Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Go Fourth

By Mitchell

Regular readers will remember that we're suckers for the grade-school quizzes that humorist (and former teacher) Sam Levenson would occasionally present on I've Got a Secret. In previous apperances Levenson had given the panel typical questions that fifth and sixth graders would be expected to answer; earlier this week, GSN replayed the May 24, 1965 show in which Levenson attempted to stump the panel (and, in all likelihood, most of the viewers) with a fourth grade quiz. Remember as you attempt these questions that these were written for fourth graders in 1965; do you think today's fourth graders could answer them?

Ready? Here we go:

1. Name the longest river in the world.

2. "Big" and "large" are called synonyms. "Hot" and "cold" are antonyms. What are "wood" and "would" called?

3 & 4. There are four oceans in the world. Name two of them besides the Atlantic and Pacific.

5. Which of the following was not one of the original 13 colonies: Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, or Georgia?

6. What do you get when you add one gallon, two quarts and four pints?

7 & 8. There are five major circles of latitude: the Arctic Circle, the Equator, the Antartic Circle, and two tropical circles. The answer to question #7 is the one is above the Equator, the Tropic of ________; the answer to question #8 is the one below, the Tropic of ________.

9 & 10. There are three classifications of rock. Igneous is one, name the other two.

As always, no Googling, no encyclopedias, no cheating. Answers later this week.

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