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Try your hand at the annual Xmas Quiz

In honor of the holidays, Spin Control lays off politics to brighten our readers’ spirits with the annual Christmas Quiz.
It’s a tradition that dates back at least to the last time Christmas was on a Sunday and there were no good topics for a political column. It’s also a chance to mix a bit of cheer with political trivia. For those who think Christmas and politics don’t mix, they obviously aren’t getting all the e-mails I’m getting from elected officials. They all wish you the very best these holidays, by the way.
And why not? Next year’s an election year. But enough of such cynicism, here are this year’s 12 trivias of Christmas:
1. In the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” what public service job did George Bailey have during World War II?
A. Draft board member.
B . Air raid warden.
C. Police auxiliary
D. War bond salesman
2. When Walt Kelley rewrote “Deck the Halls With Boughs of Holly,” for Pogo to “Deck Us All with Boston Charley,” what Washington city did he include?
A. Seattle
B. Spokane
C. Walla Walla
D. Tacoma
3. Where did Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer first appear?
A. In a children’s book
B. In a song written for Gene Autry.
C. In an article in the Saturday Evening Post magazine
D. In an animated television special
4. The Jewish festival of Hannakuh stems from a war between the Israelites and whom?
A. Babylonians
B. Egyptians
C. Greeks
D. Romans
5. Christmas was once against the law in an area that is now which U.S. state?
A . New York
B. North Carolina
C. Rhode Island
D. Massachusetts
6. What general was made commander of the Allied invasion forces on Christmas Eve, 1943?
A. George Patton
B. Douglas McArthur
C. George Marshall
D. Dwight Eisenhower
7. What First Lady wrote a Christmas story that features a girl named Marta?
A. Elinor Roosevelt
B. Jackie Kennedy
C. Barbara Bush
D. Laura Bush
8. If one follows the Bible religiously, what figures should not be in a Nativity Scene?
A. Angels
B. Shepherds
C. Wise Men
D. Cows
9. What elective office did Scrooge facetiously suggest his nephew seek?
A. Mayor of London
B. Member of parliament
C. Prime Minister
D. Chancellor of the exchequer
10. What kind of music does John Candy’s band play in “Home Alone”?
A. Heavy metal rock
B. Jazz
C. Polka
D. Country swing
11. When and where did the first celebration of Chrismas Day on Dec. 25 occur?
A. 2 A.D in Nazareth
B. 363 A.D in Rome
C. 1066 A.D., in England
D. 1703 A.D. in Paris
12. In 1968, Apollo 8 astronauts read from which book of the Bible in a Christmas Eve telecast from space?
A. Genesis
B. Exodus
C. Luke
D. Revelations
With most of government taking at least a three-day weekend, there’s no Spin Control on Sunday. Merry Christmas to all.
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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

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