St. Patty’s Day Quiz: Answers

Question 1:
Correct Answer: A shillelagh is a sturdy stick. And you better watch out! It may look like a walking stick, but leprechauns may wave it around to scare you away from their pots of gold!

Question 2:
Correct Answer: The legend that St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland may just be a colorful reference to the fact that he brought Christianity to the island, replacing paganism. In many pagan sects, snakes are symbols or objects of worship.

Question 3:
Correct Answer: Kissing the Blarney Stone, at Blarney castle, in Blarney, Ireland, gives you the "gift of gab." If you give it one kiss, you can talk a lot of "blarney" and people will still believe you! Did you know that you have to lie on your back and bend your head way down to even reach the stone? And when you do, you will be kissing something that has been kissed by thousands of people a year for 500 years!

Question 4:
Correct Answer: Patrick comes from pater civium, which means "the father of his people." St. Patrick’s given name was probably Maewyn Succat, but later in life he was renamed by the pope, who sent him to Ireland to spread Christianity.

Question 5:
Correct Answer: Erin Go Braugh means "Ireland Forever."

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