How Much Do You Really Remember from High School? Take This Quiz!
About This Quiz
Did you graduate at the top of your class in high school? Did you make the honor roll every semester? Even if your answer is yes, how much of what you learned do you still remember? Take this quiz to find out just how much information you've retained.
Even if your favorite part of high school was simply hanging out with friends, you were bound to have picked up a thing or two that you probably still remember. Some people claim they rarely use what they learned in school, but the truth of the matter is, you probably remember more than you thought you would. Take math, for example. You use math every time you adjust a recipe or mentally calculate prices at the grocery store. And, hey, how about trivia night at your favorite pub, huh? All that knowledge you once thought was useless may have won you a tournament or two.
We have the utmost faith that you've retained at least a bit of the knowledge you learned in high school. Now, the question becomes: exactly how much do you remember? You're just a few minutes away from finding out with this quiz! Who knows — the answer may shock you!
Name the famous American author who gave us such memorable characters as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
Arthur Conan Doyle
Mark Twain, whose real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens, wrote both "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (1876) and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (1884). Twain is often regarded as one of the greatest American writers of all time.
Atoms, the basic building block of matter, are studied in chemistry class. The Greek philosopher Democritus is credited with being the first, in 400 B.C., to use the term "atom" to describe something indivisible.
Geology is not a math course, but rather, an earth science discipline. Specifically, it is the study of the earth, the rocks that comprise it and the processes that take place as they change over time.
Which U.S. president resigned as a result of the Watergate scandal?
Lyndon B. Johnson
Richard Nixon resigned in August 1974, amid an impeachment proceeding by Congress. Members of a committee to reelect Nixon and the Republican president's administration had been involved in an attempt to break into the Democratic National Committee's headquarters during the election campaign.
Name the U.S. president who uttered the famous line, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
Franklin D. Roosevelt
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt uttered the famous line during his inaugural address, as he led a nation still rebounding from the Great Depression. Roosevelt, also known as FDR, served as president from 1933 to 1945.
There are 13 stripes on the U.S. flag — one for each of the original 13 colonies. There have been different looks to the U.S. flag over time, but the current version was designed in 1958 by Robert G. Heft, then a high school student and Boy Scout member in Ohio.
How long does it take the earth to orbit around the sun once?
It takes the earth approximately 365.25 days to travel around the sun once. That extra quarter of a day explains why we observe a leap year, meaning there are 366 days — one more than usual — on the annual calendar every four years.
What are the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution known as?
Articles of Confederation
Bill of Rights
The first 10 amendments are collectively known as the Bill of Rights. Largely written by James Madison, the Bill of Rights — intended to protect individual liberties and states' rights against a federal government — was ratified in December 1791.
The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the United States from which country?
France donated the Statue of Liberty to the United States as a symbol of friendship between the two countries during the American Revolution. The statue, which stands on Liberty Island between New York and New Jersey, has also come to symbolize freedom.
Which pair of chromosomes determines the sex of the baby?
One's gender is determined by the 23rd pair of chromosomes. Each human cell normally contains 23 pairs of chromosomes. In this last pair, women have two "X" chromosomes while men have an "X" and a "Y" chromosome.
In which course would you learn about supply and demand?
In economics, "supply and demand" is a concept that describes the quantity of an item or service that a vendor wishes to sell or provide, relative to the amount that consumers want to purchase or are willing to pay. This relationship helps to determine the price of that commodity or service.
Allied troops landed on five beaches along the Normandy region of France on June 6, 1944, or D-Day, marking what many regard as the beginning of the end of World War II. The fighting in Normandy lasted for over two months and, ultimately, Allied forces were able to liberate Western Europe.
Who was the U.S. president during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962?
Harry S. Truman
Lyndon B. Johnson
John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy was serving as the nation's 35th president in 1962 when war nearly broke out between the United States and Soviet Union after U.S.S.R. nuclear-armed missiles were discovered in Cuba. It led to a 13-day standoff between the two countries.
Approximately what portion of the earth is covered by water?
About 71% of the earth's surface is covered by water. What's more: about 96.5% of all water on this planet is contained in the oceans. In comparison to the earth's surface, water makes up about 60% of a human adult's body.
F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote which of the following books?
"The Catcher in the Rye"
"War and Peace"
"The Great Gatsby"
F. Scott Fitzgerald is the author of "The Great Gatsby," a 1925 novel about a man's ill-fated love for a woman named Daisy during the Jazz Age. The 2013 Hollywood adaptation of the novel featured actor Leonardo DiCaprio playing the role of Gatsby.
Name the Shakespearean character who said, "To be or not to be..."
It was Hamlet who uttered the line, "To be or not to be." He posed the question during his famous soliloquy, while pondering whether to commit suicide. It's one of the most recognizable lines written by Shakespeare.
The Pacific Ocean is the largest and deepest ocean. It was named by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the 1500s. Magellan decided to name it "Pacific" (which means peaceful) because of the calmness of the ocean.
REM, which stands for "rapid eye movement," is the stage of sleep where your eyes move quickly from side to side with the eyelids closed, and you do most of your dreaming. REM occurs about 90 minutes after you first fall asleep and again throughout your sleep cycle.
Name the general who led the Confederate Army during the U.S. Civil War.
Ulysses S. Grant
Robert E. Lee
General Robert E. Lee was the commander of the Confederate Army, which fought on behalf of the southern states during that wanted to secede from the Union during the Civil War. His father was Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee, an officer during the Revolutionary War.
Harper Lee won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961for her novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," the story of a white lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape in the Deep South during the 1930s. The critically acclaimed novel, which examined racism and prejudice, was turned into a movie in 1962.
In which course are you most likely to learn about the Pythagorean Theorem?
In geometry, the Pythagorean Theorem states that the square of the hypotenuse in a right triangle (that is, its longest side) is equal to the sum of the squares of the triangle's other two sides. The theory is named for the ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras.
Name the scientist who came up with the theory of relativity.
Albert Einstein is credited for coming up with the theory of relativity, which describes how gravity works. The German physicist received a Nobel Prize in 1921 for his contributions to the field of physics.
Who wrote "The Grapes of Wrath," a novel about a family setting out from Oklahoma for California during the Great Depression?
John Steinbeck won the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 for "The Grapes of Wrath." He also authored a number of other well-known works, such as "Of Mice and Men" and "East of Eden." He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962 for his lifetime contributions to literature.