Can You Pass Junior High?

By: Isadora Teich
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Can You Pass Junior High?
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Junior high is often a challenging time, whether you've done your homework or not. See if you are smarter than an 8th-grader with this HowStuffWorks quiz!
An ________ angle is less than 90 degrees.
Convex
Polynomial
Acute
Acute angles are smaller than right angles. Right angles measure exactly 90 degrees.
Fractal

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The first 10 amendments to the US Constitution are known as _______________.
The Declaration of Independence
The Bill of Rights
The first 10 Amendments to the US Constitution are known as The Bill of Rights. These protect the freedoms of speech and religion, right to bear arms and a number of other rights of American citizens.
The Preamble
The Magna Carta

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"To Kill A Mockingbird" was written by:
Stephen King
Harper Lee
This 1960 novel was written by Harper Lee. This modern classic centers around white children in a small southern town whose lawyer father represents a black man who has been falsely accused of a crime.
F Scott Fitzgerald
Scott O'Dell

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What is the male sex hormone known as?
Androgen
Progesterone
Testosterone
Testosterone is what gives men the features associated with males, such as sharper features, more defined muscles and facial hair. Women have this hormone, too, but at much lower levels.
Adrenaline

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Which of these is considered a building block of life?
Lipid
Cell
A cell is the smallest unit of life that can replicate independently. All living things on earth are made of cells.
Telomere
Membrane

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Which of these is deep within the earth?
Plate tectonics
Plate tectonics is a scientific theory that Earth's outer shell is divided into a number of large and small plates that glide on top of the Earth's mantle. The movement of these plates creates the Earth's geographic features, like mountains and rifts.
Oceans of gas
Nothing
Darkness

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Which of these religions were founded in the Middle East?
Judaism
Christianity
Islam
All of the above
These world religions all share common roots in the Middle East. This is why they all consider Jerusalem an important holy city.

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__________ was the most visible leader of the Civil Rights Movement.
Malcolm X
Dorothea Hicks
Eugene V Debs
Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr was an American activist, Baptist minister and one of the leading figures of the Civil Rights Movement. Between 1957 and 1968 he spoke over 2,500 times in the name of furthering equality for African Americans.

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When was the attack on Pearl Harbor?
1941
The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise attack by Japan on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. It occurred on December 7, 1941.
1870
2015
1985

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Which of these is Shakespeare famous for writing other than plays?
Screenplays
Haikus
Short stories
Sonnets
William Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets. These cover themes like love, death and beauty and are addressed to both men and women.

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What is most of Earth's surface covered with?
Land
Mountains
Tar
Water
About 70% of the Earth's observable surface is covered in water. This includes oceans, lakes, rivers, seas and ice.

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Anne Frank was a young ________ girl in hiding from the Nazis.
Muslim
Romani
Jewish
Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis in an attic, where she wrote in her diary. Unfortunately, they were caught and most of them, including Anne, died in Nazi concentration camps.
African

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Which country did India gain independence from?
Portugal
America
Britain
India was ruled by Great Britain for about 200 years. India has been an independent country since 1947.
Germany

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What is the smallest planet in our solar system?
Earth
Venus
Jupiter
Mercury
Mercury is both the smallest planet in our solar system and the closest to the sun. Its orbital period around the sun is only 88 days long.

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Which of these living things uses photosynthesis?
Dolphin
Human
Worm
Flower
Photosynthesis is the process by which many plants, algae and microorganisms turn the energy from light into usable energy for themselves. It is essentially how plants "eat."

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Which of these novels is an epic revenge tale?
"The Fellowship of the Ring"
"The Catcher in the Rye"
"Romeo and Juliet"
"The Count of Monte Cristo"
This 1844 novel by Alexandre Dumas was originally written in French. In it, a man goes on an intricate quest for revenge against those who destroyed his life.

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What are milk and cheese examples of?
Grains
Protein
Fruit
Dairy
Dairy is one of the classic food groups. Dairy is high in calcium, which is important for the health of your teeth and bones.

