Here’s a back-to-school science quiz, courtesy of the Siemens Foundation. Some questions are serious, and others are goofy. Regardless, I know I have some serious studying to do … sheesh. Answers at the bottom of the quiz. (hat tip to Plasmid)
10 Questions for 6th-9th Graders:
Strictly Serious …
1. What is the most abundant gas on Earth?
a. oxygen, b. nitrogen, c. helium, d. hydrogen
2. Which of the following is a rock?
a. marble, b. quartz, c. stalagmite, d. mica
3. The sun rises in the …and sets in the…
a. east…west, b. south…north, c. west…east, d. north…south
4. Which of the following is not a cell organelle?
a. mitochondria, b. cell wall, c. endoplasmic reticulum, d. cartilage
5. The best evidence of the spinning of the Earth on its axis is the motion of?
a. gravity, b. Polaris, c. a Foucault pendulum, d. changing seasons
More For Laughs …
6. The galaxy we live in is called the…?
a. Mound, b. Milky Way, c. Snickers, d. Skittles
7. It [the galaxy] is shaped like a…?
a. pretzel, b. doughnut, c. funnel cake, d. flat spiral
8. If you were to take a lump of coal and squeeze for a long time at very high temperatures, you would end up with…?
a. a smaller piece of coal, b. water, c. a diamond, d. dust
9. An abundant and new source of fuel for vehicles is?
a. flat soda, b. used corn oil, c. melted ice cream, d. liquidized pizza crust
10. Neutral pH indicates that?
a. a person is neither sad nor happy, b. an object is neither solid nor liquid, c. a substance is neither basic nor acidic, d. a press topic is neither hot nor overexposed
10 Questions for 9th-12th Graders
Strictly Serious …
11. The process where potential energy of molecules is transferred to form energy is called?
a. digestion, b. synthesis, c. osmosis, d. respiration
12. Which of the following cannot regenerate?
a. starfish, b. human liver, c. worm, d. human spleen
13. The types of enzymes made in a cell are determined by the?
a. number of DNA molecules, b. shape of DNA molecules, c. order of nucleotides in DNA molecules, d. size of DNA molecules
14. Charles Darwin pioneered research in which area?
a. natural selection, b. the creation of the Earth, c. string theory, d. gravity
15. Hydrolysis is?
a. the process of creating water, b. the process of dividing a compound by adding water, c. a part of the water cycle, d. the study of water
More For Laughs …
16. Which quantity is a measure of the rate at which work is done?
a. sweat, b. lack of happiness, c. power, d. euphoria
17. A microwave is?
a. An unsuccessful action by fans at sporting events, b. an electromagnetic wave with high frequency, c. a small scale heat wave, d. a half-hearted greeting
18. Which of the following statements is true about elements and compounds?
a. Nitrogen cannot be found in New York because it does not exist in free states, b. H2O is hot water and CO2 is cold water, c. pure sulfur can only be found in rotten eggs, d. Halite, a compound can be found as table salt
19. Which of the following is not a new development in clinical medicine?
a. colonoscopies can be performed with the use of a pill-like device with a camera to inspect colons, b. appendectomies can be performed by pulling the organ out through the patient’s mouth, c. microchips can be implanted in the skin to automatically inject medicine into the patient’s bloodstream, d. hybrids of organs can be created using the same process as tree grafts
20. The pistil of a flower is not?
a. vital to asexual reproduction, b. an organ, c. a gynoecia, d. the part of the flower which protects against insect
1b, 2a, 3a, 4d, 5c, 6b, 7d, 8c, 9b, 10c, 11d, 12d, 13c, 14a, 15b, 16c, 17b, 18d, 19d, 20d