The Thanksgiving Quiz

Can you answer these questions about the American holiday of Thanksgiving?
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Last updated: November 24, 2017
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What ship brought the Pilgrims to the United States?
The Mayflower
What state did they land in?
Massachusetts
What colony did they found?
Plymouth Colony
What didn't the Pilgrims have on their hats - even though they are often depicted that way?
Buckles
What Native American is famous for teaching the Pilgrims to plant maize?
Squanto
What President made Thanksgiving a federal holiday?
Abraham Lincoln
What is another name for a cornucopia?
Horn of Plenty
Whose house is "over the river, and through the wood"?
Grandmother's
What cartoon character tries to kick a football every Thanksgiving, only to have
it cruelly pulled away at the last second?
Charlie Brown
What does the amino acid tryptophan, found in turkey, supposedly make one want to do?
Sleep
What extravagant Thanksgiving dish is a chicken, stuffed inside
a duck, stuffed inside a turkey?
Turducken
Which NFL team has hosted a game on Thanksgiving day every year since 1945?
Detroit Lions
What department store hosts a Thanksgiving parade in New York City?
Macy's
What does the President do to a turkey every Thanksgiving?
Pardons It
What is the nickname of the day after Thanksgiving?
Black Friday
What turkey bone can provide good luck to one of the two people who break it?
Wishbone
What country celebrates Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October?
Canada
What spices are mixed together to create pumpkin pie spice?
C
Cinnamon
N
Nutmeg
G
Ginger
C
Cloves
A
Allspice
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Level ∞
Oct 5, 2017
That tryptophan is the cause of postprandial sleepiness is, of course, an urban legend. Eating a massive amount of carbs is what makes you sleepy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tryptophan#Turkey_meat_and_drowsiness

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Level 63
Oct 12, 2017
It's true! It's from eating all the bread, potatoes, cranberries, bananas, grapefruit, raisins, mangoes, quinoa, kidney beans, oranges, and of course... chickpeas!
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Level 35
Nov 24, 2017
Never ever had bananas, grapefruit, raisins, mangoes, quinoa, kidney beans, oranges or chickpeas on Thanksgiving in the USA. However, the carbs that a traditional meal sees EVERY YEAR (50 and counting) are stuffing, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, corn on the cob, rolls(breads of all sorts) and of course, pies and cookies! (then there is the alcohol component to consider....)
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Level 77
Nov 27, 2017
The stuffing gets me every time.
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Level 86
Oct 5, 2017
Would Pardon not be enough?
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Level 91
Oct 5, 2017
or "pardon it"?
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Level 91
Oct 5, 2017
Yeah, pardon needs to be accepted. Pardons would be bad enough, requiring "it" is nonsense.
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Level 81
Oct 6, 2017
Yes - please accept 'pardon' or 'pardons.'
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Level 83
Oct 6, 2017
Tried pardon, pardons, frees, releases - really, I had to have the "it"?
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Level ∞
Oct 6, 2017
My mistake. Anything with "pardon" was meant to be accepted.
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Level ∞
Oct 6, 2017
p.s. Please check the box that says "This comment contains a correction or suggestion for the Quizmaster", if you want me to see your comment.
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Level 71
Oct 6, 2017
We pardon you. That does not make you a turkey.
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Level 77
Nov 27, 2017
I heard that Trump deported a turkey this year instead of pardoning it.
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Level 84
Oct 6, 2017
+ how ever many. "Pardon" alone should be fine. Spent 2 minutes trying to figure out what was wanted (tried pardons, pardoning, staying execution, saves . . . .) and never got it.
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Level 72
Oct 23, 2017
"Pardons" sounds so strange. It sounds like the turkey has committed a crime. I tried "save", "rescue", "release" and a dozen other things, but couldn't get it.

11/22

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Level 83
Nov 22, 2017
His crime was to be so delicious.
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Level 46
Nov 22, 2017
mmmm turkey
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Level 58
Nov 21, 2017
I never heard of a "Turducken" before but it sounds like the proper name should be "massive coronary".
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Level 58
Nov 21, 2017
Abraham Lincoln called for a day of Thanksgiving on the last Thursday in November but it wasn't until 1941 when Franklin Roosevelt made it an official, Federally sanctioned holiday.
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Level 75
Nov 25, 2021
I first tried Roosevelt too.
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Level 60
Nov 29, 2021
If you want to get technical, George Washington was the first to declare Thanksgiving on the last Thursday on November. But you are right, Roosevelt was the president who made it official. Lincoln was the first president to give a pardon to a turkey because of his son.
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Level 72
Nov 21, 2017
Only knew the "What Native American is famous for teaching the Pilgrims to plant maize."clue from hearing my son's audio books of Lois Lowry's Gooney Bird series.

Is this really something taught in schools and we missed it in Canada and California?

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Level 66
Nov 22, 2017
I recognize the name Squanto, but I couldn't come up with it myself, and I don't remember learning it in school.
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Level 55
Nov 25, 2021
It wouldn't be taught in Canada because our thanksgiv'r is for a completely different reason. We just celebrate the harvest.

We do teach a fair amount of American history in schools (I was a teacher), but not to that level of detail for sure. More overall history around the formation of the nation, major events and particularly things centered around our two nations history together (and also UK and France because of Canada's connection to those two countries).

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Level 83
Nov 22, 2017
oh yeah. Squanto. Don't think I've heard his name since 3rd grade.
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Level 62
Nov 22, 2017
5/22 but i come and i live a country where thanksgiving exist only US TV show as Friends
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Level 78
Nov 24, 2017
Four of these questions also appears in my quiz, Trivia About the PIlgrims. https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/97423/trivia-about-the-pilgrims
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Level 68
Nov 24, 2017
As per usual, I got the least guessed answer correct, but missed two others!
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Level 47
Nov 25, 2021
Given that only 28% of quizzers know about Squanto (which will likely be much higher than the average in the wider population), maybe the word 'famous' is not appropriate for inclusion in that question?! ;-)
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Level 49
Nov 25, 2021
i actually just learned about him like last week so i was lucky on that one
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Level 73
Nov 26, 2021
Despite the fact that pumpkin pie spice includes 5 spices, most pumpkin pies omit the nutmeg and allspice... they don't really add much to the flavour profile as the nutmeg gets almost completely muted by the pumpkin and the allspice gets overpowered by the sugar and other spices
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Level 73
Nov 26, 2021
Despite the fact that pumpkin pie spice includes 5 spices, most pumpkin pies omit the nutmeg and allspice... they don't really add much to the flavour profile as the nutmeg gets almost completely muted by the pumpkin and the allspice gets overpowered by the sugar and other spices
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Level 56
Nov 29, 2021
The president pardons the turkey??? Should be the other way round. The president isn't the one being farmed, slaughtered and eaten. The USA is such a back to front country