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Focus on Thanksgiving

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 24, we're focusing on the holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Starting Sunday, Nov. 20, be sure to visit the Ministry Today website for timely articles and features on Thanksgiving.

To kick it off, try your hand with the Thanksgiving Trivia Quiz below. The answers are at the end. Please let us  know how you did by commenting at the bottom.

1. Just before the Pilgrims came to America, they lived in:

A. Ireland B. France C. Holland D. Scotland

2. The Pilgrims who came to America on the Mayflower to find religious freedom were called Separatists. The others on the ship with them were called:

A. Socializers B. Strangers C. Sympathizers D. Sailors

3. The title of the supreme leader of the Wampanoag Indians, who helped the Pilgrims, was Massasoit, Ousimechan, which meant:

A. "Peaceful Protector" B. "Raging Buffalo" C. "Yellow Feather" D. "Strong Tree"

4. Squanto and Samoset taught the Pilgrims how to plant the "three sisters" of Indian agriculture:

A. Barley, corn, and beans B. Potatoes, rice, and corn C. Squash, corn, and potatoes

D. Corn, beans, and squash

5. The name of the captain of the Mayflower was:

A. Miles Standish B. John Smith C. William Brewster D. Christopher Jones

6. The name of the baby born on the Mayflower during the crossing of the Atlantic was:

A. Atlanticus Standish B. Boatswain Smith C. Oceanus Hopkins D. Peregrine White

7. The Indian, Squanto, taught the Pilgrims how to grow corn and cook other foods native to America. He told them to plant corn "as soon as the leaves of the white oak were as large as the ear of a ..."

A. Squirrel B. Cat C. Lamb D. Wolf

8. Which one of these men did NOT actually serve as governor of Plymouth Colony?

A. William Bradford B. Edward Winslow C. Stephen Hopkins D. Thomas Prence

9. Which foods did the Pilgrims not enjoy at their first Thanksgiving?

A. Bread, milk and potatoes B. Fish, berries and watercress

C. Lobster, clams, and boiled pumpkin D. Berries, plums, dried fruit, and cornbread

10. The first president to proclaim a National Day of Thanksgiving:

A. George Washington in 1789 B. Thomas Jefferson in 1810

C. Abraham Lincoln in 1863 D. Ronald Reagan in 1984

Correct Answers

1. C. Holland

2. B. Strangers

3. C. "Yellow Feather"

4. D. Corn, beans, and squash

5. D. Christopher Jones

6. C. Oceanus Hopkins

7. A. Squirrel

8. C. Stephen Hopkins

9. A. Bread, milk and potatoes

10. C. Abraham Lincoln in 1863

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