Are you smarter than a 6th grader?

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School may seem like a long time ago for some of us. All those days spent in the classroom trying to learn the basics of the world. The question is, just how much do you remember? Are you truly smarter than today's 6th graders? Time to find out!

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1. What gas do humans need to breathe?

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  1. Helium
  2. Oxygen
  3. Xenon
  4. Hydrogen
Oxygen gas is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. It is the third most abundant element in the entire universe.
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2. What country is Paris the capital of?

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  1. Spain
  2. France
  3. Belgium
  4. Netherlands
Paris' Louvre Museum is the largest in the world. Approximately 38,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited.
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3. What is the name of the most famous English playwright?

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  1. William Shakespeare
  2. Philip Marlowe
  3. Robert Smith
  4. William Gatsby
Between 1590 and 1613, Shakespeare wrote at least 37 plays and collaborated on even more!
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4. In which country are the famous Pyramids of Giza?

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  1. Morocco
  2. Algeria
  3. Turkey
  4. Egypt
Over 4,500 years old, the pyramids were built by Pharaohs Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure.
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5. In which city is the White House located?

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  1. Washington D.C.
  2. Chicago
  3. New York
  4. Philadelphia
Designed by James Hoban, the White House has 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels. This includes 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces and 8 staircases.
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6. Who is the creator of the classic book characters Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn?

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  1. Tom Watts
  2. Stephen King
  3. Charles Dickens
  4. Mark Twain
Even though he didn't go to school for very long, he knew that no matter what, he should still educate himself, reading at the library during his evenings.
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7. How many continents are there?

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  1. 3
  2. 1
  3. 5
  4. 7
The largest continent is Asia, which covers roughly 30% of the Earth's land area.
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8. How many states are in the United States of America?

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  1. 45
  2. 50
  3. 30
  4. 20
The first 13 became states in July 1776 when they agreed to the United States Declaration of Independence.
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9. What was the name of the last Queen of France?

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  1. Marie Antoinette
  2. Claudia Beatrice
  3. Madonna
  4. Madame Tussauds
On her way to the guillotine, she accidentally stepped on the executioner’s foot and said, “Pardon me, sir. I meant not to do it.”
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10. How long is the Great Wall of China?

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  1. 2 feet
  2. 567 yards
  3. 21,196 kilometers (13,170 miles)
  4. 678 liters
The Great Wall of China was built to protect China from its enemies and invaders from the North, especially the Mongols.
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11. In a sentence, the word "the" is called a(n)...

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  1. Article
  2. Noun
  3. Verb
  4. Magazine
Fact: “I am” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
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12. The plural of “moose” is?

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  1. Mooses
  2. Chocolate mouse
  3. Moose
  4. Moosey
A full grown male moose is taller than a horse and can weigh over 1300 lbs.
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13. How many letters are in the English alphabet?

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  1. 28
  2. 34
  3. 26
  4. 41
The 26 letters of the English alphabet make up more than 40 distinct sounds.
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14. In the story about the boy who cried wolf, what is the lesson?

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  1. Don't eat before swimming
  2. Never steal bread
  3. Don't disrespect elders
  4. Always tell the truth
The Boy Who Cried Wolf was originally one of Aesop's fables, part of a series of Ancient Greek stories.
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15. Which ancient civilization built the Machu Picchu complex in Peru?

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  1. The Cherokee
  2. The Saxons
  3. The Egyptians
  4. The Incas
The Incas originated in the village of Paqari-tampu, about 15 miles south of Cusco.
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16. What type of words should be capitalized?

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  1. Compound words
  2. Twisted nouns
  3. Scary words
  4. Proper nouns
You can describe a valley as just that, but if you're stating which one, say Death Valley, you must capitalize.
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17. What type of literature features magical creatures, such as giants, gnomes, and goblins?

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  1. Thriller
  2. Fantasy
  3. Romance
  4. Historical
J. R. R. Tolkien, one of the most acclaimed fantasy authors of all time, has the biggest selling book of all time with The Lord of the Rings.
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18. Red is what type of color?

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  1. Primary
  2. Secondary
  3. Pastel
  4. Tertiary
Red is a primary color, which means it can't be created by mixing other hues together. It's used to make new colors, such as orange (red + yellow) and purple (red + blue).
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19. The person in a novel who tells the story from a third-person perspective is called a what?

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  1. A liar
  2. A narrator
  3. An actor
  4. A subsidiary
Otherwise known as a storyteller, teller of tales, recounter, relater, describer, chronicler, romancer or reporter.
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20. What is the name of the book about a friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a spider named Charlotte?

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  1. Revenge of Charlotte
  2. Charlotte's Choice
  3. Charlotte's Plan
  4. Charlotte’s Web
Written by author E. B. White and first published in 1952 with illustrations by Garth Williams.
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21. Adding conjunctions such as “and” or “but” turns a simple sentence into what type of sentence?

