Do You Know What a 5th-Grader Should Know?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo

Do You Know What a 5th-Grader Should Know?
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About This Quiz

This quiz is so easy a fifth grader could ace it!

Now that you are older and fifth grade was so long ago, you may think that what you learned back then was so simple. However, kids today are learning a wide range of subjects and topics. When it comes to the history of the United States, kids are learning about things like: the Civil War, the Bill of Rights, and the capitals of each state. When it comes to math and science, kids are learning about things like: octagons and hexagons, grams and kilograms, and the planets in the solar system!

In this quiz, we've compiled an assortment of questions from a comprehensive selection of topics and subjects. Remember, these are questions that a fifth grader should be able to answer if they have been paying attention in class! So, are you ready to put your mind to the ultimate test... of fifth grade questions and facts? Well, let's hope you didn't get straight Fs in elementary school! Do you have your book bag and pencils? Then let's jump right into this quiz and get started!

The United States of America is made up of how many states?
13
50
After declaring independence in 1776, there were originally only 13 states. Today, there are exactly 50 states; Delaware was the first and Hawaii is the most recent.
24
55

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Which of these is the largest country in the world?
Russia
Russia is without a doubt the largest country in the world. In fact, it is over twice the size of the contiguous United States.
Guyana
South Korea
Canada

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How many legs does a spider have?
20
4
2
8
Spiders are extremely diverse, with some being extremely dangerous while others are completely harmless. They are notably found all over the world being on virtually every continent (except Antarctica).

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What number does the Roman numeral VI represent?
3
11
6
There are seven primary symbols that are used in the Roman numeral system: I, V, X, L, C, D, M. The meaning depends on how they are placed in relation to each other, so VI equals 6.
16

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What are the three common states of matter?
Solid, liquid, gas
There are other, more complex states of matter but these three are the most simplistic. Water can easily be transformed through all three states: liquid at room temperature, solid as ice, and gaseous as steam.
Rock, wood, metal
Color, size, texture
Length, width, height

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Who invented the light bulb in 1879?
George Washington
Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison is often hailed as being America's greatest inventor. He is also credited with developing the motion picture camera and the phonograph.
Marcus Garvey
Marilyn Monroe

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Fireworks were invented in what country?
China
Gunpower was invented in ancient China and had many applications, one of which was being used in fireworks. Gunpowder is known as one of the "Four Great Inventions of ancient China", along with papermaking, printing, and the compass.
New Zealand
Ireland
Belgium

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What is the main character in a story called?
Villain
Author
Protagonist
The protagonist is the main character in a story; whether that be a novel, film, play, or other type of narrative piece. In some cases, protagonists may also serve as narrators.
Antihero

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Which of these is the correct spelling?
Applaws
Aplaase
Applose
Applause
It is worth mentioning that the act of applauding has no definitive origin in human history. In fact, references to applause as a sign of approval and enjoyment can be found in various ancient cultures.

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Los Angeles is found in which U.S. state?
New York
California
Los Angeles is notable for being the second most populous city in the United States after New York City. It is notable for being the home of Hollywood.
Texas
Ohio

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How many rings make up the symbol of the Olympic Games?
5
The Olympic Games' five-ringed symbol was originally designed in 1912. The symbol consists of 5 interlocking rings that have different colors; blue, yellow, black, green, and red.
12
10
3

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How many months of the year have exactly 30 days?
6
1
4
The most widely used calendar in the world is the Gregorian calendar. The four months that have 30 days are September, April, June, and November.
12

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How many continents are there?
14
9
11
7
The landmasses on Earth are most commonly divided into seven separate continents. These are: Asia, Africa, Europe, North America ,South America, Australia, and Antarctica.

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How many grams are there in a kilogram?
10
100
1000
The kilogram is the SI base unit of mass. Grams are represented by the symbol "g" while kilograms are represented by the symbol "kg".
10000

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Paris is the capital of what country?
France
France is notable for being the largest country in Western Europe and the third largest in all of Europe. In terms of population, Paris is also the largest urban area in the European Union.
Canada
India
Egypt

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What is the term for a word which has the opposite meaning of another word?
Noun
Symbol
Antonym
An antonym is simply defined as any word that has the opposite meaning of another word. For example, "outside" is the antonym of "inside".
Metaphor

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What are the five "question" words?
Is, are, was, an, and
Who, what, when, where, why
The five question words are also sometimes referred to as the "Five Ws". They are widely considered to be fundamental questions when it comes to problem solving and information gathering.
He, she, they, them, you
This, that, those, these, their

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In what city is the White House located?
New York City
Houston
Miami
Washington D.C.
Washington D.C. is also the capital of the United States of America. It is named after the Founding Father (and first President of the United States) George Washington.

