St. David's Day Quiz

1.In which century did David live?
a. sixth b. eighth c. tenth d. twelfth e. fourteenth
2.Why is the first of March celebrated as St. David's Day?
3.Who was David's mother?
4.To whom was David's mother alleged to be related?
a. King Arthur b. King Offa c. St. Patrick d. St. Illtud
5.Who was David's father?
6.In addition to being an excellent student, David is said to have cured one of his teachers of?
a. lameness. b. leprosy. c. blindness. d. plague.
7.Several miracles are attributed to David. The first is alleged to have occurred
a. before he was born b. when he was a small boy c. when he was a student d. after he became a monk
8.One of the miracles attributed to David occurred when he was attending the Synod of Llanddewi Brefi where it was to be decided if he was to be made Archbishop. Name this miracle:
9.Which craft was remembered as being particularly important at the monastery he founded at Glyn Rhosyn?
a. making wine b. keeping bees c. curing meats and fish by smoking them d. producing illuminated manuscripts
10.What was David's favorite beverage?
a. beer b. cider c. mead d. water e. wine
11.There are several items served at a typical luncheon in his honor (baked chicken, roast beef, roast lamb, potatoes, salad, green beans, cake, pie, Welsh cakes, coffee, tea, etc.) that David would not have eaten. Choose one  and why would he not have eaten this?
12.David's preferred penance was to
a. walk long distances while reciting psalms. b. swim long distances early in the morning. c. do heavy manual labor in the monastery gardens. d. stand in neck-deep water while reciting Scripture.
13.In what century was David canonized?
a. sixth b. eighth c. tenth d. twelfth e. fourteenth
14.St. David was so revered that how many pilgrimages to St. David's in Pembrokeshire were considered equivalent to a pilgrimage to Rome?
15.A favorite piece of advice attributed to David would be translated into English as
a. "Be kind to animals" b. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"
c. "Do the little things" d. "Tend your own garden carefully
16.In typical statues of St. David, another creature is usually included. What is it?
a. a dove b. a stag c. a fish d. an eagle
17.In which region of Wales are the majority of churches dedicated to St. David located?
a. North Wales b. Mid Wales c. South Wales
18.Which two Welsh symbols are traditionally associated with St. David's Day?


Answers below
This quiz was created by the Cambrian Heritage Society of Madison WI  in 2002
Answers:
1.a. sixth (He may have been born as early as 462 AD, although 487 is more likely.)
2.ST. DAVID IS REPUTED TO HAVE DIED ON THE FIRST OF MARCH 589.
3.NON OR NONNE
4.a. King Arthur (Non was a niece of Arthur according to some sources.)
5.SANDDE OR SANT, PRINCE OF CEREDIGION (stories claim that he seduced or forced his attentions
6.c. blindness. (His teacher was Paulinus or Hen Pawl.
7.a. before he was born(When his mother entered a church to hear the priest speak, the man was struck dumb in the presence of the yet unborn David because David would someday be such a great churchman.)
8.IT WAS FEARED THAT DAVID WOULD NOT BE HEARD. IN SOME VERSIONS OF THE STORY THE GROUND ROSE UP UNDER HIM AS HE SPOKE. OTHER STORIES SAY HE PLACED A HANDKERCHIEF ON THE GROUND. IN EITHER CASE, THE FLAT LAND BECAME A HILL UPON WHICH HE STOOD TO SPEAK.
9.b. keeping bees(Honey was a sweetner to supplement the monks' diet.)
10.d. water (He was given the name Aquaticus because of this preference.)
11.BEEF, CHICKEN, LAMB, TEA OR COFFEE./ HE WAS A VEGETARIAN AND DRANK ONLY WATER
12.d. stand in neck-deep water while reciting Scripture
13.d. twelfth (1120 A.D. by Pope Callistus II, a few decades after the monk Rhygyfarch wrote an account of his life)
14. 2
15.c. "Do the little things" (Gwnewch y pethau bychan)
16.a. a dove (symbolic of the Holy Spirit)
17.c. South Wales
18.The LEEK (David advised his soldiers to wear leeks on their hats to distinguish them from Saxon enemies during battle). and the DAFFODIL

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