Thanksgiving (Part 2)
Choose an answer from the three choices
offered after each question and then "Check Your Answers"
at the end of the quiz.
One city claims the first thanksgiving was held in what is now known as
the United States, but it was not a harvest celebration. Spaniard Don
Juan de Onate ordered his expedition party to rest and conducted a mass
celebration of thanksgiving on April 30, 1598. What U.S. city makes the
claim for the first thanksgiving?
- El Paso, Texas
- Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Nogales, Arizona
2. A collective prayer of thanksgiving
was led by in the Virginia Colony on December 4, 1619 near the current
site of Berkeley Plantation, where celebrations are still held each year
in November. Who led the prayer?
- Captain John Smith
- Captain Daniel Gooden
- Captain John Woodlief
3. The Pilgrims were particularly
thankful to Squanto, the Native American who taught them how to catch
eel and grow corn and who served as an interpreter for them (Squanto had
learned English as a slave in Europe and travels in England).
4. The Pilgrims did not hold a true
Thanksgiving until 1623, when it followed a drought, prayers for rain,
and a subsequent rain shower. Irregular Thanksgivings continued after
favorable events and days of fasting after unfavorable ones. In the
Plymouth tradition, a thanksgiving day was a church observance, rather
than a feast day. What community held the first recorded Thanksgiving
observance June 29, 1671 by proclamation of the town's governing
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Plymouth, Massachusetts
- Charlestown, Massachusetts
5. George Washington, leader of the
revolutionary forces in the American Revolutionary War, proclaimed a
Thanksgiving in December 1777 as a victory celebration honoring the
defeat of the British. What was the battle?
- West Point
6. Thomas Jefferson during his presidency
always proclaimed a Thanksgiving Day.
7. What President changed Thanksgiving
from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday in November?
- Theodore Roosevelt
- Franklin Roosevelt
- Herbert Hoover
8. First and foremost, turkey is usually
the featured item on any Thanksgiving feast table (so much so that
Thanksgiving is sometimes referred to as "Turkey Day").
Stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce,
maize, other fall vegetables, and pumpkin pie are commonly associated
with Thanksgiving dinner. All of these primary dishes are actually
native to the Americas or were introduced as a new food source to the
Europeans when they arrived.
9. The American winter holiday season
(generally the Christmas shopping season in the U.S.) traditionally
begins the day after Thanksgiving. What is it known as?
- Black Friday
- Buy Nothing Day
- Turkey Game Day
10. What of the National Football League have
hosted a game every Thanksgiving Day since 1934, with the exception of
1939- 1944 (due to World War II)?
- The Detroit Lions
- The Dallas Cowboys
- The Washington Redskins