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Quiz about In the Summertime
Quiz about In the Summertime

In the Summertime Trivia Quiz


You know what you do during that wonderful time of year when the sun stays out longer, but how about everyone else? Here is a look at some summer traditions around the world from common to quirky. Some questions are long so HTML mode is recommended.

A multiple-choice quiz by namrewsna. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
namrewsna
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
374,743
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
8 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. Before we begin celebrating, take a moment to think of the poor unfortunate souls on the other half of the planet who are languishing in winter while you enjoy summer. (Or, if instead you are plowing through winter while taking this, remember that somewhere out there, the other half is keeping summer alive for you.) Just to be sure you are thinking of others, please fill these blanks. Summer is June-August in the ______ hemisphere and December-February in the ______ hemisphere. Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Many traditions exist around the world for summer's longest day. If you are dancing around a pole which locals call a midsommarstång, where is the celebration most likely being held? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Duanwu festival is a national Chinese holiday. The centerpiece of the festivities feature which type of races? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. The town of Oatman, Arizona, in the USA holds an annual contest revolving around which of the following sayings, commonly heard in the summertime? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Perhaps you are looking for something a bit more sedate than the usual summer fare? If so the festival of Obon may be for you. It is a time to honor one's ancestors. It has grown to be celebrated all around the world but had its origins on which Pacific island nation?
Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. In Ireland the Puck Fair features which wild (one might even say gruff) animal being crowned King for three days? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. If you spend a summer night enjoying the sight of Perseids or Geminids streaking, what in the world are you doing? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. In the summertime there is a good chance you might eat outside no matter where you live but if you get invited to a braai, where are you probably eating? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. At the end of summer in Park City, Utah, comes Miners' Day. The centerpiece of the day's activities is the Running of the Balls (sic). Modelled after the similarly named and slightly better known event in Pamplona, Spain, daring locals sprint ahead of the onslaught of thousands of what items which are "running" toward them? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Finally, this quiz would not be complete without a nod to the song (of the same name) which, along with a challenge, inspired the quiz. All of the following are suggested by Mungo Jerry as things you could do "In the Summertime" except which one? Hint



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1. Before we begin celebrating, take a moment to think of the poor unfortunate souls on the other half of the planet who are languishing in winter while you enjoy summer. (Or, if instead you are plowing through winter while taking this, remember that somewhere out there, the other half is keeping summer alive for you.) Just to be sure you are thinking of others, please fill these blanks. Summer is June-August in the ______ hemisphere and December-February in the ______ hemisphere.

Answer: northern/southern

Things are a bit different for those down there (or up there) on the other half of the world. The exact dates for seasonal ranges vary by country, region, and calendar used but these are the most generally accepted time ranges. Think of holidays you strongly associate with a particular season and imagine it in the opposite kind of weather. Also we should give a nod to those living in the tropics who essentially enjoy perpetual summer. How would it be?
2. Many traditions exist around the world for summer's longest day. If you are dancing around a pole which locals call a midsommarstång, where is the celebration most likely being held?

Answer: Sweden

Though midsummer/summer solstice festivals are common in many places around the world, arguably none are bigger than those held in Sweden and parts of neighbouring Finland with a large Swedish population. There has even been serious talk of moving Sweden's national day to Midsummer's Eve. Sweden as a whole tries to make the most of a short summer season with a long holiday period, and at a fair distance from the equator the days are very long.

The oldest traditions of the day center on the midsommarstång, which is typically decorated with a mixture of pagan fertility symbols, cross pollinated (so to speak) with some Christian symbolism. Local traditions vary but dancing around the "maypole" is a constant.
3. Duanwu festival is a national Chinese holiday. The centerpiece of the festivities feature which type of races?

Answer: Dragon boat

Duanwu evolved over time to be celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese calendar, meaning its date will vary year by year on the Gregorian calendar but it is usually sometime in June. Various origin stories exist for the festival but almost all versions agree the festival was started to honor Qu Yuan, a Zhou dynasty poet and advisor to the royal house of Chu who was accused of treason and exiled when he advised the Chu king against an alliance with the rival state of Qin. Years later the alliance went sour to the point of open warfare and Qin eventually captured the Chu capital. Qu Yuan was so distraught when the capital fell, he drowned himself in the Miluo River. Legend holds that local villagers raced out in boats to try and save him (hence the tradition of the races), and, upon resigning that their rescue attempt was in vain, began dropping balls of rice into the river as a symbolic offering to Qu Yuan and/or to prevent the fish from eating his body.

This is said to be the origin of zongzi (dumplings), a food with strong ties to Duanwu.
4. The town of Oatman, Arizona, in the USA holds an annual contest revolving around which of the following sayings, commonly heard in the summertime?

Answer: It is hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk

Yes that is right, the "fry an egg on the sidewalk" contest has become a summer staple and even a mild tourist draw for Oatman. In everyday use, this statement is blatent hyperbole and just a humorous way to say it is very hot outside, but over the years, numerous attempts have been made in various locales to test if you really can fry an egg on a sidewalk. Even on a very hot day the answer is generally no. Usually the concrete simply is not hot enough so these attempts typically end in a gooey, half cooked mess.

