
    • d. All types of barnyard animals
    • e. None of the above
  2. Who made the requirement that Mary and Joseph go to Bethlehem (Luke 2:1-5)?
    • a. The chorus of angels
    • b. Mary’s mom
    • c. Herod
    • d. The shepherds
    • e. Caesar Augustus
  3. How many wise men came to see Jesus?
    • a. Three
    • b. Six
    • c. Nine
    • d. Twelve
    • e. We do not know.
  4. How many angels spoke to the shepherds (Luke 2:10)?
    • a. One
    • b. Three
    • c. Many
    • d. Twelve
    • e. None of the above
  5. Who saw the star in the East?
    • a. Shepherds
    • b. Mary and Joseph
    • c. Three Kings
    • d. Both A and C
    • e. None of the above
  6. What does the Bible say that the innkeeper said to Mary and Joseph?
    • a. “There is no room in the inn.”
    • b. “I have a stable you can use.”
    • c. “Come back later and I may have some vacancies.”
    • d. Both A and B.
    • e. None of the above.
  7. The term heavenly host refers to the following:
    • a. The angel at the gate of heaven
    • b. The angel who serves foods and beverages
    • c. An angel choir
    • d. An angel army
    • e. None of the above
  8. The first chapter of Matthew lists the following women in the genealogy of Jesus:
    • a. A widow who disguised herself as a prostitute before seducing her father-in-law
    • b. An adulteress
    • c. A prostitute who sheltered spies
    • d. None of the above
    • e. All of the above
  9. When Joseph found out Mary was expecting a baby, what happened?
    • a. They got married.
    • b. Joseph wanted to break the engagement.
    • c. Mary left town for 3 months.
    • d. A and B.
    • e. B and C.
  10. The wise men stopped in Jerusalem for what purpose (Matthew 2:2)?
    • a. To inform Herod of Jesus
    • b. To find out where Jesus was
    • c. To ask about the star
    • d. To go shopping
    • e. None of the above
  11. What did the angels say/sing (Luke 2:14)?
    • a. “Glory to God in the highest”
    • b. “Alleluia”
    • c. “Unto us a child is born; unto us a Son is given”
    • d. “Joy to the world, the Lord is come”
    • e. “Glory to the newborn King”
  12. How did Mary and Joseph get to Bethlehem?
    • a. Camel
    • b. Donkey
    • c. Walked
    • d. Joseph walked and Mary rode a donkey.
    • e. Who knows?
  13. The following statement(s) regarding the “star in the East are true:
    • a. Stayed in the same place for their entire journey.
    • b. Disappeared and reappeared.
    • c. Moved ahead of them and stopped over the place where Jesus was.
    • d. Was just a mirage.
    • e. None of the above
  14. What approximate age was Jesus when He met the wise men (Matthew 2:11)?
    • a. A babe wrapped in swaddling clothes.
    • b. A young child
    • c. A boy in the temple
    • d. A grown man
    • e. None of the above
  15. Originally, Joseph was from the following (Luke 2:3):
    • a. Bethlehem
    • b. Nazareth
    • c. Hebron
    • d. Jerusalem
    • e. None of the above
  16. On the very first Christmas, there was snow:
    • a. All over Israel
    • b. Nowhere in Israel
    • c. Somewhere in Israel
    • d. Only in Bethlehem
    • e. Who knows?
  17. Where did the wise men find Jesus (Matthew 2:11)?
    • a. In a manger or a stable
    • b. In Saudi Arabia somewhere
    • c. In Nazareth
    • d. In a house
    • e. None of the above
  18. A manger is best described as:
    • a. Stable for domestic animals
    • b. Wooden hay storage bin
    • c. A feeding trough
    • d. A Barn
    • e. None of the above
  19. In the gospel according to Matthew, the term ‘magi’ or ‘wise men’ refer to whom?
    • a. Men of the educated class
    • b. Eastern kings
    • c. Men who studied the stars
    • d. Sages
    • e. None of the above
  20. At the time of Jesus’ birth, myrrh was primarily used as this:
    • a. Middle Eastern money
    • b. A drink
    • c. A malleable metal
    • d. A spice used for burying the deceased.
    • e. None of the above

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