The last Thursday in November is a major celebration day in the USA, it is a national holiday and a time for friends and family to get together.
You have surely heard of Thanksgiving, it is often portrayed in American movies and TV series, but do you really understand why it’s so important to Americans.
Try this 20 question step by step quiz which will give the answers to all your questions.
The quiz of course covers the FACTS of the events, but before doing the quiz it is important to note that the Thanksgiving celebration is not universally accepted and is indeed quite controversial.
For many Americans Thanksgiving is a special holiday and a precious time spent with friends and family.
However, for others, the celebration is deeply controversial – as Thanksgiving has a contentious history that goes far beyond when the first feast was held.
For many Thanksgiving is considered to be a “national day of mourning to be viewed as terrible time when colonists wiped out Native Americans and their culture. They feel that this period of history is “white-washed”- which leads many Americans to ignore the holiday.
Many Native Americans see Thanksgiving as an embellished view of “Pilgrims and Natives looking past their differences” to break bread together. Critics of the Thanksgiving myth protest that young children in American schools are taught about Thanksgiving in school in a totally unrealistic way which ignores the harsh reality of the bloody conflict between the colonists and the Native Americans.
For several decades now, the militant group, the United American Indians of New England (UAINE), has staged demonstrations in Plymouth each Thanksgiving their intention being to awaken the country to the darker side of Plymouth.
So although Thanksgiving may be a celebration of people coming together, that is not the whole story when it comes to the history of the day.
So while doing the quiz it’s important to bear in mind the debate between “the heroic Pilgrim fathers” and the “day of national shame”.
The How to Understand Thanksgiving Quiz
Have you heard about Thanksgiving but have never really understood what the
fuss is about ? The 20 questions in this step by step quiz will help you to
appreciate why Americans go crazy on the last Thursday of November every
Everyone is talking about Bucket Lists ! But just what is a Bucket List ?
What should be top of your Bucket List? Quite simply it’s a wish list of things you would like to do ! These “things” can involve travel, culture, sport and even personal development. In fact anything that you dream of doing !
The standard internet Bucket List usually contains 100 activities…… that’s mind boggling ! So try this quiz which will guide you in the right direction to make a list best suited to your personality, and also give you an opportunity to learn some new vocabulary along the way…..but, hey, isn’t that already on your Bucket List ? 🙂
SPEAKING: As a language learner these expressions could be useful:
I’ve already done that ….. I did it 3 years ago.
I could never do that….I would be afraid, I would be bored.
That sounds fascinating, exciting, amazing, wonderful, terrifying, boring, mundane.
LISTENING: Don’t forget to practice your listening skills too.
Click here to listen to Chris and Sue discussing their Buckets List.
Click here to hear what Etienne has to say about his Bucket List.
Click here here to hear what Henri, a new English learner, dreams of doing and see how Chris helps him to express his ideas.
But first, start here with the quiz.
What should be on your bucket list?
Are you sporty, cultural, an adrenalin addict, a romantic, a fun person, a
traveller or do you prefer to stay in your comfort zone?
This quiz may inspire you start ticking off items on your own personal
A Milestone Birthday celebration in Toulouse – a time to reflect, an occasion to celebrate, or a time to dread, or even an occasion to ignore.
Milestone birthdays — from turning 21 to the big 50, 65 and beyond — hit some people very hard.
They can be days fraught with emotion, other people let them glide by without bemoaning the passage of time.
It’s a state-of-mind issue when people can view this as a choice in how they look at it, some can look forward, some look, backwards and some just live for the moment.
What’s healthy to ignore, are the negative aspects of these milestones: This means I’m old and decrepit. It’s all downhill from here.
For many people, birthdays, especially the big ones, make them think about how their life is progressing — or not going as well as they hoped. They can be wake-up calls to improve on health or ditch bad habits.
Sometimes we get so busy we don’t stop to think about what we want out of life and some people spend time re-examining their life goals.
People can ask themselves:
What do I want to do with the years I have left?
What do I want to do with my career?
Is there something I want to do in my life that I haven’t done yet?
Regardless of the birthday, it’s a time to celebrate accomplishments, friends and family – and that is exactly what Susan did.
It can be also be a time to hit the bucket list.
After listening to Susan talk about what she did for her milestone birthday celebration, test your comprehension with this quiz.
Milestone Birthday Vocabulary Quiz
After listening to the podcast "Celebrating a Milestone birthday" try this
quiz to check your understanding of vocabulary and meaning.
The Thinking Person’s non-football quiz about Russia.
So, after one week of watching the Football World Cup and the endless attempts by journalists to make interesting reports and write entertaining articles about Russia, what have you learnt about this country ?
Forget the football are you a champion at general knowledge ? Test yourself with this Thinking Person’s non-football quiz.
Don’t worry about the offside rule concentrate your energy on improving your ability to make an educated guess !
Has all the buzz about Russia inspired you to put the country on your Holiday Bucket List? Take a look at some of these Bucket List suggestions, what do you think ? Tempted ?
1. Party like a Russian in Moscow
This is truly a city that never sleeps, hosting some of the wildest parties and most lavish theatre performances. In a country where buying a ticket to the ballet or opera means planning months before the performance, make sure not to miss the hype and experience the legend of the Bolshoi Theatre. Later, you can continue the night on to the streets in the centre, where you’ll find some of the most classy nightclubs.
2. Buy amber in Kaliningrad
Kaliningrad is the most western city in Russia and possibly also one the most European-looking ones. Due to its unique location on the shore of Baltic sea, it is known as the amber capital of the country, as most of these semi-precious stones come from that city. So once you are done with your fan duties and you can get some memories shaped in amber stone to take home with you.
3. Experience White Nights magic in St Petersburg
Every June, The Venice of North, as St Petersburg is sometimes called, holds a huge festival to celebrate ‘white nights’ – the whole month without a proper night. Due to the northern location of the city, in June, the day almost never ends, and the nights look more like an overcast day. The whole city is out partying and enjoying rooftop terraces and some fine dining, and the culmination of the month is the beautiful Scarlet Sails festival – a spectacular music, light and theatrical performance right on Neva river.
4. Visit ‘The Motherland Calls’ in Volgograd
As one of the most important cities in the south of Russia, Voldograd is a popular tourist destination. The city’s fame is linked with the biggest memorial complex in Russia: The Motherland Calls. Dedicated to the Stalingrad battle of the Second World War, this statue is one of the tallest in the world and undoubtedly one of the most impressive.
5. Be inspired by space in Samara
If you’re fascinated by the history of space exploration, and Russia’s role in the space race, head to the Museum of Space History in Samara. Filled with information about Russian space expeditions and development, rockets and other spectacular equipment, this museum is a great getaway for several hours between the World Cup matches.
6. Taste Caucasian cuisine in Sochi
Sochi is a multicultural city offering plenty of different cuisines and dishes, although Caucasian cuisine is the most beloved by locals as well as tourists. The rich taste and original recipes make the dishes totally irresistible, and walking around the city, you’ll catch the scent of spices and grilled meat, along with the distinctive flavour of fresh lavash bread. Spend time with friends at Sochi’s Caucasian restaurants and enjoy great food.
The Intelligent Person’s Russian Non football Quiz
Forget the football, are you a champion at general knowledge ?