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Spring Quiz

Posted by on Mar. 20, 2012 at 9:55 PM
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Which of these events marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere?
a)Groundhog Day
b)Mardi Gras
c)The vernal equinox
d)Easter Sunday
Periodically, the Internet undergoes a "Spring Cleaning," during which time users must disconnect or risk the deletion of unused files.
a)True
b)False
College sports fans get excited for which early springtime playoff series?
a)NCAA Women's Division I Softball Championship
b)NCAA Women's Division I Volleyball Championship
c)NCAA Men's Division I Football Championship
d)NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship
In the United States, wearing new clothes on Easter Sunday is a popular tradition. Where does the tradition stem from?
a)Milan's fashion week
b)Jesus Christ's robes on Palm Sunday
c)Holy Saturday baptism rituals
d)Ancient pagan rituals
Baseball fans hoping to catch some spring training action must travel to at least one of which two sunny states?
a)Arizona and Florida
b)California and Texas
c)New Mexico and Louisiana
d)Georgia and Mississippi
In Greek mythology, spring comes when this goddess is joyously reunited with her daughter each year. Which is it?
a)Demeter
b)Athena
c)Aphrodite
d)Hestia
In many countries, May Day is a celebration of spring, but the first day of May also commemorates what?
a)The Chinese New Year
b)Day of the Dead (Mexico)
c)The civil rights movement
d)The labor movement
Which Florida beach locale was a notoriously popular destination for college students on spring break from the end of World War II until the late 1980s?
a)Panama City Beach
b)Key West
c)South Beach
d)Fort Lauderdale
Which American candy-focused holiday is similar to a Swedish Easter week tradition?
a)Valentine's Day
b)Halloween
c)Mother's Day
d)Christmas Eve
Which colorful northern Indian Hindu festival celebrates the arrival of spring?
a)Raksābandhana
b)Holi
c)Vaisakhi
d)Ganesh Chaturathi





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Liansmommie
by on Mar. 20, 2012 at 9:58 PM


Spring Quiz answers


 The Vernal equinox which usually occurs on March 20 or 21, marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. This is when both hemispheres are at an equal distance to the Sun. The vernal equinox was also the day that the pre-Christian Anglo-Saxons celebrated the festival of Ēastre, the Germanic goddess of spring and fertility. Some traditions associated with her celebration are a part of Easter today, such as Easter-egg coloring and the bunny as a symbol of fertility.




 This urban myth has been circulating via e-mail since 1999, but it originated much earlier. According to the urban-myth-debunking Web site Snopes.com, the message was purportedly sent by either Massachusetts Institute of Technology staff (1999 version) or the Department of Homeland Security (2006 version). Internet users were warned that a "Spring Cleaning" would take place from midnight on March 31st to the early morning of April 1st, during which all unused ftp, www, and gopher sites, as well as e-mails, would be deleted to make the Internet faster. Of course, it was all a hoax.



The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men's Division I Basketball Championship, also known as "March Madness," is held over three weeks in March and early April. The single-elimination tournament starts with 65 college basketball teams, with the winning teams advancing to the "Sweet 16" regional semifinals, the "Elite Eight" regional semifinals, and the "Final Four" national semifinals before battling for the championship title.



The custom of wearing new clothes on Easter Sunday, popular in the United States, actually began in the church hundreds of years ago. People who were baptized on Holy Saturday were given new white robes to wear, and other members of the congregation would wear new clothes in memory of their participation in the ceremony.



 In March, Major League Baseball teams travel to Arizona and Florida to participate in spring training. Each team plays many games within a week, so fans have plenty of chances to catch their team in action. In Arizona, teams play in the Cactus League, while in Florida they participate in Grapefruit League games.



According to Greek mythology, Demeter, goddess of grain and the harvest, is reunited with her daughter Persephone each spring. Abundant grain, fruits, and flowers spring forth with her joy, but die with her grief in the fall, when Persephone must return to the underworld and to Hades, who abducted her.



 May Day, celebrated on the first of May, is a merry celebration of spring in many European countries, but it also commemorates the international labor movement. In 1889, at a meeting of socialists in France, an international workers' day was initiated. It was originally intended to honor anarchist workers who were sentenced to death for their involvement in the Haymarket Square Riot of 1886. Over the years May Day became more popular, especially in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and other Communist countries, although the United States and Canada celebrate labor on Labor Day in September



Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was a notorious, and very popular, spring break destination for college students from the end of World War II until the late 1980s. Although students had been coming to Fort Lauderdale for years, the city's popularity as a spring break destination increased even more with the 1960 release of the motion picture Where the Boys Are, set in Fort Lauderdale during spring break. However, after as many as 350,000 to 375,000 spring breakers flocked to the city in 1985, residents complained and law enforcement cracked down on noise and public drinking, causing partyers to pick a new destination for the next year's break.



