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11/9/2011   We've added 20 new questions!

 

  Since there isn't too much information on Thanksgiving Day. I decided to create this for either a fun, on-line interactive learning experience; or, to help give those who don't want to watch football all day something else to do for a few minutes.

After each question, there is our "Wise Ol' Tom Turkey"
 that looks like this: 

All you do is place your mouse over the turkey and the answer will appear and see if you were right.
It is not a link button! 
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There are 100 questions.

1.  According to the Butterball corporation, they recommend that you thaw a wrapped turkey in the refrigerator how long per 4  pounds of bird?

(a) One hour per 4 lbs.
(b) 8 Hours per 4 lbs.
(c) One Day per 4 Lbs.
(d) 4 hours per 4 Lbs (or one hour per pound)

2.  Thanksgiving is celebrated only in the United States.
True or False?

3.  The Greek Goddess of Corn is:
(a) Demeter
(b) Cornucopia
(c) Ceres
(d) Grainophillia

 

4.  The first department store to hold a Thanksgiving parade was:

(a) Montgomery Wards
(b) J.C. Penney's
(c) Gimbel's
(d) Macy's
(e) None of the above. 
It was a non-commercial event.


5. What is the name of the famous rock credited to where the pilgrims first landed?

6.  Butterball says that once the turkey is done, you should let it stand for 15 minutes before serving because:

(a) So you don't burn your tongue when you eat it.
(b) It's easier to carve
(c) To let the aroma go through the house.
(d) To let the stuffing cool a bit before you take it out.

7.  The Indians who were invited to the Thanksgiving feast were of the Wampanoag tribe.  Who was their chief?
(a) Massasoit
(b) Pemaquid
(c) Samoset
(d) Squanto

8.  What was the name of the ship the pilgrims came over on?

9.  Who was the captain of this ship?

10.  Thanksgiving became a national holiday thanks to this woman who was an editor of a woman's magazine called "The Godey's Lady's Book":

(a) Sarah Hale
(b) Sarah Parker
(c) Sarah Bradford
(d) Sarah Standish

11. Which President was the first to establish Thanksgiving as a legal national holiday to be held the 4th  Thursday in November?

(a) Abraham Lincoln
(b) Franklin D. Roosevelt
(c) Thomas Jefferson
(d) James Madison

12.  In Canada, they celebrate Thanksgiving in what month?

(a) November
(b) October
(c) September
(d) May

13.  The term "Cornucopia" means what?
(a) Tall Corn
(b) Greek God of Corn
(c) Horn of Plenty
(d) A traditional New England relish

14.  What was the original name for the pilgrims?

(a) Puritans or Separatists
(b) Partisans or Dividians
(c) Settlers or Colonists
(d) Journeymen or Seekers

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15.  Butterball recommends that you cover the breast and the top of the drumsticks with aluminum foil when?

(a) Right away when you first put it in to cook.
(b) When it is half-way done
(c) When it is 2/3 cooked.
(d) The last 15 minutes of cooking.

16. What part of the turkey is saved and snapped as a superstitious good luck custom?

17.  The word turkey is said to come from the Hebrew word "Tukki"  which means:

(a) Big Bird
(b) Pheasant Bird
(c) Wild Bird
(d) Turk's Bird

18.  Which President moved Thanksgiving up one week to help stimulate the Christmas shopping economy?

(a)  Theodore Roosevelt
(b) John Kennedy
(c) Franklin D. Roosevelt
(d) Dwight D. Eisenhower
(e) None of the above. It was never changed.

19.  What is the name of the book that Governor William Bradford wrote telling of the troubles and experiences of the pilgrims?

(a) A Pilgrim's Progress
(b) Of Plimouth Plantation
(c) Of Plimouth Rock
(d) Trials and Tribulations of Plimouth Times
(e) It had no title. It was just his diary.

20.  Captain John Smith founded what colony in Virginia?

21.  What poet wrote "The Courtship of Miles Standish?"

(a) Longfellow
(b) Keats
(c) Yeats
(d) Shelley

22.  The pilgrims took beer with them on their voyage.
 True or False?

23.  Butterball says that when making your turkey stuffing, you should have all the ingredients already cooked before you put it into the bird. True or False?

24.  The town of Plymouth, Massachusetts celebrates this on December 11 every year:

(a) Miles Standish's Birthday
(b) Forefather's Day
(c) Priscilla Alden's birthday
(d) William Bradford's death.

