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The Which? Conversation Great Easter Quiz


Quizmaster and community member, Ian, challenges you to the Which? Conversation Great Easter Quiz…

With a mere 252 shopping days to Christmas, we thought you all deserved a special Easter quiz to help stave off the chocolate-induced sleepiness. Ten quick questions with the answers revealed in the comments below. Have fun and a wonderful Easter!

1. We all enjoy our Easter eggs, but how long ago was the tradition of painting eggs first thought to have started?

A) 60,000 years ago
B) 2,000 years ago
C) 1,000 years ago
D) 300 years ago

2. How did bunnies become a feature of Easter?

A) They’re warm and cuddly
B) People used to eat rabbit on Easter Sunday
C) They’re a marketing ploy
D) Their rapid reproduction

3. Seven years ago, we taste tested chocolates (oh, the things our researchers have to do…) and two years later we tested them again. Interestingly, the same unselfish slave to duty oversaw the research. What was his name?

A) Patrick Steen
B) Martin Christy
C) James Bond
D) Joseph Cadbury

4. In 2007, the makers of which chocolate bars promised to stop targeting advertising at children under 12?

A) Bounty and Milk Tray
B) Rolo and Milky Bar
C) Mars and Snickers
D) Amul Chocolate

5. Easter is a time we associate with newborn lambs – which we eventually eat. But in 2014, when we looked at takeaways in London and Birmingham, what percentage of lamb takeaway meals contained no lamb at all?

A) 2%
B) 5%
C) 8%
D) 20%

6. What effect does the smell of chocolate have on us?

A) It makes us hyperactive
B) It makes us sleepy
C) It makes us dream
D) It makes us aggressive

7. In many places the rabbit is closely associated with Easter, but one country uses the cuckoo. Which is it?

A) Germany
B) Romania
C) Russia
D) Switzerland

8. Easter eggs in computing are inside jokes that appear when certain key combinations are pressed. Started by the Atari company, they spread to most computers and even to high-precision electrical equipment. What piece of equipment played an Asteroids game called Rocks?

A) An Epson Laser printer
B) A Brookhaven National PET scanner
C) The Jodrell Bank radio telescope
D) An HP 54622D oscilloscope

9. What company’s limited-edition Easter eggs were priced at £8,832.50 on Amazon this week?

A) Cadbury’s
B) Nestle’s
C) Thorntons’
D) Mars’

10. What connects the year 1722 and a miro manga erua?

A) Christmas Island
B) Easter Island
C) Mauritania
D) The Czech Republic

This quiz was complied by Which? Conversation community member, Ian. All views expressed here are Ian’s own, and not necessarily those also shared by Which?.


1c, 2b, 3a, 4c, 5d, 6a, 7c, 8d, 9b, 10b

Ammused by the caveat, “All views expressed here are Ian’s own, and not necessarily those also shared by Which?.”

Best wishes, everyone.

Sophie and I agree on only 4 out of 10 so the answers will be intereastering.

The question I should like an answer to is which bird’s egg was the inspiration for the modern chocolate Easter egg?

I suppose they’ll be going “cheep” tomorrow.

I could not be bothered to look up the answers so here are my guesses.5


Thanks Ian.

And the answers to Ian’s Easter quiz are…

1 – A
60,000 years ago dwellers of South Africa’s Richtersveld coastal desert used to use painted Ostrich shells as water flasks. (http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/egg-cetera-6-hunting-for-the-worlds-oldest-decorated-eggs)

2 – A
A Primarily because of their relation to the Hare, which was widely considered to be hermaphrodite and able to reproduce asexually. http://www.jstor.org/stable/2869713?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

3 – B
Martin Christy, editor of http://www.seventypercent.com/ (worth checking for vacancies )

4 – C
Mars and Snickers http://www.which.co.uk/news/2007/02/chocolate-bar-maker-to-stop-adverts-for-under-12s-108472/

5 – D
20% of takeaways contained either no lamb whatsoever or couldn’t even be identified. http://www.which.co.uk/news/2014/04/food-fraud-whats-in-your-takeaway-362886/

6 – B
It acts as a mild sedative: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg15220612-600-science-one-sniff-and-youre-in-chocolate-heaven/

7 – D
Switzerland Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2013.

8 – D
An HP 54622D oscilloscope http://www.eeggs.com/items/34063.html

9 – A
Cadbury’s, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cadbury-White-Mini-Easter-Limited/dp/B00IOWF6RS

10 – B
Easter Island https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Island#Statues

4 out of 10 for me. 🙁 That’s why I avoid pub quizzes.

I only got three right. I think I saved a lot of time though.

It was a tough quiz though!

Q.1. :: It seemed too much of a coincidence that the words “Ostrich” and “Easter” appear to have a common source [“Ostersonntag” being the German for Easter day] but it appears there is no etymological link.

Not an Eggheads fan then, Ian?

No, I haven’t seen Eggheads either. I was just trying to extend the Easter meme.

I stopped watching Mastermind for the same reasons as you I expect – I didn’t like the contestants! My appreciation of University Challenge increased after some drunken students on the tube one night thought I looked like Bamber Gascoigne [there was a slight resemblance but quite an age difference so I wasn’t flattered; perhaps they had been watching early repeats] and kept asking me ‘starters for ten’ until they got off. Unfortunately I didn’t have my gonk with me.

University Challenge helped my appreciate the value of being taught Greek mythology at school.

QI is my all time favourite. A weekly potpourri of pure genius, eccentricity, vulgarity and humour all wrapped up in one hilarious show 🙂 Long may it continue.

3/10, you can tell I guessed. It was fun, thanks!