History: Elementary School: Grades 3, 4 and 5 Quiz - Weddings through History (Questions)

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When learning about the lives of those who have contributed to national achievements young children might look at weddings. Children will learn about the weddings of some important people who have contributed to historical events, such as Henry VIII or Queen Victoria.

Everyone loves a good wedding! It's a time for celebration and rejoicing as families come together and couples enjoy the best day of their lives. Some ancient customs and traditions have survived the centuries to remain as part of ceremonies today.

How much do you know about weddings and traditions through history? Try this quiz and find out! 

1. Who made white wedding dresses popular?
[ ] Alice in Wonderland
[ ] Queen Victoria
[ ] The White Witch
[ ] Sleeping Beauty
2. Why have bridesmaids usually worn the same style of dress?
[ ] To look good in the photos
[ ] To make the bride stand out
[ ] To show it's a special occasion
[ ] To confuse evil spirits
3. What made a marriage legal in Ancient Rome?
[ ] The wedding ring
[ ] A kiss
[ ] The bride's father
[ ] The party afterwards
4. Where does the expression 'tying the knot' come from?
[ ] It means the bow around the bouquet of flowers
[ ] It's from the way the bride ties up her hair
[ ] It's from the knot used to hold the wedding cake on the stand
[ ] Some cultures tie the bride and groom together
5. When did wedding rings for men become popular?
[ ] In the 1960s
[ ] In the 1940s
[ ] In the 1980s
[ ] In the 1990s
6. Most wedding receptions have a wedding cake. What did the ancient Romans have instead?
[ ] Bread broken over the bride's head
[ ] Pigeon pie eaten by all the male guests
[ ] Little candies brought round by the children
[ ] Vegetable soup in special dishes
7. Who first had wedding rings?
[ ] The Ancient Egyptians
[ ] Americans in the 1960s
[ ] The Chinese in the 1950s
[ ] The Celts
8. King Henry VIII is quite famous for getting married. How many wives did he have?
[ ] 8 wives
[ ] 7 wives
[ ] 5 wives
[ ] 6 wives
9. A popular wedding rhyme starts with 'something old, something new'. How does it end?
[ ] Something borrowed, something blue
[ ] Something white just for you
[ ] Something white and some shoes
[ ] Because your love is true
10. The groom traditionally stands to the right of his bride. Why is this?
[ ] To look good in the photographs
[ ] To fight of any potential suitors
[ ] So he can hold her hand better
[ ] Because it's considered lucky
History: Elementary School: Grades 3, 4 and 5 Quiz - Weddings through History (Answers)
1. Who made white wedding dresses popular?
[ ] Alice in Wonderland
[x] Queen Victoria
[ ] The White Witch
[ ] Sleeping Beauty
In ancient times, brides wore bright colors to show their joy and happiness
2. Why have bridesmaids usually worn the same style of dress?
[ ] To look good in the photos
[ ] To make the bride stand out
[ ] To show it's a special occasion
[x] To confuse evil spirits
Long ago the bride's friends wore the same exact outfit as the bride to confuse the evil spirits who wanted to destroy her happiness
3. What made a marriage legal in Ancient Rome?
[ ] The wedding ring
[x] A kiss
[ ] The bride's father
[ ] The party afterwards
The kiss was considered a legal bond necessary to seal all contracts
4. Where does the expression 'tying the knot' come from?
[ ] It means the bow around the bouquet of flowers
[ ] It's from the way the bride ties up her hair
[ ] It's from the knot used to hold the wedding cake on the stand
[x] Some cultures tie the bride and groom together
In many cultures, the hand of a bride and groom are tied together as a symbol of their new bond
5. When did wedding rings for men become popular?
[ ] In the 1960s
[x] In the 1940s
[ ] In the 1980s
[ ] In the 1990s
Many men went to fight in the war and liked a reminder of their family back home
6. Most wedding receptions have a wedding cake. What did the ancient Romans have instead?
[x] Bread broken over the bride's head
[ ] Pigeon pie eaten by all the male guests
[ ] Little candies brought round by the children
[ ] Vegetable soup in special dishes
They thought this brought good luck!
7. Who first had wedding rings?
[x] The Ancient Egyptians
[ ] Americans in the 1960s
[ ] The Chinese in the 1950s
[ ] The Celts
Evidence has been found of braided rings of hemp or reeds being exchanged by a wedded couple
8. King Henry VIII is quite famous for getting married. How many wives did he have?
[ ] 8 wives
[ ] 7 wives
[ ] 5 wives
[x] 6 wives
Not all of them survived being married to Henry!
9. A popular wedding rhyme starts with 'something old, something new'. How does it end?
[x] Something borrowed, something blue
[ ] Something white just for you
[ ] Something white and some shoes
[ ] Because your love is true
Relatives usually offer the something old, like great grandmother's antique brooch
10. The groom traditionally stands to the right of his bride. Why is this?
[ ] To look good in the photographs
[x] To fight of any potential suitors
[ ] So he can hold her hand better
[ ] Because it's considered lucky
In bygone days the groom needed his right hand free to fight off other suitors!