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Susan B. Anthony led which social movement?
LGBT rights
Women's rights
Susan B. Anthony is known as one of the leading figures of the Women's Rights Movement. She is known mostly for her role in gaining women the right to vote.
Civil rights
Labor

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Volcanoes are caused when tectonic plates:
Break
Converge and diverge
Tectonic plates are constantly moving, their boundaries coming closer together in some places and farther in others. These transitional spaces are what form volcanoes.
Soften
Grow

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World War 2 was fought between the Allies and the _________.
Axis Powers
World War II was fought between two groups of countries. These were the Axis Powers, which included Italy, Germany and Japan, and the Allies, which included the Soviet Union, US, Britain, India and China.
Triple Entente
Confederacy
Ottoman Empire

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How old is the earth?
500 years
About 4 billion years
The Earth formed over 4 billion years ago. This is based on evidence from the radiometric age-dating of meteorites.
50,000 years
About 2000 years

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Who was president during the Louisiana Purchase?
George W. Bush
Ronald Reagan
Thomas Jefferson
The Louisiana Purchase was an 1803 deal between the US and France, in which the US bought over 800,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi River. Thomas Jefferson was the president from 1801-1809.
Abraham Lincoln

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Which of these is contained within the First Amendment?
Freedom of religion
The First Amendment covers freedom of speech, press and religion. It also grants US citizens the right to peaceably assemble and petition the government to express grievances.
Right to bear arms
Protection from unreasonable search and seizure
Soldiers cannot be housed in civilian homes

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Holden Caulfield is the main character in which book?
"Macbeth"
"The Catcher in the Rye"
This 1951 novel by J.D. Salinger follows the misadventures of Holden Caulfield, a troubled teen playing hooky in New York City. It is written from his perspective.
"Hatchet"
"The Call of the Wild"

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Citrus fruits are good sources of:
Vitamin C
Vitamin C is key in maintaining a healthy immune system. It can be found in citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and limes.
Protein
Magnesium
Iodine

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Prime numbers can only be divided evenly by _____ and themselves.
0
1
A prime number is a whole number larger than one. These numbers can only be divided evenly by one and themselves. Examples include 2,3,7 and 11.
2
10

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Most of the world's _________ occur in the Ring of Fire.
Cyclones
Wars
Earthquakes
The Ring of Fire is an area of high seismic and volcanic activity in the basin of the Pacific Ocean. More than 75% of the world's active and dormant volcanoes and 90% of the world's earthquakes occur due to the collision of tectonic plates beneath this region.
Crop growth

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Why can't Romeo and Juliet be together?
Family tension
Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet come from enemy families. It is for this reason that their secret relationship is ultimately doomed in this classic Shakespearean play.
Romeo's already married
Distance
Juliet is a nun

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A calorie is a unit of:
Sugar
Fat
Water
Energy
The number of calories can be found on the back of most packaged foods. This refers to how much energy the food contains.

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How many countries are there in the world?
About 50
33
115
About 200
There are about 200 sovereign states, or countries, on earth. It is hard to pin down an exact number, as the sovereignty of over a dozen countries is disputed.

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Whose death partially sparked World War I?
Adolf Hitler
Marilyn Monroe
Queen Elizabeth I
Archduke Franz Ferdinand
Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated on June 28, 1914, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne and his assassination by a member of the Black Hand, a secret Serbian military society, was one of the major causes of World War I.

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By what age are most women menstruating?
11
9
14
Most girls get their first period by age 12. 90% of American girls start menstruation by age 14.
20

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Who was the leader of the Indian Independence Movement against Great Britain?
Vikram Seth
Jawaharlal Nehru
K. Kunhali
Mahatma Gandhi
Gandhi is famous for his use of nonviolent civil disobedience to gain India's independence from Great Britain. His tactics inspired social movements around the world.

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Which of these is not one of the original 13 colonies?
Pennsylvania
Virginia
California
The original 13 colonies formed along the east coast of what would become America, beginning in 1607 with the Jamestown settlement in what would become Virginia. California, a west coast state, did not gain statehood until 1850.
Massachusetts

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There are three classifications of rock: Igneous, sedimentary, and ___________.
Rudimentary
Glacial
Isosceles
Metamorphic
Rocks are classified by how they formed. Igneous rocks are formed when magma or lava cools and solidifies, sedimentary rocks are formed when various debris solidifies under pressure, and metamorphic rocks are formed when rocks of the other types become changed by temperature and pressure shifts.

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