Think you know all about the traditional German celebration here in the Tri-State? Here's a test of your Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati knowledge! (Answers on the second page)
1. Which city is the birthplace of Oktoberfest?
2. How many years has Oktoberfest taken place in Munich?
3. What distinctly American song is a staple of Oktoberfest in Munich?
A. Cheeseburgers in Paradise by Jimmy Buffett
B. Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N'Roses
C. Country Road by John Denver
D. New York, New York by Frank Sinatra
4. How many people attend the Munich Oktoberfest annually?
B. 6 million
C. 10 million
D. 12 million
5. The first Oktoberfest evolved from what event?
A. A funeral
B. A peace treaty
C. A wedding
D. A christening
6. Munich celebrates its Spring Strong Beer festival every March as a prelude to the so-called beer garden season, a series of outdoor events culminating with the city's renowned Oktoberfest. What reason was the original "Strong Beer" brewed?
A. As a preparation for Lent
B. As a celebration of spring
C. To pay taxes
D. To avoid taxes
7. How many revelers joined in the World's Largest Chicken Dance?
8. Why is October a significant month in the beer brewing year?
A. Because Saint Octavius is also the patron saint of beer
B. It marks the beginning of the winter brewing season
C. It is the last good date to have a great outdoor party
D. It marks the end of the summer brewing season
9. In addition to a royal wedding, what event took place at the first Oktoberfest?
A. A horse race
B. A Polka dance-off
C. Beer barrel races
10. What is true of Oktoberfest?
A. Originated in Munich, it is now celebrated throughout Bavaria and Germany
B. Originated in Munich, it is not celebrated elsewhere in Bavaria and Germany
C. It is a celebration of All Saints Eve or Halloween
D. The consumption of beer is forbidden at Oktoberfest
11. Many Americans speak some German every day without realizing it as so many German words have worked their way into our language. One common expression, used to follow a sneeze, is "Gesundheit." What does it mean?
A. To your health
B. God bless you
C. Use a tissue
D. Beware the devil
12. Some words are identical in German and American and other words have slightly changed. Which words are identical?
E. A and B
F. C and D
Go to next page for the answers.
1. A. Munich. Oktoberfest is an institution whose origins are unique to Munich. It is not celebrated elsewhere in Germany or even Bavaria, although the second biggest Oktoberfest in the world is in Zinzinnati .
2. D. 202. Munich has a 165-year head start on Zinzinnati.
3. C. Country Road by John Denver. Even though Zinzinnati is 4,300 miles closer to West Virginia than Munich, this song captures the attention and voices of the revelers throughout the fest tents. Perhaps is speaks to the romantic soul in everybody that is touched by the roads that lead home—no matter where that may be.
4. B. 6 million, making it the world's largest fair—and suspenders are always in style.
5. C. A wedding. Oktoberfest began in 1810 as the wedding reception of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria (later to be King Ludwig I) to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen . It has evolved into an annual celebration of lager and lederhosen observed worldwide.
6. A. As a preparation for Lent. In the spring, the monks brewed a stronger-than-usual beer for consumption before Lent to ward off possible emaciation during the period of fasting. The strong beer festival grew out of these origins.
7. D. 48,000. According to the Guinness Book of Records, 48,000 "musicians" participated in the World's Largest Chicken Dance in 1994 at Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati .
8. B. It marks the beginning of the winter brewing season. Long before modern chemistry and refrigeration made brewing a year-round industry, the last safe brewing month was March. Though early brewers hadn't identified the culprits, they knew that summer's warm weather encouraged spoiled beer. So the last batch was stored, or lagered, in the caves around Munich. They drank March beer through the summer and when October's cool weather allowed brewing again, they had a party to finish off whatever March beer was left.
9. A. A horse race. The first Oktoberfest consisted of a royal wedding and a horse race, not beer tents. Horse races in the presence of the Royal Family marked the close of the event that was celebrated as a festival for the whole of Bavaria. The decision to repeat the horse races in the subsequent year gave rise to the tradition of the Oktoberfest.
10. B. Originated in Munich, it is not celebrated elsewhere in Bavaria and Germany, even though Oktoberfest embodies the outsider's view of German popular culture. Oktoberfest is an institution whose origins are unique to Munich. It is not celebrated elsewhere in Germany or even Bavaria.
11. A. To your health.
12. F. C and D. Both winter and wind are identical in both German and English, while the other two have changed slightly from mutter to mother and onkel to uncle.
So how did you do?
Less than five correct: What a dummkopf.
Between five and nine: Nicht schlechtes! (Not bad.)
Ten or more: Prost! - Ein toast zu dir! (A toast to you!)
Sources: Buzzle.com and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber