It’s late November, and you know what that means: our annual Literary/ Pop-Culture Thanksgiving Quiz. (OK, you got us: we’ve never done this before… but it could become “annual,” right?) Quiz your family and friends while in your post-meal, food-induced coma. Enjoy!
1. Name three food items served at the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving feast.
2. Which American poet, also famous for this glorification of Paul Revere, wrote “The Courtship of Myles Standish”?
3. What three modes of transportation is the title of the John Candy/ Steve Martin movie about two hapless travelers trying to make it home for Thanksgiving?
4. On “Friends,” what is the name Ross gives to the gravy-soaked bread in the middle of Monica’s Thanksgiving leftover sandwich?
5. Also from “Friends”: which actor guest-starred as Ross and Monica’s formerly fat friend, who has an intense hatred for Rachel? (Hint: this actor was dating Jennifer Aniston at the time.)
6. Final “Friends” question: in the Season Five Thanksgiving episode, what did Monica put on her head when begging forgiveness from Chandler?
7. In what Sherman Alexie young adult novel does a character, when asked why Indians celebrate Thanksgiving, answers, “We should give thanks that they didn’t kill all of us”?
8. On an episode of Seinfeld, Jerry feeds his girlfriend turkey in the hopes that she will fall asleep. Why does he do this?
9. Which Roman goddess of grain is also the root of the word cereal?
10. Several classic films opened over Thanksgiving weekend. For example, Back to the Future Part 2 opened over Thanksgiving weekend in 1989. In the Back to the Future films, what is the speed you must reach in order to travel through time?
11. Thanksgiving weekend in 1999 was the opening of Toy Story 2, which included the song “When She Loved Me.” Who sang that song?
12. The film version of the musical Rent opened Thanksgiving weekend in 2005. Which couple, who married in 2003, met when they were both starring in the original Broadway production?
13. On the “West Wing” episode “The Indians in the Lobby,” which character talks to a representative from the Butterball Hotline? (Extra credit: where does this character give as his/her home city?)
14. In the Oscar-winning film Scent of a Woman, a teenage boy played by Chris O’Donnell spends Thanksgiving weekend looking after Al Pacino’s blind, suicidal ex-Army colonel. What is the colonel’s name? What is the teenage boy’s name?
15. Which author, famous for In Cold Blood, also penned the short story “A Thanksgiving Visitor,” about a boy who has to spend Thanksgiving with his arch-nemesis, a bully named Odd Henderson?
16. Which area in the Hunger Games Arena takes its name from the traditional Thanksgiving symbol often called “horn of plenty”?
17. Which American author, who gained fame for her books about Stephanie Plum, also wrote the novel Thanksgiving, about a romance between Megan Murphy and Dr. Patrick Hunter?
18. In the “Courtship of Myles Standish,” whom was Myles Standish courting?
19. Which 2007 movie has Steve Carell, during a Thanksgiving weekend with his family, fall in love with his brother’s girlfriend, played by Juliette Binoche?
20. Which artist illustrated the Thanksgiving-themed “Freedom from Want” in 1943?
1. toast, popcorn, jelly beans, pretzels
2.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
3.Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
7. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
8.he wants her to fall asleep so he can play with her classic toy collection
10. 88 miles per hour
11. Sarah McLachlan
12. Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel
13. President Bartlet (Extra Credit: Fargo)
14Colonel Frank Slade, Charlie Simms
15. Truman Copte
17. Janet Evanovich
18. Priscilla Alden
19. Dan in Real LIfe
20. Norman Rockwell