Thanksgiving quiz


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

Thanksgiving parade

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Thanksgiving is only celebrated in the United States.

  1. True
  2. False

2.) Multiple Choice Question

What year do Americans trace their Thanksgiving holiday back to?

  1. 1621
  2. 1776
  3. 1718
  4. 1824

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in a town named after the rock which the pilgrims - early settlers - were said to have first set foot on. What is the name of the rock?

tourists at pilgrim memorial
  1. Portsmouth Rock
  2. Plymouth Rock
  3. Falmouth Rock
  4. Newhaven Rock

4.) Multiple Choice Question

True or false: Thanksgiving is a religious holiday.

family holding hands
  1. True
  2. False

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Americans traditionally eat yams at Thanksgiving. What food are Americans referring to?

man carving turkey
  1. A small shellfish
  2. A tiny carrot
  3. A sweet potato
  4. A type of green bean

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Which of the following can be used as the sweetener in "candied yams"?

yams with sausage
  1. Molasses
  2. Marshmallows
  3. Maple syrup
  4. All of the above

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Turkey is traditionally the main course at Thanksgiving. What do Americans call male turkeys?

turkeys feeding
  1. Jacks
  2. Roosters
  3. Toms
  4. Ganders

8.) Multiple Choice Question

Which utensil did the pilgrims not have at their first Thanksgiving dinner?

  1. Knives
  2. Forks
  3. Spoons

9.) Multiple Choice Question

What is the name of the loose red appendage that joins the underside of a turkey's beak and its neck?

  1. A gobble
  2. A chin
  3. A flap
  4. A wattle

10.) Multiple Choice Question

The Friday following Thanksgiving is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. What is its nickname?

hoardes of shoppers
  1. Black Friday
  2. Sale Friday
  3. Red Friday
  4. Rush Friday


  1. False - Canadians also celebrate Thanksgiving, but their holiday is in October.
  2. Americans trace their Thanksgiving celebration to a three-day feast between pilgrims and native Americans in 1621, one year after the pilgrims arrived.
  3. Plymouth Rock. It is now housed in a memorial on the shore at Plymouth Harbour in Massachusetts, but historical records show the pilgrims first dropped anchor near Provincetown, farther up Cape Cod.
  4. False. Although many Christians pray on Thanksgiving, it is actually a harvest celebration.
  5. A sweet potato, which is slightly different from yams in Africa, which are a starchy tuber.
  6. All of the above. Any of these ingredients can be used in candied yams. Just plain brown sugar can also be used.
  7. It's Toms.
  8. Forks, which were not commonly used in Britain or America until the 18th Century
  9. It's a wattle.
  10. Black Friday, which got its name for helping put retailers back in "the black" or out of debt.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Turkey

4 - 7 : Give thanks for small things

8 - 10 : You get pumpkin pie!

Why not see if you are up to the challenge of the difficult version of our Thanksgiving quiz?

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