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Life and Legend of Saint Patrick

What Do You Know about Saint Patrick's Day - FUN Trivia Quizzes powered by ABE1) Saint Patrick was a Romano-Briton and Christian missionary, who is the most generally recognized patron saint of Ireland, although are also formally patron saints.
Who is NOT a Irish patron saint?

  1. Annals of Ulsterr
  2. BrigidBrigiddof Kildaree
  3. Colmcillee

2) Patrick was born in Roman Britain at Banna Venta Berniae, a location otherwise unknown.  Roman Britain was the part of the island of Great Britain controlled by the Roman Empire between AD 43 and about 410.

  • True or False?

3) What year is it believed Patrick was born?

  1. 387 AD
  2. 397 AD
  3. 407 AD

4) His parents were Calphurnius and Conchessa. The former belonged to a Roman family of high rank and held the office of decurio in Gaul or Britain. Conchessa was a near relative of the great patron of Gaul, St Martin of Tours

  • True or False?

5) In or about his sixteenth year, Patrick was carried into captivity by marauders and was sold as a slave to an Irish chieftan named Milchu in Dalriada.
It is an area in what present-day county?

  1. Antrim
  2. Galway
  3. Tyrone

6) How many years is it believed he was a slave?

  1. 2 years
  2. 4 years
  3. 6 years

7) According to the latest reconstruction of the old Irish annals, Patrick died in AD 461 on March 17, a date accepted by some modern historians. 
Prior to the 1940s it was believed without doubt that he died in what year?

  1. 420
  2. 440
  3. 450

8) There is plentiful evidence that Patrick had died in 533.

  • True or False?

9) Where is the reputed burial place of St. Patrick?

  1. Bangor
  2. Downpatrick
  3. Newry

10) Pious legend credits St. Patrick with banishing snakes from the island, however all evidence suggests that post-glacial Ireland never had snakes. However, one suggestion is that snakes referred to the serpent symbolism of the Druids during that time and place, as exampled on coins minted in Gaul.

  • True or False?

11) Legend also credits St. Patrick with teaching the Irish about the concept of the Holy Trinity by showing people a four-leaved clover, using it to highlight the Christian belief of four divine persons in the one God.'

  • True or False?

Life and Legend of Saint Patrick
[Answers]

1) A.  2) True  3) A.  4) True or False? 5) A.  6) C.  7) A. 
8
) False. There is plentiful evidence that Patrick had died in 493.  9) B  10) True 

11) False. Legend also credits St. Patrick with teaching the Irish about the concept of the Holy Trinity by showing people the shamrock, a three-leaved clover, using it to highlight the Christian belief of 'three divine persons in the one God.'

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