93% of People Can't Crush This General Science Knowledge Quiz. Can You?

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About This Quiz

Was science your favorite subject in school? Do you still view yourself as an amateur scientist? We've compiled a series of 35 general science questions that require more than just basic knowledge. Do you think you can ace it and make your high school science teacher proud? Let's get started to find out.

General science certainly was not everyone's favorite subject in school, but we think science is fun! General science is a collection of knowledge based on Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Astronomy, and more - it's a bit of a mish-mosh of non-specific, well, general knowledge. 

We're not asking you to name all of the elements on the periodic table (we will save that for another quiz), but we might ask you one or more of the more well-known elements. For instance, do you know the symbols for the elements of gold, lead, iron, and carbon? If you said Au, Pb, Fe, and C, you are correct. 

Do you also know what causes ocean tides (the moon), what animal was the first to be cloned (Dolly, the sheep), and what type of organisms viruses are, then you are probably ready to try your hand at this quiz.

Let's get started!

Scientists believe that what sort of impact caused the extinction of the dinosaurs?

Scientists believe that an asteroid impact caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. This is believed to have happened roughly 65 million years ago.

Ocean tides are caused by _______.

Ocean tides are caused by gravity - specifically, the moon's gravity. Without gravity, there would be no tides... or people for that matter.

Water covers around ____ of the Earth’s surface.

Water covers around 70% of the Earth’s surface. It is essential for all life.

Sound is always made from __________.

Sound is made from vibrations. Vibrations create sound waves.

True or false: Bacteria always make you sick.

This is false. There are many good bacteria that you need, to stay healthy and survive.

Light travels around _______ miles per second in a vacuum.

Light travels around 186,000 miles per second in a vacuum. That's pretty fast!

Animals that eat only plants are __________.

Animals that eat only plants are herbivores. Humans are omnivores, meaning they eat plants and animals.

Bacterial infections are treated with ___________.

Bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics. Bacteria are one-celled organisms.

The _______ Trench is the deepest known point in the world’s oceans.

The Mariana Trench is the deepest known point in the world’s oceans. The Mariana Trench is in the Pacific Ocean.

True or false: Like Earth, Jupiter has only one moon.

This is False. Jupiter has several moons, the largest of which are Europa, Ganymede, Callisto and Io.

Dolly the _____ was the first mammal to be cloned.

Dolly the sheep was the first mammal to be cloned. Dolly was cloned in 1996.

Hydrogen has an atomic number of __.

Hydrogen has an atomic number of 1. It is the first element of the Periodic Table.

True or false: Venus spins backward.

This is true. Venus spins backward relative to the other planets.

Water can be found in what state?

Water can be a solid, liquid or gas. Solid water is called ice, of course.

The largest ocean on Earth is the _______.

The largest ocean on Earth is the Pacific. The Atlantic is the second largest ocean.

Someone who studies dinosaurs is known as a ______________.

Someone who studies dinosaurs is known as a paleontologist. Dinosaurs roamed the earth until about 65 million years ago.

Sound travels faster in _____ than in air.

Sound travels faster in water than in air. About four times faster.

Earth is in the ________ galaxy.

Earth is in the Milky Way galaxy. The Milky Way looks like a flattened spiral.

Mushrooms are a type of ______.

Mushrooms are a type of fungus. So are mold and yeast.

Colds are _______.

Colds are viruses. They cannot be treated with antibiotics.

Charles _______ developed the idea of natural selection.

Charles Darwin developed the idea of natural selection. This is also known as survival of the fittest.

_____ is the hottest planet in the solar system.

Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system. The planet's average surface temp is about 460 degrees Celsius.

The fastest land animal in the world is the _______.

The fastest land animal in the world is the cheetah.

The process that involves plants using energy from sunlight is called ______________.

The process that involves plants using energy from sunlight is called photosynthesis. Plants convert carbon dioxide into food.

Humans breathe out __________.

Humans breathe out carbon dioxide. Its chemical formula is CO2.

Fossilized tree resin is called _____.

Fossilized tree resin is called amber. Amber sometimes traps bugs and plants as it hardens.

The _______ has more tornadoes than any other country in the world.

The United States has more tornadoes than any other country in the world. We get about 1,200 of them a year.

_________ Comet was last seen in the inner Solar System in 1986.

Halley’s Comet was last seen in the inner Solar System in 1986. Catch it again in 2061.

The longest river in the U.S. is the ________ River.

The longest river in the U.S. is the Missouri River. The Missouri is slightly longer than the Mississippi River.

Water is made up of two elements, ________ and oxygen.

Water is made up of two elements, hydrogen and oxygen. Water has two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom.

The largest land mammals on Earth are __________.

The largest land mammals on Earth are elephants. There are two types of elephants - Asian and African.

______ is the gas used in balloons that float.

Helium is the gas used in balloons that float. Helium floats because it is lighter than air.

The word dinosaur comes from a Greek word for ___________.

The word dinosaur comes from a Greek word for "fearfully great lizard."

True or false: Saturn is the only planet with rings.

This is false. Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune also have rings.

The largest living structure on Earth is ____________.

The largest living structure on Earth is the Great Barrier Reef. It is located in Australia.

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