Marjorie JamesSt. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and we all somehow become a bit Irish. Those of us who can legitimately claim Irish roots eagerly envelope all of the rest of you in the fun and frivolity. At the December holidays, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, I did some “quizzing”, so I decided to do that again for St. Patrick’s Day. Hopefully you will be more knowledgeable when this is over.

This is a “mixed mode” quiz, with different types of questions to answer. When we teachers are writing tests, we try to use different types of questions, if possible, to reach all learning styles. Let’s see how you do! (The answers are after the quiz.)

True or False: St. Patrick was Irish.

Multiple Choice: St. Patrick was born in one of these eras – the Third or Fourth Centuries, the Fifth or Sixth Centuries, the Seventh or Eighth Centuries, the Ninth or Tenth Centuries.

As a Christian missionary in Ireland, St. Patrick used a shamrock to illustrate what?

Ireland has no snakes on its land. What does this have to do with St. Patrick?

We celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 7 because _______________________.


False. St. Patrick was born in Britain, but Irish pirates captured him when he was 16 and took him to Ireland. He was enslaved for six years, during which time he converted to Christianity. He escaped after six years and went back to Britain. When he was in his thirties, he returned to Ireland as a missionary.

St. Patrick’s birthdate is unknown, but it was sometime in the Fifth or Sixth Centuries.

St. Patrick used a shamrock to illustrate the Trinity: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Legend says that the absence of snakes in Ireland is because St. Patrick chased them into the sea after they attacked him while he was fasting for 40 days. However, all evidence suggests that Ireland never has had any snakes.

It is believed that St. Patrick died on March 17.

I hope you enjoyed this quiz. Have fun on St. Patrick’s Day, even if all it involves is wearing a green shamrock pin. Green beer is optional!

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