Thanksgiving Trivia: Time to Talk Turkey

Just how well do you know your Thanksgiving traditions?

1. The word for wild turkey used by the Wampanoag Indians, who greeted the Pilgrims, is the same as what South America country?

a) Peru

b) Chile

c) Brazil

2. Turkey was introduced to Europe by the Spaniards by way of what country:

a) Spain

b) Turkey

c) France

3. The wild turkey was nearly eradicated in the U.S. until the federal government enacted conservation measures in 1991. In how many states are the wild gobblers now found?

a) 34

b) 21

c) 49

4. In 1935, Americans consumed an average of 1.7 pounds of turkey per person per year. How much turkey do Americans eat today?

a) 20 pounds per person per year

b) 10 pounds per person per year

c) 7.5 pounds person per year

5. How many turkeys were raised in the U.S. in 2011?

a) 105 million

b) 248 million

c) 317 million

6. Which two states are the top cranberry producers?

a) Wisconsin and Massachusetts

b) New Jersey and Maryland

c) Minnesota and Maine

7. True or false?

The organic protein tryptophan is responsible for post-Thanksgiving dinner drowsiness.

T (  )   F (  )

8. Which of the following was served when the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag sat down for their prototype festive dinner?

a) potatoes

b) sweet potatoes

c) cranberry sauce

d) pumpkin pie

e) All of the above

d) None of the above

9. Which of the following countries has celebrations similar to U.S. Thanksgiving?

a) Canada

b) Brazil

c) Korea

d) China

e) All of the above

d) None of the above

10. When the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians sat down for that feast near Plymouth Rock in 1620, what was the occasion?

a) The first Thanksgiving

b) A celebration of the harvest

c) An annual Wampanoag festival that included lacrosse and other competitions

d) A celebration of the end of Wampanoag primary elections held annually at that time of year (U.S. primary elections were adapted from the Wampanoag’s political system)


1. a      2. b      3. c     4. a      5. b      6. a      7. F      8. d      9. e      10. b

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