The lovers' holiday, known as "Valentine's Day,"
has its origins in the Pagan rite of...
C) Wine making
Why is the name "Asterius" important to the Valentine's
He was Valentine's florist
B) He was Valentine's jailer
C) He was Valentine's chocolatier
D) He was Valentine's judge
Why does an "X" represent the kiss? This goes
back to the Middle Ages when a person...
Was forced to kiss all documents over his signature.
B) Signed his name and then a priest had to kiss the signature
to verify it.
C) Who was illiterate made an "x" and then kissed
it in front of 2 or more witnesses to show their sincerity.
D) Had to kiss his signature before the king.
Who declared February 14th to be "Saint Valentine's
Day" in 496 AD?
King Henry I
C) Pope Gelasius
D) Pope Gregory XVI
The son of Venus, goddess of love and beauty, is associated
with Valentine's Day. What is his name?
Which Shakespearean character said, "Good morrow! 'Tis
St. Valentine's Day"?
Sending anonymous Valentine's Day cards in 18th Century
England became fashionable after this happened...
An increase of card shops
B) A reduction in Postage Rates
C) A paper mill strike ended
D) A reduction of printing costs
In the late 19th century, people sent valentines known as
"penny dreadfuls". They were called "dreadful"
because they contained...
Pictures of the devil
B) Insulting verses
C) Squashed insects
D) Bits of poison ivy
Why did the Allied governments outlaw troops from the writing
"XXX" in letters home during World War Two?
To encourage creative writing
B) To prevent spies from using it as a code
C) To confuse the enemy
D) To discourage romance
Who sent the earliest surviving Valentine's Day card?
Duke of Orleans
B) Sir Walter Raleigh
C) Duke of Normandy
D) William Shakespeare
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"Valentine's Day," has its origins
in the Pagan rite of... D) The annual
Roman fertility rite dates back to the 4th century
BC Young men drew from a box the names of young
women, who became their companions.
2. Why is the name "Asterius" important
to the Valentine's Day story? B) Asterius
was Valentine's jailer, and legend has it that
his daughter's blindness was cured by Valentine.
In a farewell note to her, Valentine wrote the
message "From Your Valentine."
3. Why does an "X" represent the
kiss? C) In days of old, when many did
not know how to write, and X or the sign of
the cross was accepted as a sworn oath. Sincerity
of the oath was often finalized with a kiss
of the X, hence the connection.
Who declared February 14th to be "Saint
Valentine's Day" in 496 AD? C)
Pope Gelasius named February 14 in honor of
St. Valentine as the patron saint of lovers
in 496 AD. to distance the church from pagan
Who is the son of Venus, goddess of love and
beauty, and is associated with Valentine's Day?
C) Cupid, the cherub who totes love potion-dipped
arrows, is the son of Venus.
6. Which Shakespearean character said, "Good
morrow! 'Tis St. Valentine's Day"?
D) In Britain and Italy, some unmarried women
got up before sunrise on Valentine's Day to
stand by the window, believing that the first
man they see, or someone who looks like him,
will marry them within a year. In "Hamlet"
the love within Ophelia's madness is shown when
she speaks about Valentines Day, referring to
the events of romance that she was denied.
"Good morrow! 'Tis St. Valentine's Day,
All in the morning be time, And I a maid at
your window, To be your valentine!"
7. Sending anonymous Valentine's Day cards
in 18th Century England became fashionable after
this happened... B) There was a great
increase in anonymous Valentine's Day cards
particularly risqué ones
in 18th-century England, when a reduction in
postal rates made it affordable and fashionable.
8. Valentines known as "penny dreadfuls"
were called "dreadful" because they
contained... B) From
the mid-1800's to the early 1900's, many people
sent comic valentines called penny dreadfuls.
These cards sold for a penny and featured insulting
9. Why did the Allied governments outlaw
troops from the writing XXX in letters home
during WWII? B) So concerned were the
Allies that "XXX" could be used to
transmit messages by spies, the practice of
sending a kiss through the mail was banned during
10. Who sent the earliest surviving Valentine's
Day card? A) Charles, the Duke of Orleans
wrote a Valentine's Day card to his wife while
imprisoned in the Tower of London.