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Quiz About Rabbie Burn

A Burns supper is a celebration of the work and life of poet Robert Burns, held on the poet's 25th of January birthday.

Quiz: A mixture of Scotland and Burns questions

  1. Rabbie Burns was born in which historic Scottish county?
  2. In Roman times, what was the area now known as Scotland called?
  3. "Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, great chieftain o' the pudding-race!" is the openning to which 1787 poem?
  4. What town did Burns move to in 1791, living there until his death on 21 July 1796?
  5. What sort of small creature did Burns write a Scots-language poem about in 1785?
  6. Recited before a Burns supper, what name is given to the following grace: "Some hae meat an canna eat, and some wad eat that want it; but we hae meat, and we can eat, and sae the Lord be thankit."?
  7. Football club Ayr United F.C. get their nickname from a line in the Robert Burns poem "Tam o' Shanter" - what is this nickname?
  8. Which world famous Scots-language poem, set to the tune of a traditional folk song, was written by Burns in 1788?
  9. What's the national animal of Scotland?
  10. Which of the following was also a nickname of Burns: The Farmer Poet, The Ploughman Poet, or The Stonemason Poet?
  11. Which Scottish-born poet was appointed Poet Laureate in 2009?
  12. Robert Burns died at what age from rheumatic fever in 1796: 37, 47, or 57?
  13. Which playing card has the nickname 'The Curse of Scotland'?
  14. Can you name the wife of Robert Burns?
  15. What's the well known Scots word for the last day of the year?
  16. Burns wrote a song about which battle of 1715, which occurred in Scotland at the height of the Jacobite rising?
  17. What unit is used informally to mean a small amount of Scotch whisky?
  18. A Robert Burns' poem inspired the title of which 1937 novel?
  19. Which battle took place thirteen years before the birth of Burns and was was the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising?
  20. When asked to name the lyric that had had the greatest impact on his life, which musician chose "A Red, Red Rose" written by Burns in 1794?
  21. Which American fashion designer is a great, great, great nephew of Rabbie Burns?
  22. Which fictional village gets it's name from the final verse of Tam o' Shanter?
  23. A Burns supper starts with the soup course, sometimes cullen skink, which is a thick Scottish soup made from which fish?


  1. Ayrshire
  2. Caledonia
  3. Address to a Haggis
  4. Dumfries (Queen of the South)
  5. Mouse (To a Mouse)
  6. Selkirk Grace
  7. The Honest Men
  8. Auld Lang Syne
  9. Unicorn
  10. The Ploughman Poet
  11. Carol Ann Duffy
  12. 37
  13. Nine of Diamonds
  14. Jean Armour
  15. Hogmanay
  16. Battle of Sheriffmuir

  17. Dram
  18. 'Of Mice and Men' (by John Steinbeck)
  19. Battle of Culloden
  20. Bob Dylan
  21. Tommy Hilfiger
  22. Brigadoon
  23. Haddock