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Culture Quiz: Right-Wing Fast-Food Chains

Now that hungry consumers are finally realizing that their lunch money sometimes goes to unintended (if not unsavory) political and social beliefs, they can take their chicken-sandwich orders elsewhere. Test your knowledge of food-biz controversies with this quiz.

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1.  True or False: You can't get Chick-fil-A on Sundays because the family that owns the business has strong Christian beliefs.

2.  What fast-food chain prints Bible verses on its food wrappers and the bottoms of its beverage cups?
A. Wendy's
B. Popeye's
C. In-N-Out Burger
D. Roy Rogers

3.  What fast-food legend, who contributed heavily to antiabortion causes, encouraged pregnant women to give their children up for adoption instead of getting abortions, saying, "People ask me. 'What about gay adoptions? Interracial? Single-parent?' I say, 'Hey, fine, as long as it works for the child and the family is responsible.' My big stand is this: Every child deserves a home and love. Period."
A. Harlan Sanders
B. Ray Kroc
C. Ronald McDonald
D. Dave Thomas

4.  Which fast-food founder financed a ballot proposal that would have struck gays off a list of protected groups in an antidiscrimination law?
A. Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan
B. Papa John's founder John Schnatter
C. Burger King cofounder David Edgerton
D. Taco Bell founder Glen Bell

5.  What energy-drink company was founded by the son of ultraconservative radio host Michael Savage?
A. Rockstar
B. Red Bull
C. Phusion (maker of Four Loko)
D. Monster Energy

6.  In 2002, what casual-dining chain finally overturned a decade-old corporate rule that required its restaurants to fire employees "whose sexual preferences fail to demonstrate normal heterosexual values"?
A. Applebee's
B. Outback
C. Cracker Barrel
D. Red Lobster

7.  Which fast-food honcho established his own law school for disgruntled professors who sought to leave a Detroit university when it allowed pro-choice judges to appear at the school's annual "Red Mass"?
A. Hardee's founder Wilbur Hardee
B. Papa Gino's CEO Rick Wolf
C. McDonald's CEO James Skinner
D. Domino's founder Tom Monaghan

8.  Which fast-food company boasts the official corporate purpose "To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us"?
A. Krystal
B. Chick-fil-A
C. In-N-Out Burger
D. Whataburger

9.  Which chain backtracked in 2009 when it was revealed it had mistakenly sponsored and offered to donate 250 cups of coffee to a Rhode Island rally held by a group dedicated to outlawing gay marriage?
A. Starbucks
B. Tim Horton
C. McDonald's
D. Dunkin' Donuts

NOTE: Scroll down for answers and explanations.

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  1. True: The Cathy family believes opening stores on Sundays would violate the Biblical tradition of a day of rest.
  2. (C) In-N-Out's owning family, the Snyders, are devout Christians.
  3. (D) Thomas was adopted as a baby.
  4. (A) Monaghan's effort, which would have affected Ypsilanti, Michigan, was defeated.
  5. (A) Rockstar's founder is Russell Weiner (Savage's real surname is Weiner). The company was targeted by the LGBT community for the familial connection, and in 2009, Rockstar publicly affirmed its commitment to gay rights and made a $100,000 donation to LGBT groups.
  6. (C) Cracker Barrel has a long history of issues with racial and sexual discrimination as well.
  7. (D) A devout Catholic who once received Communion from Pope John Paul II at the Holy Father's private chapel in the Vatican, Monaghan funds Ave Maria School of Law through his Ave Maria Foundation.
  8. (B) Cathy strikes again!
  9. (B) The beloved Canadian doughnut chain withdrew its support—and the coffee—saying the event violated the company's stated policies about supporting political events.

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—Michael Y. Park is a writer living in New York City and a regular contributor to

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