Yes, it’s time for another Thanksgiving Day Quiz, in which we delve into the history and mystery of this beloved and occasionally berated travel-related holiday, when most everyone in the United States either heads to Grandma’s house or Grandma flees to the buffet at Golden Corral.
Either way, there’s bound to be turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie and at least one relative who hits the sauce too much, cranberry or otherwise. It’s a quintessential American holiday, epitomized by gluttonous portions of food, football, parades, family, friends, and, of course, traffic jams and overcrowded airports.
But how much do you really know about it? Here’s the quiz, and Happy Thanksgiving!
1. Which historical figure is most identified with Thanksgiving in America?
a. The Earl of Cranberry
b. Davy Crockett
c. The Sultan of Turkey
d. Governor William Bradford
2. Who invented the green bean casserole, and when?
a. Betty Crocker in 1949
b. Dorcas Reilly in 1955
c. Fanny Farmer in 1930
d. Julia Child in 1963
3. Which president wrestled with Congress over whether the official date of Thanksgiving should be the fourth Thursday in November or the final Thursday of November? (Bonus points for answering why this became such a debate.)
a. Franklin Roosevelt
b. Grover Cleveland
c. Chester A. Arthur
d. Herbert Hoover
4. According to the National Turkey Federation, what percentage of Americans eat turkey for Thanksgiving?
a. 95 percent
b. 88 percent
c. 80 percent
d. 99 percent
5. Approximately how many turkeys were consumed in the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day, 2018?
a. 46 million
b. 25 million
c. 60 million
d. 55 million
6. Which state is the top turkey producer in the U.S.?
c. North Carolina
7. What’s the favorite way for Americans to consume turkey leftovers?
a. turkey soup
b. turkey stew
c. turkey sandwich
d. turkey casserole
8. What year marked the first annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York?
9. Counting 2019, how many NFL football games have the Detroit Lions played on Thanksgiving?
10. Which is usually the heavier travel day?
a. The day before Thanksgiving
b. Thanksgiving itself
Note: I’ll publish the answers in the week after Thanksgiving. And thanks for playing!