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  1. Compound sentence
  2. Lost sentence
  3. Sticky sentence
  4. Glued sentence
Nope, it wasn't glued. However, did you know Super Glue was discovered in 1942 by Dr. Harry Coover?
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22. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is fictional, which means it's:

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  1. Too long; didn't read
  2. Make-believe
  3. A biography
  4. A true story
During his long career, author Roald Dahl published 48 books for both children and adults, mostly fiction.
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23. The main series of events in a story is called a what?

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  1. Flashback
  2. A plot
  3. A scene
  4. Dream sequence
Some argue there are only three basic plots out there, while others go as far as saying thirty-six!
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24. Harry Potter is a "main character," also known as the:

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  1. Villain
  2. Protagonist
  3. Antagonist
  4. Sidekick
A good protagonist can help carry a story, but they don't always have to be good!
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25. The ancient Egyptian writing system was called what?

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  1. Cave painting
  2. Times New Roman
  3. Papyrisita
  4. Hieroglyphics
In June 2017, archaeologists discovered a “billboard” of hieroglyphs on some rocks near the village of El-Khawy in Egypt. The hieroglyphics are believed to be from 3250 BCE!
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26. For $15 million, the United States bought the Louisiana Purchase from:

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  1. Spain
  2. The Catholic Church
  3. France
  4. Native Americans
The Louisiana Purchase was one of the biggest land sales in history. Adjusted for inflation, it sold for $8.5 billion in today's money.
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27. Who wrote the national anthem of the United States of America?

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  1. Francis Scott Key
  2. Fredric Smith Stone
  3. Francis Fedric
  4. Prince
Key became an important player in the Early American Republic. He ran a thriving law practice in Washington, argued more than a hundred cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
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28. The Battle of Gettysburg was fought in which war?

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  1. WW1
  2. The Civil War
  3. WW2
  4. Korean War
Gettysburg was the costliest land battle of the American Civil War, resulting in 51,118 casualties.
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29. Set in Alabama during the 1930s, the acclaimed novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird' was written by:

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  1. Bruce Lee
  2. Stan Lee
  3. Harper Lee
  4. Shakespeare
Harper Lee's full name was actually Nelle Harper Lee. She published under her middle name so that readers wouldn't mispronounce her first name.
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30. Julius Caesar was the emperor of what empire?

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  1. Ottoman
  2. Gauls
  3. The Roman Empire
  4. Carthaginians
Julius Caesar died from being stabbed to death by a mob of conspirators just next to the Theatre of Pompey, in 44 BC.
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31. The first fireworks were invented in the 7th century in what country?

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  1. India
  2. USA
  3. Russia
  4. China
The biggest firework ever fired weighed a total of 1,014 pounds (460 kilograms) and exploded over the city of Konosu—in the island of Honshu, Japan.
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32. Name the American president on the half dollar coin who was assassinated in 1963.

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  1. Abraham Lincoln
  2. George Washington
  3. Theodore Roosevelt
  4. John F. Kennedy
Kennedy is the only president to have been awarded the Purple Heart.
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33. What city was the first to be attacked by an atomic bomb?

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  1. Shanghai
  2. Kyoto
  3. Tokyo
  4. Hiroshima
The bomb dropped on Hiroshima was codenamed “Little boy”, and it was made of highly enriched uranium-235.
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34. Which of the following was NOT in the Bill of Rights?

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  1. The Right to Bear Arms
  2. Rights in Civil Cases
  3. The Right to Operate A Moving Vehicle
  4. Freedom of Speech
Three States didn’t ratify the bill of rights until 1939: Connecticut, Georgia, and Massachusetts.
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35. What type of word is “truthfully?”

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  1. A convult noun
  2. Noun
  3. Adverb
  4. A whisper
How are you doing so far? Are you feeling 6th grader smart?
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36. What’s the largest animal in the world?

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  1. Blue Whale
  2. Elephant
  3. Ostrich
  4. Giant Squid
The longest Blue Whale ever recorded was 108 feet long. Did you know their tongues alone can weight as much as an adult elephant?
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37. Which layer of the Earth is located closest to the crust?

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  1. Seabed
  2. Paris
  3. Nougat Center
  4. Upper Mantle
In the mantle, temperatures range from approximately 200 °C (392 °F) at the upper boundary with the crust to approximately 4,000 °C (7,230 °F) at the core-mantle boundary!
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38. What is 14x5?

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  1. 65
  2. 70
  3. 90
  4. 19
Multiplications are one of the four elementary mathematical operations of arithmetic. The other three are addition, subtraction, and division.
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39. Which country has the longest border with the USA?

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  1. France
  2. Canada
  3. Mexico
  4. Cuba
Officially known as the International Boundary (Frontière Internationale). It is the longest international border in the world between two countries.
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40. A story conveying a moral lesson is called what?

