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Quiz about Some Aussie Chrissie Books
Quiz about Some Aussie Chrissie Books

Some Aussie Chrissie Books Trivia Quiz


Australians love to adapt things to our own setting, and Christmas is no exception. These Australian books change the standard tropes (such as winter snow and reindeer) into more locally- appropriate ones (such as the beach in summer and kangaroos).

A photo quiz by looney_tunes. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
looney_tunes
Time
4 mins
Type
Photo Quiz
Quiz #
407,507
Updated
Dec 13 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Very Easy
Avg Score
9 / 10
Plays
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Awards
Top 10% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. In 2005 Yvonne Morrison published 'An Aussie Night Before Christmas', an adaptation of the familiar poem attributed to Clement Moore. What word is missing from these opening lines?

"'Twas the night before Christmas; there wasn't a sound.
Not a _____ was stirring; no-one was around.
We'd left on the table some tucker and beer,
Hoping that Santa Claus soon would be here;"
Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. 'A Bush Christmas', first published in 1931, describes a family and their neighbour eating a traditional English Christmas dinner, despite the unrelenting heat of the day. As the neighbour heads home in the evening, what does the father say he should do, to make up for having spent such a lazy day? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Colin Buchanan produced a book whose words were the lyrics to an Australian version of a well-known Christmas song. Try singing along with the opening lines, and complete the title, 'Aussie _________'.

"Dashing through the bush, in a rusty Holden Ute,
Kicking up the dust, Esky in the boot,"

Answer: (Two Words)
Question 4 of 10
4. 'A Snugglepot and Cuddlepie Christmas Adventure' features May Gibbs's gumnut babies getting ready for Christmas. Which of these regular members of their adventures hinders their preparations? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Books that illustrate songs are always popular with children. When Heath McKenzie illustrated 'The Australian Twelve Days of Christmas', what kind of bird was drawn for the first day? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. In 'A Christmas Wombat' by Jackie French, the wombat has a fight with Santa's reindeer over which of these? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. 'Santa's Aussie Mixup', a story with CD accompaniment from Colin Buchanan, features Santa enlisting Australian animals to help him get his presents delivered. Everyone wants to help, but who gets selected? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. In Mem Fox's story 'Wombat Divine', in what traditional Christmas activity does Wombat want to participate? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Life in the Australian bush can be precarious, affected dramatically by the weather. What does Jane want for Christmas in the book 'All I Want for Christmas is _____" by Cori Brooks? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Colin Buchanan and Greg champion wrote a parody song titled 'We Wish You a Ripper Christmas', which was then distributed as a CD accompanying a book of the same title, illustrated by Roland Harvey. In this story, what Australian animal is Santa? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. In 2005 Yvonne Morrison published 'An Aussie Night Before Christmas', an adaptation of the familiar poem attributed to Clement Moore. What word is missing from these opening lines? "'Twas the night before Christmas; there wasn't a sound. Not a _____ was stirring; no-one was around. We'd left on the table some tucker and beer, Hoping that Santa Claus soon would be here;"

Answer: possum

While Australia does have mice, the creatures that were not stirring in the original poem, a possum is more commonly found sharing a suburban residence. The visions of sugarplums have been replaced by dreams of pavlovas, and Santa arrives in "a rusty old Ute pulled by eight mighty 'roos" named Kylie, Kirsty, Shazza, Shane, Kipper, Skipper, Bazza and Wayne.

After delivering a number of prezzies suited to summer activities, Santa departed, shouting "'MERRY CHRISTMAS to all, and goodonya, MATES!'"
2. 'A Bush Christmas', first published in 1931, describes a family and their neighbour eating a traditional English Christmas dinner, despite the unrelenting heat of the day. As the neighbour heads home in the evening, what does the father say he should do, to make up for having spent such a lazy day?

Answer: Repair a fence

The poem evokes the heat of an Australian summer, and a number of observations are made about the unsuitable nature of the midday meal - but they devour it anyway. After lunch, while consuming some cold beers, Mr Rogan, the neighbour, reminisces about English Christmases from his youth, and the children are amazed to hear what it was like.

"His old eyes glisten as he sees
Half glimpses of old memories,
Of whitened fields and winter snows,
And yuletide logs and mistletoes,
And all that half-forgotten, hallowed joy.

The children listen, mouths agape,
And see a land with no escape
For biting cold and snow and frost --
A land to all earth's brightness lost,
A strange and freakish Christmas land to them."

When the party breaks up, Dad remarks that he really ought to go wire the top fence, and Mum resignedly heads off to do the dishes.
3. Colin Buchanan produced a book whose words were the lyrics to an Australian version of a well-known Christmas song. Try singing along with the opening lines, and complete the title, 'Aussie _________'. "Dashing through the bush, in a rusty Holden Ute, Kicking up the dust, Esky in the boot,"

Answer: Jingle Bells

Compare this to the original:
"Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh,
O'er the fields we go, laughing all the way,"

Very few places in Australia see snow in the dead of winter, let alone at Christmas; there is, however, plenty of open countryside, or bush. No snow means no sleigh, but the traditional farm vehicle can be adapted. Holden is an Australian brand of car, and that company was responsible for developing a utility vehicle, or ute, a design they later shared with American carmakers. It has a closed cabin and an open back, designed to meet a farmer's request for a vehicle that could carry pigs to market on a weekday, and take the family to church on Sunday. An Esky is a brand name for a container to hold ice and drinks, traditionally beer, so they stay cold as they are carried along.
4. 'A Snugglepot and Cuddlepie Christmas Adventure' features May Gibbs's gumnut babies getting ready for Christmas. Which of these regular members of their adventures hinders their preparations?

