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Quiz about All About Beards
Quiz about All About Beards

All About Beards Trivia Quiz


After submitting a single question recently on beards, I read further into it. Beards turned out to be really interesting. So here is a quiz on them. Have fun.

A multiple-choice quiz by Creedy. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Creedy
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
337,881
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
858
Awards
Top 20% Quiz
Last 3 plays: panagos (9/10), Guest 198 (7/10), Guest 96 (9/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. What is the study of beards known as? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. The rate at which a beard grows is genetic, but it is also linked to what other division of the human male physiology? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Ancient Egyptians often wore false beards as a sign of leadership. This included designing false beards for men, women - and what other creature? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Ancient Persians and Mesopotamians placed great value on beards. Not only did they spend a great deal of time oiling, plaiting or decorating them, what other style did they incorporate into them? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Such was the veneration in which beards were held, that many men breaking the law had their beards cut off as punishment. For which sin in particular was this the case? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. In ancient Greece, only portions of beards were removed as punishment. What was the only socially acceptable reason that a beard could be fully removed? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. During Alexander the Great's time, he introduced smooth shaven faces and insisted his own and that of his army be kept in this condition. Why was this? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. In Roman days, shaving, rather than beards, was the fashion. What did shaving represent? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Many of the Celtic and Germanic tribal men disliked beards, and, like the Beatles at their worst, preferred long moustaches and long hair instead. A young man was not allowed to shave until he had achieved what deed? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. By the 17th century in Russia, beards were frowned upon by Peter the Great. He ordered all men to shave them off - or face what consequence? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What is the study of beards known as?

Answer: Pogonology

There are people who study beards professionally! The study encompasses a broad field and many of these pogonologists find employment with cosmetic firms and firms that make shaving equipment.
2. The rate at which a beard grows is genetic, but it is also linked to what other division of the human male physiology?

Answer: The rate of his sexual activity

This is because the rate of beard growth is linked to the hormone testosterone. Recently this was shown to be the case by a physicist who carried out a series of several sojourns alone on an isolated island. Over each time period, his rate of beard growth grew less and less the longer he spent on the island.

However, each time the day arrived for him to be removed from his self-imposed isolation, his beard growth dramatically resumed again, especially on the first couple of days back in human society when he resumed, um, conjugal activities. I will never look at a bearded man the same way again.
3. Ancient Egyptians often wore false beards as a sign of leadership. This included designing false beards for men, women - and what other creature?

Answer: Cows

There is a link between this and religious belief. The worship of cows has played a major part in many ancient cultures stretching from Egypt to India, arising originally from the vital role that cattle played in the continuance of life for ancient peoples.

Indeed, the Israelite leader Moses had a great deal of trouble with his people when they left Egypt. After dwelling in that country for several hundred years, they had absorbed many of the Egyptian religious beliefs - including that of the worship of cattle.
4. Ancient Persians and Mesopotamians placed great value on beards. Not only did they spend a great deal of time oiling, plaiting or decorating them, what other style did they incorporate into them?

Answer: Ringlets

These were created with the use of tongs and curling irons especially made for this purpose. In many of these ancient societies, beards were associated with wisdom, knowledge, leadership skills and virility. Elaborately decorated and curled beards were a visible manifestation of these abilities.

Some leaders even had gold thread and fine jewellery interwoven through their beards to further enhance these perceptions.
5. Such was the veneration in which beards were held, that many men breaking the law had their beards cut off as punishment. For which sin in particular was this the case?

Answer: Adultery

Eastern nations in particular were known for this particular punishment, and because of the high regard in which beards were held, this was punishment indeed. It takes a long time for a fine beard to grow again. Those men who had been shorn of these locks were constantly mocked and laughed at in society for their lack of same. Such was the values of beards that a desperate man might even pledge his own as collateral when taking out a loan - or forfeit it in payment of a debt.
6. In ancient Greece, only portions of beards were removed as punishment. What was the only socially acceptable reason that a beard could be fully removed?

Answer: As a sign of mourning

Such was the importance in which a full beard was held in this society, that this practice of shaving it off as a sign of mourning was quickly replaced. The beard remained intact on the face of the mourner - but it was left untrimmed, uncurled and unadorned instead. One of the main reasons for this was that a beardless face was associated with effeminacy.
7. During Alexander the Great's time, he introduced smooth shaven faces and insisted his own and that of his army be kept in this condition. Why was this?

Answer: To prevent enemies grabbing it in battle

Apparently it was considered easier to kill a soldier in battle if one could grab hold of his beard. I should imagine it would prove somewhat distracting at that, if not downright painful. All levels of male society consequently followed this fashion trend set by Alexander, and only philosophers insisted on retaining their beards as a mark of their profession.
8. In Roman days, shaving, rather than beards, was the fashion. What did shaving represent?

Answer: Transition from boyhood to manhood

The first time a boy had a shave was quite an occasion in ancient Rome and it was celebrated in much the same way a 21st first birthday party is celebrated today - and with probably just as much alcohol. Unlike other societies when beards were removed as a sign of mourning, men in Roman times grew a beard instead to show their sorrow.

They also grew beards to mark some great public disaster, though how they thought that could help is beyond me.
9. Many of the Celtic and Germanic tribal men disliked beards, and, like the Beatles at their worst, preferred long moustaches and long hair instead. A young man was not allowed to shave until he had achieved what deed?

Answer: Killed his first enemy

This belief was held by the Germanic tribes in particular. If you presented yourself in society as clean-shaven, it meant you'd successfully become a murderer. How jolly. However, the Lombards preferred very long beards instead of the clean shaven chins favoured by their neighbours, and were commonly referred to as the Longbeards. That didn't mean they were any less murderous though.
10. By the 17th century in Russia, beards were frowned upon by Peter the Great. He ordered all men to shave them off - or face what consequence?

Answer: Pay tax on them

This was not so much a matter of a fashion statement by Peter the Great, but a case of his bringing Russia into line with the rest of Europe where men generally went beardless. By England's Queen Victoria's time however, beards and moustaches were back in fashion again. And over in America, right up to President Taft's time, only two of that country's Presidents were seen without a bushy face.
Source: Author Creedy

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