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Smarter Than a 5th-Grader?

See how much you really know. Take our 5th-grade health quiz, a takeoff on the popular new TV show.


a. Nonrapid eye movement (non-REM) sleep, which includes stages ranging from drowsiness to deep sleep

b. Presleep, in which we are just drowsy

c. Post-sleep, in which we slowly wake up

6. People who have diabetes, in which the body does not produce insulin or enough insulin or doesn't use it efficiently, are also at higher risk for:

a. Tension headaches

b. Kidney disease, heart disease, and blindness

c. Migraine headache and rheumatoid arthritis

7. Foods in the dairy products group, such as milk, yogurt, and cheese, are important sources of minerals to build and preserve bones and teeth. These minerals are:

a. Calcium and phosphorus

b. Calcium and magnesium

c. Iron and thiamine

8. Every child grows and develops at his or her own pace, but in general, usually begins to develop secondary sexual characteristics (facial hair in boys, underarm and pubic hair in both) at about ages:

a. 11 to 14

b. 10

c. 18 and older

9. When a girl starts to menstruate, the average period length ranges from:

a. 4 to 5 days

b. 1 to 2 days

c. 3 to 7 days

10. At different stages of life, different amounts of sleep are considered ideal. Babies need about 16 hours a day, and most adults need seven or eight hours. Fifth-graders need about:

a. 8 hours

b. 10 hours

c. 13 hours

The Million Dollar Question: If you eat just one candy bar a day in excess of your calorie needs, in a year you will put on:

a. 15 pounds

b. 26 pounds

c. 52 pounds












Million Dollar Question: b


For one of your incorrect answers, give yourself one "save"-- a smart fifth-grader got it right and you didn't, but you can borrow the answer.

Then add up your score:

11 correct: You win an imaginary million dollars and can proceed to sixth grade right away.

9 to 10 correct: You're on the honor roll.

7 to 8 correct -- B. You're still on the honor roll, but barely.

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