Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

We all think we know everything, but the question is do we know more that 10/11 year olds. As we get older, we learn more and our knowledge develops however, the basic knowledge we developed as a child is often forgotten about and left written in the books of history.

How often have you needed Pythagoras theorem or knowledge about the life cycle of a plant since leaving school? My guess – rarely (unless they are part of your niche for work). 

We have provided 110 questions for you to test your knowledge and see if you really are smarter than a 5th grader.

 We will be asking you questions on the following topics:

Get your brains engaged, here we go!


1.     What is the largest ocean in the world?

Pacific Ocean

2.     What is the longest river in the world?

The Nile

3.     What is the capital of Australia?


4.     What is the name of the narrow body of water that connects the Mediterranean and the Red Sea?

Suez Canal.

5.     Which continent is the driest?


6.     Which mountain range runs along the west coast of South America?

The Andes.

7.     Which is the smallest continent in the world?


8.     Which country has the largest land area?


9.     How many continents are there?


10.  What is the capital city of China?


11.  What is the highest mountain range in Europe?

The Alps

12.  Which country has pyramids?


13.  What is the world’s largest tropical rainforest? 

The Amazon

14.  What is the name of the world’s largest reef system?

The Great Barrier Reef.

15.  What is the largest country in South America?



16.  If jane haws 15 apples and gives 4 to her friend, how many apples does she have left?


17.  If a pencil costs $0.75 and a notebook costs $2.50, how much will you spend if you buy 3 pencils and 2 notebooks?


18.  What is the name of a polygon with 7 sides?


19.  What is the area of a rectangle that is 8 units long and 5 units wide?

40 square units. 

20.  How many sides does a triangle have?


21.  Simplify the fraction 10/20


22.  What is one third of 18?


23.  Add ¼ and 2/5.


24.  Round 427 to the nearest 100


25.  What is the value of the number 5 in 3540?


26.  What is 15 time 4 plus 10?


27.  What is the square root of 9?


28.  400 x 2 + 100


29.  Which number is bigger?

19 or 19.5

30.  Divide 500 by 100



31.  What is a synonym of happy?


32.  What does the word intelligent mean?

Smart or clever

33.  What is the opposite of brave?


34.  Which word should be capitalized in the sentence: I went to the zoo with my friend jason.


35.  What punctuation is used at the end of a sentence to show strong emotion?

Exclamation mark (!)

36.  What does the word abundant mean?

Having a lot. Plenty of.

37.  What is an anonym for victory?


38.  What words must be used to make something a simile?

Like or As

39.  What is pathetic fallacy?

When the weather is used to create atmosphere in writing.

40.  What punctuation do you use around spoken word?

Quotation marks (“)


41.  What is the powerhouse of a cell?


42.  What do we call the process where plants produce their own food?


43.  What is the function of the heart?

To pump blood and oxygen around the body.

44.  What is the largest human organ?


45.  What is the unit of measurement for force?


46.  What force pulls objects towards the centre of the earth?


47.  What is the source of energy that powers most of the Earth’s processes?

The Sun

48.  What is the smallest element?


49.  What gas do plants take in?

Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

50.  What is it called when a liquid turns into a gas?


51.  What is the outer layer of the Earth called?

The Crust

52.  What is a fossil?

The remains of a living organism preserved in rock.

53.  What is the largest planet in our solar system?


54.  What is a galaxy?

A large system of stars, gas and dust held together by gravity.

55.  What causes an earthquake?

Movement of tectonic plates.


56.  Who was the civil rights leader who gave the famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech?

Martin Luther King.

57.  Who developed the theory of relativity?

Albert Einstein.

58.  Who was the first President of the United States?

George Washington

59.  Which event marked the start of World War 1?

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

60.  What year did the US declare independence from Britain?


61.  Who is believed to have discovered America in 1492?

Christopher Columbus.

62.  Who was the famous leader of the ancient Roman Empire?

Julius Ceaser

63.  Which ancient civilization builty the Great Pyramids of Giza?

The Ancient Egyptians

64.  Which English King had 6 wives?

Henry VIII

65.  Whose refusal to give up her bus seat sparked the Civil Rights Movement?

Rosa Parks

66.  Who were the Norse seafarers who explored Europe?

The Vikings

67.  Who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic?

Amelia Earhart

68.  Which ancient civilization built the city of Machu Picchu?

The Inca Civilization.

69.  Who was the first Emperor of the Roman Empire?


70.  What year did World War 2 begin?


The Arts

71.  Who painted the Mona Lisa?

Leonardo da Vinci

72.  Who painted the ‘Campbell’s Soup Cans’?

Andy Warhol

73.  What is a group of musicians playing together called?

An Orchestra

74.  What type of performance combines music, singing, dancing and acting?

Musical Theatre

75.  Where is New York is famous for its Musical Productions?


76.  Who wrote Harry Potter?

JK Rowling

77.  What is the main character in a story called?

The Protagonist.

78.  Who composed Fur Elise?

Ludwig van Beethoven

79.  What is the smallest instrument in an orchestra?


80.  Which artist cut off his ear and sent it to his lover?

Vincent Van Gogh


81.  What sport is played at the Super Bowl?

American Football

82.  In which sport can you hit a home run?


83.  What sport uses a shuttlecock and racquet?


84.  In which city were the 2012 Olympics held?


85.  What sport is played on a long narrow strip with a target at the end?


86.  Who holds the current world record for being the fastest man?

Usain Bolt

87.  What is the name of the stick used in golf?

Golf Club

88.  How many players on a football team?


89.  Which American swimmer has the most Olympic medals?

Michael Phelps

90.  How many events in a decathlon?


Logic Questions

91.  How can you lift an elephant with one hand?

You will never find a one handed elephant

92.  I’m tall when I am young but short when I am old. What am I?


93.  What comes next in this sequence? 2,4,6,8


94.  What comes next in this list? Triangle, Square, Pentagon, Hexagon…


95.  I am on odd number, take one letter away and I become even. What number am I?


96.  What has keys but cannot open locks?

A Piano

97.  I speak without a mouth and hear without ears. I come alive in the wind. What am I?

An Echo

98.  What is the missing letter? C,E,G,___,K


99.  What is the missing number in this sequence? 5,10,____,20,25


100. If the pink house had pink bricks and the blue house had blue bricks what colour were the bricks on the green house?

It didn’t have bricks it was made from glass.

General Knowledge

101. What is the chemical symbol for gold?


102. Who wrote Romeo and Juliet?

William Shakespeare

103. What was the mountain Denali formally known as?

Mount McKinley

104. What is the national flower of Japan?


105. What is the largest animal on land?

The African Elephant

106. What planet is known as the Red Planet?


107. Who created Mickey Mouse?

Walt Disney

108. Which company makes the most tyres in the world?


109. How many golf balls are there on the moon?


110. What is the largest mammal in the world?

Blue Whale

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