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Take the quiz.
In the U.S., there are two major events in March: St. Patrick’s Day and part of the Easter season known as Lent. See how much you know about these traditions.

St. Patrick’s Day

1. Today, St. Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday in _______.
a. England
b. Scotland
c. Wales
d. Ireland

2. Around 405 AD, Patrick was captured in England by Irish ___________ and taken to Ireland where he learned the Irish way of life.
a. pirates
b. missionaries
c. pilgrims
d. farmers

3. Patrick later escaped to France and became a _________.
a. teacher
b. priest
c. saint
d. shamrock salesman

4. Years later, Patrick was sent by __________ back to Ireland to establish churches and schools.
a. the King of France
b. pirates
c. the Pope
d. Irish refugees

5. Patrick was loved by the Irish people and is said to have performed many miracles. One story says he drove all the ____________ out of Ireland.
a. pirates
b. snakes
c. French
d. Protestants

6. What do these names have in common: O’Toole, O’Reilly, McDonald, McMann, Kennedy, and Reagan?
a. They are all past American Presidents.
b. They are all Irish.
c. They are all pirates.
d. They all immigrated from France.

7. ____________ is the color which represents St. Patrick and the country of Ireland.
a. Red
b. Orange
c. Green
d. Purple

8. Which is not a St. Patrick’s Day tradition in the U.S.?
a. Decorating homes with shamrock plants
b. Having green beer & green food, wearing green clothing
c. Coloring the Chicago River with green dye
d. Killing snakes

9. Which statement is true about St. Patrick’s Day in the U.S.?
a. The banks are closed.
b. Schools are closed.
c. Post offices and other government buildings are closed.
d. Cities with big Irish populations have parades and parties.

10. The predominant religion among Irish Americans is ____.
a. Catholic
b. Protestant
c. Pagan
d. Guinness

Mardi Gras/Lent

1. Easter Sunday occurs _________ every year.
a. in the month of February
b. in the month of March
c. in the month of April
d. on different dates, which vary

2. Easter Sunday occurs ________ days after Lent begins.
a. 21
b. 28
c. 40
d. 49

3. Lent is a season which may include __________.
a. prayer and meditation
b. fasting
c. giving up a favorite food or activity
d. all of the above

4. The period called Mardi Gras (in French) or Fasching (in German) or Carnaval (in Portuguese) is a time for __________ before the seriousness of Lent.
a. decorating
b. cooking and cleaning
c. celebrating
d. apologizing to people we have hurt

5. The last day of Mardi Gras is called __________ because it is the last time to eat or do whatever you want.
a. Fat Tuesday
b. Lenten Evening
c. Mardi Gras Finale
d. Holy Day

6. On Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, many people attend church services, where the shape of a ____________ is drawn on the forehead of the worshippers.
a. star
b. cross
c. crown
d. donkey


St. Patrick’s Day
1. d. Ireland
2. a. pirates
3. b. priest
4. c. the Pope
5. b. snakes
6. b. They are all Irish.
7. c. Green
8. d. Killing snakes
9. d. Cities with big Irish populations have parades and parties.
10. a. Catholic

Mardi Gras/Lent
1. d. on different days, which vary
2. c. 40
3. d. all of the above
4. c. celebrating
5. a. Fat Tuesday
6. b. cross

Alan Headbloom