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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.

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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

ANSWERS:

1-a

2-b

3-a

4-a

5-a

6-b

7-a

8-a

9-c

10-b

Million Dollar Question: b

SCORING:

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.

5 to 6 correct -- C. What kind of example are you for a fifth-grader?

1 to 4 -- Better ask to borrow a fifth-grader's health education book.

Published April 10, 2007.

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Reviewed on April 10, 2007

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