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 breath?

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  1. Oxygen
  2. Hydrogen
  3. Helium
  4. Xenon
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. Netherlands
  3. France
  4. Belgium
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. William Gatsby
  3. Robert Smith
  4. Philip Marlowe
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. Egypt
  2. Morocco
  3. Turkey
  4. Algeria
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. Philadelphia
  3. Chicago
  4. New York
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. Charles Dickens
  3. Mark Twain
  4. Stephen King
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. 7
  3. 5
  4. 1
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. 20
  2. 50
  3. 30
  4. 45
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. The modern day city of Istanbul was known by which name in the 13th century?

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  1. Gotham
  2. Asthenia
  3. Constantinople
  4. Fethiye
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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11. How long is the Great Wall of China?

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  1. 678 liters
  2. 567 yards
  3. 21,196 kilometers (13,170 miles)
  4. 2 feet
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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12. The words “the,” “an,” and “a,” are known as what in English grammar?

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  1. Cartons
  2. Articles
  3. Nouns
  4. Verbs
Fact: “I am” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
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13. The plural of “moose” is?

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

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

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

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  1. The Incas
  2. The Cherokee
  3. The Saxons
  4. The Egyptians
The Incas originated in the village of Paqari-tampu, about 15 miles south of Cusco.
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17. What is the term for a word that is similar in meaning to another word?

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  1. Comma
  2. Synonym
  3. Corroynm
  4. Assonym
For example, unhappy could also be sad, depressed, melancholy or miserable!
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18. What type of words should be capitalized?

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  1. Proper nouns
  2. Twisted nouns
  3. Scary words
  4. Compound words
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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19. What type of literature features magical creatures, such as giants, gnomes, and goblins?

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  1. Thriller
  2. Historical
  3. Romance
  4. Fantasy
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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20. Is “red” an adjective or a noun?

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  1. Both
  2. Jazz
  3. A color
  4. Noun
Did we get you? There's nothing like a good trick question!
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21. The person in a novel who tells the story from a third-person perspective is called a what?

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

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  1. Compound sentence
  2. Sticky sentence
  3. Lost 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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24. Who is the author of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’?

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  1. Roald Dahl
  2. Stephenie Meyer
  3. Plato
  4. Kate Winslet
During his long career, Dahl published 48 books for both children and adults.
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25. The main series of events in a story is called a what?

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  1. Flashback
  2. Dream sequence
  3. A scene
  4. A plot
Some argue there are only three basic plots out there, while others go as far as saying thirty-six!
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26. What is the main character in a story called?

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  1. Antagonist
  2. Villain
  3. Sidekick
  4. Protagonist
A good protagonist can help carry a story, but they don't always have to be good!
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27. A story conveying a moral lesson is called what?

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  1. A fable
  2. Fiction
  3. A quest
  4. Boring
Former 6th-century Greek slave Aesop wrote 725 fables that remain beloved to this day.
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28. The ancient Egyptian writing system was called what?

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  1. Times New Roman
  2. Papyrisita
  3. Hieroglyphics
  4. Cave painting
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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29. From whom did the United State buy territory in the Louisiana Purchase?

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  1. Spain
  2. Native Americans
  3. The Catholic Church
  4. France
Louisiana does not have an official language. English, French, Spanish, and Vietnamese are the languages that are spoken in Louisiana.
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30. Who wrote the national anthem of the United States of America?

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  1. Francis Scott Key
  2. Fredric Smith Stone
  3. Prince
  4. Francis Fedric
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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31. The Battle of Gettysburg was fought in which war?

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  1. WW1
  2. The Civil War
  3. Korean War
  4. WW2
Gettysburg was the costliest land battle of the American Civil War, resulting in 51,118 casualties.
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32. Who is the author of the 1960 novel about social and racial inequality, 'To Kill a Mockingbird'?

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  1. Harper Lee
  2. Tom Clancy
  3. Bruce Lee
  4. Stan Lee
One of Lee's closest friends was another famous author, Truman Capote.
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33. Julius Caesar was the emperor of what empire?

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  1. Gauls
  2. Carthaginians
  3. The Roman Empire
  4. Ottoman
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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34. The first fireworks were invented in the 7th century in what country?

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  1. India
  2. Russia
  3. China
  4. USA
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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35. Name the American president on the half dollar coin who was assassinated in 1963.

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

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  1. Shanghai
  2. Hiroshima
  3. Tokyo
  4. Kyoto
The bomb dropped on Hiroshima was codenamed “Little boy”, and it was made of highly enriched uranium-235.
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37. What are the first ten amendments to the Constitution called?

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  1. The Bill of Amendments
  2. The Bill of Rights
  3. The 10 Sentences
  4. The Honorable Pros
Three States didn’t ratify the bill of rights until 1939, Connecticut, Georgia, and Massachusetts.
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38. What type of word is “truthfully?”

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

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  1. Ostrich
  2. Giant Squid
  3. Blue Whale
  4. Elephant
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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40. Which layer of the Earth is located closest to the crust?

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  1. Nougat Center
  2. Seabed
  3. Paris
  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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41. What is 14x5?

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

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  1. France
  2. Cuba
  3. Mexico
  4. Canada
Officially known as the International Boundary (Frontière Internationale). It is the longest international border in the world between two countries.
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43. What does a paleontologist study?

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  1. World Aura
  2. Ancient Life
  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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44. What’s the longest river in the world?

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

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  1. The Civil Rights Movement
  2. Artist
  3. Philanthropist
  4. Environmentalist
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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46. What’s the longest river in the USA?

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  1. Missouri River
  2. Arkansas
  3. Rio Grande
  4. Mississippi River
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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47. In this book titled ‘The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,’ what is the last comma called?

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  1. The broken line
  2. Confusing
  3. The Oxford comma
  4. The Kiev comma
The Oxford comma has been credited to Horace Hart, printer and controller of the Oxford University Press from 1893 to 1915.
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48. 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 Five Days War
  3. The Three-Week War
  4. The Seven Years 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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49. What type of feather, did people write with during the Middle Ages?

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

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  1. A posse
  2. Scary
  3. A murder
  4. Goths
Recent studies have found that crows are as intelligent as a 7-year old.
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51. How many bones does the human body have?

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

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  1. Bristol
  2. Mykonos
  3. Rome
  4. Athens
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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53. Italy, Japan, and Germany’s alliance was called what during WWII?

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  1. Brotherhood of Bad
  2. Confederacy of the East
  3. The Corporation
  4. The Axis Powers
The three main leaders were: Adolf Hitler (Germany), Benito Mussolini (Italy), and Emperor Hirohito (Japan).
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54. Which planet comes directly before Earth?

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

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

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  1. Salmon
  2. Cheetah
  3. Brown Hare
  4. Slug
They can reach a top speed of around 113 km per hour!
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57. What did the Wright brothers invent?

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

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

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  1. Gorging
  2. Sleep Town
  3. Hibernation
  4. Stretching
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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60. How many meters are in 1 kilometer?

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  1. 300m
  2. 67 yards
  3. 12m
  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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