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Can You Get 16/20 On This Basic Science Test?

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There are five questions each from earth science, physics, chemistry, and biology. Good luck!

  1. 1. EARTH SCIENCE: Name any one of the five oceans on Earth.

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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific, and Southern.

  2. 2. Name one of the three main types of rock.

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    Igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic.

  3. 3. Name any one of the layers of Earth's atmosphere.

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    Exosphere, troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, and thermosphere.

    The ozone layer is part of the stratosphere, but it doesn't count as a distinct layer in its own right.

  4. 4. Name a planet or moon in the solar system that we know has active volcanoes.

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    Earth, Io (a moon of Jupiter), Enceladus (a moon of Saturn), Titan (another moon of Saturn), Triton (a moon of Neptune), and Venus.

    Earth and Io both have active volcanoes, and there's some evidence that Venus might too. Enceladus and Triton have cryovolcanoes – erupting with ice instead of lava – and Titan might have these too. Mars, the moon, and Mercury are believed to have had active volcanoes in the past, but scientists don't think they're active anymore.

    Earth, Io (a moon of Jupiter), Enceladus (a moon of Saturn), Titan (another moon of Saturn), Triton (a moon of Neptune), and Venus.
    Via photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov
  5. 5. Name one of the seven main greenhouse gasses.

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    Wrong!

    Carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulphur hexafluoride, and nitrogen trifluoride.

    These seven greenhouse gasses are the ones covered by the Kyoto Protocol. We'll also allow water vapour.

  6. 6. PHYSICS: Name any one of the gas giant planets in the solar system.

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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Uranus.

  7. 7. Name a Galilean moon of Jupiter.

    (Hint: They're the four biggest of Jupiter's 67 known moons.)

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.

    Galileo Galilei spotted these moons in 1610.

    Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.
    Via NASA
  8. 8. Name one of the six types of quark (a type of elementary particle).

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    Wrong!

    Up, down, charm, strange, top, and bottom.

    Quarks are elementary particles that make up hadrons (e.g. two up quarks and one down quark make a proton).

    Up, down, charm, strange, top, and bottom.
  9. 9. Name one of the four fundamental forces.

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    Wrong!

    Strong, weak, electromagnetic, and gravity.

    In 1979 three physicists won the Nobel Prize for unifying electromagnetism and the weak force into the electroweak interaction.

  10. 10. Name a female scientist who has won the Nobel Prize in Physics.

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    Wrong!

    Marie Curie and Maria Göppert Mayer.

    Maria Göppert Mayer won for "discoveries concerning nuclear shell structure" in 1963, and Marie Curie won for work on radiation.

    Marie Curie and Maria Göppert Mayer.
    Via nobelprize.org
  11. 11. CHEMISTRY: Name any noble gas.

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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Helium, neon, argon, krypton, xenon, and radon.

  12. 12. Name any halogen.

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    Wrong!

    Fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine, and astatine.

  13. 13. Name one of the two products you'd get if you mixed an acid and base together.

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    Wrong!

    Salt and water.

    Different kinds of salts are made depending on which acid and base you mix.

  14. 14. Name a type of fossil fuel.

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    Wrong!

    Crude oil, coal, and natural gas.

    Natural gas is mainly methane.

  15. 15. Name a periodic table element that was named after a scientist.

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    Wrong!

    Gadolinium, curium, einsteinium, fermium, mendelevium, nobelium, lawrencium, rutherfordium, seaborgium, bohrium, meitnerium, roentgenium, copernicium, flerovium, and oganesson.

    Just two of those (curium and meitnerium) are named after women.

    Gadolinium, curium, einsteinium, fermium, mendelevium, nobelium, lawrencium, rutherfordium, seaborgium, bohrium, meitnerium, roentgenium, copernicium, flerovium, and oganesson.
    Via en.wikipedia.org
  16. 16. BIOLOGY: Name something that is needed for photosynthesis to take place:

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    Wrong!

    Light, chlorophyll, carbon dioxide, and water.

    The reaction produces glucose and oxygen.

    Light, chlorophyll, carbon dioxide, and water.
    Via en.wikipedia.org
  17. 17. Name one of the eight main taxonomic ranks.

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    Wrong!

    Species, genus, family, order, class, phylum or division, kingdom, and domain.

    (Botanists use division instead of phylum.)

    Species, genus, family, order, class, phylum or division, kingdom, and domain.
    Via Annina Breen / en.wikipedia.org
  18. 18. Name one of the two types of light receptors in your eyes.

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    Wrong!

    Rods and cones.

  19. 19. Name a structure that is found in plant cells but NOT in animal cells.

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    Wrong!

    Chloroplast, vacuole, and cell wall.

    Vacuoles are sometimes present in animal cells, too, but they're smaller and not permanent.

  20. 20. Name one of the bases that is found in DNA.

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Cytosine, guanine, adenine, and thymine.

    In RNA, you'll find uracil instead of thymine.

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