Mildenhall Anglican Church

Ascension Day Quiz

1. In how many and which of the historic creeds of the Church is the Ascension affirmed?

a. Three: the Apostles', Nicene and Athanasian Creeds b. None: the Creeds were concerned with

theological, not historical, matters c. Two: the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds d. Two: the Nicene and

Athanasian

2. What is the liturgical colour most often associated with Ascension Day in the Western

Church? a. White b. Red c. Green d. Purple

3. Is the Feast of the Ascension always and everywhere observed on the 40th day after

Easter? a. No, sometimes it is kept on the 49th day after Easter. b. No, sometimes it is celebrated

on June 15. c. No, sometimes it is kept on the 7th Sunday of Easter. d. Yes, as this is the

historically accurate date.

4. Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus, a 5th Century poet and bishop, wrote a

poem entitled "Salve, festa dies" which has been variously translated. Versions of this hymn

are sung on Easter Day, Ascension Day and Pentecost. Which of the following lines is sung

on Ascension? a. Day when our God showed forth / The power of His mighty hand. b. Day when

our Lord was raised / Breaking the kingdom of death. c. Day when our risen Lord / Rose in the

heavens to reign. d. Day when the Holy Ghost / Shone in the world full of grace


. 5. How did Ascension Island, located in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean, get its

name? a. It was named by botanists after the fern Pteris adscensionis which grows there. b. NASA

named it because of the powerful radar array located there to track the ascent of rockets launched

from the southeastern United States. c. It was named after Mount Ascension, the volcanic peak

responsible for its existence. Id. t was discovered in 1503 by Alphonse d'Albuquerque on Ascension Day

6. The Gospel according to Saint Luke says the Ascension occurred in the vicinity of

Bethany (Luke 24:50-51). Where does the Acts of the Apostles say it happened?


Mount Sinai b. Galilee c. The Mount of Olives d. Mount Zion

7. In which of Shakespeare's plays does a character speak the following lines? "Is this Ascension-day? Did not the prophet say that before Ascension-day at noon my crown I should give off? Even so I have: I did suppose it should be on constraint: But, heaven be thank'd, it is but voluntary." a. Richard II b. Henry V  c. Richard III d. King John

8. There is a long-standing custom in England of "beating the bounds" on (or near) Ascension Day. What is involved? a. Marking the limits of the field where cricket matches will be played during the summer. b. Pummeling everyone with the misfortune to have the surname of Bounds. c. Processing around the parochial boundaries, pausing for prayer at particular landmarks. d. Threshing stalks of wheat (and other grains) which have been bound together into stooks for drying in the fields

. 9. Salvador Dali painted a painting called "The Ascension of Christ." What feature of Christ's body is most prominent in this painting? a.His feet b .is smile c.His head d.His wounded side

10. Which of these Ascension Day food custom(s) is/are factual? a. Armenians made dolmas -- stuffed grape leaves. b. Italians brought beans and grapes to the church to be blessed by the priest. c.All of these are actual Ascension Day customs d. Amish in the United States went fishing.




Quiz answers

  1.  Three: the Apostles', Nicene and Athanasian Creeds 

  2. White is used in the West from Easter Day until the Eve of Pentecost when the

  3. liturgical colour changes to red.

  4.  No, sometimes it is kept on the 7th Sunday of Easter.

  5. Day when our risen Lord / Rose in the heavens to reign. 

  6. It was discovered in 1503 by Alphonse d'Albuquerque on Ascension Day. 

  7. The Mount of Olives 

  8.  King John 

  9. Processing around the parochial boundaries, pausing for prayer at particular landmarks. 

  10. His feet 

  11. All of these are actual Ascension Day customs.