However, summer temperatures in Arizona regularly ride around 105 F (40 C) or higher which makes the minimum "griddle" egg frying temperature of about 160 F (70 C) more plausible. In 1991 during a heatwave in Oatman the tradition was born. Contestants and spectators line the street and at exactly noon, all entrants simultaneously crack open their eggs which are then allowed 15 minutes to cook. Implements to better capture and focus sunlight are allowed (such as mirrors, magnifying glasses, and foil). The use of foil or some other non-stick surface is strongly encouraged since the first contest in 1991 ended in disaster with eggs stuck to the pavement when placed on it directly. Non-solar heat sources such as fire or electric powered cooking tools are forbidden. The winner is the one judged as having produced the most edible-looking result.
5. Perhaps you are looking for something a bit more sedate than the usual summer fare? If so the festival of Obon may be for you. It is a time to honor one's ancestors. It has grown to be celebrated all around the world but had its origins on which Pacific island nation?

Answer: Japan

Traditional Buddhist activities for Obon or Bon include a ceremonial dance, preparation of an in-home altar where the deceased can visit as spirits, as well as visitation/cleaning of the graves of said ancestors. The familial nature of the festival has led naturally to family reunions frequently being arranged around it and the holiday has been secularized somewhat over its roughly half a millennium of existence, so much so that it has come to be celebrated as a general holiday as much as a religious one and the timing has even been moved in some southern hemisphere locales to keep it in summer.
6. In Ireland the Puck Fair features which wild (one might even say gruff) animal being crowned King for three days?

Answer: Goat

The fair is held starting on the 10th of August in Killorglin, County Kerry. The fair can only officially be traced back to the early 1600s but it is believed to be much older than that. It begins on "Gathering Day" with a hunting party having gone into the mountains earlier, returns with a goat deemed suitable to carry the heavy mantle of leadership. A local schoolgirl having been named the Queen of Puck conducts a coronation ceremony where the goat is crowned King Puck. The King then rules for three days over the town and over such events as a parade, horse fair and loads of carnival attractions.

Fear not for the fate of the King. On "Scattering Day", though he is forced to abdicate, the goat is returned safely to his mountain home...perhaps with a wild tale for the other goats. "You're not going to believe this! Not only did they not eat me, but..."
7. If you spend a summer night enjoying the sight of Perseids or Geminids streaking, what in the world are you doing?

Answer: Watching a meteor shower

Meteor showers are a big draw for both long term enthusiasts and newcomers. Though stargazing can be done on a clear night in any season, the warmer temperatures of summer make it generally more enjoyable and some of the most spectacular showers are seen in summer with the Perseids in mid August for the Northern Hemisphere and the Geminids in December for the Southern Hemisphere.

The names come from the constellations in the portion of sky where those showers are most prevalent (Gemini and Perseus respectively)
8. In the summertime there is a good chance you might eat outside no matter where you live but if you get invited to a braai, where are you probably eating?

Answer: South Africa

The term braai comes from the Afrikaans word braaivleis meaning roasted meat. Think of it as a cook-out or barbeque for a point of reference but it is more than just the food. No particular holiday is needed (although South Africa does have an official Braai Day) as a braai, once planned, becomes its own event, and can be used to celebrate homecomings, farewells, promotions, graduations, birthdays... Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays ... okay, you get it. Braais happen any time friends and family want to gather and celebrate. They can occur all year long but are strongly tied to summer. The traditional cooking method is over a wood fire and though many braais are done over charcoal, traditionalists insist on wood.

Often it becomes a bit of a potluck affair with guests bringing side dishes or meat of their own to be cooked. A traditional staple is pap (porridge) to be eaten along with the meat. The food will vary quite a bit by region and by personal tastes.

The dop (drink) is also a must. Though the term does not designate a particular type of beverage, in practice beer and wine seem to dominate.
9. At the end of summer in Park City, Utah, comes Miners' Day. The centerpiece of the day's activities is the Running of the Balls (sic). Modelled after the similarly named and slightly better known event in Pamplona, Spain, daring locals sprint ahead of the onslaught of thousands of what items which are "running" toward them?

Answer: Golf balls

The city rests on a considerable slope and on Miners' Day (recognizing the city's history in the silver mining industry), the main street is blocked off and a bound track is set up in the middle third of the street. At the start of the course, a large reservoir of yellow golf balls (about 10,000) is positioned atop a sluice-like ramp, and the entire mass is released at the appointed time. Just moments earlier, the runners are given a go signal and begin the frantic descent hoping to reach the safe zone beyond the finish line unscathed

It may all sound like a big joke in comparison to the threat of getting gored by a bull, and in truth it mostly is, but if you fell and got pelted by hundreds and maybe thousands of golf balls it would not be your best day! The balls are all numbered and may be "adopted" for the day for a nominal fee and the chance to win prizes if your number is called as one of the winning balls. The money raised goes towards various charities. Even if you don't win or run, you can still get in on the action as every year dozens of the feistiest balls jump the track and spill into the crowd, where onlookers are encouraged to toss them back in and send them on their way.
10. Finally, this quiz would not be complete without a nod to the song (of the same name) which, along with a challenge, inspired the quiz. All of the following are suggested by Mungo Jerry as things you could do "In the Summertime" except which one?

Answer: Stay inside to not get burnt

In other words, summer is a good time to get out as much as you can and enjoy life, whatever that may mean doing for you personally.

One line in the song seems to sum up the whole point with a pitch for unquenchable optimism and enjoying carefree days as much as you can:

"We're always happy
Life's for livin' yeah that's our philosophy."
Source: Author namrewsna

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