Christmas IQ Test…with answers highlighted

December 10, 2009 — 8 Comments

**Please note, this morning (12/11/09) I made some corrections to this quiz.  I have three Christmas quizes of this nature in my files and have found that some are more correct than others.  This one has a few wrong answers that I’ve now corrected (#3, #7–Bible doesn’t say, #8–he was placed in a manger, but we don’t know where he was delivered).  This is but another reminder that we must all be careful to back up everything we teach with Scripture and that I’m not as smart as I think I am.  🙂  Thanks to my readers who pointed out some of the errors to me.  I will always correct any untruths on this blog.

If you find any other errors, please let me know.

A Christmas Quiz:

1. As long as Christmas has been celebrated, it has been on December 25th. (True or False)

2. Joseph was from:

A. Bethlehem

B. Jerusalem

C. Nazareth

D. Egypt

E. Minnesota

F. None of the above.

3. How did Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem?

A. Camel

B. Donkey

C. Walked

D. Volkswagen

E. Joseph walked, Mary rode a donkey

F. Who knows?

4. Mary and Joseph were married when Mary become pregnant. (True or False)

5. Mary and Joseph were married when Jesus was born. (True or False)

6. Mary was a virgin when she delivered Jesus. (True or False)

7. What did the innkeeper tell Mary and Joseph?

A. “There is no room in the inn”

B. “I have a stable you can use.”

C. “Come back after the Christmas rush and I should have some vacancies.”

D. Both A and B

E. None of the above

8. Jesus was delivered in a:

A. Stable;

B. A manger

C. Cave

D. Barn

E.  Unknown

9. A “manger” is a:

A. Stable for domestic animals.

B. Wooden hay storage bin.

C. Feeding trough.

D. Barn.

10. Which animals does the Bible say were present at Jesus’ birth?

A. Cows, sheep, goats.

B. Cows, donkeys, sheep.

C. Sheep and goats only.

D. Miscellaneous barnyard animals.

E. Lions, tigers, elephants.

F. None of the above.

11. 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.