Answer: Mrs Snake

Although May Gibbs died in 1969, her estate has authorised May Gibbs Gumnut Babies to produce new stories in the style of the originals, and this one was published in 2013. Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are both boys, designed to resemble gumnuts (but with unbearably cute eyelashes, and wearing a strategically-placed gum leaf); the girls in the books resemble the flowers.

In this story, the boys are getting themselves organised - cleaning the house, decorating a tree in the yard, and pondering the presents they expect to receive), but Mrs Snake, a regular antagonist, makes it difficult. Don't worry, they get it sorted!
5. Books that illustrate songs are always popular with children. When Heath McKenzie illustrated 'The Australian Twelve Days of Christmas', what kind of bird was drawn for the first day?

Answer: Emu

The others all appeared later in the song, which is obviously an adaptation of the traditional 'Twelve Days of Christmas', with Australian animals replacing the original gifts. If the true love sends everything listed each day, and not just that day's new addition, the recipient eventually ends up with 364 animals, including 42 dingoes! Here is the entire list, from the twelfth day:

"Twelve parrots prattling,
Eleven numbats nagging,
Ten lizards leaping,
Nine wombats working,
Eight dingoes digging,
Seven possums playing,
Six brolgas dancing,
Five kangaroos,
Four koalas cuddling,
Three kookaburras laughing,
Two pink galahs,
And an emu up a gum tree."
6. In 'A Christmas Wombat' by Jackie French, the wombat has a fight with Santa's reindeer over which of these?

Answer: Carrots

Wombat's day starts off with a familiar routine of sleeping, eating, sleeping, gentle activity, sleeping - you get the picture. But it's Christmas, and the day gets unusual, starting with a Christmas tree ornament that falls onto his nose! Wombat shows the ornaments who is boss, but when he has a disagreement with Santa's reindeer over the carrots that had been placed out, it's a tougher battle. Wombat is victorious, and curls up in Santa's sleigh to keep munching (and sleeping).
7. 'Santa's Aussie Mixup', a story with CD accompaniment from Colin Buchanan, features Santa enlisting Australian animals to help him get his presents delivered. Everyone wants to help, but who gets selected?

Answer: Kangaroo and Emu

If I told you that the words of the story can be sung to the tune of the Australian national anthem, 'Advance Australia Fair', then the choice of the two animals used on the Australian coat of arms would be rather obvious. Unfortunately for Santa, they have a lot more enthusiasm than skill in the present-delivering department, and gifts are misdelivered all over the place, before finally getting sorted. Simon Swingler's illustrations add to the fun.
8. In Mem Fox's story 'Wombat Divine', in what traditional Christmas activity does Wombat want to participate?

Answer: Nativity play

Young Wombat is finally old enough to be part of the annual event, so he excitedly attends the auditions. When he is rejected for every part as being unsuited (too short, too stout, too clumsy, etc.), he gets discouraged. Then Emu suggests that a sleepy wombat would make the perfect Christ child, and he was right! Most of the characters in the story are familiar to Australian children - including kangaroos, koalas, platypuses, numbats and bilbies. 'Wombat Divine' was used as the theme for the 2009 Christmas window display in Myers, a large Melbourne department store.
9. Life in the Australian bush can be precarious, affected dramatically by the weather. What does Jane want for Christmas in the book 'All I Want for Christmas is _____" by Cori Brooks?

Answer: Rain

As a lengthy drought threatens to make it impossible for her family to keep living on their property, and it looks like a grim Christmas ahead, Jane hopes for rain to ease the strain on the entire community. This story was written to make children aware of the extent of drought-affected areas in Australia at the time of writing, and to encourage them to appreciate the need for water conservation. 'All I Want for Christmas is Rain' was shortlisted for the Children's Book Council of Australia Early Childhood Book of the Year in 2017.

By the way, she gets her wish!
10. Colin Buchanan and Greg champion wrote a parody song titled 'We Wish You a Ripper Christmas', which was then distributed as a CD accompanying a book of the same title, illustrated by Roland Harvey. In this story, what Australian animal is Santa?

Answer: Wombat

Santa Wombat is on his way to deliver the prezzies to the bush families on his list, when the list is blown away. Disaster! He searches everywhere, and we see a number of Australian animals engaged in typical summer activities - emus playing cricket against kangaroos, koalas hanging Christmas decorations, and more. The book is accompanied by a CD of the song to add to the fun.

"We wish you a ripper Christmas
A full-bore ripper Christmas
A deadset ripper Christmas
And a snappy New Year."
Source: Author looney_tunes

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