If you have not read Quiz #111. No “…One!” just yet, you’re about to read the answer to the “What did NOT happen?” question from that quiz.
Here’s the answer:
What did NOT happen with Steve and Sara’s 2021 Holiday Quiz?
It should not surprise anyone here to know that our holiday newsletter is written in the form of a “What did NOT happen?” quiz with ten questions about the people and animals in our family. In 2021, the quiz was available on demand. People could ask to either read it (as a Word document with an answer key at the bottom) or take it (as a Google form set up as a quiz with instant feedback and scores posted to a Google Sheet.) 10 people asked to “take” the quiz. What did not happen with Steve and Sara’s Holiday Quiz for 2021?
A. Of the people who took the quiz, daughter-in-law Erica scored the highest, 9 out of 10. Erica, I have since discovered, was the family’s most ardent reader of this coronavirus quiz, alerting other family members via text when a new quiz was posted;
B. The second highest score came from John, a doctor I met on the internet playing fantasy football. We bonded over fantasy football several years ago but knew little more about one another beyond fantasy football. He scored a 6 out of 10—and explained that even though he knew nothing about my family, he followed the logic of the questions and answers;
C. Retired college professor Ann Burnett who studies holiday newsletters for what they say about us took the quiz and scored the third highest score, 5 out of 10. I joked with her via email that I graded on a curve;
D. The question about Annie centered on text messages she sent in 2021. The correct answer for what did not happen was that Annie sent me a text which read, “You were right.” As those who know me know, I love being told “You were right”--and suggesting that Annie might tell me this is an inside joke. In the days after I sent out the quiz, Annie’s friend Nicole–-an avid reader of this quiz and a recipient of the holiday quiz–-sent me an email with the subject line, “Got her!” Within the email, she sent me a copy of text messages she traded with Annie in which Annie had texted her, “Nicole, you were right;”
E. The quiz ended with a rare “What DID happen?” question, asking people to identify the quality which Sara has told me that I need to work on after spending nearly two years with me as her primary contact with another person (and me with her). To my dismay, this was the question that was most often answered correctly–only 3 people out of 10 missed it. My flaw: mansplaining and explaining everything as if no one else knows anything about anything.
As I have done for the last ten years, I shared our Christmas card (and quiz) with Dr. Burnett, but—like so many others—I have no idea if she read the quiz. The only responses that are tracked are from those who take the quiz which send responses to the Google Sheet.
Here’s the previous quiz in the series: Quiz #110. 28 Days.
Here’s the first quiz in the series: Quiz #1. Stella and Social Distancing, March 13, 2020
Here is an archive of all the quizzes.
The quiz is explained here: Steve’s Stay-at-Home Coronavirus Quiz.
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