25. The real Plymouth rock is cracked, true or false?

26.  Indian corn is for decoration purposes only and not for cooking. True or False?

27.  In what year did the first Macy's Thanksgiving parade take place?

(a) 1864
(b) 1894
(c) 1904
(d) 1924

28.  Thanksgiving is a religious holiday. True or False?

29.  Butterball says the best place to put the meat thermometer in the turkey is:

(a) Breast
(b) Thigh
(c) Top of Leg
(d) At an angle so it hits both the meat and stuffing

30.  Now for the question that's on our graphic on top....
WHY is the male turkey often referred to as "Tom Turkey?"

(a) Because it's more politically correct than using 
the word cock for male. (Hen is a female turkey btw)
(b) After Thomas Jefferson
(c) Because Indians would catch them by
pounding on tom-tom drums and lure them into traps.
(d) From an 18th century political cartoon.

 

 

31. It is believed that how many pilgrim women survived to celebrate the first Thanksgiving in 1621.

(a) 5
(b) 15
(c) 25

32.  The first Thanksgiving in 1621 was believed to have lasted how many days?

(a) 1 day
(b) 3 days
(c) 7 days

33. By the 19th century, celebrating Thanksgiving is said to have been the origin of what following table tradition?

(a) Having a kiddies' table for the children to eat at
(b) Having table cloths with turkeys on them
(c) Having Indian corn as a centerpiece on the table

34. On June 20, 1998, in Bellevue, Ohio Dale Gasteier built at 52 foot what to celebrate the American Thanksgiving holiday?

(a) A turkey
(b) A free-standing star
(c) An Indian figure

35. Every year the President of the US pardons a turkey and it goes to a public farm called Frying Pan Park, Herndon, VA. (I've been there btw.  It's a very nice place!) Which president is believed to be the first to pardon a turkey and start this annual tradition?

(a) President Andrew Jackson
(b) President Millard Fillmore
(c) President Harry Truman
(d) President Warren Harding

36. Before being harvested and sold, an individual cranberry must bounce at least how many inches high to make sure they aren't too ripe?

(a) 1 inch
(b) 2 inches
(c) 3 inches
(d) 4 inches

37.  The busiest travel day of the year is:

(a) The Friday after Thanksgiving
(b) The day after Christmas
(c) The day after New Years
(d) The day after Labor Day

 

38. The first meal eaten on the moon by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldren was a roasted turkey dinner with all the trimmings.  True or False?

 

39. Which balloon was the first balloon in the 1927 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade:

(a) Mickey Mouse
(b) Felix the Cat
(c) Betty Boop
(d) Superman

 

40. Turkeys can drown if they look up in the rain. True or False?

41. In October of 1777, George Washington declared an "All Colony Thanksgiving" because he was feeling really good due to:

(a) The victory over Saratoga
(b) His Mt. Vernon home got finished
(c) Establishing the 13 original colonies


 

42.  The following towns with "turkey" in their names, are really towns in the United States. Turkey, Texas, Turkey Creek, Louisianna, Turkey, North Carolina and Turkey Feather, New Mexico.  True or False?

43. Historians have proven that the pilgrims didn't really wear those funny hats and buckles on their shoes. True or False?

44. The longest balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is:

(a) Spiderman
(b) Superman
(c) Wonder Woman
(d) Barney the Dinosaur

45. In 1943, Norman Rockwell created his famous "Freedom From Want" illustration by using a Thanksgiving dinner as an example of this.  This illustration first appeared on which magazine?

(a) McCalls
(b) Saturday Evening Post
(c) Life


46. Back in the early 1600's, the pilgrims didn't have which of the following utensils to eat their Thanksgiving meal with?

(a) Spoons
(b) Forks
(c) Knives

 

47.  How many pilgrims were on the Mayflower?

(a) 92
(b) 102
(c) 122

48. How long was the voyage from England to the New World?

(a) 66 Days
(b) 106 Days
(c) 146 Days

49. The pilgrims dressed really colorfully. True or False?

50. Of the original 102 pilgrims that came, approximately how many survived to celebrate the first Thanksgiving?

(a) 101
(b) 50
(c) 10

51.  The Mayflower docked at Plymouth Rock. True or False?

52. Which of the following foods that we normally do not eat today at Thanksgiving, was an original food that the pilgrims ate back in 1600's?

(a) Roast Beef
(b) Codfish
(c) Ham

53. Cranberries are native to North America. Which of the following fruits are also native to North America?

(a) Blueberries
(b) Concord Grapes
(c) Both of the above

54. Cranberries can be harvested two ways: Wet and Dry. The cranberries that are harvested wet are the ones used to
make cranberry juice.  True or False?

55.  The Mayflower was not built to be a transportation ship for people.  What was the original purpose of the Mayflower?

