Maybe you're not quite ready to tackle some of our seriously difficult general knowledge quizzes. Maybe you can't tell us how many moons Jupiter has, or which was the first of the original 13 colonies to ratify the U.S. constitution. Maybe you'd like to warm up with something a little easier and maybe this is the quiz for that.
In this quiz, you won't have to answer questions like "In which time period did Hatshepsut rule?" or "Which of these states does the Mason-Dixon line run through?" Instead, you'll just have to tell us in which class this would be an exam question --- algebra, geometry, literature, world history, geology or geography. We can't tell you the answers to the two questions we just cited, as you'll find them in this quiz. (Hint: Both are included in the list of school subjects we just provided you).
If this quiz is sounding a little *too* easy, don't worry -- it'll get a little harder as things go on. Where we might start with just "mathematics," we'll later ask you to choose between algebra, business math, geometry, or calculus. Or a question that would just fall under "history" early on, will now fall under European history, world history, Asian history or ... well, you get the point.
And if you're wondering about the answers to the first two questions, Jupiter has 79 moons, while Delaware was the first colony to ratify the Constitution!
There's no actual consensus on how many parts of speech there are. A common number you'll hear is eight. This counts nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, articles, prepositions, conjunctions and interjections.
This question would be found in a class on classical (Greek and Roman) mythology. The answer is Juno.
Pluto has teetered on the edge of planethood for a while now, with astronomers debating whether an object about 20 percent the size of Earth's moon can be called a planet. For now, it's a "dwarf planet."
Ralph Ellison wrote the classic "Invisible Man," about race and American culture. Don't confuse it with "The Invisible Man," a strictly sci-fi classic by H.G. Wells.
This is a basic (though impressive-sounding) biology question. The list goes: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species.
"Abnegation" means "putting aside or denying." (The root is "negation," and "ab" is a prefix meaning "away.") Don't use it interchangeably with "self-abnegation" -- you need the prefix for it to have that specific meaning.
The Missouri Compromise allowed MIssouri to enter the Union as a slave state. The "compromise" was that Maine was admitted as a free state.
The Punic Wars are something you'd study in world history. It's also a favorite name for students to alter by changing a letter in textbooks. (What? We were thinking "Panic Wars." What were you thinking?)
Hatshepsut was one of the female pharaohs of Egypt. She would be studied in a world history class, not European.
The Mason-Dixon line is commonly said to separate the northern U.S. from the South (though it doesn't extend across the country; not even into the Midwest). It was laid out by surveyors in the 18th century.
The core, mantle and crust are the three general sections the planet Earth is divided into. The core, at the center of the Eart, is the hottest.
Compound interest is a fairly basic concept in economics. It might also be found in "life skills" courses.
This is more likely to be a government or civics question. But since the bill was signed into law several years ago, and Obama's presidency is now in the history books, it could also qualify as U.S. history.
Gravity causes acceleration of 9.8 feet per second squared. You learn this in physics class.
These are the three types of rock. Naturally, that makes this question fall under "geology."
"Lux" means "light" in Latin. It's a third-declension noun, so the "x" changes to a "c" as it's declined: lucis, luci, lucem, luce. From this we get our word "lucid," and others.
Lake Baikal, the world's deepest lake and possibly its oldest, is in Russia. So you'd study this in geography.
Atoms are also studied in physics, especially the subatomic particles and the field of quantum physics. However, you'll learn the basic part of the atom and how atoms behave in chemistry.
The U.S. Constitution was accepted by a majority of delegates on this date. This isn't the same thing as the individual states ratifying the document -- Rhode Island didn't officially ratify the Constitution until 1970!
A preposition shows a relationship between nouns. Over, under, by, around ... these are all prepositions.
"Pianoforte" is a term in music meaning "starting softly, then growing louder." Since it's Italian, you might learn it in Grammar as well as in Italian class.
The sentence above has a subject-verb agreement problem (which you probably knew). This falls under English, and more specifically, grammar.
"Beurre" is the French word for "butter." You'll want to know this if you're taking a trip to France that's centered on enjoying the food.
The theory of impenetrability says that no two units of matter can occupy one unit of space. This is why when you drive a nail into a wall, the wood has to move aside to make room.
Franz Ferdinand was the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire. A Serbian nationalist killed him in Sarajevo, starting the chain of events that led to WWI.
Caravaggio was a talented, controversial artist. His full name was Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, and he is always called "Caravaggio" to avoid confusion with Michelangelo, the artist behind the Sistine Chapel.
Shop classes aren't dead, folks! Neither is "home economics," though it's often rebranded as "life skills" or "family science."
Though the name might remind you of "Vietnam," Surinam is in South America. It used to be called Dutch Guyana.
Unreliable narrators are relatively rare in fiction, and a fairly modern phenomenon. Essentially, the phrase means that the person telling the story might be lying to you, the reader -- some of the things he or she said happened might not have happened, and so on.
The noble gases are a group of elements that are colorless, odorless and have very low reactivity. They include helium, argon and neon.
If you've followed the Diet Wars over the past ten years, you know what macronutrients are: carbohydrate, protein and fat/lipid. (Actually, there's a fourth, alcohol, but it's rarely mentioned). This is clearly a nutrition question, but you might also learn it in home economics, which nowadays covers how to be a well-educated grocery consumer and home cook.
"Beats" and "measures" are the province of music class. Often, the first beat in a measure is called the "downbeat."
A "motif" is a small repeating theme or detail. This term turns up in many of the arts, including the three above.
The Miranda rule gave us the Miranda rights ("You have the right to remain silent.") You'd most likely learn about it in civics class, in which you learn about the laws and procedures that keep U.S. society running.
Yes, this one is a little bit of a trick question. It sounds like geography, but the Sea of Tranquility is on the moon, putting this question firmly in the astronomy camp.