# Leap Into Leap Year Quiz

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Leaping Lizards! It's another Leap Year. Take our quiz and test your smarts for this once-every-four-year event.

• 1.

### How many days are there in a Leap Year?

• A.

56

• B.

364

• C.

365

• D.

366

D. 366
Explanation
A leap year occurs every four years and has an extra day, February 29th. This additional day brings the total number of days in a leap year to 366, instead of the usual 365 days in a regular year. This is because it takes approximately 365.25 days for the Earth to orbit around the sun, so the extra day is added to keep the calendar in sync with the solar year. Therefore, the correct answer is 366.

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• 2.

### The first people to come up with the idea for using leap years were the:

• A.

Egyptians

• B.

Romans

• C.

Persians

• D.

Vikings

B. Romans
Explanation
Julius Caesar introduced the concept of leap years, replacing the previous practice of adding leap months sporadically based on astronomical observations of specific star alignments.

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• 3.

### The Gregorian calendar was introduced in:

• A.

1492

• B.

1620

• C.

1582

• D.

1710

C. 1582
Explanation
The Gregorian calendar is the current standard calendar in most of the world.

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• 4.

### A century year is not a leap year unless it is evenly divisible by:

• A.

2

• B.

20

• C.

200

• D.

400

D. 400
Explanation
A century year is not a leap year unless it is evenly divisible by 400. This rule manages to eliminate three leap years every few hundred years.

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• 5.

### Leap Year has been the traditional time that women can:

• A.

Propose marriage

• B.

• C.

Have twins

• D.

Build a house

A. Propose marriage
Explanation
Leap Year has been traditionally associated with the idea that women can propose marriage. This custom dates back to the 5th century in Ireland when St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick that women had to wait too long for men to propose. St. Patrick then declared that on Leap Day, women could propose to men. This tradition has since been popularized in various cultures, although it is not widely practiced today. Therefore, the correct answer is "propose marriage."

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• 6.

### There is a superstition that claims couples have bad luck if they marry during a leap year. What country did this idea originate from?

• A.

Italy

• B.

Greece

• C.

France

• D.

Denmark

B. Greece
Explanation
The superstition that couples have bad luck if they marry during a leap year originated from Greece.

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• 7.

### What year did Sweden have a Feb. 30 or double leap year?

• A.

1600

• B.

1630

• C.

1700

• D.

1712

D. 1712
Explanation
In Sweden, 1712 contained two leap days: February 29th was the normal one, while February 30th replaced the day omitted in 1700.

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• 8.

### A year which is not a leap year is called a:

• A.

Standard year

• B.

Ordinary year

• C.

Common year

• D.

Non-leap year

C. Common year
Explanation
A year which is not a leap year is called a common year. This term is used to distinguish it from a leap year, which has an extra day added to it (February 29th). In a common year, the calendar follows the standard 365-day format, with each month having its usual number of days.

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• 9.

### A person born on Feb. 29 may be called a:

• A.

Leaper

• B.

Leaplings

• C.

Leapman

• D.

Leapster

B. Leaplings
Explanation
A person born on February 29 may be called a "leapling" or a "leaper." This term is derived from the fact that they are born on Leap Day, which only occurs every four years during a leap year. People born on February 29 celebrate their birthdays either on February 28 or March 1 during non-leap years.

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• 10.

### There is an Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
The statement is true because there is indeed an Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies. This society is dedicated to celebrating and connecting individuals who were born on February 29th, which only occurs during leap years. The society aims to create a sense of community among these individuals and provide them with opportunities for networking and camaraderie.

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