Looking Back -- April 8, 2012

It's Easter!

Photo by Vicki Harris

Photo by Vicki Harris

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or mary.braswell@albanyherald.com.

The origins of Easter have their roots in ancient pagan rituals and celebrations. Today, however, Easter is celebrated by Christians all over the world as the day that Christ arose from the grave, just as was foretold in the scriptures.

Did you know that, in the early days, the eyes on Peeps Marshmallow Chicks were hand-painted? See what else you and the family know about things related to Easter.

1 — In Greek and Russian Orthodox churches, Easter is celebrated by baking a special bread and painting eggs bright red. The people take the eggs and the bread to the church where the priest blesses them. What do the church members then do with the eggs?

a) trade eggs with one another

b) crack the eggs and eat them

c) hide the eggs for the children

2 — Most rabbits are extremely fond of which fruit?

a) oranges

b) grapes

c) bananas

3 — The first PAAS Easter egg dyes were sold under the name Townley’s Easter Egg Dye. What year was it?


b) 1895

c) 1901

4 — What country had an armed uprising called the “Easter Rebellion” which started on Easter Monday in 1916?

a Hungary

b) Romania

c) Ireland

5 — Who brought chickens, and therefore eggs, to America?

a) Spaniards

b) German immigrants

c) Christopher Columbus

6 — Which color of jellybean is the favorite of children year after year?

a) red

b) purple

c) green

7 — How much time does it take a hen to lay an egg?

a) 10-12 hours

b) 16-18 hours

c) 24-26 hours

8 — The original site of the White House egg roll was on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol beginning with the presidency of James Madison (1809-17) at the suggestion of his wife, Dolley. In 1878, President Rutherford B. Hayes and his wife, Lucy, officially moved the event to the grounds of the White House. Why?

a) There was more room for the event

b) It was the wish of the First Lady

c) Because of Congress

9 — If all the Cadbury Creme Eggs made annually were placed end-to-end, approximately how far would they reach?

a) 8,000 miles

b) 12,000 miles

c) 20,000 miles

10 — Why are men in Poland not allowed to assist with the preparations for the Easter festival?

a) Women believe that if men help, their mustaches might turn gray.

b) Men in Poland are never expected to assist with such tasks.

c) It is believed that the colors will not stick to the eggs at the touch of a man

11 — What is the main difference between a Jelly Belly and an ordinary jelly bean?

a) the size

b) the way they are flavored

c) the price

12 — A mother hen turns her egg over so the yolk will not stick to the sides of the shell. Approximately how many times will the mother turn the egg in 24 hours?

a) 15 times

b) 30 times

c) 50 times

13 — In one day, a four-pound rabbit will drink as much water as which of the following?

a) a 10-pound dog

b) a 20-pound dog

c) a 30-pound dog

14 — It is a German tradition to have cakes at Easter shaped like what?

a) a lamb

b) an egg

c) a cross

15 — Purple is a popular Easter color. In ancient times, where did the purple dye for eggs come from?

a) shellfish

b) grapes

c) flowers

16 — How many times will Easter fall in March beginning with next year (2013) through 2024?

a) three times

b) five times

c) not at all

17 — Science and horticulture were used to alter the natural blooming sequence of the white lily to coincide with Easter. Why the lily?

a) Bulbs are easily shipped.

b) White makes decorating easy.

c) It looks like Gabriel’s horn.

18 — In the Middle Ages, it was believed that certain activities should never be performed on Good Friday. Which of the following was to be avoided?

a) Cutting one’s hair

b) Doing Laundry

c) Preparing food

19 — A unique Easter tradition in Russia is that the design on an Easter egg symbolizes the part of Russia to which it belongs. On Easter day, how are the eggs are cracked open?

a) by rolling across a hard surface

b) by tapping two eggs together

c) with a nail

20 — Which of the following is a true statement?

a) The greenish ring around the yolk of a hard-boiled egg is due to the old age of the egg.

b) The greenish ring around the yolk of a hard-boiled egg is a sign that the egg should not be consumed.

c) The greenish ring around the yolk of a hard-boiled egg is due to either over-cooking or high iron content in the cooking water.

From the Bible ...

21 — After Jesus was crucified, his clothes were divided up by casting lots. Which prophet prophesied that this would happen?

a) Isaiah

b) King David

c) Jeremiah

22 — How many hours of darkness was there as Jesus hung on the cross?

a) three hours

b) five hours

c) eight hours

23 — Who owned the tomb where Jesus was placed?

a) This is not known

b) Pilate

c) Joseph of Arimathea

24 — To whom did Jesus first appear after his resurrection?

a) Mary Magdalene

b) Peter

c) the guards

25 — The last time the disciples saw Jesus, he told them to “stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” What city was Jesus referring to?

a) Galilee

b) Bethany

c) Jerusalem


  1. b ... Crack them against the wall of the church.This is the first egg eaten after the fast that precedes Easter.

  2. c ... Although rabbits love them, bananas should only be given as an occasional treat, one-inch per bunny.

  3. a ... In 1880 the dye packs sold for five cents each.

  4. c ...The Ireland uprising started Easter Monday, April 24 and was over by Saturday, April 30, 1916.

  5. c ...Christopher Columbus brought chickens to the New World on his second trip (1493).

  6. a ... red

  7. c ...After about a 30 minute break, the hen will start the process all over again.

  8. c. .. Under orders from Congress, the children were ordered off the Capitol lawn in 1877.

  9. b ...12,000 miles

  10. a ... It was also believed that the men would keep the dough from rising.

  11. b ...The gourmet jelly beans are flavored on the inside and outside.

  12. c ...50 times

  13. b ...a 20-pound dog

  14. a ... a lamb

  15. a ... crushed shellfish

  16. a ... March 31, 2013, March 27, 2016 and March 31, 2024

  17. c ... The lily is shaped like Gabriel’s horn.

  18. b ... It was believed that clothes washed on Good Friday would come out spotted with blood.

  19. c ... The eggs are cracked with a nail to represent the crucifixion of Jesus

  20. c ... The greenish ring can appear from over-cooking and/or high iron content in the water. The eggs are perfectly safe to consume.

  21. b ... King David (Psalm 22:18)

  22. a ... Three hours (Matthew 27:45)

  23. c ... Joseph of Arimathea (Luke 23:50-53)

  24. a ... Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9)

  25. c ... Jerusalem (Luke 24:49)