Friday, February 13, 2015

14 Valentine's Day Trivia Questions to Test Your Knowledge

Since the 5th century, people have been celebrating a day of romance. Each year people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their "valentine." In honor of Valentine's Day, your mortgage lender at the Lake of the Ozarks brings you some Valentine's Day Trivia Questions. See how many answers you can get right!

1. Which of the seven ancient wonders was a gift of love from a king to his queen? 

A. Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
B. Hanging Gardens of Babylon
C. Lighthouse of Alexandria
D. Colossus of Rhodes

2. What is the name of the king that made Valentine's Day a national holiday in England? 

A. Henry VIII
B. Henry VII
C. Edward VI
D. Richard III

3. Who wrote "Tis better to have loved and lost, Than never to have loved at all?"

A. Shakespeare
B. Homer
C. Tennyson
D. Napoleon

4. The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare's lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives approximately how many letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine's Day? 

A. 1,000
B. 10, 000
C. 5,000
D. 2,000

5. Which Roman emperor beheaded a priest named Valentine for performing marriage ceremonies? 

A. Balbinus
B. Tacitus
C. Gallienus
D. Claudius II

6. How many saints named Valentine are officially recognized by the Catholic Church? 

A. 2
B. 3
C. 5
D. 7

7. Which pope declared February 14 as Valentine's Day? 

A. Pope Pius XI
B. Pope Gelasius I
C. Pope John Paul II
D. Pope Gregory I

8. The British Library in London displays a love poem that is considered to be the oldest and earliest record of a Valentine. Who wrote it? 

A. Napoleon Bonaparte
B. John Keats
C. Charles, Duke of Orleans
D. William Shakespeare

9. Which book was published in 1797 to help British men write verses of love and affection for Valentine's Day? 

A. The Young Man's Valentine Writer
B. Poems and Prose for the Gentleman Scribe
C. Inspired Verses for Your Valentine
D. How to Write Love Notes for Dummies

10. Which woman mass-produced the first Valentine's Day cards in America? 

A. Louisa May Alcott
B. Isabella Mary Beeton
C. Esther Allen Howland
D. Ann Radcliffe

11. Which Shakespeare play has the lines, "Good morrow, 'tis Saint Valentine's Day'? 

A. A Winter's Tale
B. Macbeth
C. Romeo and Juliet
D. Hamlet

12. How did the "X" in "XOXO" come to represent a kiss? 

A. When pirates found a treasure map, they would kiss the "X" that marked the spot for good luck.
B. When people couldn't write their names, they would sign an "X" and then kiss it in good faith.
C. Young girls used to write "Mrs. X" and then kiss the "X" when dreaming of their future husbands.
D. To "seal the kiss" and the marriage vow between a couple he married, St. Valentine would mark an "X" in the ground.

13. Which country does NOT celebrate Valentine's Day? 

A. Australia
B. France
C. Greece
D. Mexico

14. On what date did the St. Valentine's Day Massacre occur? 

A. February 14, 1930
B. February 1, 1925
C. February 14, 1922
D. February 14, 1929

1. B - Hanging Gardens of Babylon
2. A - Henry VIII
3. C - Tennyson
4. A - 1,000
5. D - Claudius II
6. B - 3
7. B - Pope Gelasius I
8. C - Charles, Duke of Orleans
9. A - The Young Man's Valentine Writer
10. C - Esther Allen Howland
11. D - Hamlet
12. B - When people couldn't write their names, they would sign an "X" and then kiss it in good faith.
13. C - Greece
14. D - February 14, 1929

Your Lake of the Ozarks mortgage lender wishes you a Happy Valentine's Day! If you and that special someone are in need of a home loan at the Lake of the Ozarks or are interested in refinancing, feel free to give me a call at 573-746-7211.

For Lake area news, resources and tips on financial services, please 

Michael Lasson
Sr. Residential Mortgage Lender
NMLS #: 493712

2265 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Suite B
PO Box 1449
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

Direct:  (573) 746-7211

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