(a) As a merchant ship to carry wine
(b) As a fishing ship
(c) As a ship to get spices from the Far East

56. At the first Thanksgiving, there were more Indians than there were pilgrims. True or False?

57. Not everyone on the Mayflower was traveling to the New World to settle. What was the purpose of the others?

(a) To get furs and lumber to send back to England
(b) To do scientific exploration and mapping.
(c) To get away from their parents!

 

58. Plymouth Rock today is as big as:

(a) The size of a car engine
(b) The size of the nose on a face on Mt. Rushmore
(c)  The size of a regular mailbox

59. Which of the following was approved table manners at the first Thanksgiving:

(a) To eat with your hands
(b) To spit on the floor
(c) To throw bones into the hearth when done
(d) All of these

60.  There were two ways to cook a turkey back in 1627. One was to roast it using strings and skewers and spinning it vertically.  The other was done by using a "tin kitchen" which was set inside the hearth and allowed the turkey to be cooked on a spit and turned.  But, the tin kitchen was only for the more wealthy.  It cost $3 back then.  What was that equivalent to?

(a) A day's pay
(b) A week's pay
(c) A month's pay

61.  What was one of the other advantages of cooking with a tin kitchen in the hearth?

(a) The turkey wouldn't burn
(b)  You could also cook pumpkin pie in it
(c) You could catch the drippings in a pan and make gravy

62. Back in the early Thanksgiving celebrations, they also liked sporting events and took bets. Of course it wasn't football back then. Which sport was it?

(a) Shooting
(b) Archery
(c) Knife Throwing

63. Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday. But, before he did, when was Thanksgiving celebrated?

(a) Whenever people felt like it.
(b) The first full moon of November
(c) Whenever the Governor of a State said so.

64. In Boston there is a restaurant called The Top of the Hub.  Every year it makes and delivers a free Thanksgiving meal to which group?

(a) The homeless that live behind the restaurant
(b) The Boylston Street Fire Station
(c) The members of the Boston Town Council

65.  The Top of the Hub Restaurant doesn't serve pumpkin pie to the firemen on Thanksgiving. Instead, what is the dessert they get?

(a) Pumpkin cheesecake with red chocolate fire hydrants on top.
(b) Chocolate cake shaped like a fireman's helmet
(c) Cranberry cheesecake with little Dalmatian dogs made out of dark and white chocolate on top.

66. One of the most elite places to go for Thanksgiving is to the Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa in Whitefield, New Hampshire.  Besides the great meal etc. one of its special treats is what?

(a) Pumpkin Facials
(b) Cranberry Hand and Arm Mask
(c) Both

67. The governor of which state refused to issue a Thanksgiving Proclamation because he felt it was "a damned Yankee institution anyway."

(a) Louisiana
(b) South Carolina
(c) Texas

68.  The first Thanksgiving football game was started in 1934 by which team?

(a) Pittsburgh Steelers
(b) Kansas City Chiefs
(c) Detroit Lions

69. Charity during the Thanksgiving season has been around since colonial times when they gave what to the poor?

(a) Firewood
(b) Turkeys
(c) Whatever they could

70. By the end of the 19th century, the Victorians were pretty wealthy.  And, to show how refined they were, they would present their Thanksgiving meal to their guests by writing out their meal (in courses) in what language?

(a) French
(b) Italian
(c) Latin

71. Which of the following is said to be the origin of the Macy's day Thanksgiving Day parade?

(a) Mummer's Parade
(b) Ragamuffin Parade
(c) Fall Indian PowWows

72.  Why is Thanksgiving always observed on a Thursday?

(a) The pilgrims felt it was sacrilegious to have a party on the holy Sabbath day (Sunday)
(b) It took a lot of time and work to prepare all of this and by Thursday they were done and had to eat it all before things spoiled
(c) The pilgrims went to church twice a week. Sundays and mid-prayer on Thursdays. They wanted to use the mid-prayer day as a day of thanksgiving

 

73. Missionaries from the New England area living in Hawaii celebrated the first Thanksgiving there in 1849 with Hawaiian King Kamehameha. To show honor to him they served the meal:

(a) On tables made of palm trees and used fancy tablecloths brought from the Americas
(b) In the Hawaiian tradition of a
luau
(c) On their ship

 

74. In 1621, which of the following foods that we eat at Thanksgiving today, they DID NOT serve?

(a) Pumpkin Pie
(b) Yams
(c) Vegetables

75. In 1939, Franklin Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving up one week to help stir up the economy during the Depression so that the Christmas shopping season could be longer.  This didn't go well with which of the following people?

