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1.  Native Americans grew pumpkins hundreds of years before the settlers first arrived.
     What did the Indians use pumpkins for?

(a) Food
(b) Fertilizer
(c) Medicine
(d) All of the above

2.  Pumpkin seeds sprout in how many days?

(a) 3 to 5
(b) 5 to 7
(c) 8 to 10
(d) 11 to 14

3.  In North and South America, what did archaeologists find to show that pumpkins had been around for hundreds of years?

(a) Pottery with pumpkin designs and shapes
(b) Seeds in old pots
(c) Mosaic art on walls
(d) Paintings on Caves

4. In the nursery rhyme, "Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater" what did he put in his pumpkin shell?

(a) Gold coins
(b) His knife and fork
(c) His wife
(d) Nothing. He ate the pumpkin.

 

5.  It is believed that the smaller a pumpkin is...

(a) The better its flavor.
(b) The more it will bounce at a punkin chunkin event
(c) The longer it will last
(d) The more protein

6. To encourage pumpkin seeds to sprout quickly, do what?

(a) Soak them in lukewarm water the day before planting.
(b) Toss in a piece of cheese with the seed when planting
(c)  Plant in small pots and keep in the dark 48 hours before planting out in the sunny field.
(d)  None of the above.

7.  In ancient times, the Jack O'Lantern's purpose was what?

(a) To provide light in the darkness
(b) To signal a courting male that he was welcome to visit (by putting it in the window).
(c) To ward off evil spirits
(d) To frighten animals away from the crops.

8.  Which part of the plant becomes the pumpkin?

(a) The flower
(b) The buds on the long stems only
(c) The female buds on short stems on top of green bulbous ovaries
(d) None of these.  The pumpkin is a separate growth on the plant.

 

9. In the fairy tale, "Cinderella,"  what turned into a pumpkin after midnight?

(a) The coach
(b) Her glass slippers
(c) Her purse
(d) She did

10. As of 2010, the world's biggest pumpkin weighed how much?

(a) 1,502 lbs.
(b) 1,612 lbs.
(c) 1,744 lbs.
(d) 1,810 lbs.

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11.  Which of the following states, is one of the largest pumpkin producers in the U.S along with Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.?

(a) California
(b) Kansas
(c) Oklahoma
(d) Texas

 

12.  Pumpkins are very nutritious.  Which of the following nutrients do pumpkins have?

(a) Beta Carotene
(b) Vitamin C
(c) Calcium
(d) All of the above


13. Another name for pumpkin seeds are:

(a) Pummies
(b) Pepitas
(c) Poseetos
(d) There is no other name.

14.  The world's largest pumpkin 'festival' is held where?

(a) Lancaster, Pennsylvania
(b) Hutchinson, Kansas
(c) Keene, New Hampshire
(d) Bridgeville, Delaware

15.  Which "Peanuts" cartoon character believed in 'the great pumpkin?'

(a) Linus
(b) Charlie Brown
(c) Lucy
(d) Peppermint Patty

16. In folklore medicine, pumpkin was used to treat what medical condition?

(a) Infertility
(b) Intestinal Parasites
(c) Infantigo
(d) Infections

17.  80% of the pumpkins in the United States are available what time of year?

(a) In August
(b) In September
(c) In October
(d) In November

18.  The biggest pumpkin tossing competition is called what?

(a)  Pumpkin Smashin'
(b)  Punkin Chunkin'
(c)  Punkin Chuckin'
(d)  Pumpkin Flingin'

19. Who has a pumpkin for a head?

(a) Jack Skellington
(b) Jack Pumpkinhead
(c) The Headless Horseman 
(d) All of the above

20.  Pumpkin Juice is a popular drink where?

(a)  At the orphanage where David Copperfield was.
(b)  At "Alice's Restaurant." (song)
(c)  At the Mos Eisley Cantina (Star Wars)
(d)  At the Hogwart's School of Witchcraft (Harry Potter)

 

21.  Carving pumpkins originated in what country?

(a)  Haiti
(b)  Italy
(c)  Ireland
(d)  Germany

22.  Pumpkins are classified as what?

(a) Fruit
(b) Vegetable
(c) Flower
(d) Bulb

 

23.  In colonial times, pumpkins were put on a person's head for what reason?

(a) As a guide for cutting their hair
(b) To relieve headaches
(c) To prevent baldness
(d) To show they were stupid  = like dunce caps

24.  Pumpkins are very resourceful food providers. However, which part of the pumpkin can't be eaten.

(a) The seeds
(b) The flower
(c) The stem
(d) The pulp

25.  Which of the following is a variety of pumpkin?

(a)  Hooligan
(b)  Lumina
(c)  Iron Man
(d)  Cinderella

26.  The pumpkin capitol of the world (and home of Libby Corporation) is:

(a) Morton, Illinois
(b) Addieville, Illinois
(c) Dalzell, Illinois
(d) Oswego, Illinois

27.  The term Jack O' Lantern means:

(a) A night watchman
(b) Man with a Lantern
(c) Ignis Fatuus
(d) All of the above

 

 

28. To say that something is pumpkin-colored means that it's orange.
When did the first use of the word pumpkin refer to a color and not
a vegetable?

(a) 1857
(b) 1899
(c) 1922
(d) 1963

 

29.  The word 'pumpkin' has been derived due to accents.  It is said that it originally came from the Greek word, 'pepon' meaning large melon.  Then the French interpreted that into the word 'pompon'.  This had a nasal tone, so the English interpreted the French word as 'pumpion.' Having said all that, Shakespeare referred to the 'pumpion' in which of his plays?

(a)  The Merry Wives of Windsor
(b)  The Merchant of Venice
(c)   MacBeath
(d)   Romeo & Juliet

 

30.  The first pumpkin pie was not as we know it today.  Instead it was:

(a)  A bunch of pumpkin chunks and cream baked in a terra cotta pot.
(b)  A pumpkin gutted out and filled with milk, spices and honey and then baked in the ashes of a fire.
(c)  A mish-mash mixture of pumpkin pulp that had been boiled and mixed with potatoes and meats and put in a pastry shell and folded over.
(d)  A combination of pumpkin pieces, corn, wild rice wrapped in deer meat and cooked over a fire.

 

Sources:

Wikipedia: Pumpkin
Wikipedia - Jack-O'-Lantern
Wikipedia-Pumpkin Color
Pumpkin History - University of Illinois

"Pumpkin Lovers Cookbook" 2002
Golden West Publishers, Inc.

"How to Grow Squashes & Pumpkins"  2003
Anness Publishing, Ltd.

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