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Can You Pass This Middle School Science Quiz From 1995?

Students in over 40 different countries (including the United States, and nations in Asia, Australia, Latin America, Africa, and Europe) were given this standardized test to measure which countries scored the highest.

Posted on May 9, 2015, at 12:09 p.m. ET

  1. 1. Your temperature is taken when you are NOT sick. Which temperature is CLOSEST to what the thermometer would show?

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    84.2°F
    Correct
    Incorrect
    98.6°F
    Correct
    Incorrect
    212°F
    Correct
    Incorrect
    413.6°F
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Around 48% of all international students who were middle school aged chose the correct answer.

  2. 2. A baby chick grows inside an egg for 21 days before it hatches. Where does the baby chick get its food before it hatches?

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    It is fed by the mother hen.
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    It doesn't need any food.
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    Incorrect
    It makes its own food.
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    Incorrect
    It uses stored food in the egg.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    It eats the egg shell.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Around 43% of all international students chose the correct answer.

  3. 3. Keisha is pushing her bicycle up a hill. Where does Keisha get the energy to push her bicycle?

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    From the food she has eaten.
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    From the exercise she did earlier.
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    Incorrect
    From the ground she is walking on.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    From the bicycle she is pushing.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Around 52% of all international students chose the correct answer.

  4. 4. Which is NOT used as an energy source?

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    Flowing water
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    Incorrect
    Iron ore
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Sun
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Oil
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Around 35% of all international students responded correctly.

  5. 5. Seeds develop from which part of a plant?

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    Flower
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Leaf
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Root
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Stem
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Around 46% of all international students responded correctly.

  6. 6. When an animal breathes faster and its heart beats faster, the animal is most likely...

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    Cold
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Frightened
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Resting
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Sleeping
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Around 73% of all international students responded correctly.

  7. 7. Which is NOT an insect?

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    Butterfly
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    Incorrect
    Grasshopper
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Spider
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Ant
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Around 43% of all international students responded correctly.

  8. 8. Four children can feel and smell an object inside a bag, but they cannot see it. Which of the following is NOT an observation about the object?

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    It is flat at one end and round at the other.
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    It smells like peppermint.
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    Incorrect
    It has a bump on it.
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    Incorrect
    I hope it is candy.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Around 43% of all international students responded correctly.

  9. 9. Ken put a thermometer in a glass filled with hot water. Why does the liquid inside the thermometer rise?

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    Gravity pushes it up.
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    Incorrect
    Air bubbles are released.
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    Incorrect
    Heat from the water makes it expand.
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    Incorrect
    Air pressure from the water pulls it up.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Around 56% of all international students responded correctly.

  10. 10. An insect carries pollen from the flowers of a tree to the flowers of a small plant. What will most likely happen?

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    The offspring from the tree will look like the plant.
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    Incorrect
    The offspring from the plant will look like the tree.
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    Incorrect
    The offspring from the plant will look like the tree and the plant.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Nothing will happen because no offspring will be produced.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Around 55% of all international students responded correctly.

  11. 11. Which one of these groups contains only animals with a backbone (vertebrates)?

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    Earthworm, snake, crayfish
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    Spider, clam, dragonfly
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Crayfish, snake, horse
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Clam, fish, earthworm
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Horse, snake, fish
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Around 46% of all international students responded correctly.

  12. 12. A compound made up of both white specks and black specks is likely to be...?

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    Incorrect
    A solution
    Correct
    Incorrect
    A pure compound
    Correct
    Incorrect
    A mixture
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    Incorrect
    An element
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Around 61% of all international students responded correctly.

  13. 13. John kept some seeds on moist cotton in a dish. Mike put the same kind of seeds in a dish beside John's dish, and covered them with water. After two days, John's seeds sprouted, but Mike's did not. What is the most likely reason?

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    Mike's seeds needed more air.
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    Incorrect
    Mike's seeds needed more light.
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    Incorrect
    Mike did not put the seeds in a warm enough place.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Mike should have used a different kind of seed.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Around 41% of all international students responded correctly.

  14. 14. The moon produces no light, and yet it shines at night. Why is this?

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    The moon reflects the light from the sun.
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    Incorrect
    The moon rotates at a very high speed.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The moon is covered with a thin layer of ice.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The moon has many craters.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Around 70% of all international students responded correctly.

  15. 15. What is the BEST reason for including fruity and leafy vegetables in a healthy diet?

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    They have a high water content.
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    Incorrect
    They are the best source of protein.
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    Incorrect
    They are rich in minerals and vitamins.
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    Incorrect
    They are the best source of carbohydrates.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Around 65% of all international students responded correctly.

  16. 16. Some things were buried in wet ground. Several years later they were dug up. Which thing is most likely to have stayed the same?

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    An egg shell.
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    Incorrect
    A plastic cup.
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    Incorrect
    A paper plate.
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    Incorrect
    An orange peel.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Around 54% of all international students responded correctly.

TIMSS and PIRLS IEA's third international mathematics and science study achievement test was administered to samples of students around the world in 1994-1995. At the time, it was the largest study of comparative educational achievement ever undertaken. This questions are exactly as they appeared in the original test, but not all questions are included.

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