In Sweden, Easter week begins with a candy hunt that is very similar to Halloween trick-or-treating. Children dress up as påskkärringar, or Easter witches, with headscarves and long skirts, and faces painted with red cheeks and freckles. They go door to door wishing people happy Easter, and collecting candy and small change in copper kettles in exchange for a drawing or a song. Although the practice of dressing up in costumes began fairly recently (in the last 200 years), the association between witches and Easter began much earlier. It was believed that on Maundy Thursday, witches flew off to the mythical Blåkulla--blue mountain--to meet with the devil before church on Good Friday.



 Hindus in northern Indiacelebrate the arrival of spring with the festival of Holi on the day after the first full moon in early March. The festival is a celebration of fun and general hilarity, as people of all ages and castes throw brightly colored powder (gulal) and water on each other. There are also colorful processions with folk songs and dancing, bonfires on the night of the full moon, and it is all followed by candies and relaxation at the end of the crazy day.





Kiwismommy19
by on Mar. 20, 2012 at 11:24 PM

i have no clue on any of these

MichelleK41
by on Mar. 21, 2012 at 7:36 AM

Okay I gave it a try. My answers are in green. ;)

Quoting Liansmommie:

Which of these events marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere?
a)Groundhog Day
b)Mardi Gras
c)The vernal equinox
d)Easter Sunday
Periodically, the Internet undergoes a "Spring Cleaning," during which time users must disconnect or risk the deletion of unused files.
a)True
b)False
College sports fans get excited for which early springtime playoff series?
a)NCAA Women's Division I Softball Championship
b)NCAA Women's Division I Volleyball Championship
c)NCAA Men's Division I Football Championship
d)NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship
In the United States, wearing new clothes on Easter Sunday is a popular tradition. Where does the tradition stem from?
a)Milan's fashion week
b)Jesus Christ's robes on Palm Sunday
c)Holy Saturday baptism rituals
d)Ancient pagan rituals
Baseball fans hoping to catch some spring training action must travel to at least one of which two sunny states?
a)Arizona and Florida
b)California and Texas
c)New Mexico and Louisiana
d)Georgia and Mississippi
In Greek mythology, spring comes when this goddess is joyously reunited with her daughter each year. Which is it?
a)Demeter
b)Athena
c)Aphrodite
d)Hestia
In many countries, May Day is a celebration of spring, but the first day of May also commemorates what?
a)The Chinese New Year
b)Day of the Dead (Mexico)
c)The civil rights movement
d)The labor movement
Which Florida beach locale was a notoriously popular destination for college students on spring break from the end of World War II until the late 1980s?
a)Panama City Beach
b)Key West
c)South Beach
d)Fort Lauderdale
Which American candy-focused holiday is similar to a Swedish Easter week tradition?
a)Valentine's Day
b)Halloween
c)Mother's Day
d)Christmas Eve
Which colorful northern Indian Hindu festival celebrates the arrival of spring?
a)Raksābandhana
b)Holi
c)Vaisakhi
d)Ganesh Chaturathi


kimmiegiggler
by on Mar. 22, 2012 at 2:03 PM

question one: what marks the start of spring

my guess: a. ground hogs day

kimmiegiggler
by on Mar. 22, 2012 at 2:04 PM

well I was wrong... but now that i think about it... sometimes that groundhog does say its going to be more winter.

kimmiegiggler
by on Mar. 22, 2012 at 2:05 PM

question 2: does the internet go thru spring cleaning?

my guess: no... but it should... we've all seen that youtube video a zillion times.

kimmiegiggler
by on Mar. 22, 2012 at 2:08 PM

question 3: which spring play off do ppl look forward to

my guess: ncaa mens basketball.... however around here it;s Oregon Institute of Technology National championships...which we won!!!

kimmiegiggler
by on Mar. 22, 2012 at 2:10 PM

question 4: where does new clothes on easter stem from

my guess: JC's robes on Palm Sunday...

total guess...

kimmiegiggler
by on Mar. 22, 2012 at 2:11 PM

question 5 where does spring baseball training happen?

my guess: az and Fl... my dh is really into baseball...

kimmiegiggler
by on Mar. 22, 2012 at 2:14 PM

question 6: which goddess is reunited with her daughter... signifying spring

'my guess: athena... I have NO idea.

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