Happy fall!

Take this quiz to see how much you know about the season.


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Sometimes the first day of fall hits, but it still feels like summer. How is the first day of fall determined?

The United Nations determines when the first day of each season begins through by discussing it with each country's ambassador.

Meteorologists predict the date of each season by studying weather patterns

Astronomers look to the fall equinox when the Sun crosses the "celestial equator."

The president or leader of each country chooses their own date


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Veterans Day is always November 11. It honors the service members who fought and sacrificed for our country. What else does it commemorate?

It's the anniversary of when World War I came to an end.

The formation of the Department of Veterans Affairs

The attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941

The end of the Vietnam War


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True or False? The tradition of carving pumpkins and the origins of the jack-o'-lantern came from the Irish.




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The tradition of wearing costumes on Halloween goes back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain in Ireland, which began 800 years ago during the Iron Age. Why did people wear costumes for the festival then?

To encourage crops to grow

To ward off ghosts

To put on plays

Just for fun


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Columbus Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October. The Italian explorer's journey to America and its celebration has sparked controversy for taking away land from the people there who called America home. This caused some states to create an alternative holiday on that day. What is the holiday?

Indigenous Peoples' Day

Discoverer's Day

Native American Day

All of the above


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True or False? Through the process of photosynthesis (pronounced fo-toe-SYN-thuh-sis) leaves change from green to beautiful colors of red, yellow and orange in the fall.




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How long does the fall season last?

90 days

95 days

100 days

35 days


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Apple picking is a classic fall season activity. How long does it take for an apple tree to grow apples after it has been planted?

1 year

6 months 

20 years

8 years 


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According to the Farmer's Almanac, how many apples do you need to make a gallon of the classic fall drink, apple cider?

10 to 20

5 to 10

60 to 70

30 to 40


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Before "fall" or "autumn" what was the season referred as?

Leaf season



It didn't have a name


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What is a harvest moon?

The last full moon before the winter solstice

The last full moon of the summer season

The first full moon after the autumnal equinox

The darkest moon of the fall season


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How long did the first Thanksgiving last?

Three days

Five days

One week

One month


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In anticipation of the colder weather, most bird species migrate south in late summer and early fall. Which type of bird does not migrate south?


Black vultures




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Which of these vegetables is not in season during the fall?


Bell peppers

Green beans