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Thirty days hath September . . . but what's the deal with February? Take our quiz!

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Thirty days hath September . . . but what's the deal with February? Take our quiz!

1. Why is February the shortest month?

  • Julius Caesar, Roman leader and calendar maker, hated the cold and wanted to get this chilly month over ASAP.
  • The moon travels through its phases more quickly in February.
  • February was the last month on the Roman calendar, and they ran out of days.

2. Which Roman leader stole a day from February to make his namesake month longer?

  • Julius Caesar
  • Augustus Caesar
  • Decembrius Caesar

3. The Gregorian calendar keeps the days straight for most of us in the West. What is this calendar based on?

  • The earth revolving around the sun.
  • The phases of the moon.
  • The changing stars in the sky.

4. Every four years, without fail, an extra day is added to February.

  • True.
  • False.

5. Where did February get its name?

  • From the famous Roman Leader Febuastus.
  • From the Latin word "februare," meaning to purify.
  • From the ancient Roman Valentine's Day festival, Februtaria.

Your Results:

1. Why is February the shortest month?
February was the last month on the Roman calendar, and they ran out of days.

2. Which Roman leader stole a day from February to make his namesake month longer?
Augustus Caesar

3. The Gregorian calendar keeps the days straight for most of us in the West. What is this calendar based on?
The earth revolving around the sun.

4. Every four years, without fail, an extra day is added to February.
False.

5. Where did February get its name?
From the Latin word "februare," meaning to purify.

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