103 "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader" Questions To Stump Your Adult Friends With

    Time to prove just how smart you are.

    Picture this: It's a brisk evening in 2007 when TV legend Jeff Foxworthy appears on your screen. He asks you just one haunting question...

    Jeff Foxworthy standing in front of the Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader logo


    Well, now's your chance to find out! All you have to do is correctly answer these Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader questions that were once posed to real-life contestants. Go on, now... show Jeff Foxworthy what you're made of, once and for all!

    And don't worry — we've included the questions and the answers, so you'll never be totally stuck.

    1. If a backyard is 50 feet long and 20 feet wide, how many square feet is the yard?

    A backyard

    2. In classical music, what instruments usually comprise a string quartet?

    Two violins, viola and a cello.

    3. On the periodic table, which element is represented by the letter N?


    4. How many feet are there in 75 yards?

    225 feet

    5. In what month do Americans go trick-or-treating?

    Kids during Halloween

    6. What gas do humans need in order to live?


    7. What is the hardest mineral?


    8. What does a paleontologist study?


    9. In colonial America, what was the Sugar Act?

    A tax on molasses and wine

    10. Who invented the lightbulb?

    11. Which general led U.S. troops during the Vietnam War?

    General William Westmoreland

    12. How much is 14 times 5?


    13. The Tropic of Capricorn lies in which hemisphere?

    Southern hemisphere

    14. What are the large rocks that orbit the sun between Mars and Jupiter called?


    15. What is the plural form of the word "deer"?

    16. How many inches are in a foot?


    17. During World War II, on the day known as D-Day, at what location did allied troops invade Europe?

    Beaches of Normandy, France

    18. How many adjectives are in this sentence: "Billy made a rude noise in class."


    19. What land mass on earth is known as the "Island Continent"?


    20. Who invented the lightbulb?

    21. What is the longest river in the United States?

    Missouri River

    22. What is the clinical name for the thigh bone?


    23. What is the prefix in the word "unnecessary"?


    24. Between 1 and 100, how many multiples of 7 are odd numbers?


    25. Who painted the Mona Lisa?

    26. Who was the first American in space?

    Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr.

    27. Maine borders which U.S. state?

    New Hampshire

    28. Which Civil War battle took place the farthest north?

    St. Albans Raid in Vermont

    29. What is the smallest fish in the world?

    The dwarf minnow

    30. Whose picture is on the five-dollar bill?

    President Abraham Lincoln 

    31. Who was President of the United States before George W. Bush?

    32. How many inches are there in two yards?


    33. What is the capital of New York?


    34. What is the body of water between Florida and Texas called?

    Gulf of Mexico

    35. How many syllables are there in the word Mississippi?

    36. In the word "unnecessary," what is the prefix?


    37. What are the three states of matter?

    Solid, liquid, gas

    38. What country has the longest border with the United States?


    39. How many times does 7 divide into 49?


    40. Which planet in our solar system is known for its beautiful rings?

    planets in the solar system

    41. How many zeroes are in the numeral for one million?


    42. True or false: the kangaroo is a marsupial?


    43. How many sides does a quadrangle have?

    Four sides

    44. The ancient Egyptian empire was based on what continent?


    45. What whole number is closest to the square root of 65?


    46. If a car is traveling at 40 mph, how long will it take to go 190 miles?

    a car driving on the road

    47. How many nouns are in the following sentence: "The rabbit ran to the cafeteria and ate a big salad"?

    Three. The nouns are rabbit, cafeteria, and salad.