(a) The Democrats
(b) The Republicans
(c) Both

76. By 1690, what became the priority at Thanksgiving?

(a) Food
(b) Prayer
(c) Politics

77. In 1705 a ship in Colchester, CT port was stuck frozen in the harbor and so the people delayed Thanksgiving one week so that what item on this ship (important to Thanksgiving) could be brought ashore?

(a) Tea
(b) Molasses
(c) Cinnamon

78.Originally, Parades became important to the Thanksgiving celebration because?

(a) They gave people something to do besides eat
(b) They entertained the wife and kids while the dads watched football
(c) They were a great publicity kick-off for the Christmas season

79. Back in the early 1620's, the pilgrims celebrated a "Day of Humiliation."  What did they do on that day?

(a) Prayed and fasted
(b) Confessed to the group a lie they had told
(c) Asked God for forgiveness for eating too much on Thanksgiving

80. In 2005 President Bush pardoned two turkeys (from Henning, MN) named Marshmallow and Yam.  But, these turkeys are not going to Frying Pan Park in Herndon, VA like all the previously pardoned turkeys. Instead, they are being sent to Disneyland (CA) to live at the Disneyland farm.  Before they do this, however, what are Marshmallow and Yam going to do?

(a) They are going to star in a Disney movie
(b) They are going to be the Grand Marshals of the 2005 Disneyland Thanksgiving Day parade
(c) They are going to be in a commercial for Butterball.

81. The turkey is considered a sacrificial bird in which country?

(a) Turkey
(b) Japan
(c) Mexico
(d) India

 

82.  Which state produces the most turkeys?

(a) North Carolina
(b) North Dakota
(c) Texas
(d) California

83. How fast can a turkey run?

(a) 7 mph
(b) 11 mph
(c) 18 mph
(d) 25 mph

84. How fast can a wild turkey fly?

(a) 20 mph
(b) 27 mph
(c) 45 mph
(d) 55 mph

85. Most of us eat turkey on Thanksgiving. But, how many eat turkey also as a Christmas meal?

(a) 25%
(b) 36%
(c) 50%
(d) 79%

86.  All turkeys gobble.  True or False?

87. Turkey meat is good for you because it is lower in cholesterol than a lot of other meat. True or False?

88. Baby turkeys are called?

(a) Chicks
(b) Poults
(c) Tommies
(d) They don't have a name for them.

89. Most of us eat pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving besides turkey So...An old wives tale says that pumpkins are a cure for:

(a) Freckles
(b) Hiccups
(c) Infertility
(d) Insomnia

90. Turkey eggs are brown. True or False?

91. It seems like we see turkeys everywhere.  But, which of the following turkey
breeds is endangered and can't be eaten?

(a) Bourbon Red Turkey
(b) Blue Slate Turkey
(c) Broad Breasted Bronze
(d) All of the above

 

92. Which weighs more: Domestic Turkey or Wild Turkey?

93. When male turkeys puff up their feathers, strut around and make "gobble" sounds,
it means what?

(a) They're mad.
(b) They're marking their territory
(c) They're trying to attract hen attention
(d) None of the above.  They just do it.

94.  A pilgrim is defined as a:

(a) Traveler
(b) A Wayfarer
(c) A religious journeyman
(d) All of the above

95. Which colony came first?  Jamestown, VA or Plymouth, MA

96.  This part of the turkey turns bright red when he's upset
or during courtship:

(a) Top of His Head
(b) Snood
(c) Tips of feathers
(d) Eyes

97. Which state produces the most cranberries?

(a) Maine
(b) Wisconsin
(c) Washington
(d) Oregon

98. Turkeys are very fluffy with lots of feathers.  Approximately how
many feathers does a full-grown turkey have?

(a) 2,750
(b) 3,000
(c) 3,500
(d) 4,100

99. The dangling skin under a turkey's neck is called?

(a) Wattle
(b) Weedle
(c) Wuddle
(d) Widdle

100.  What are unhappy cranberries called?

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Credits:

Holiday Symbols, 2nd Edition
By Sue Ellen Thompson
Omnigraphics, Inc. 2000

"Turkeys, Pilgrims and Indian Corn"
By Edna Barth
Clarion Publishing 1975

Campbell's Kitchen Forum post by
Jessica Adams

NPS.gov/ Jamestown vs. Plymouth

Butterball Corporation 

Baltimore, MD Article

World Guinness Book of Records

Kid Zone Turkey Facts

The History Channel Television Show
"Home For the Holiday:
History of Thanksgiving"

Home & Garden Television Show
"Thanksgiving Unleashed"

The Travel Channel Television Show
"New England Thanksgiving"

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