English grammar, vocabulary, and listening comprehension exercises

HOLIDAYS: Thanksgiving 1

Choose the best response to complete each sentence.

1. Thanksgiving is an important public holiday in the Unites States and in Canada. It is considered a day to give (thank-you/thanks) - often to God - for the things that one has.

2. On this day, it's important to remember what you have to be (thanked/thankful) for.

3. The holiday is nicknamed " (Turkey/Cranberry) Day" because this is the food that people associate most with Thanksgiving.

4. Many communities have annual food drives ( = a period of time over which they collect food donations) in order to feed the (needy/needed) on this day.

5. A (tradition/traditional) Thanksgiving dinner has turkey (usually whole), cranberry sauce, yams, and many other types of "autumn" food.

6. The most famous Thanksgiving dessert is pumpkin (cake/pie).

7. In English "to say (grace/graces)" means to say a few words of thanks - usually before eating a meal.

8. The history of American Thanksgiving goes back to 1621 when the Pilgrims, taught by a local American Indian tribe to (surpass/survive) in the new country, set apart a day to celebrate immediately after their first (harvest/harbor).

9. Another popular Thanksgiving food is (stuffing/stuff). The name comes from the fact that a Thanksgiving turkey is "stuffed" with this while it is cooking.

10. (Watching) American football is often a major (part/slice) of Thanksgiving celebrations in the United States.


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