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The Ultimate Thanksgiving Quiz
by Staff
A table full of turkey, corn, stuffing and cranberries can only mean one thing: Thanksgiving! Aside from the tasty morsels, Thanksgiving is also a yearly celebration of gratitude that originated with the Pilgrims and Native Americans.

Who made Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863?

  • President Andrew Johnson
  • President Abraham Lincoln
  • President James Buchanan

Why did President Franklin Roosevelt move Thanksgiving up one week earlier in 1939?

  • to appease businesses
  • to accommodate soldiers
  • to fit within his New Deal

What protein source do scholars believe was featured at the very first Thanksgiving celebration?

  • fish
  • buffalo
  • quail

What holiday did some Native Americans begin observing instead of Thanksgiving in 1970?

  • Day of Remembrance
  • Day of Mourning
  • Chieftain's Day

The ancient Greeks held a three-day festival every autumn to honor what goddess?

  • Aphrodite
  • Demeter
  • Hera

In Greek mythology, what did the cornucopia represent?

  • a severed goat's horn
  • a basket full of the autumn harvest
  • a satchel belonging to Hera

Which state was the first to make Thanksgiving a yearly occasion before it became a national holiday?

  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • New Hampshire

What food do more than 90 percent of Americans eat on Thanksgiving?

  • cranberries
  • pumpkin pie
  • turkey

What store is the sponsor of the holiday's most popular parade?

  • Sears
  • Target
  • Macy's

About how much turkey does a single American consume each year?

  • 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms)
  • 13 pounds (6 kilograms)
  • 16 pounds (7.3 kilograms)