The Big Fat Greek Quiz

The Big Fat Greek Quiz

Feb 27, 2023

IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME


Today is a special day in Greece. It’s known as Kathara Deftera, or Clean Monday and is the equivalent of Ash Monday; the first day of Great Lent in the Orthdox Church. This means it is 48 days before Pascha, or Easter Sunday.

It’s a day for flying kites and gathering the family together for outdoor activities. I will be flying my kite (if the winds allow) a little later and enjoying a small gathering of friends on a local beach. To also celebrate today I thought it would be a good idea to write a quiz all about Greece. Chronia Polla everyone and have a great week!

QUESTIONS

1. Which Sea is situated on the Eastern side of Greece and is an elongated embayment of the Mediterranean Sea between Europe and Asia?

2. What is the highest mountain in Greece and home to the ancient gods?

3. What epic poem by Homer tells the story of the final weeks of the Trojan War and the Greek siege of the city of Troy?

4. What is the name of the Greek dish in which pork, lamb or chicken slices are placed in pita bread to make a wonderful snack?

5. The Parthenon is an ancient Greek temple devoted to which of the Greek deities?

6. What is the name of the citadel comprising many ancient buildings which rises156m above the city of Athens?

7. What would a Greek man do with a Fustanella?

8. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens in Syntagma Square is guarded by a special group of Greek soldiers; what are they called?

9. Since the end of the Greek Revolution in 1921, on what date is Greek Independence Day celebrated?

10. ‘Oxi Day’ is celebrated every year to commemorate when Greek Prime Minister Metaxas said ‘No’ to surrendering his country during which war?

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ANSWERS

1. Which Sea is situated on the Eastern side of Greece and is an elongated embayment of the Mediterranean Sea between Europe and Asia?
AEGEAN SEA

2. What is the highest mountain in Greece and home to the ancient gods?
MOUNT OLYMPUS

3. What epic poem by Homer tells the story of the final weeks of the Trojan War and the Greek siege of the city of Troy?
THE ILLIAD (The Odyssey is the story that takes place after the Trojan War and is the tale of Odysseus’s journey home)

4. What is the name of the Greek dish in which pork, lamb or chicken slices are placed in pita bread to make a wonderful snack?
GYROS

5. The Parthenon is an ancient Greek temple devoted to which of the Greek deities?
ATHENA

6. What is the name of the citadel comprising many ancient buildings which rises156m above the city of Athens?
THE ACROPOLIS

7. What would a Greek man do with a Fustanella?
WEAR IT (It’s a traditional skirt or kilt like garment)

8. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens in Syntagma Square is guarded by a special group of Greek soldiers; what are they called?
THE EVZONES - They are known for wearing handmade fustanella (skirt or kilt), Ypodetes (flared shirt), Farion (red wool cap with long silk tassel),  Tsarouchia (heavy 3kg shoes with pom-poms and at least 60 nails on the sole to simulate the sound of battle when they march) and Fermeli (intricate hand stitched wool waistcoat).

9. Since the end of the Greek Revolution in 1921, on what date is Greek Independence Day celebrated?
25 MARCH

10. ‘Oxi Day’ is celebrated every year to commemorate when Greek Prime Minister Metaxas said ‘No’ to surrendering his country during which war?
WORLD WAR II (He was given the ultimatum by Mussolini to surrender or be invaded, his response was the single word, ‘oxi’, which means no and is celebrated annually on 28th October)

 

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