(Day After) Thanksgiving Trivia Challenge

The day after Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to do a little Christmas shopping, to read a book, to clean the gutters (again), to put up some sheetrock in the basement, or better yet, to test your Thanksgiving knowledge. And what better way to test that vast knowledge than with our...

"Which way to Plimoth Plantation?"(Day After) Thanksgiving Trivia Challenge

There are ten questions. Please use a No. 2 pencil. You have one hour ... starting ... now!

  1. In what year did the Pilgrims come to Plymouth? a) 1492, b) 1776, c) 33 BC, d) 1620.
  2. Originally, the Pilgrims started out in two ships, though one had to turn back because it was not seaworthy. What were the names of the two ships? a) the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria, b) the Titanic and the Andrea Doria, c) the Mayflower and the Mayflower II, d) the Mayflower and the Speedwell.
  3. How long did it take the Pilgrims to come across the Atlantic? a) 3 years, b) 33 1/3 weeks, c) 5 days, 10 hours, and 25 minutes, d) 9 weeks.
  4. Before arriving at Plymouth, where did the Pilgrims first land? a) Atlantic City, b) San Francisco, c) Moline, Illinois, d) Provincetown.
  5. First Encounter Beach in Eastham was so-named because this is where the Pilgrims first encountered: a) Big Foot, b) the Loch Ness Monster, c) saucer-shaped UFO's, d) Native Americans.
  6. When they first arrived at Plymouth Harbor via shallop (or, small boat ... Well, why didn't you just say "via small boat" instead of trying to impress everyone with the term "shallop"? Oh, shut up! Hey, don't tell me to shut up! Okay, okay, let's just get on with the question, shall we?), tradition tells us that when they landed at Plymouth the Pilgrims first stepped on: a) a beached pilot whale, b) the mother ship of the saucer-shaped UFO's they had earlier seen at First Encounter Beach, c) a guy named Fred who was sunbathing on the beach there, d) Plymouth Rock.
  7. Upon selecting Plymouth as their new home, what was the first thing the Pilgrims built? a) Sagamore Bridge, b) a casino, c) the Mayflower II, d) shelter.
  8. And now for the math portion of our test: If 102 people came over on the Mayflower, and roughly half their numbers died during the first winter, then about home many Pilgrims were left alive come the Spring of 1621? a) none, b) just two - Adam and Eve, c) a baker's dozen, d) about 50 or so.
  9. William Bradford was the second Governor of Plymouth Colony. Who was the first Governor? a) Michael Dukakis, b) Christopher Columbus, c) John Quincy Adams, d) John Carver.
  10. And the final question: In September 1621, where was the first Thanksgiving held? a) at the Black Rose in Boston, b) at Plymouth, England in a tavern owned by a Mr. Wiggins, c) at the Lee rest area along the Mass Turnpike, d) at Plymouth Plantation.

To make things easier on the test administrator, all the correct answers are "D." So let's see where you stand:

  • If you got 10 correct, then you are an honorary Mayflower Descendant.
  • Between 8 and 9 correct: you are a worthy Massachusetts resident.
  • Between 5 and 7 correct: you need to reread William Bradford's journal Of Plymouth Plantation (available at the Dennis Public Library).
  • Between 1 and 4 correct: please report to Plimoth Plantation when it reopens in 2007 for extensive Pilgrim training.
  • Zero correct: I'm afraid you'll have to move out of state ... busses are standing by at the Route 134 Patriot's Square parking lot for evacuation (or are those the busses to Foxwoods?).

Jack Sheedy

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