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Rediscovering America: A Quiz for Labor Day

02 September 2019   Eric D. Pullin | Inside Sources

Labor Day quiz.

Labor Day, which marks the “unofficial” end of summer, occurs annually on the first Monday in September. Observed for more than a century in the United States, this national holiday “celebrates and honors the greatest worker in the world — the American worker,” according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The quiz below, from the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, provides an opportunity for you to test your knowledge of the American labor movement and the history of Labor Day.

1. In what year did Labor Day become a U.S. national holiday?

A: 1890
B: 1892
C: 1894
D: 1896

2. What was the name of the character who symbolized the working women of World War II in the famous “We Can Do It!” campaign?

A: Rosie O’Donnell
B: Rosie the Riveter
C: Rosie Greer
D: Rosie Ruiz

3. Which was the first U.S. state to make Labor Day a holiday?

A: New York
B: Ohio
C: Oklahoma
D: Oregon

4. According to the Department of Labor, in which country was the first Labor Day celebrated?

A: Canada
B: France
C: Germany
D: United States

5. According to the Department of Labor, in which city did the first American celebration of Labor Day occur?

A: Boston
B: Chicago
C: New York
D: Pittsburgh

6. Which organization planned the first Labor Day celebration in the United States?

A: The Illinois and Central Railroad
B: The Pullman Place Car Company
C: The American Railway Union
D: The Central Labor Union

7. Which types of unions are regulated by the National Labor Relations Board, established in 1935?

A: Marital unions
B: Private sector unions
C: Public sector unions
D: Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

ANSWERS: 1-C, 2-B, 3-D, 4-A, 5-C, 6-D, 7-B

Eric D. Pullin is chair of the History Department at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Honored Visiting Faculty with the Ashbrook Center. This article is reprinted courtesy of