The chocolate eggs will be in the shops before we know it,
but is that really all Easter is about?
Hover your cursor over the cross by each question for the answer. Answers also appear at the bottom.
a) Good Friday
b) Ash Wednesday
c) Shrove Tuesday
d) Maundy Thursday
2. What are the 40 days before Easter known as?
a) The Exodus
d) Mardi Gras
3. What does Palm Sunday celebrate?
Jesus riding into
b) Jesus riding into
c) A traditional Jewish festival when people laid fresh palms in their homes on their floors
d) A traditional Roman festival when dates were eaten
4. Jesus was crucified on
c) Good Friday
d) Black Friday
5. Easter is celebrated on
a) the same date each year
b) the third Sunday in April
c) the fourth Sunday in April
d) it all depends on the moon
6. For how many pieces of silver did Judas Iscariot betray Jesus?
a) place of the skull
b) press of oils
c) beautiful garden
d) olive grove
8. What color was the cloak that Jesus wore when he went to the cross?
9. Who helped Jesus carry his cross?
a) Joseph of Arimathea
b) Saul of
c) Simon the Zealot
d) Simon of
10. Who rolled away the stone from the mouth of the grave in which Jesus had been placed?
a) An ange
b) A soldier
c) The gardener
d) Joseph of Arimathea
11. What Jewish festival was Jesus celebrating shortly before He was arrested and sentenced to be crucified?
a) Feast of First Fruits
d) Yom Kipper
12. Where was the Last Supper held?
13. Where was Jesus praying when he was arrested by armed men?
On a hill called
b) Gethsemane, a garden near the
c) The temple in
d) At the
14. What condemned prisoner did Pontius Pilate release just before sentencing Jesus to die on a cross?
b) Simon of
15. What holy day marks the end of the 40-day period following Easter?
b) Ascension Day
c) Atonement Day
d) Maundy Thursday
16. What Christian festival commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles?
b) Maundy Thursday
d) Shrove Tuesday
17. At Christ's crucifixion what did the soldiers place on his head?
Crown of Gold
18. For what of Christ's did the soldiers cast lots?
19. How did Judas betray Christ?
By pointing at him
20. Christ was led away to which high priest first?
21. What was inscribed above the cross?
Prince of the Jews
22. When Jesus died, for how long was there darkness over the land?
23. What was the name of the man who requested Jesus' body for burial?
24. Who of these was first on the scene after resurrection of Christ?
25. After Pilate found no guilt in Christ, for what reason did the Jews say that Jesus should die?
He claimed to be of heaven
26. With what was Jesus' side pierced?
27. In what was Jesus wrapped before he was buried?
28. Which disciple wanted to see the imprint of the nails before he would believe?
29. Jesus appeared to his disciples after the resurrection beside which sea?
30. Who did Pilate send Jesus to after he had interrogated him?
31. For how long did Jesus remain after his resurrection before he ascended into heaven?
32. What is burned to make the ashes for Ash Wednesday?
from the previous year's Palm Sunday
1. c) Shrove Tuesday - Pancakes were made to use up the last of the eggs and butter before the Lenten fast. People would feast on meat and other rich foods, hence the name Mardi Gras - or Fat Tuesday - in French. The absence of eggs from the fasting diet could also have some part in the association of eggs with Easter.
2. b) Lent - Lent lasts for forty days before Easter, excluding Sundays, as they are considered to be 'festival' days. It begins on Ash Wednesday, the day after Shrove Tuesday. In the Catholic Church it ends on Maundy Thursday, whereas in the Anglican Church it ends on Easter Eve. Lent is a season of restricting the diet, as opposed to strict fasting. Nowadays people give up certain foods that they enjoy; in the past they would have given up meat, eggs, butter, fish and oil, amongst other things. Jesus went into the wilderness for forty days to fast and pray before beginning his ministry.
3. a) Jesus riding into
4. c) Good Friday
- Jesus' crucifixion is remembered on Good
Friday; Easter Sunday celebrates his resurrection. In
5. d) it all depends on the moon - The date of Easter Sunday is on the Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox on the 21st March. (This is calculated by the Church, and does not always correspond with the astronomical equinox.) In the Eastern tradition Easter is celebrated on a different day from the Western Christian Church, as the Eastern Church still uses the Julian calendar. Easter always falls between March 22 and April 25.
6. b) 30 - In the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 26 verse 15 it describes how Judas went to the Chief Priests and they weighed out thirty pieces of silver for him. Judas later realized what he had done and no longer wanted the money, so it was used to buy the Potter's Field (also known as the Blood Acre) where foreigners were buried. The thirty pieces of silver as the price on Jesus' head had been prophesied by Jeremiah.
7. b) press of oils - The Garden of
Gethsemane is on the lower slopes of the Mount of Olives, and so was planted
with many olive trees (It is believed that some of those trees still produce
olives today.) and had lots of olive presses as well. Jesus went to the
8. d) Purple - In John 19 v2 and v5 it describes the cloak as purple; the soldiers put the cloak on Jesus after he had been flogged, along with a crown of thorns. Purple was an expensive colour dye to produce, and so was only worn by those rich enough to afford it. It is significant that Jesus was dressed in this royal colour at this time. The Romans chose this colour robe because they said he claimed to be king. This could also be a reason for the soldiers drawing lots for Jesus' clothes after his death. In church now, purple is the colour of Advent and Lent, as Christians prepare for their King.
9. d) Simon of
10. a) An angel - Matthew 28 v2 says, "Suddenly there was a violent earthquake; an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone, and sat down on it." The importance of Easter exceeds that of Christmas in the minds of Christians, because of the significance of the resurrection.
11. b) Passover
13. b) Gethsemane, a garden near the
14. a) Barabbas - Matt 27:26 - This man was a representation of the type of people that Christ died for... the sinners.
15. b) Ascension Day
16. a) Pentecost
17. b) Crown of Thorns - They 'plaited' a crown of thorns which means 'woven together'. A crown was worn by kings and commonly made from precious stones and metals. To ridicule the idea that Jesus was a king they probably plucked up the nearest thorn-bush and made it into something resembling a royal crown to mock him further. (Matt 27:29)
18. a) Clothes - Matt 27:35 – This was a fulfillment of Ps 22:18
19. How did Judas betray Christ?
19. c) With a kiss - Perhaps Judas thought he could hide his betrayal in a sign of affection. (Luke 22:47-48)
20. a) Annas - John 18:13 - Although in Matthew's gospel record it is said that he was led away to Caiaphas, John gives us a little extra information. Annas for whatever reason was still recognised as a high priest (see Luke 3:2)
21. b) King of the Jews – (John 19:19)
22. c) 3 hours – (Luke 23:44)
23. b) Joseph - Joseph, a rich man of Arimathaea (Matt 27:57-58)
24. d) Mary Magdalene – (John 20:1)
25. d) He had made himself the Son of God - The Jews considered the adoption of this title as blasphemy. (John 19:7
26. c) Spear - John 19:34
27. b) Linen clothes - Mark 15:46
28. b) Thomas - John 20:27
29. c) Sea of Tiberias
- Which is also
called the Sea of Galilee, being situated in
30. a) Herod - Luke 23:7
31. c) 40 days - Acts 1:3
32. a) Palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday