The History of Easter Quiz
by Staff
Celebrate the festive spring holiday Easter by taking this quiz, which will set you straight on when it is observed, why it exists and — most importantly — which flavor jelly bean everyone is going to try to steal from your Easter basket.

Let's start off with a basic question. What does Easter celebrate?

  • Jesus' resurrection
  • Jesus' death
  • Jesus' birthday

What holy period ends with Easter?

  • the Revelations
  • Lent
  • Advent

What is Lent?

  • 40 days when Catholics can't drink alcohol
  • 40 days of religious observance
  • 40 days where Christians can't eat meat

What is a Paschal greeting?

  • the first words at an Easter Mass
  • the exclamation "hallelujah!"
  • a customary Easter greeting in some Christian cultures

How is the date of Easter determined?

  • It's the first Sunday in April.
  • It's based on the lunisolar calendar.
  • It's the Sunday before equinox.

The lunisolar calculations are based on what calendar?

  • Julian
  • Gregorian
  • both

The Wednesday before Easter is sometimes called …

  • Super Wednesday
  • Spy Wednesday
  • Special Wednesday

Maundy Thursday takes place when?

  • the Thursday before Easter
  • the Thursday after Easter
  • neither

What does "Maundy" refer to?

  • being sad
  • Monday
  • Jesus washing his disciples' feet

Easter is also called Pasch, which shares a common root with what other religious holiday?

  • Ramadan
  • Pentecost
  • Passover

Why do Passover and Easter have the same name in lots of languages?

  • Early Christians centered the holiday around the Hebrew calendar.
  • It's just way easier to have the same name.
  • Passover and Easter both mean "holiday" in Latin.

Some people interpret what event as a Passover celebration?

  • eating chocolate rabbits
  • searching for Easter eggs
  • the Last Supper

An English tradition around Easter is "clipping the church." What does it entail?

  • tidying gravestones
  • the congregation gathering around the church in a circle holding hands
  • washing the church's windows

Why is the Friday before Easter called "Good Friday"?

  • "Good" used to mean "bad."
  • because it's good Lent is almost over
  • probably because "good" meant "holy" at one point

Don't try to buy booze on Good Friday in what booze-loving country?

  • Ireland
  • Australia
  • United Kingdom

What baked good is traditionally eaten on Easter?

  • cinnamon rolls
  • hot cross buns
  • carrot cake

What book in the Bible refers to the Easter bunny?

  • Matthew
  • John
  • nice try

Who is Eostre?

  • the goddess Easter was probably named for
  • the goddess whose pagan festival eventually became Easter
  • the (not entirely factual) goddess that the Internet claims was the basis for Easter

Where did rabbits first become associated with Easter?

  • Protestant parts of Europe
  • South America
  • the United States

What creature brings Easter eggs in Switzerland?

  • the reindeer
  • the cuckoo
  • the dodo

Why did decorating eggs become an Easter tradition?

  • It supposedly warded off salmonella in raw eggs.
  • to show joy at new beginnings
  • to designate eggs laid during Holy Week

What president hosted the first Egg Roll on the White House lawn?

  • President Rutherford B. Hayes
  • President Andrew Jackson
  • President James Madison

Where were eggs supposedly rolled before the White House opened its gates to the practice?

  • the National Mall
  • Capitol Hill
  • the Smithsonian Institution

Why is lamb a traditional Easter dinner?

  • Jesus' role as the "lamb of God"
  • the "sacrificial lamb" of Scripture
  • both

What is a name for the Tuesday before Lent begins?

  • Mardi Gras
  • Shrove Tuesday
  • both

When were the earliest chocolate eggs made?

  • the early 19th century
  • fifth century
  • 1915

When did the first Cadbury Creme Eggs appear on the scene?

  • 1960s
  • 1940s
  • 1970s

In a move that outraged the British, Cadbury Creme Eggs went through what change in 2015?

  • A different chocolate is used.
  • The "yolk" color changed from orange to yellow.
  • The size was reduced.

Who manufactures Cadbury Creme Eggs in the US?

  • Cadbury
  • Nestle
  • Hershey

What is the most popular jelly bean flavor?

  • cherry
  • buttered popcorn
  • strawberry