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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.


It’s actually answered if you get Q1 right 🙂

If it helps Sophie got three right.


I’ve tried to make the quiz an Easter egg hunt; knowing everyone now Googles answers I tried to make them a little more difficult to find, even by that method. All the answers are on the web – somewhere, but I had to put it together in a very short time as Dean approached me at five to twelve on Thursday to compile an Easter Quiz, which I had to knock it together by 1600, before Lauren and gang all sloped off for a long weekend. I know four hours might seem like a long time to do it, but when you have to make sure of each answer and then cross-check to ensure the questions are very precise it does take rather a long time. I just hope everyone enjoys doing it.


If we are allowed to use Google then I’ll have a go this evening. I know the answer to question 8 without looking it up. Thanks for making us think, Ian.


I didn’t occur to me to look up the answers on the internet! I shan’t revisit the quiz so I’ll stick with my first answers and see how I do. It wouldn’t have been my specialist subject but you never know what you know until you’re tested.


It was an impressive turnaround, Ian! Thanks for pulling it all together 🙂


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