Quiz about Cemeteries Can be Fun
Quiz about Cemeteries Can be Fun

Cemeteries Can be Fun Trivia Quiz


Cemeteries are full of information that tell us a lot about our history and our present. Many people think being a cemetery enthusiast is a little morbid, but those hooked by this hobby know that it can be both rewarding and enjoyable.

A multiple-choice quiz by Bigwoo. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Bigwoo
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
259,146
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
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Awards
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1. What term do cemetery enthusiasts use to describe their hobby of exploring a cemetery? Hint

Tomb hopping
Graving
Cemetery visiting
History Hunting

2. Which of these purposes would be a good reason to explore a cemetery? Hint

Architectural purposes
Historical purposes
All of these would be a good reason to explore a cemetery
Genealogical purposes

3. If some one dares to clean a gravestone, what items do cemetery preservationists suggest you use? Hint

Water and a soft bristled brush
Harsh chemicals
A hammer and a chisel
Acid and a lighter

4. What did you find if you discovered a "zinker" while visiting a cemetery? Hint

A pot used to hold artificial flowers
A pine tree planted by a grave
The gate to a crypt
A gravestone made from zinc

5. While exploring a cemetery, you find a grave marker with the letters "WOW" inscribed on it. What did you find? Hint

A really big grave marker
A grave marker provided by the Woodmen of the World
A gravestone provided to members of the Wild Old Women Club
The grave of Willy Oldham Wonka

6. Many historical cemeteries offer guided tours to the public.

True
False

7. On a walk through a cemetery you discover a cenotaph. What did you find? Hint

A tomb or monument erected in honor of a person or persons whose remains are elsewhere
A temporary headstone marking a grave
A metal placard placed in the ground by a gravestone indicating what war a veteran has fought in
An oval shaped gravestone placed on a large granite base

8. Some cemetery enthusiasts have used their love for exploring cemeteries to develop successful entrepreneurial ventures. What internationally famous cemetery hobbyist website was founded by Jim Tipton? Hint

GraveAddiction.com
CemeteriesRUs.com
ILoveGraveyards.com
FindAGrave.com

9. In some cemeteries you may come across a Potter's Field. Who is usually buried there? Hint

Paupers
Septuagenarians
Potters and other artisans
Prisoners

10. While visiting a cemetery you may find a verse or saying inscribed on a gravestone. What is this called? Hint

Memory Verse
A proverb
Funerary Literature
Epitaph


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What term do cemetery enthusiasts use to describe their hobby of exploring a cemetery?

Answer: Graving

"Graving" is a hobby that is increasing in popularity. Although some people may find this hobby a little weird a growing number of people enjoy the hobby of finding and photographing graves in order to preserve history and family ancestries.
2. Which of these purposes would be a good reason to explore a cemetery?

Answer: All of these would be a good reason to explore a cemetery

There is much history in cemeteries. Many "gravers" have a particular interest when searching cemeteries. Some seek out the graves of the rich and famous, Civil War veterans etc. Many genealogists explore cemeteries in search of information to help trace their family's roots. Those interested in architecture also explore cemeteries to view the many different styles of structural design that can be found on tombs.
3. If some one dares to clean a gravestone, what items do cemetery preservationists suggest you use?

Answer: Water and a soft bristled brush

Using anything but water and a soft bristled brush could seriously damage the gravestone. If a gravestone cannot be cleaned with these items, than it is best to leave it alone or call a professional preservationist.
4. What did you find if you discovered a "zinker" while visiting a cemetery?

Answer: A gravestone made from zinc

Zinkers were manufactured from 1873 to about 1920. The Monumental Bronze Company located in Bridgeport, Connecticut was the largest manufacturer. They were designed to look like the more expensive granite and marble headstones, but were actually made of zinc by using a metal casting process. The zinc gave them a bluish white color, so they are often referred to as white bronze markers.
5. While exploring a cemetery, you find a grave marker with the letters "WOW" inscribed on it. What did you find?

Answer: A grave marker provided by the Woodmen of the World

Woodmen of the World is an American fraternal insurance company. Beginning in the 1880s the insurance company would provide the widow of a deceased client $100 and a free gravestone if the logo of the insurance company could be put on the stone. The "Woodmen of the World" logo traditionally WOW had four objects on them: the Maul, Axe, Wedge and Dove.

The motto "Dum Tacet Clamat", Latin meaning "though silent, he speaks", also appeared on many WOW gravestones. Styles and sizes of the stone varied greatly throughout the years.

The practice was phased out in the 1920's due to prohibitive costs.
6. Many historical cemeteries offer guided tours to the public.

Answer: True

Many cemeteries like Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington DC and Crown Point Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana offer tours to the public. Internationally famous cemeteries like Père Lachaise in Paris France and the Melbourne General Cemetery in Australia also offer tours.
7. On a walk through a cemetery you discover a cenotaph. What did you find?

Answer: A tomb or monument erected in honor of a person or persons whose remains are elsewhere

"Cenotaph" is derived from Greek Words meaning empty tomb. It can be erected to memorialize an individual whose body was lost or who is buried elsewhere.
8. Some cemetery enthusiasts have used their love for exploring cemeteries to develop successful entrepreneurial ventures. What internationally famous cemetery hobbyist website was founded by Jim Tipton?

Answer: FindAGrave.com

Tipton began FindAGrave.com in 1995 because he could not find a website that coincided with his hobby of photographing graves of famous people. The site has over 200,000 contributors and over 15 million grave records used by historians, genealogists, preservationists and people seeking family members. Tipton is considered a pioneer in the development and popularization of this hobby.
9. In some cemeteries you may come across a Potter's Field. Who is usually buried there?

Answer: Paupers

It is a part of the cemetery reserved for the burial of unknown and/or indigent individuals. The term comes from the Bible (Matthew 27:7), when the chief priests determined what to do with the thirty pieces of silver returned by a penitent Judas Iscariot.

The Bible says, "So they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in." It was not called the potter's field because a potter owned it, but because the ground was too bad to grow crops so potters used the land to dig clay.
10. While visiting a cemetery you may find a verse or saying inscribed on a gravestone. What is this called?

Answer: Epitaph

Epitaphs in Colonial America were usually used to give a warning about the certainty of death not comfort. An example would be, "As you are now once was I, As I am now, so you shall be..." As attitudes toward death changed, epitaphs changed to convey feelings of grief and/or hope.
Source: Author Bigwoo

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