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1. Who is credited with founding Mother's Day?

A) Anna M. Jarvis

B) Mother Nature

C) Whistler’s Mother

D) Mother Goose

1. D) Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia began the campaign that brought about the official observance of Mother's Day in the United states. Her mother died in May, 1905, and Anna wanted all mothers to be remembered. Nine years later, Anna filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop the over- commercialization of Mother's Day. She lost her fight. Now, cards, letters, candy and dinners out mark Mother's Day for most families. Anna had hoped for a day of reflection and quiet prayer by families, thanking God for all that mothers had done.  In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed the orders that made Mother's Day a national holiday.

 

2. The first American Mother's Day was celebrated in:

A) New York and New Jersey

B) West Virginia and Pennsylvania

C) California and Texas

D) Arkansas

2. B) West Virginia and Pennsylvania - The first Mother's Day proclamation was issued by the governor of West Virginia in 1910. Oklahoma celebrated Mother's Day that year as well. By 1911 every state had its own observances. By then other areas celebrating Mother's Day included Mexico, Canada, China, Japan, South America and Africa. The Mother's Day International Association was incorporated on December 12, 1912, with the purpose of furthering meaningful observations of Mother's Day.

 

3. This flower symbolizes Mother's Day

A) Pink Tulip

B) Purple Iris

C) White Carnation

D) Yellow Daffodil

3. C) White Carnation - Anna Jarvis (remember question #1?) asked that carnations, her mother’s favorite flowers, be the official mother's day symbol.  White carnations were chosen because they represented the sweetness, purity and endurance of mother love. Red carnations, in time, became the symbol of a living mother. White ones now signify that one's mother has died. In her lifetime, Jarvis donated over 10,000 carnations for the Mother's Day celebration at her church.

 

4. The Mother of Gods in Greek tradition is:

A) Venus

B) Hera

C) Rhea

D) Eve

4. C) Rhea - The ancient Greeks celebrated Mother's Day in spring, like we do. They used to honor Rhea, "mother of the gods" with honey-cakes and fine drinks and flowers at dawn. (Sounds like the beginnings of the Mother's Day tradition of breakfast in bed!)  The Romans celebrated a three-day holiday also in the spring known as Hilaria to honor Cybele, who was their mother of gods. With the birth of Christianity, the celebration shifted to honor the Mother Church. Christians would return bearing gifts to the church in which they were baptized.

 

5. Mother's day was first suggested in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe as a day of:

A) Peace

B) Love

C) Rest

D) Joy

5. A) Peace - Julia Ward Howe wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic and was a staunch fighter for women's rights. She staged an unusual protest for peace in Boston, by celebrating a special day for mothers. Julia wanted to call attention to the need for peace by pointing out mothers who were left alone in the world without their sons and husbands after the bloody Franco-Prussian War.

 

6. Mother’s Day ranks as the _______ largest card-sending holiday.

A) First

B) Second

C) Third

D) Fourth

6. C) Third - 147 million cards were mailed last year, according to the folks at Hallmark. But they had nothing to do with the holiday's creation.

 

7.  The woman credited with having the most children gave birth to how many?

A) 27

B) 19

C) 43

D) 69

7. D) 69 – This mother was the wife of Russian Feodor Vassilyev.  Her 69 children included 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets. SOURCE: "1997 Guinness Book of World Records"

 

8. Mother-in-Law Day is celebrated

A) On the fourth Sunday in October

B) When pigs fly

C) Along with Mother’s Day

D) Only by the in-laws

8. A) On the fourth Sunday in October - It was started in 1934 by a newspaper editor in Amarillo, Texas.

 

9. May 1 is

A) Mother Goose Day

B) Russian Mother’s Day

C) Dill Pickle Day

D) No Diet Day

9. A) Mother Goose Day - founded in 1987 by Gloria T. Delamar in tandem with the publication of her book, Mother Goose; From Nursery to Literature (MFarland Pub.), the purpose is to re-appreciate the old nursery rhymes.  The day’s motto is "Either alone or in sharing, read childhood nursery favorites and feel the warmth of Mother Goose's embrace."  The day is now listed in many calendars of events and celebrated throughout the United States. It has been noted by municipalities, a cereal producer, banks, etc. and has a particular appeal to Kindergarten-Primary grades, libraries, and nursing homes.