    48. What unit of measurement is abbreviated "oz"?


    49. True or false? The human shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint.


    50. Which one of these is a mammal: a seahorse, a sea lion, or a sea urchin?

    51. Which continent is the least populated?


    52. Since the late 1930s, what calendar date has been designated for the inauguration of a United States president?

    January 20

    53. In the initials of the federal agency known as NASA, what does the first "A" stand for?


    54. What revolutionary leader wrote the influential "Common Sense" in 1776?

    Thomas Paine

    55. What was the name of the first satellite pulled into orbit by the United States?

    Earth from outer space

    56. What ancient civilization built the Machu Picchu complex in Peru?


    57. What type of animal can live on both water and land?


    58. How many sides does a hexagon have?


    59. If you need 1/2 cup of flour and you only have a 1/4 measuring cup, how many times do you need to use it to get the right amount of flour?

    Two times

    60. The interior angles of a triangle always sum to what degree?

    61. What was the most widely grown crop in the Middle Colonies?


    62. What was the name of the last Queen of France?

    Marie Antoinette

    63. Who is the author of the 1960 novel about social and racial inequality, To Kill a Mockingbird?

    Harper Lee

    64. What force pulls objects toward Earth’s core and keeps humans from floating in the sky?


    65. What's the capital of Connecticut?

    map of Connecticut

    66. How many countries are in Africa?


    67. In the sentence, “Sally is a very good person,” what part of speech is the word “very”?


    68. How many syllables are in the word “creation”?


    69. The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the US from where?


    70. What do you call a scientist who studies rocks?


    71. Which of the following fractions is equivalent to 1/3: 9/27, 10/40, or 3/1?


    72. What are the three types of rock?

    lava rock

    73. What is a hyperbole?

    An exaggeration to show emphasis

    74. What's the largest and deepest ocean in the world?

    Pacific Ocean

    75. How many amendments are in the Bill of Rights?


    76. True or False: The platypus is a mammal.


    77. Who was the 16th president of the United States?

    78. How many compound words are in the following sentence? "Someone from the classroom was playing baseball in the cafeteria."


    79. One inch is equal to how many centimeters?


    80. What river forms the border between Indiana and Kentucky?

    Ohio River

    81. Which blood type is known as the universal recipient?


    82. The Great Sphinx in Egypt has the head of a man and the body of which species of animal?

    photo of a sphinx statue with a pyramid in the background

    83. The Hundred Years War of the 14th and 15th centuries was primarily a conflict between England and what other country?


    84. What is the most abundant element in the universe?


    85. The flag of the European Union features a circle of how many stars?


    86. How many teaspoons are in 5 tablespoons?


    87. The bassoon is a member of what musical family?

    88. In what US city do the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers meet and form the Ohio River?


    89. How many feet is 2.5 yards?

    7.5 feet

    90. How many faces are there on a cube?


    91. If Pablo divides 111,111 by 11, what number does he get?


    92. In English, "lice" is the plural of what word?


    93. What color in the visible light spectrum does chlorophyll absorb the least?

    seedlings growing in dirt

    94. What was the original name of the city that was renamed Constantinople in the fourth century AD by Constantine the Great?


    95. Budapest is the capital of what European country?


    96. Known as "The Conqueror," what was the first name of the king who won the throne of England in 1066?


    97. What is the area of a right triangle with a height of 4 and a width of 4?


    98. You peer through a window into a room and count 20 eyes. If each person has a typical number of eyes, how many people are in the room?

    99. If a shopping cart contains one apple, two bananas, three oranges, and four hot dogs, what percentage of the cart's total contents is fruit?


    100. On a class field trip, there are four buses taking 36 students to the zoo. Each bus carries the same number of students. How many students are on each bus?


    101. Solve the following equation: 3 + 2/1 =


    102. You have 20 pairs of shoes, but there is only room in your closet for eight shoes. How many pairs of shoes do you have to get rid of?


    103. A farmer notices that every day for the past 10 days, the number of pigeons in his field has doubled. There are 1,024 pigeons in the field today, and there were two pigeons there the first day. How many pigeons were there yesterday?

    This post contains content written by Whitney Jefferson, kalliehoffman, Hannah Dobrogosz, Casey Rackham, Syd Robinson, and Kayla Harrington. It was compiled by Laura Frustaci.