## About This Quiz

Did you love story problems in school? Take this quiz to see if you are still good at them.

Number-based math problems are great because they teach basic math skills. But math story problems require the use of reading and comprehension skills, in addition to math, to solve. What stumps many people when they try to solve a math story problem is how to put the problem itself into a solvable format. When faced with a story problem, many people, even those who are good at math, just freeze. But these critical thinking skills are the key to applying math to real life.

We use math every day. If you have asked yourself, "How will I use this after I'm done with school?" we can assure you that you have used your math story problem skills daily, even after you left school. For instance, when you got married, you may have had to decide how big a hall you needed to rent to hold all of your guests. In your head, you understood that "I am inviting 150 guests, and my husband-to-be is inviting 79 guests. That means we need a hall that will accommodate how many people?" After doing the math, you discovered that the hall you rented needed to hold at least 229 guests. Let's hope, of course, that you went a bit further with this problem and included yourself, your groom and the wedding party.

So, if you think you can make the grade, take this How Stuff Works quiz!

Charlie and Pete had a total of 15 planks of wood. This is a simple addition story problem.

Larry weighs ten pounds more than Joan. This is a simple subtraction story problem.

There are 25 green marbles in five identical boxes. This is a simple multiplication story problem.

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There are 50 fingers. This is a simple multiplication story problem.

There are 21 candies left in the jar. This is a simple subtraction story problem.

They will need four buses. This is a simple division story problem.

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Carrie needs to make ten more cookies for the class. This is a simple subtraction story problem.

James ends up with 44 pencils. This is a simple subtraction story problem.

Sally bought 28 items. This is a simple addition story problem.

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There are 500 total crayons. This is a simple multiplication story problem.

Lawrence has 51 bananas left. This is a simple subtraction story problem.

Sam bought 23 fish. This is a simple addition story problem.

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Karen has read a total of 41 pages. This is a simple addition story problem.

Each student will receive six apples. This is a simple division story problem.

There are 889 students in the school. This is a simple addition story problem.

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Harry has 61 stickers. This is a simple subtraction story problem.

There are 12 oranges left. There are 12 items in a dozen.

They have 162 candies together. This is a simple addition story problem.

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Steve has 64 fish. This is a simple addition story problem.

Sally bought 27 cans of soda last month. This is a simple multiplication story problem.

Linda has 25 beads left. This is a simple subtraction story problem.

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Mrs. Smith will buy six items. This is a simple addition story problem. This problem can also be solved using simple multiplication.

Each child will get three cookies. This is a simple division story problem.

They will buy 15 gifts. This is a simple multiplication story problem. It can also be solved using addition.

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Missy will need to make 12 boots. This problem can be solved using addition or multiplication.

Jane played chess with 15 kids, total, on Monday and Wednesday. This is a simple addition story problem.

Sammy has 40 cards. This is a simple subtraction story problem, but it assumes that you know how many total cards and face cards are in a standard deck.

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Cindy needs to make 35 cookies. This is a simple multiplication story problem. (She might want to make five more for herself, though.)

There will be 8 marbles in each group, since the groups are equal in number. This is a simple division story problem.

Mrs. Field needs to grade 64 essays. This is a simple multiplication story problem.

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Clarice is 16. This is a simple addition story problem.

Six houses on Tammy's street have driveways. You will need to use both addition and division to solve this story problem.

Ben ate nine crackers. This is a simple addition story problem.

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Burt's puppets have a total of 20 eyes. This is a simple multiplication story problem.

Each charity will receive $23.00. To solve this simple story problem, you will need to use multiplication and division.