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  1. Boring
  2. A fable
  3. Fiction
  4. A quest
Former 6th-century Greek slave Aesop wrote 725 fables that remain beloved to this day.
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41. What does a paleontologist study?

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  1. Ancient Life
  2. World Aura
  3. Air Density
  4. Water Quality
Paleontology is based on fossil evidence and preserved remains. Did you know that the best place in the world to find fossils is in the Western United States?
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42. What is the term for a word that is similar in meaning to another word?

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  1. Synonym
  2. Corroynm
  3. Comma
  4. Assonym
For example, unhappy could also be sad, depressed, melancholy or miserable!
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43. What’s the longest river in the world?

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  1. Sienne
  2. Avon
  3. Nile
  4. Mississippi
The Nile River passes through 11 Countries, it is approximately 4132 mi (6650km) long.
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44. What is Rosa Parks most famous for?

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  1. Artist
  2. Environmentalist
  3. Philanthropist
  4. The Civil Rights Movement
Following her death in 2005, Parks was lain in state under the Capitol rotunda. The honor is reserved for the country’s most distinguished citizens.
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45. What’s the longest river in the USA?

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  1. Mississippi River
  2. Missouri River
  3. Rio Grande
  4. Arkansas
The Missouri River is 2,341mi (3,768km) long. When combined with the lower Mississippi River, it forms the world’s third longest river system.
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46. Which French and Indian war, which began in 1754, crossed over to North America between 1756 and 1763?

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  1. The Month War
  2. The Three-Week War
  3. The Seven Years War
  4. The Five Days War
On February 10th, 1763 the Treaty of Paris was signed. This was the official end of the war, despite the fact that the battles had already ended.
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47. What type of feather, did people write with during the Middle Ages?

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  1. Pigeon
  2. Quack
  3. Biro
  4. Quill
Quill Pens first appeared in Seville, Spain and were the dominant writing instrument from 600 to 1800 AD.
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48. What bloodcurdling name do you give a group of crows?

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  1. A murder
  2. Winter is coming
  3. An entourage
  4. Goth Flock
Recent studies have found that crows are as intelligent as a 7-year-old.
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49. How many bones does the human body have?

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  1. 47
  2. 651
  3. 206
  4. 189
As babies, we are born with around 270 bones, but as we age, some of those bones fuse together.
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50. What is the capital of Greece?

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  1. Mykonos
  2. Rome
  3. Athens
  4. Bristol
The area on which the city of Athens now stands is said to have been continuously inhabited for over 7,000 years.
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51. Which wealthy country remained neutral during WWII?

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  1. Germany
  2. Japan
  3. Switzerland
  4. United States
Other countries which remained neutral during the war include: Ireland, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden.
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52. Which planet comes directly before Earth?

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  1. Venus
  2. Neptune
  3. Pluto
  4. Hoth
A day on the surface of Venus (solar day) would appear to take 117 Earth days.
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53. What’s the tallest mountain in the world?

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  1. Manaslu
  2. K2
  3. Cho Oyu
  4. Mount Everest
Two men from the Sherpa community, Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa, have climbed Everest 21 times each.
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54. What is the fastest animal on earth?

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  1. Cheetah
  2. Slug
  3. Brown Hare
  4. Salmon
They can reach a top speed of around 113 km per hour!
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55. 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' contains this type of punctuation:

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  1. Comma
  2. Period
  3. Em dash
  4. Exclamation mark
The comma has been in English for centuries, but the Oxford comma (not used in the sentence above) is credited to Horace Hart, printer and controller of the Oxford University Press from 1893 to 1915.
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56. What did the Wright brothers invent?

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  1. The world's first successful airplane
  2. Cheese
  3. Can openers
  4. Submarines
Did you know that neither brother received a high school diploma?
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57. The vessels that carry blood from the heart to other parts of the body are called?

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  1. Mounds
  2. Arteries
  3. Sockets
  4. Charges
The body uses the oxygen carried in the other arteries to make energy. The blood in these arteries becomes deoxygenated.
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58. A state of inactivity and low metabolic rate that some animals go into during the winter is called?

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  1. Sleep Town
  2. Stretching
  3. Gorging
  4. Hibernation
Animals don’t dream during hibernation. During their long winter sleep, an animal’s body is too cold to produce the electric currents needed to dream.
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59. How many meters are in 1 kilometer?

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  1. 300m
  2. 12m
  3. 67 yards
  4. 1000m
Did you know the average car will rack up 20,000 km per year — the distance manufacturers use to determine the standard warranty coverage?
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60. Now it's Istanbul, not ____________.

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  1. Gotham
  2. Fethiye
  3. Asthenia
  4. Constantinople
It took over six years to build Constantinople on top of the old Byzantium, with construction finally finishing in 330 AD.
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