Thanksgiving quiz


It's Thanksgiving. The scent of turkey is wafting through millions of American homes. But how much do you really know about the celebration and the Pilgrims who started it? Warning: This is the tough version of our quiz.

Thanksgiving Day parade

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Which American president issued the Thanksgiving Proclamation, which declared the last Thursday in November a National Day of Thanksgiving?

the white house
  1. Theodore Roosevelt
  2. Andrew Jackson
  3. Grover Cleveland
  4. Abraham Lincoln

2.) Multiple Choice Question

When the pilgrims first arrived on the Mayflower, they signed a governing document to quell dissent in their ranks. What was it called?

  1. The Mayflower Declaration
  2. The Mayflower Treaty
  3. The Mayflower Compact
  4. The Mayflower Constitution

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The pilgrims invited the Wampanoag tribe to join them at the first Thanksgiving. What was the name of that tribe's chief?

pilgrim and native american
  1. Massasoit
  2. Sequoyah
  3. Tecumseh
  4. Wamsutta

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Many cultures celebrate harvest festivals like Thanksgiving. Which one is not a harvest celebration?

harvest basket
  1. Sukkot (Jewish)
  2. Matariki (Maori)
  3. Kadayawan (Philippines)
  4. Thai Pongal (Tamil)

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Which US state raises the most turkeys?

turkey farm
  1. Arkansas
  2. Virginia
  3. North Carolina
  4. Minnesota

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Which US founding father said he would prefer that the turkey, not the bald eagle, be named America's national bird?

founding fathers
  1. Alexander Hamilton
  2. James Madison
  3. Benjamin Franklin
  4. Thomas Jefferson

7.) Multiple Choice Question

What is a baby turkey called?

macy's thanksgiving day parade
  1. A chick
  2. A poult
  3. A gosling
  4. A snood

8.) Multiple Choice Question

What is the longest float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?

pikachu float
  1. Superman
  2. Spiderman
  3. Ronald McDonald
  4. Garfield

9.) Multiple Choice Question

It is a tradition for the US President to pardon a turkey on Thanksgiving. Which president is credited with starting the tradition?

president clinton pardons a turkey
  1. Herbert Hoover
  2. Franklin Roosevelt
  3. Harry Truman
  4. Dwight Eisenhower

10.) Multiple Choice Question

Which country consumes more turkey per capita than the US?

turkey dinner
  1. Canada
  2. Slovakia
  3. China
  4. Israel


  1. Abraham Lincoln. Franklin Roosevelt later tried to change it to the third Thursday to stimulate Christmas shopping, but after a public outcry Congress moved it to the fourth Thursday.
  2. The Mayflower Compact. It established authority within the group and freedom from English law.
  3. Massasoit. The leader helped the pilgrims survive their first winter and helped promote peace.
  4. Matariki, otherwise known as Maori New Year. It is named after a cluster of stars that can be seen just before dawn in early May.
  5. Minnesota, which is home to more than 250 turkey farmers and raises 49 million turkeys a year. North Carolina is second, Arkansas third and Virginia fourth.
  6. Benjamin Franklin, who wrote in a letter to his daughter that the turkey, "a bird of courage", suited the American culture more than a "bird of bad moral character" like the bald eagle.
  7. A baby turkey is called a poult and its feathers are usually tan and brown.
  8. Superman is the largest balloon in the parade at 100ft (30m) long. Superman made his debut in 1939 as an 80ft upright balloon.
  9. Harry Truman in 1947, but the tradition wasn't formalised until 1989.
  10. Israel. Most residents don't eat pork products and beef is hard to farm on the terrain, so turkey is commonly used.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Cold turkey

4 - 7 : Mashed potatoes

8 - 10 : Pecan pie!

If you didn't fare too well, why not try the easy version of our Thanksgiving quiz?

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