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Can You Pass This Thanksgiving History Quiz?

Put down the fork and crack open that textbook.

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  1. 1.

    Which present-day state was the first Thanksgiving held in?
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    Florida
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    Massachusetts
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    Maryland
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    Virginia
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    Wrong!

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    Most historical records show that the very first Thanksgiving was held Plymouth, Massachusetts although historian Michael Gannon contends that the first Thanksgiving celebration actually took place in Florida on Sept. 8, 1565 in an interview with Florida Today .

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    Via state.1keydata.com
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    What type of meat was during the first Thanksgiving?
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    Turkey
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    Venison
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    Chicken
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    Pork
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    Wrong!

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    Historical records show no turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving. Settlers and Native Americans feasted on deer (also known as venison), ducks, geese, oysters, lobster, eel, and fish with seasonal harvest like pumpkins as their sides.

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    Via publications.newberry.org
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    How long did the first Thanksgiving last?
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    3 days
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    5 days
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    2 days
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    1 day
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    The festivities went on for three days, according to historical accounts, with some traveling on foot for about two days to attend.

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    Via cdn.history.com
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    Which Native American tribe partook in the first Thanksgiving?
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    Wampanoag
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    Pequot
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    Narragansett
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    Patuxet
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    The Wampanoag were a tremendous help to English settlers who had a difficult harvest year according to the National Museum of the American Indian.

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    Via newenglandhistoricalsociety.com
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    What does the Cornucopia stand for?
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    Horn of Plenty
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    Horn of Abundance
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    Horn of Joy
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    Horn of<br />Sacrifice<br /><br />
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    The Cornucopia s a symbol of nature's productivity and is the most common symbol of a harvest festival. It is a horn-shaped container or basket that is filled with the abundance of a harvest like a pumpkin, corn, carrots and other autumn produce.

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    Via merriam-webster.com
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    Which three states have cities named after the turkey?
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    Ohio, Virginia, and Massachussets<br />
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    Texas, North Carolina, and Louisiana<br />
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    Texas, Ohio, and New Jersey
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    North Carolina, Illinois, and Wisconsin
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    Three towns have been named after the holiday's iconic bird: Turkey, Texas, Turkey Creek, La. and Turkey, N.C.

    Via Google Maps
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    How many NFL games are played every Thanksgiving?
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    3
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    2
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    4
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    5
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    The Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions have been holding games on this iconic holiday since the 1920s. In 2006, the league began holding a third game with no fixed opponents.

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    Via dallascowboys.com
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    What century did the first Thanksgiving occur in?
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    19th century
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    16th century
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    18th century
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    17th century
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    The 17th century ran from1601 to 1700.

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    Which president declared Thanksgiving a national holiday?
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    Andrew Johnson
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    Abraham Lincoln
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    Theodore Roosevelt
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    Thomas Jefferson
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    Via whitehouse.gov
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    Which historical figure was rumored to have wanted to make the turkey the national bird?
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    Andrew Jackson
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    Abraham Lincoln
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    Franklin D. Roosevelt
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    Benjamin Franklin
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    A 1962 illustration of the cover of the New Yorker lead to rumors that Franklin wanted to make the flightless bird the U.S. national bird. In 2013, The Smithsonian.com debunked the theory with a copy Franklin's official letters he sent to his daughter simply comparing the merits of the bald eagle and turkey. Although he questioned the bald eagle being the nation's mascot, he did not suggest the turkey should replace it.

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    Via library.upenn.edu
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    Which religious group tried to claim the holiday as a religious observance?
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    Quakers
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    Puritans
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    Protestants
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    Catholics
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    In 1620, the Mayflower carried Plymouth's soon-to-be settlers of which many on board were Puritans who formed the first European settlement according to History.com.

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    Via plimoth.org
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    What war was happening the year Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday?
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    The Civil War
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    The Indian Wars
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    The Texas Revolution
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    The Mexican-American War
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    In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation establishing the last Thursday of November as the day to observe Thanksgiving. The Civil War lasted from 1861 to 1865.

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    Via civilwar.org
  13. 13.

    What year did Thanksgiving officially become a national holiday?
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    1865
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    1863
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    1870
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    1875
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    Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day in 1863 to set aside a day in which for Americans might sit down and work to “heal the wounds of the nation” in the aftermath of the first two years of the Civil War that left the nation divided.

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