Quick Quiz - Christmas Carols

By Barry Prince. Published on 19/12/2021

The quizmaster, Barry Prince (83) is aware of the irony of asking quiz questions of the AD community, when many of them suffer from memory problems, but explains: “My family member suffering from AD has wonderful memories about life in the 20th century, but struggles to recall what happened in the big netball tournament last week. Accordingly, I have selected quick quizzes from the archive that are focused on people and events before the new millennium.”
Each of the Quick Quizzes is confined to 10 questions a single subject – pop music, films, celebrities, history, and geography, for example. There aren’t any questions about politics or science – Barry says anyone who missed Chemistry and Physics at college won’t be handicapped. Most of the questions are about things that happened in the 20th century. For example, pop hits by The Beatles, Beach Boys, and Abba, and such blockbuster films as Lawrence of Arabia,  The Godfather, and Dr. Zhivago.

THE QUICK QUIZ – about carols that are best sung in the traditional manner


Complete the title of these well-known Christmas carols

(Example: The 1739 carol, with music by Felix Mendelssohn, is known in English as Hark The Herald … Angels Sing)

You’ll probably need only half the time, so go for it!


1.      The Holly And …

2.      Away In A …

3.      Once In Royal …

4.      God Rest Ye …

5.      Ding Dong Merrily …

6.      It Came Upon The …

7.       The First …

8.      Deck The Halls With Boughs …

9.      I Saw Three Ships Come …

10.  We Three Kings Of …

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1.      The Holly And The Ivy

2.      The First Noël

3.      Once In Royal David’s City

4.      God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

5.      Ding Dong Merrily On High

6.      It Came Upon The Midnight Clear

7.      Away In A Manger

8.      Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly

9.      I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In

10.  We Three Kings Of Orient Are

© Copyright Barry Prince, 2015. All rights reserved


If you are feeling irreverent, go to Tom Lehrer’s brilliant satire on Christmas carols. You might enjoy some of the following tracks on his live album, as they are very witty and funny. This erudite American is not a professional entertainer. He was a university Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Lehrer


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