 

10.  The preface to The Only True Mother Goose Melodies (1843) showed an illustration of an old crone patting two toddlers on the head. Underneath were the words:

A) “You’re Safe With Me”

B) “Let’s Read Together”

C) “Hear What Ma'am Goose Says!”

D) “Come With Me to a Land of Enchantment”

10. C) “Hear What Ma’am Goose Says!” - Mother Goose is one of the most popular of all children's entertainers. Her books and stories have been loved for many generations.

 

11. May 10 is

A) The ides of May

B) Clean Up Your Room Day

C) The original Mother’s Day

D) The Day of Days

11. B) Clean Up Your Room Day

 

12. During the 1600's, England celebrated a day called "Mothering Sunday”, when servants would go home to see their families, bringing cakes and sweets to their moms.  This custom was called

A) "Going a-mothering"

B) "Schmoozing"

C) "Sharing Mum-cakes"

D) "Treat-tracking"

12. A) "Going a-mothering" - Each mother would receive a simnel-cake (Latin for "fine flour) and mother's would give a blessing to their children.

 

13. In the Bible, Eve is credited with being the

A) "Mother of Israel"

B) "Mother of All the Living."

C) "Mother of the Earth"

D) "Mother of creation"

13. B) “Mother of All the Living” – Genesis 3:20

 

14. The painting commonly known as "Whistler's Mother" is actually called

A) "Rocking Mother"

B) "Whistler’s Mother"

C) "Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother."

D) "Black and Grey: Whistler’s Mother"

14. C) "Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother" - James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) was the first to declare Art for Art Sake, and to make the point, he would refuse to give conventional titles to his paintings calling them "Symphonies in White", "Nocturne blue and Gold", "A little Note in Yellow", etc.. His intent was to force the public to view his paintings for the art of canvas and paint  instead of what it may have represented in life. Of course, all he managed to do was create these outrageously long titles since his oblique designations to subject matter proved to be totally useless for any kind of reference.

 

15. Rosa Parks was the mother of

A) Bus boycott

B) The South

C) Greyhound Bus Company

D) Montgomery

15. A) Bus boycott – This boycott in Montgomery, Alabama launched the Civil Rights Movement.

 

16. To honor their gift of motherhood to the tribes, Native American Indian women have long been honored with the name

A) "Great Mother"

B) "Mother of Our Sons"

C) "Life of the Nation"

D) "Tribal Mother"

16. C) “Life of the Nation”

 

17. Mother Earth is also known as

A) "Mater Nostra"

B) "Mother Nature"

C) "Earthen Mum"

D) "Terra Firma"

17. D) "Terra Firma" - This is a Latin translation of some lines from one of the Greek poet, Homer's, greatest poems.

 

18. Some tribes of people, like the Assam in Africa, don't call themselves families. They call themselves "maharis", or

A) "Motherhoods"

B) "Ruling Queendoms"

C) "Brotherhoods"

D) "Clans"

18. A) “Motherhoods”

 

19. Chinese family names are often formed (begin) with a sign that means

A) "Son of"

B) "Family from"

C) "Woman"

D) "Father"

19. C) “Woman” (or “Mother”, according to some sources) - The custom is said to date from a past time when people knew their mothers but not their fathers.  The Man-Tseu of southern China had a system of hereditary queenship passing through a sacred female clan.  Chinese writings call Tibet “the land of women” and Japan “the land of queens.” Japanese imperial families traced their descent from the supreme sun goddess, Omikami Amaterasu, mother of the world. Japanese legendary “chiefs” of ancestral tribes were usually women.

 

20.  Who said: "My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her"?

A) George Washington

B) George Burns

C) George Carlin

D) George Clooney

20. A) George Washington

 

21. What famous mother said: "I looked on child-rearing not only as a work of love and duty, but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world, and one that demanded the best that I could bring it"?

A) Erma Bombeck

B) Rose Kennedy

C) Mother Theresa

D) Queen Elizabeth

21. B) Rose Kennedy

 

 Answers

 

1. D) Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia began the campaign that brought about the official observance of Mother's Day in the United states. Her mother died in May, 1905, and Anna wanted all mothers to be remembered. Nine years later, Anna filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop the over- commercialization of Mother's Day. She lost her fight. Now, cards, letters, candy and dinners out mark Mother's Day for most families. Anna had hoped for a day of reflection and quiet prayer by families, thanking God for all that mothers had done.  In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed the orders that made Mother's Day a national holiday.