12. How many angels spoke to the shepherds?

A. One

B. Three

C. A “Multitude”

D. None of the above.

13. What “sign” did the angels tell the shepherds to look for?

A. “This way to baby Jesus”

B. A star over Bethlehem.

C. A baby that doesn’t cry.

D. A house with a Christmas tree.

E. A baby in a stable.

F. None of the above.

14. What did the angels sing?   This really should be “say.”  The Bible never says they sang.

A. “Joy to the World, the Lord is Come”

B. “Alleluia”.

C. “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given”

D. “Glory to God in the highest, etc.”

E. “Glory to the Newborn King”

F. “My Sweet Lord”

15. What is a “Heavenly Host”?

A. The angel at the gate of Heaven.

B. The angel who invites people to Heaven.

C. The angel who serves drinks in Heaven.

D. An angel choir.

E. An angel army.

F. None of the above

16. There was snow that first Christmas:

A. Only in Bethlehem.

B.  All over Israel.

C. Nowhere in Israel.

D. Somewhere in Israel.

E. Mary and Joseph only “dreamed” of a white Christmas.

17. The baby Jesus cried:

A. When the doctor slapped him on his behind.

B. When the little drummer boy started banging on his drum.

C. Just like other babies cry.

D. He never cried.

18. What is “frankincense”?

A. A precious metal.

B. A precious fabric.

C. A precious perfume-

D. An eastern monster story.

E. None of the above.

19. What is “myrrh”?

A. An easily shaped metal.

B. A spice used for burying people.

C. A drink.

D. After-shave lotion.

E. None of the above.

20. How many wise men came to see Jesus? (Write in the correct number.)


21. What does “wise men” refer to?

A. Men of the educated class.

B. They were eastern Kings.

C. They were astrologers.

D. They were smart enough to follow the star.

E. They were “sages.”

22. The wise men found Jesus in a:

A. Manger

B. Stable

C. House

D. Holiday Inn

E. Good Mood

23. The wise men stopped in Jerusalem:

A. To inform Herod about Jesus.

B. To find out where Jesus was.

C. To ask about the star that they saw.

D. For gas. .

E. To buy presents for Jesus.

24. Where do we find the Christmas story in order to check up on all these ridiculous questions?

A. Matthew

B. Mark

C. Luke

D. John

E. All of the above.

F. Only A and B

G. Only A and C

H. Only A, B and C,

25. When Joseph and Mary found out that Mary was pregnant with Jesus, what happened?

A. They got married.

B. Joseph wanted to break the engagement.

C. Mary left town for three months.

D. An angel told them to go to Bethlehem.

E. Both A and D

F. Both B and C

26. Who told Mary and Joseph to go to Bethlehem?

A. The angel.

B. Mary’s mother.

C. Herod.

D. Caesar Augustus.

E. Alexander the Great.

F. No one told them to.

27. Joseph took the baby Jesus to Egypt:

A. To show him the pyramids.

B. To teach him the wisdom of the pharaohs.

C. To put him in a basket in the reeds by the river.

D. Because he dreamed about it.

E. To be taxed.

F. Joseph did not take Jesus to Egypt.

G. None of the above.

The original version of this test is based on ‘The Christmas IQ Test,” copyright 1993 by Regina L. Hunter.

Regina Hunter, the author of the original version of this test, shared this information with me, too:

“I have a website of Bible study tips, drawn from a daily email Bible study that I’ve been doing for six years.

This site includes brief, content-oriented tips to help you read and understand the Bible. Drawn from an on-going daily study at St. John’s UMC in Albuquerque, the study tips range from serious Greek and Hebrew word studies to whimsical comments about life as a Christian. Join participants around the world as we read the Bible together.”


8 responses to Christmas IQ Test…with answers highlighted


    I must make comment about question number 8. Jesus assuredly was not delivered in a manger – it would be a very bad place for a woman to deliver a child! He was born in a stable and laid in a manger, which would have made a great bassinet and kept Him secure. This was one of the questions my Harmony of the Gospels professor always used to keep us on our toes!


    On Question 14, did the angels SING? I’ve never gotten into all the word study, etc. to find out, but it has been suggested that angels don’t ever sing until we get to heaven at the end of things . . . like there’s no music in heaven until people bring it there. I have heard it suggested that even now God only gets to hear music from us here on earth, which certainly suggests something about the special value/place of music in our worship. My English translation says the angels were praising God and SAYING . . . Any clues about this? Not that it matters a bit in the big picture, but this is a curiosity to me.


    I took this test on the various Christmas Myths and facts to check if you really know it all.. you too can try it out here at:


    I believe number one should be Bethlehem.


    and by number 1, I mean number 2.



      I’ve been asked about that question a few times so I actually have an answer. 🙂

      The question would have been a little more true to its intended purpose if it read, “When we meet Joseph for the first time in the Bible, where was he living?”

      Joseph was living in Nazareth–and had been for an indefinite period of time–when we first meet him in the Scriptures.

      There’s nothing to suggest that he and Mary had lived anywhere but Nazareth.

      According to Luke, both Mary and Joseph were living in Nazareth before Jesus was born. The Bible doesn’t mention if they lived anywhere before Nazareth. According to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, “It is quite possible that the families of Mary and Joseph were a part of the Jewish migration from Judea to Galilee which began during the time of the Maccabean ruler Aristobulus.”

      That being said, Joseph’s Davidic lineage required that he go to Bethlehem for the Roman census. Joseph went to Bethlehem because David (his ancestor) was from Bethlehem–not necessarily because he (Joseph) was from Bethlehem.

      The question is a little tricky.

      His family-line extends back to Bethlehem, but–from what we can tell in Scriptures–Joseph was from Nazareth.


    I don’t know if anyone is still watching this or not but I think that #16 “There was snow that first Christmas” might be wrong. I think that it should be “somewhere in Israel”. I believe that Mount Hermon has a snow pack year round.


      There was a rare snowstorm in Israel in 2013 (pictures on the web), so we really don’t know if there was snow that first Christmas.

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