Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Thanksgiving Quiz: There's More to It Than Just Knowing How to Cook a Turkey

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Thanksgiving Quiz: There's More to It Than Just Knowing How to Cook a Turkey

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Your bird is defrosting, your electric carving knife is charged up, and you've located your pants with the expandable waistband. But how much do you really know about the face-stuffing, football- watching, afternoon-napping, politics-avoiding, gratitude- expressing extravaganza that is Turkey Day? Take this quiz to test your knowledge.

Your bird is defrosting, your electric carving knife is charged up, and you've located your pants with the expandable waistband. But how much do you really know about the face-stuffing, football- watching, afternoon-napping, politics-avoiding, gratitude- expressing extravaganza that is Turkey Day? Take this quiz to test your knowledge.

#20 Thanksgiving is an official national holiday in the United States, Canada, and what other country?

A) Great Britain

B) Burma (Myanmar)

C) Liberia

D) Mexico

#19 Answer: C

Founded and colonized by freed American slaves in the 19th century, the West African country of Liberia shares a number of traditions with the United States. Liberian Thanksgiving, which since 1833 has taken place on the first Thursday of November, is celebrated much in the same way as American Thanksgiving, with people gathering with their families, giving prayers of thanks, and feasting. The Liberian version features a bit more cayenne pepper.

#18 First popularized by NFL analyst John Madden, what is the name of the dish consisting of a chicken stuffed into a duck, which itself is stuffed into a turkey?

A) Turducken

B) Chuckturd

C) Dodecahedron

D) Turkish Kurdistan

#17 Answer: A

Nobody knows who coined the word 'turducken,' a portmanteau of 'turkey,' 'duck,' and 'chicken,' much less who invented it. Louisiana chef Paul Prudhomme says claims that he came up with the idea, but others say that it was the cajun butcher Hebert's Specialty Meats, in any case, the practice of stuffing ever-smaller birds into each other like Matryoshka dolls dates to Ancient Roman times.

#16 What is the latest date on which Thanksgiving can occur in the United States?

A) November 27

B) November 28

C) November 30

D) November 31

#15 Answer: B

Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth, though not necessarily the last, Thursday in November. Beginning on 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln issued his famous Thanksgiving proclamation, the day had been observed on the month's final Thursday. But in 1939, after President Franklin Roosevelt was warned by his Commerce Secretary that a Nov. 30 Turkey Day would hurt holiday retail sales, the president shifted the holiday one week earlier, prompting many to deride the holiday as "Franksgiving."

Many states revolted, holding "Republican Thanksgiving" a week later than the fedrally mandated date. But after Texas finally relented in 1957, the entire nation now observes Thanksgiving on the same day.

#14 What country leads the world in per-capita turkey consumption?

A) Turkey

B) Israel

C) The United States

D) Canada

#13 Answer: B

Israel, where pork is scarce and beef expensive, leads the world in turkey consumption, gobbling some 34.6 pounds of the flightless bird each year. Slovakia comes in second, consuming 31.3 pounds per capita annually. The United States comes in third, at 16.1 pounds. A sixth of America's turkey consumption occurs around Thanksgiving.

#12 What US president began the annual tradition of officially pardoning a turkey for Thanksgiving?

A) Harry Truman

B) George Washington

C) Franklin Roosevelt

D) George H.W. Bush

#11 Answer: D

Popular legend has it that it was Harry Truman who first granted a presidential reprieve to the domestic fowl given to him by the National Turkey Federation. But according to the Truman Library, that turkey didn't stay out of the kitchen, and wound up on the Truman family dinner table. …

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