Test Your Thanksgiving Knowledge With This Trivia Quiz

Plymouth Plantation Recreates World Of The Pilgrims

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Thanksgiving is America's signature holiday: a day of feasting and counting blessings that unites us as a nation.

Before you sit down to watch football or devour a drumstick, take this Thanksgiving Trivia Quiz! It will not only test your knowledge of holiday history, traditions, and lore, but it will also spark your interest in the New England origins of Thanksgiving and remind you why we give thanks each November.

Do you have the gizzards to be a Top Turkey? These questions get progressively more difficult, and you'll find the answers by scrolling to the end of the page. Whether you get all of these trivia questions correct or your goose gets cooked, have a Happy Thanksgiving! Good luck!

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Question 1

View at the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA.

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Which wild bird was NOT on the Pilgrims' First Thanksgiving menu?

A) Turkey

B) Duck

C) Goose

D) Bald Eagle

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Question 2

Reenactment of First Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration

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The Pilgrims celebrated the First Thanksgiving in:

A) Herald Square in New York City

B) Plymouth, Massachusetts

D) Jamestown, Virginia

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Question 3

Mayflower II replica, Plymouth, Massachusetts

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What was the name of the Pilgrims' ship?

A) The Pinta

D) Titanic

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Question 4

Plymouth Rock

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What landmark is known as the place where the Pilgrims landed in America?

A) Pilgrim Rock

B) Patriot's Rock

C) Plymouth Rock

D) Pet Rock

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Question 5

National Monument to the Forefathers

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The Pilgrims came to America:

A) For religious freedom

B) To fight the Indians

C) To start a .com company

D) To trade tea for animal furs

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Question 6

Pilgrims and Turkey Float in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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In the U.S., Thanksgiving is celebrated on:

A) The day before the Winter Solstice

B) The fourth Thursday of November

C) The Thursday after the full moon in November

D) The last Thursday of November

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Question 7

Plymouth, MA

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The Pilgrims' first landing place in America was:

A) Plymouth, MA

B) Provincetown, MA

C) Boston, MA

D) Salem, MA

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Question 8

Reenactment scene of the first Thanksgiving Dinner in Plymouth in 1621 with a Pilgrim family and a Wampanoag Indian

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The Native American Indians who celebrated the First Thanksgiving dinner with the Pilgrims were from which tribe?

A) Cherokee

B) Mohican

C) Wampanoag

D) Pequot

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Question 9

Full Frame Shot Of Beer Hops

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A successful barley crop enabled the Pilgrims to wash down their Thanksgiving feast with what beverage?

A) 7-Up

B) Beer

C) Bourbon

D) Champagne

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Question 10

Mayflower II in the Cape Cod Canal

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The baby born aboard the Mayflower was named:

A) Paul

B) Miles

C) Seamus

D) Oceanus

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Question 11

Mayflower II

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Before carrying the Pilgrims to America, the Mayflower was:

A) A cruise liner

B) A passenger ferry

C) A battleship

D) A wine vessel

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Question 12

Wild Turkey With Chicks

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The turkey is native to America and was first brought to Europe from:

B) Florida

C) Virginia

D) Kentucky

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Question 13

President Obama Pardons National Thanksgiving Turkey At Annual Ceremony

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What event inspired a US President to proclaim Thanksgiving an annual holiday?

A) The 300th anniversary of the Pilgrims' landing

B) The bombing of Hiroshima

C) The Battle of Gettysburg

D) The Louisiana Purchase

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Question 14

Plimoth Plantation Recreates World Of The Pilgrims

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The Pilgrims' three-day Thanksgiving festival, a feast for 50 colonists and 90 Indians, was prepared by the surviving married women among the Pilgrims. How many "hostesses" were there?

A) Two

B) Four

C) Seven

D) Fifteen

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Question 15

USA, New York City, pilgrim fathers monument

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Which of these U.S. Presidents could claim Mayflower ancestry?

A) George Washington

B) Gerald Ford

C) George H.W. Bush

D) Franklin Pierce

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Answers: How Did You Score?

Patriot Turkey at Plymouth Thanksgiving Parade

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Question 1: D is the correct answer. The Pilgrims did NOT eat bald eagle at the First Thanksgiving.

Question 2: B is correct! The Pilgrims celebrated the First Thanksgiving in 1621 at their Plymouth, Massachusetts, settlement.

Question 3: The answer is C. The Pilgrims came to America aboard the Mayflower. Climb aboard a replica, the Mayflower II, when you visit Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Question 4: C is correct! Plymouth Rock marks the place where the Pilgrims landed.

Question 5: A is the answer. The Pilgrims came to America to escape religious persecution.

Question 6: The correct answer is B. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November each year in the U.S.

Question 7: It's answer B! The Pilgrims landed first at Provincetown on the tip of Cape Cod before moving on to Plymouth, Massachusetts, where they established their permanent settlement. That's why the Pilgrim Monument is in Provincetown.

Question 8: C is the answer. The Wampanoag Indians assisted the Pilgrims in their first year and shared the first Thanksgiving dinner with them.

Question 9: The answer is B. It wasn't Sam Adams, but the Pilgrims enjoyed their own microbrew with the first Thanksgiving Dinner.

Question 10: We warned you these would get trickier! The correct choice is D. Oceanus Hopkins was born aboard the Mayflower during the Pilgrims' two-month voyage to America.

Question 11: D again! The Mayflower was a wine vessel before its historic role as the Pilgrims' America-bound transportation.

Question 12: B is right! The Spaniards brought the first turkeys back to Europe from Florida.

Question 13: Did you choose C? Right! President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a holiday in 1863, three months after the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War.

Question 14: It's B! The job of preparing the first Thanksgiving feast fell to the four married women who survived the Pilgrims' first winter in Plymouth.

Question 15: C is correct. George H.W. Bush is a descendant of two Mayflower passengers, John Howland, and Francis Cooke. Other U.S. Presidents with Mayflower ancestors are John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, James Garfield, Franklin D. Roosevelt and, of course, George W. Bush.

Did you get them all right? Are you a Top Turkey?
Happy Thanksgiving!

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