Corn: The Wonder Crop Quiz

By: Alia Hoyt
Estimated Completion Time
2 min
Corn: The Wonder Crop Quiz
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About This Quiz

Corn is arguably one of the most enjoyable foods out there. Test your knowledge of this delicious side dish that's sweet, crunchy and extremely versatile!
Which of the following can a corn cob not be used for?
smoking tobacco
toilet paper
playing video games
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Most people have heard of corn cob pipes, but did you know that early Americans used corn cobs in place of toilet paper? Don't think too badly of them. T.P. manufacturers weren't around back then!

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What's another common name for corn?
maize
kale
candy corn
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Researchers believe that maize, also known as corn, was first domesticated in Mexico.

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True or false: Corn flour contains gluten.
true
false
It depends on the brand.
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Corn flour -- which is actually finely ground cornmeal -- is naturally gluten-free. This is excellent news for anyone who can't tolerate gluten, such as people with celiac disease.

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Which of the following illegal substances counts corn among its ingredients?
cocaine
moonshine
crystal meth
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Moonshine runners need not look farther than their own pantries for the necessary ingredients of this harsh alcohol. Typical ingredients include corn, sugar, water and yeast.

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What yummy snack can be easily made from leftover corn tortillas?
popcorn
tortilla chips
candy bars
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Not surprisingly, tortilla chips are made from tortillas! Simply cut tortillas in triangles and fry them in a deep pan with some cooking oil. Allow the chips to dry, add a dash of salt and serve alongside some spicy salsa!

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True or false: You must completely remove corn's husk before placing it on a grill.
true
false
It doesn't really matter.
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Expert chefs recommend that corn be placed on the grill with husk and silk still intact. The ears should be turned regularly and cooked for about 20 minutes. Be sure to allow them to cool off before removing the husk!

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What's the best season to harvest and eat corn?
spring
summer
fall
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No question about it, summertime is when corn is officially "in season," which makes it cheaper and more plentiful than during other times of the year.

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How long ago did corn become a domesticated crop?
100 years ago
1,000 years ago
7,000 to 10,000 years ago
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Early Native Americans started cultivating corn between 7,000 and 10,000 years ago.

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What continent is corn not grown on?
Africa
Australia
Antarctica
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Considering the fact that corn appreciates warm, sunny temperatures, it makes sense that Antarctica isn't a prime growing location!

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What country leads the world in corn production?
Mexico
United States
Russia
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With an ideal climate and enthusiastic agricultural community, it's not surprising that the U.S. produces more corn than any other country in the world.

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Which of the following is not a type of corn produced in the U.S.?
bitter
normal sugary
sugar-enhanced
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Extensive research has yielded three types of corn that are currently produced in the U.S., and bitter is not one of them! In order of sweetness, they are: normal sugary, sugar-enhanced and super sweet, which is the most commonly grown type.

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True or false: Corn can be eaten raw.
true
false
It depends on the color.
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Corn doesn't necessarily have to be cooked to be enjoyed! Plenty of corn connoisseurs enjoy salsas and salads featuring delicious raw corn.

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Corn is the main component of what type of family entertainment attraction?
splash pools
roller coasters
mazes
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Corn mazes are very popular during the fall months, particularly among families. Often, farms that offer corn mazes also feature pumpkin patches and hayrides!

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Which of the following is corn used for?
car fuel
animal feed
both of the above
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Corn is a mulch-talented product! It's used in products like sweetener, animal feed and even car fuel. In fact, only 1 percent of the corn grown is eaten.

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How many bushels of corn did America's corn farmers produce in 2010?
50 million bushels
1 billion bushels
12.4 billion bushels
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American farmers are currently producing more corn than ever before, with 2010 being the fourth year in a row that production exceeded 12 billion bushels. That's a whole lot of corn!

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How many corn farmers are currently growing the crop in the United States?
100,000
300,000
500,000
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There are approximately 300,000 corn farmers currently active in the U.S. That might sound like a lot, but there are more than 300 million people in the country!

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Which of the following is an actual corn-related music, film or television title?
Corn in the U.S.A.
Corn Free
Children of the Corn
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The 1984 horror film "Children of the Corn" (based on the Stephen King short story) spawned several film and television sequels.

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Which of the following food categories does corn belong to?
vegetables
grains
both of the above
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Believe it or not, corn is a vegetable if harvested while still juicy and edible and a grain if harvested after it's already dried out. It's also technically considered a fruit because it's actually the dried fruit of a plant, although some people dispute one or more of these categorizations.

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How many kernels are found in the average ear of corn?
100
800
over 1,000
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Of course, every ear of corn varies in size, but the average sample contains 800 kernels in about 16 rows.

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How does corn make the world a cleaner place?
It has air-purifying qualities.
It's used to make fuel.
At night, when everyone's asleep, every ear puts on a tiny cape and flies around picking up litter.
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Fuel made with corn helps gasoline burn more cleanly. It's also much better for the environment in terms of air and water pollution.

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