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We Three Kings Trivia Quiz


Here are some questions that sprang to my mind as I was listening to this familiar Christmas carol.

A multiple-choice quiz by looney_tunes. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
looney_tunes
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
378,579
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
948
Awards
Top 10% Quiz
Last 3 plays: Guest 87 (8/10), Johnmcmanners (10/10), Guest 173 (7/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. "We three kings of Orient are"
What does the word Orient mean?
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Question 2 of 10
2. "Bearing gifts we traverse afar / Field and fountain / moor and mountain"
What is a moor, as the word is used here?
Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. "Following yonder star"
What kind of celestial object is suggested by some to have been visible at the time of Jesus' birth, and may be what is being described here as a star?
Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. "O Star of wonder, star of night / Star with royal beauty bright / Westward leading, still proceeding / Guide us by thy Perfect Light"
Why is the star said to have a "perfect light"?
Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. "Born a King on Bethlehem's plain"
Is the town of Bethlehem in Judea located on a plain?


Question 6 of 10
6. "Gold I bring to crown Him again / King forever, ceasing never / Over us all to reign"
What is going to be done with the gold they bear, according to this line?
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Question 7 of 10
7. "Frankincense to offer have I / Incense owns a Deity nigh / Prayer and praising, all men raising / Worship Him, God most high"
Frankincense is, as the carol says, a kind of incense. Where does it come from?
Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. "Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume / Breathes of life of gathering gloom / Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying / Sealed in the stone-cold tomb"
Why is myrrh described as being involved with death?
Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. "Glorious now behold Him arise"
Christians believe that this line refers to what event in the life of Jesus?
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Question 10 of 10
10. "King and God and Sacrifice / Alleluia, Alleluia / Earth to heav'n replies"
What is the meaning of the word 'Alleluia'?
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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. "We three kings of Orient are" What does the word Orient mean?

Answer: East

The word Orient usually refers to places in Asia, which are to the east of Europe. It comes from the Latin word 'oriens', which means rising - the sun rises in the east.
2. "Bearing gifts we traverse afar / Field and fountain / moor and mountain" What is a moor, as the word is used here?

Answer: A flat highland area covered in grass and shrubs

This verse of the song is describing their long journey, and the physical obstacles they had to overcome - crossing farmland, rivers, mountains and scrublands as they travelled.

You can moor a boat by tying it up at a mooring, and the African Moors are also real people, but a second serving of food is more likely to be referred to as some more.
3. "Following yonder star" What kind of celestial object is suggested by some to have been visible at the time of Jesus' birth, and may be what is being described here as a star?

Answer: Comet

The Star of Bethlehem may well have been invented by Mark, the author of the only Gospel to mention its existence. It has been suggested that the image may have been inspired by the appearance of Halley's Comet at about the time when his gospel is believed to have been written. If there was another comet visible at the time and place of Jesus' birth, it has not been clearly identified by historians. Whether it was a real event or not, the star shining over the town of Bethlehem is a common feature of many Christmas stories.
4. "O Star of wonder, star of night / Star with royal beauty bright / Westward leading, still proceeding / Guide us by thy Perfect Light" Why is the star said to have a "perfect light"?

Answer: It is leading the way to Jesus

The star is supposed to be hovering over the location of Jesus, so its light is the perfect way for them to find him and offer their gifts and worship. Because Jesus was expected to be the Messiah, also called the King of the Jews, this is also a royal beauty, associated with a king.

In an alternative wording to this verse, the phrase used is "Guide us to thy Perfect Light", where the Perfect Light refers to Jesus, who is metaphorically the Light of the World.
5. "Born a King on Bethlehem's plain" Is the town of Bethlehem in Judea located on a plain?

Answer: No

Bethlehem is located in the region of the Judean Mountains, about half a mile above sea level. Although this city is traditionally considered the birthplace of Jesus, modern scholars suggest that there wasn't actually any settlement there at the appropriate time, and that he may have been born in the town of Bethlehem in Galilee.
6. "Gold I bring to crown Him again / King forever, ceasing never / Over us all to reign" What is going to be done with the gold they bear, according to this line?

Answer: It will be made into a crown for the Messiah to wear

Gold is traditionally the metal from which royal crowns are made, often decorated with jewels to show the king's wealth and power. Although hitting someone over the head can be called crowning them, that is presumably not what the magi have in mind.
7. "Frankincense to offer have I / Incense owns a Deity nigh / Prayer and praising, all men raising / Worship Him, God most high" Frankincense is, as the carol says, a kind of incense. Where does it come from?

Answer: It is hardened resin from a tree

The tree Boswellia sacra produces the resin that dries to form the highest quality incense. It originated on the Arabian peninsula (in Yemen and Oman) and northeastern Africa (especially in Somalia). The word frankincense comes from French words meaning 'best incense'.
8. "Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume / Breathes of life of gathering gloom / Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying / Sealed in the stone-cold tomb" Why is myrrh described as being involved with death?

Answer: Jesus was said to have been given wine mixed with myrrh just before he was crucified

The Gospel of Mark (Chapter 15, verse 23 in the King James Version) relates that the soldiers who were about to crucify Jesus offered him a drink of wine which had been mixed with myrrh, which is very bitter. It is not poisonous, and is actually used for a number of medicinal purposes (but not as an antidote for arsenic poisoning). Like frankincense, it is a resinous product, but it comes from Commiphora bushes.

It was widely used as a perfume as well as a medicine.
9. "Glorious now behold Him arise" Christians believe that this line refers to what event in the life of Jesus?

Answer: After Jesus was crucified, he came back to life

The resurrection of Jesus is celebrated on Easter. Most Christians believe that he died and came back to life, so that he could help all people achieve everlasting life through their belief in him.

The Bible has no record of Jesus having any interaction with an alien spacecraft. Matthew (Chapter 14, verses 23-26 in the King James Version) does describe Jesus going up a mountain to pray, but there is no suggestion that it was any extraordinary feat. His subsequent walking on water was considered a miracle of faith, not levitation as such.
10. "King and God and Sacrifice / Alleluia, Alleluia / Earth to heav'n replies" What is the meaning of the word 'Alleluia'?

Answer: Praise the Lord

The word 'Alleluia', also written 'Hallelujah', comes from Hebrew words meaning 'praise ye Jah'. Ye is a word meaning all of you are to follow this instruction, and Jah is an abbreviation of Jahweh, the Hebrew term used to refer to the divine entity Christians call God. It is used as an expression of joy and triumph.

The word 'Amen' is often translated as 'so be it', and the Latin word 'Credo' (I believe) is the source for the name given to the summaries of faith called Creeds.
Source: Author looney_tunes

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