The television show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? pits adult
contestants against fifth-grade students to see how much adults really know
about the subject matter covered in that grade.
The students on the show can help the adult contestants when they're stumped
on the answers and their quest to win the top prize of a million dollars. Adult
contestants can make use of three features: peek, in which they can look at the
student's answer and decide if they will use it; copy, in which they have to
use the child's answer; and save, in which the contestant's answer is incorrect
and the student's is correct and the student saves the day.
A gun is fired from somewhere off-screen directly at actor Angela Lansbury,
who sits calmly, speaking into the camera. As the slow-motion bullet travels
straight toward her, she explains this is how amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
(ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, attacks your body. “You know
what’s coming, but you can’t do anything about it.”
Then, after an appeal to the audience to support global research efforts,
she stands and walks boldly off-screen, dodging the bullet just...
Here is WebMD's version called "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader in
Health?" We talked to teachers, skimmed fifth-grade health texts, and
peeked online at fifth-grade curricula to put together our quiz.
See how you fare. Answers are at the bottom. Test anxiety? Relax. You
get one "save," but sorry, no "peeks" or "copies" in
this online version of the game.
1. Your brain has three major sections -- the cerebrum (which controls
speech, thought, and emotions), the cerebellum (which controls balance), and
another part, attached to the spinal cord. This last part is called:
a. The brain stem
b. The limbic stem
c. The brain glioma
2. You have four types of teeth, each with specific functions. These include
incisors to cut food, canines to cut and tear food, molars to grind food, and
one other type that both grinds and crushes. This last type is called:
a. Major incisors
c. Wisdom teeth
3. Protecting your hearing depends on avoiding decibel levels considered
excessive. Normal conversation is about 60 decibels. To protect your hearing,
you should avoid exposure to sounds louder than:
a. 85 decibels
b. 65 decibels
c. 80 decibels
4. Strep throat is a bacterial infection. If it is not treated
medically, it can cause