2. B) West Virginia and Pennsylvania - The first Mother's Day proclamation was issued by the governor of West Virginia in 1910. Oklahoma celebrated Mother's Day that year as well. By 1911 every state had its own observances. By then other areas celebrating Mother's Day included Mexico, Canada, China, Japan, South America and Africa. The Mother's Day International Association was incorporated on December 12, 1912, with the purpose of furthering meaningful observations of Mother's Day.

3. C) White Carnation - Anna Jarvis (remember question #1?) asked that carnations, her mother’s favorite flowers, be the official mother's day symbol.  White carnations were chosen because they represented the sweetness, purity and endurance of mother love. Red carnations, in time, became the symbol of a living mother. White ones now signify that one's mother has died. In her lifetime, Jarvis donated over 10,000 carnations for the Mother's Day celebration at her church.

4. C) Rhea - The ancient Greeks celebrated Mother's Day in spring, like we do. They used to honor Rhea, "mother of the gods" with honey-cakes and fine drinks and flowers at dawn. (Sounds like the beginnings of the Mother's Day tradition of breakfast in bed!)  The Romans celebrated a three-day holiday also in the spring known as Hilaria to honor Cybele, who was their mother of gods. With the birth of Christianity, the celebration shifted to honor the Mother Church. Christians would return bearing gifts to the church in which they were baptized.  

5. A) Peace - Julia Ward Howe wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic and was a staunch fighter for women's rights. She staged an unusual protest for peace in Boston, by celebrating a special day for mothers. Julia wanted to call attention to the need for peace by pointing out mothers who were left alone in the world without their sons and husbands after the bloody Franco-Prussian War.

6. C) Third - 147 million cards were mailed last year, according to the folks at Hallmark. But they had nothing to do with the holiday's creation.

7. D) 69 – This mother was the wife of Russian Feodor Vassilyev.  Her 69 children included 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets. SOURCE: "1997 Guinness Book of World Records".

8. A) On the fourth Sunday in October - It was started in 1934 by a newspaper editor in Amarillo, Texas.

9. A) Mother Goose Day - founded in 1987 by Gloria T. Delamar in tandem with the publication of her book, Mother Goose; From Nursery to Literature (MFarland Pub.), the purpose is to re-appreciate the old nursery rhymes.  The day’s motto is "Either alone or in sharing, read childhood nursery favorites and feel the warmth of Mother Goose's embrace."  The day is now listed in many calendars of events and celebrated throughout the United States. It has been noted by municipalities, a cereal producer, banks, etc. and has a particular appeal to Kindergarten-Primary grades, libraries, and nursing homes.

10. C) “Hear What Ma’am Goose Says!” - Mother Goose is one of the most popular of all children's entertainers. Her books and stories have been loved for many generations.

11. B) Clean Up Your Room Day

12. A) "Going a-mothering" - Each mother would receive a simnel-cake (Latin for "fine flour) and mother's would give a blessing to their children.

13. B) “Mother of All the Living” Genesis 3:20

14. C) "Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother" - James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) was the first to declare Art for Art Sake, and to make the point, he would refuse to give conventional titles to his paintings calling them "Symphonies in White", "Nocturne blue and Gold", "A little Note in Yellow", etc.. His intent was to force the public to view his paintings for the art of canvas and paint  instead of what it may have represented in life. Of course, all he managed to do was create these outrageously long titles since his oblique designations to subject matter proved to be totally useless for any kind of reference.

15. A) Bus boycott – This boycott in Montgomery, Alabama launched the Civil Rights Movement.

16. C) “Life of the Nation

17. D) "Terra Firma" - This is a Latin translation of some lines from one of the Greek poet, Homer's, greatest poems.

18. A) “Motherhoods

19. C) “Woman” (or “Mother”, according to some sources) - The custom is said to date from a past time when people knew their mothers but not their fathers.  The Man-Tseu of southern China had a system of hereditary queenship passing through a sacred female clan.  Chinese writings call Tibet “the land of women” and Japan “the land of queens.” Japanese imperial families traced their descent from the supreme sun goddess, Omikami Amaterasu, mother of the world. Japanese legendary “chiefs” of ancestral tribes were usually women.

20. A) George Washington

21. B) Rose Kennedy

 

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