How Well Do You Know About Labor Day? Quiz

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How well do you know about Labor Day? Every day people wake up to go to their workplaces, but on every Labor Day, they down their tools and get to be celebrated for the work they have put in throughout the year. Do you know the history behind this day or why it is actually marked year after year? Take the quiz to find out.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Labor Day, the first Monday in September, was created …

    • A.

      ​To give American workers and their families one last 3-day weekend before the summer ended.

    • B.

      To give American workers an extended weekend to take advantage of end-of-summer sales as school goes back into session.

    • C.

      To pay American workers tribute to the contributions made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the United States.

    Correct Answer
    C. To pay American workers tribute to the contributions made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the United States.
    Explanation
    Labor Day was created to pay tribute to the contributions made by American workers to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the United States. It is a day to recognize and honor the hard work and dedication of workers in various industries, highlighting their role in the nation's progress and success.

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  • 2. 

    The U.S. Congress, on June 28, 1894, approved Labor Day as a legal holiday for the first Monday of September each year. Which is accurate?  

    • A.

      The holiday was imposed upon states by the federal government.

    • B.

      The evolved from local and state labor celebrations.

    Correct Answer
    B. The evolved from local and state labor celebrations.
    Explanation
    According to the Department of Labor website “The legalized celebration of Labor Day began as individual state celebrations. In 1887, New York, New Jersey, and Colorado were among the first states to approve state legal holidays. Then other states joined in to create their own state Labor Days. Finally, in response to a groundswell of support for a national holiday celebrating the nation’s workers, Sen. James Henderson Kyle of South Dakota introduced S. 730 to the 53rd Congress to make Labor Day a legal holiday.” Read more about the history of Labor Day on the Department of Labor website, http://www.dol.gov/laborday/history.htm

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  • 3. 

    All businesses are required to give employees a paid Labor Day holiday.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    “The Fair Labor Standards Act does not require payment for time not worked, such as vacations or holidays (federal or otherwise). These benefits are generally a matter of agreement between an employer and an employee (or the employee's representative),” says the US. Department of Labor, 

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  • 4. 

    It was traditionally a fashion faux pas to wear what after Labor Day?

    • A.

      White

    • B.

      Short shorts

    • C.

      Flip-flops

    Correct Answer
    A. White
    Explanation
    It was a faux pas to wear white after Labor Day — past tense. The snobby “rule” was most likely developed by some hoity-toity socialites who left the city for the summer and wore white on their extended seaside holiday and dressed in dark colors for serious matters of the fall and winter months. There could be more practical reasons — like the snow and sleet that hits the cities in the fall and winter is brutal on white clothes. Thankfully, we have washing machines and you can wear white all year long. And iconic French fashion designer Coco Chanel wore white a year-round.

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  • 5. 

    Speaking of washing machines, Labor Day weekend is on one of the holidays on which major retailers often markdown major appliances as well as school supplies and summer attire. Look for other good deals this weekend on:

    • A.

      Camping equipment

    • B.

      Mattresses

    • C.

      Patio furniture

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    Labor Day weekend is known for major sales and discounts on various items, including camping equipment, mattresses, and patio furniture. This is because retailers often mark down these items along with other major appliances, school supplies, and summer attire during this holiday. Therefore, the correct answer is "All of the above" as all the listed items are likely to have good deals during Labor Day weekend.

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  • 6. 

    The U.S. Department of Labor Secretary of Labor is

    • A.

      Julián Castro

    • B.

      Elizabeth Warren

    • C.

      Thomas E. Perez

    Correct Answer
    C. Thomas E. Perez
    Explanation
    Warren is the senior U.S. Senator from Massachusetts. Castro is the secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

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  • 7. 

    Rosie the Riveter ...

    • A.

      Is an icon that represented the American women who worked in factories during World War II.

    • B.

      Was first used in 1942 in a song.

    • C.

      Has become a symbol of feminism and women's economic power.

    • D.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above.
    Explanation
    Read more about this icon on the Department of Labor website, http://www.dol.gov/laborday/history-rosie.htm

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  • 8. 

    Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, is the unofficial beginning of summer, and Labor Day, the first Monday in September is the unofficial end of summer. They are essentially the same holiday.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Both federal holidays, Memorial Day is a tribute to the men and women who died while serving in U.S. armed forces. Labor Day celebrates the American worker.​

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