LessonA Christmas I.Q. Quiz

One of the members of my Bible Study class received this little Christmas quiz in one of the daily devotional emails that she subscribed to. As it turns out, the original version of "The Christmas IQ Test" was crafted by Regina L. Hunter, copyright 1993.


How well do you know the Christmas Story? Most of us have seen so many Christmas dramas and musicals over the years that sometimes we mix Biblical truth with "dramatic license". Take the test. See how well you do. Then you can test your friends at work or church.

Test your Biblical knowledge with this adaptation of "The Christmas IQ Test".

  1. Joseph was originally from... (Luke 2:3)
    1. Bethlehem
    2. Nazareth
    3. Hebron
    4. Jerusalem
    5. None of the above
  2. What does the Bible say that the Innkeeper said to Mary and Joseph? (Luke 2:7)
    1. "There is no room in the inn."
    2. "I have a stable you can use."
    3. "Come back later and I should have some vacancies."
    4. Both A and B
    5. None of the above
  3. A manger is a...
    1. Stable for domestic animals
    2. Wooden hay storage bin
    3. Feeding trough
    4. Barn
  4. Which animals does the Bible say were present at Jesus’ birth?
    1. Cows, sheep, goats
    2. Cows, Donkeys, goats
    3. Sheep and goats only
    4. Miscellaneous barnyard animals
    5. None of the above
  5. Who saw the star in the east?
    1. Shepherds
    2. Mary and Joseph
    3. Three Kings
    4. Both A and C
    5. None of the above
  6. According to the Bible, how did Mary and Joseph get to Bethlehem?
    1. Camel
    2. Donkey
    3. Walked
    4. Joseph walked; Mary rode a donkey
    5. Horse-drawn chariot
    6. Who knows?!
  7. How many angels spoke to the shepherds? (Luke 2:10)
    1. One
    2. Three
    3. Multitude
    4. None of the above
  8. What did the angels say/sing? (Luke 2:14)
    1. "Glory to God in the highest, etc."
    2. "Alleluia"
    3. "Unto us a child is born, Unto us a son is given"
    4. "Joy the world, the Lord is come"
    5. "Glory to the newborn King"
  9. What is a heavenly host?
    1. The angel at the gate of heaven
    2. The angel who serves refreshments in heaven
    3. An angel choir
    4. An angel army
    5. None of the above
  10. There was snow that first Christmas...
    1. Only in Bethlehem
    2. All over Israel
    3. Nowhere in Israel
    4. Somewhere in Israel
  11. What is Frankincense?
    1. A precious metal
    2. A precious fabric
    3. A precious perfume
    4. None of the above
  12. In Matthew, what does "wise men" or "Magi" refer to?
    1. Men of the educated class
    2. Eastern Kings
    3. Astronomers
    4. Sages
  13. What is Myrrh?
    1. Middle Eastern Money
    2. A drink
    3. An easily shaped metal
    4. A spice used for burying people
    5. None of the above
  14. How many wise men came to see Jesus?
    1. 3
    2. 10-12
    3. 40
    4. Who knows?!
  15. Where did the wise men find Jesus? (Matthew 2:11)
    1. In a manger
    2. In a stable
    3. In Nazareth
    4. In Saudi Arabia
    5. In a house
    6. None of the above
  16. When the wise men found Jesus he was... (Matthew 2:11)
    1. A babe wrapped in swaddling clothes
    2. A young child
    3. A boy in the temple
    4. A grown man
  17. The "star in the east" that the wise men followed... (Matthew 2:9)
    1. Stayed in the same place their entire journey
    2. Disappeared and reappeared
    3. Moved ahead of them and stopped over the place where Jesus was
    4. Was just a mirage
    5. None of the above
  18. The wise men stopped in Jerusalem... (Matthew 2:2)
    1. To inform Herod about Jesus
    2. To find out where Jesus was
    3. To ask about the star
    4. To buy presents
    5. None of the above
  19. Where do we find the Christmas story?
    1. Matthew
    2. Mark
    3. Luke
    4. John
    5. All of the above
    6. Only A and B
    7. Only A and C
    8. Only A, B, and C
  20. When Joseph found Mary was pregnant, what happened?
    1. They got married
    2. Joseph wanted to break the engagement
    3. Mary left town for three months
    4. A and B
    5. B and C
  21. Who told (made) Mary and Joseph go to Bethlehem? (Luke 2:1-5)
    1. The angel chorus
    2. Mary’s mother
    3. Herod
    4. The shepherds
    5. Caesar Augustus

I hope that you enjoyed this little educational diversion.

In Christ,



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