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Celebrate Thanksgiving

written by: Eve
Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. Get in the mood for celebrating!

Question 1:

The first documented Thanksgiving ceremony in what was to become the United States of America took place in 1565 when a group of European settlers landed at St. Augustine, Florida. What nationality were these settlers?

Question 2:

The Pilgrims, who established Plymouth Colony in 1620, were fleeing religious persecution in England, which was ruled at that time by this king.
Henry VIII
Charles I
Charles II
James I

Question 3:

What is the meaning of the Latin word ‘pelegrinus’ from which the word ‘pilgrim’ originates?

Question 4:

Which of these statements regarding Thanksgiving was made by an American President?
All of these
Sharing in God's blessings is at the heart of Thanksgiving and at the core of the American spirit.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.

Question 5:

In his satirical book “The Devil's Dictionary”, this American journalist and writer defined turkey as “a large bird whose flesh, when eaten on certain religious anniversaries has the peculiar property of attesting piety and gratitude”.
Ambrose Bierce
Frank Jacobs
Vernon Ethelbert Grant
Mark Twain

Question 6:

Benjamin Franklin considered the turkey a much more respectable bird than the Bald Eagle. He expressed his disapproval with the choice of the Bald Eagle as the national emblem in a letter to whom?
the editor of the Albany Gazette
his son
his daughter
the Congress

Question 7:

What US President refused to issue Thanksgiving proclamations during his Presidency?
Thomas Jefferson
John Adams
George Washington
James Madison

Question 8:

What Native American tribe is said to have celebrated with the colonists the 1621 harvest festival, known as the "First Thanksgiving Day”?

Question 9:

What Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning song expresses the Native American belief that the earth is a living entity and people are connected to everything in nature?
Into the West
Amazing Grace
Look to Your Path
Colors of the Wind

Question 10:

In the USA, Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is one of the busiest retail shopping days of the year. What neologism refers to the Monday immediately following Black Friday?
Busy Monday
Shopping Monday
Cyber Monday
Gloomy Monday

Question 11:

Which of these movies tells a story that takes place within a 12-month period beginning and ending at Thanksgiving?
Home for the Holidays
The Ice Storm
Hannah and Her Sisters
Scent of a Woman

Question 12:

This Thanksgiving poem is an example of which of the following?
"Thankful families join in prayer
Happy gatherings everywhere
Autumn feasts with treasured friends
New Year's ending; old year ends
Kindled fires on hearth will bring
Smiles and warmth from hearts that sing
Grateful songs on Thanksgiving
In each happy, pulsing heart
Veneration plays its part
Invitations; doorbells ring
Nearby, the chapel's 'Ding-dong-ding!'
Grateful praise on Thanksgiving!"

Question 13:

The origins of Thanksgiving Day can be traced back to harvest festivals that have been celebrated since ancient times. What is the meaning of the Anglo-Saxon word from which the word ‘harvest’ is derived?

Question 14:

What holiday observed in the US coincides with Thanksgiving Day in Canada?
All Saints’ Day
Columbus Day
Veterans Day
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Question 15:

Starting in 1970, what annual protest is held on Thanksgiving Day in the US?
The National Anti-nuclear Protest
National Anti-racial Protest
The National Day of Mourning
Black Protest

Question 16:

What poet, known as “The Woman in White”, wrote a Thanksgiving poem opening with these lines?
"One Day is there of the Series
Termed Thanksgiving Day.
Celebrated part at Table
Part in Memory."
Marianne Moore
Sylvia Plath
Emily Dickinson
Anne Sexton

Question 17:

In the movie “Scent of a Woman”, Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade reveals to young Charlie, that his plan for the Thanksgiving holiday is: to stay in a first-class hotel, eat an agreeable meal, drink a nice glass of wine, visit his elder brother, make love to a terrific woman and then blow his brains out. Name the two actors who star in the movie.
Robert De Niro and Chris O’Donnell
Al Pacino and Leonardo DiCaprio
Al Pacino and Edward Norton
Al Pacino and Chris O'Donnell


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