Thanksgiving Trivia Answers

Did you take my Thanksgiving trivia quiz?  Here are the answers:

1.  Thanksgiving is celebrated only in the United States. 

     False.  Canada celebrates a thanksgiving also. 

2.  The Greek Goddess of Corn is:

     (a) Demeter

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

     (c) Gimbel’s Department Store in Philadelphia in 1920.

4.  What is the name of the famous rock credited to where the Pilgrims first landed?

     Plymouth Rock.

5.  The Indians who were invited to the Thanksgiving feast were of the Wampanoag tribe.  Who was their chief?


6.  The Pilgrims came over on the ship named Mayflower.  Who was the captain of this ship?

     Christopher Jones.

7.  The term “Cornucopia” means what?

     (c) Horn of Plenty.

8.  What was the original name for the Pilgrims?

    (a) Puritans

9.  The Pilgrims took beer with them on their voyage.  

     True.  In fact, John Alden was a cooper who made the barrels.

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

      (b) 3  days

11.  In what year did the first Macy’s Thanksgiving parade take place?

      (d) 1924

12.  Before being harvested and sold, an individual cranberry must bounce at least how many inches high to make sure they aren’t too ripe?
      (d) 4 inches

13.  The first meal eaten on the moon by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldren was a roasted turkey dinner with all the trimmings.


14.  The real Plymouth Rock is cracked.


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

      (a)  66 days

16.  How many Pilgrims were on the Mayflower?

      It is believed to be 102.

17.  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.

18.  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) They had shooting contests.

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

      (c) The Detroit Lions started it to help boost attendance.  They played the Chicago Bears.

20.  How fast can a turkey run?

      (d)  25 mph

How did you do?  Did you get most of the answers correct or were you like me surprised by some of the answers?





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