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 questions 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 backward, 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 potatoes and gravy have nary a lump,

### Question Solutions (and Explanations)

Math solutions:

Question 1:

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
3,450 minutes

Question 2:

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

Question 3:

x ≈ 19