Before you carve your turkey and settle in for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, take a few minutes to get your brain working with these practice ACT questions! Or better yet, quiz your family—whoever gets the most right gets the last piece of pie!
Thanksgiving Math Questions
First up, math! Answer these questions to prepare for the ACT and prepare to calculate your mashed potato to gravy ratio.
Thanksgiving English Questions
Now on to English! Read through this passage and answer a few questions. Then don’t forget to spend some of your Thanksgiving break reading a book, not just watching the game.
Twas the Night of Thanksgiving by C. J. Beaman
‘Twas the night of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn’t sleep,
I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned; the dark meat and white,
But I fought off the temptation with all of my might.
I tossed and I turned with sweet anticipation,
As the thought of a snack became infatuation.
So I race to the kitchen, flung open the door,
And gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore.
I gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots, beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling so plump and so round,
‘Til all of a sudden, I rose off the ground.
I crashed through the ceiling, floating into the sky
With a mouthful of pudding and a handful of pie.
But I managed to yell as I soared past the trees…
“Happy eating to all! Pass the cranberries, please!”
May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy have nary a lump,
May your yams be delicious, may your pies take the prize,
May your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs.
Question Solutions (and Explanations)
10:30AM Tuesday → 10:30AM Wednesday = 24 hours
10:30AM Wednesday → 10:30AM Thursday = 24 hours
10:30AM Thursday → 7:30PM Thursday = 9 hours
7:30PM Thursday → 8:00PM Thursday = 0.5 hours
Total = 57.5 hours
Rectangular Pumpkin Pie:
VolumeP = AreaBase Height
VolumeP = 9 13 2
VolumeP = 234 inches3
“85% more” = 185%
VolumeP = 185% of VolumeA
234 = 1.85(VolumeA)
VolumeA ≈ 126 inches3
Cylindrical Apple Pie:
Diameter = 8 → Radius = 4
VolumeA = AreaBase Height
126 = πr2 Height
126 = π(4)2 Height
126 = 50.24 Height
Height ≈ 2.5 inches
x ≈ 19
How did you do? If you answered them correctly, you deserve that extra piece of pie! Keep hammering the grammar and have a happy Thanksgiving!