Patrick's Day Quiz
On St. Patrick's Day, everyone's Irish — or wants to be.
Test your I.Q. — Irish Quotient — with our Irish trivia quiz
and see how much you know about the Emerald Isle:
1. With a total geographical area of 27,136 square miles,
Ireland is a little bit larger than which U.S. state:
c. West Virginia
2. The island consists of the Republic of Ireland, which is
an independent country, and Northern Ireland, which is part
of Great Britain. Name the capitals of each of these
3. TRUE or FALSE: There are about as many Americans of Irish
descent in the United States as there are Irish in Ireland.
4. Ireland has a rich literary tradition that includes
poets, playwrights and authors, several of whom have won the
Nobel Prize. Match the following authors with their works:
a. Jonathan Swift
b. George Bernard Shaw
c. Oscar Wilde
d. William Butler Yeats
e. Samuel Beckett
f. James Joyce
g. Seamus Heaney
h. Oliver Goldsmith
i. Richard B. Sheridan
j. John M. Synge
1. "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"
2. "The School for Scandal"
3. "The Wanderings of Oisin"
4. "Playboy of the Western World"
5. "A Modest Proposal"
6. "Death of a Naturalist"
7. "Major Barbara"
8. "Lady Wintermere's Fan"
10. "She Stoops to Conquer"
5. Music, too, plays an
important part in Irish culture, with everything from
traditional Celtic to modern rock. Match the following
groups and musicians with their albums:
a. The Dubliners
b. The Chieftains
c. The Clancy Brothers
f. The Cranberries
1. "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb"
2. "Paint the Sky With Stars"
3. "Bury the Hatchet"
4. "A Parcel of Rogues"
5. "Further Down the Old Plank Road"
6. "Irish Songs of Rebellion"
6. As you might expect, Ireland's flag has green in it.
Which other colors are used?
a. Yellow and white
b. Blue and red
c. Yellow and blue
d. Orange and white
7. Legend has it that if you
kiss the Blarney Stone (which you have to do upside down and
backward, by the way) you will receive the gift of gab. The
stone is at Blarney Castle, near which city?
8. Who hasn't heard of great Irish songs such as "When Irish
Eyes Are Smiling" and "The Last Rose of Summer"? See if you
can complete the titles for these songs:
a. Danny Boy, or the __________ Air
b. I'll Take You Home Again, _________
c. A Shawl of _________ Grey
d. The_______ of Tralee.
e. The Fields of ____________
f. Be Thou My ____________
g. ______ of the Dance
h. ________ the Ladies
i. She Moved Through the ______
j. _____ Machree
9. Ireland has a turbulent
history with many men who performed outstanding feats or
stepped to the fore. Match the following individuals with
a. Finn MacCool
b. St. Brendan
c. Brian Boru
d. Daniel O'Connell
e. Eamon de Valera
f. St. Kevin
g. Turlough O'Carolan
h. Robert Emmet
1. Led an abortive rebellion in 1803
2. Organized "monster rallies" and earned the nickname "The
3. Was a famous, blind harpist of the 18th century
4. Led the Civil War of 1921 and later became president of
5. Founded a monastery at Glendalough and was said to have
lived to age 120
6. United the Irish to fight off Viking invaders in 1014
7. A sixth-century monk known as "The Navigator"
8. Known for his wisdom and strength; legend says he built
the Giant's Causeway
10. Over the years many movies
have been set in Ireland or told stories of Irish people.
Can you name two?
11. St. Patrick is credited — in legend, at least — with
driving the snakes out of Ireland. Which of the following
are also true of St. Patrick:
a. He was called Old Shaved Head.
b. He favored leek stew.
c. He told his life story in a book of "confessions."
d. He is said to be the one who will judge all Irish people
on the final Judgment Day.
e. He wrote the Book of Kells.
f. He is the patron saint of seafarers.
g. He is said to have turned the Druids' fields into bogs
and kept their kettles from boiling.
12. Between 1845-49, a fungus
disease wiped out Ireland's potato crop, and the resulting
famine led to death by starvation of nearly a million
people. Many others chose to leave their country.
Approximately how many Irish came to America between 1847
b. 1 million
c. 2 million
d. 4 million
13. TRUE or FALSE: Ireland is the only country to have a
musical instrument as a national symbol.
14. The Shillelagh is an Irish club used both as a weapon
and as a walking stick. The name comes from:
a. A Gaelic word for war-stick
b. An 11th-century castle with thick wooden walls near
c. A Viking phrase used in plundering
d. An oak forest in Wicklow County
15. "Erin Go Bragh" is a phrase often heard on St. Patrick's
Day. It means:
a. Ireland Forever
b. I love Ireland
c. Freedom for Ireland
d. Ireland, my home