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Which of these is the correct spelling?
Comepetitor
Competitor
Humans and many other living organisms are naturally competitive. Competitiveness can be seen in recreational activities and also in the ever persistent fight for survival.
Camptutor
Cumpettitor

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A hexagon has how many sides?
6
Hexagon is the name that is given to any polygon that has six sides. The name is derived form the Greek word "hex" which means "six".
12
24
3

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An octagon has how many sides?
2
4
8
Octagon is the name that is given to any polygon that has six sides. Octagons can be found as the shape of many street signs and also as a design element in architecture.
16

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Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first two people to do what?
Walk on the moon
Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the moon and Buzz Aldrin was second. Armstrong first touched the moon's surface 9 minutes before Aldrin.
Go to Antarctica
Climb Mount Everest
Reach the bottom of the ocean

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Which of these planets is the largest?
Earth
Mars
Jupiter
Jupiter is without a doubt the largest planet in the solar system. Its overall mass is over twice that of all the other planets in the solar system combined.
Venus

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How many lungs do humans have?
5
7
3
2
The lungs are one of the most essential organs in the human body. However, it is worth noting that humans can actually survive with just one lung if the other is damaged. This is obviously not optimal, though.

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Which three countries are located in Europe?
Spain, France, Germany
Spain, France, and Germany rank within the top ten largest countries in Europe. They are also notable for being three of the most populous countries in Europe as well.
Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela
Nigeria, Egypt, Ethiopia
China, India, Japan

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Kangaroos are found in which country?
Cuba
Australia
Australia is the sixth largest country in the world and is also notable for being classified as a continent as well (the Australian continent does encompass other islands). Australia and Antarctica are the only continents that are entirely in the southern hemisphere.
Germany
Canada

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What is the closest planet to the sun?
Mercury
Mercury gets its name from the mythological Roman deity that was the messenger of the gods. It is also notable for being the smallest planet in the solar system.
Neptune
Saturn
Mars

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The Pyramids of Giza are located in which country?
Norway
Egypt
The Pyramids of Giza are notable for being the only one of the Seven Wonders of the World that still exists to this day. They are symbolic within Egyptian culture.
Russia
North Korea

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The Battle of Gettysburg was fought in which war?
The American Civil War
The battle is notable for having the largest number of casualties of the entire war. It is also referenced as one of the most important and influential events in the overall conflict.
Hundred Years' War
World War II
The Cold War

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How many letters are in the English alphabet?
22
30
36
26
The English alphabet that is used today is actually a Latin alphabet that consists of 26 letters. The letter that is used the least is "Z", while the letter that is used the most is "E".

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Which of these is the largest U.S. state?
Utah
South Dakota
Alaska
Alaska is by far the largest state in the U.S., being over twice the size of Texas (the second largest state". However, Alaska is also the most sparsely populated state and the 3rd least populous overall.
Florida

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Hawaii is located in what ocean?
Atlantic
Pacific
The Pacific Ocean is notable for being both the largest and the deepest ocean in the world. Hawaii is notable for being the only U.S. state that is located outside of North America.
Indian
Arctic

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Which of these is the smallest U.S. state?
Texas
North Carolina
Florida
Rhode Island
Rhode Island is by far the smallest state in the United States. It is also notable for being the second most densely populated state as well.

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What type of word is “noisily”?
Adverb
As the name suggests, adverbs are typically defined as a word that modifies a verb. However, some more complex definitions also define adverbs as also modifying other adverbs or adjectives.
Verb
Proper noun
Abbreviation

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Which three countries are located in North America?
Chile, Brazil, Uruguay
France, Belgium, Finland
United States, Canada, Mexico
The United States, Canada, and Mexico are the three largest countries in North America. The Canada–United States border is notable for being the longest international border in the world between two countries.
Russia, Pakistan, Thailand

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The ancient Egyptian writing system was called what?
Hieroglyphics
Egyptian hieroglyphics are an ancient writing system that was primarily used in ancient Egypt. It notably had at least 1,000 distinct characters that were used.
Latin
Pharaoh
Cairo

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What do you call a group of wolves?
A herd
A flock
A pack
Wolves are actually closely related to domesticated dogs that are kept as pets today. Not all canines form packs but those that do use them as a social net for raising young or as a means of effectively hunting for food.
A murder

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What are the first ten amendments to the Constitution called?
Louisiana Purchase
Articles of Confederation
Declaration of Independence
The Bill of Rights
In the context of the United States, The Bill of Rights refers to the first ten amendments to the Constitution. It was created on September 25, 1789 and then ratified on December 15, 1791.

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What is the plural of sheep?
Sheeps
Sheepes
Sheep
Sheep are notable for being one of the earliest animals that were domesticated by humans. "Sheep" is somewhat unique for being one of a handful of words that is pronounced the same when it it both singular and plural.
Sheepi

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What are animals that only eat meat called?
Carnivores
Herbivores
A herbivore is any animal that has a diet that primarily eats plant material. On the other hand, a carnivore is any animal that primarily eats animal tissue.
Omnivores
Predators

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