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(9,644 posts)
Thu Apr 25, 2013, 06:47 PM Apr 2013

Take the science quiz!

Got this from the Pew Research Center.

Science and Technology Knowledge Quiz

It's very basic stuff but a fun thing to do if you have any interest in science - or not.

How did you score?

43 votes, 0 passes | Time left: Time expired
13 correct
32 (74%)
12 correct
8 (19%)
11 correct
1 (2%)
10 correct
1 (2%)
9 correct
1 (2%)
8 correct
0 (0%)
7 correct
0 (0%)
6 correct
0 (0%)
Less than 6 correct
0 (0%)
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Take the science quiz! (Original Post) geckosfeet Apr 2013 OP
I got all 13 but the answer to the last question is partly wrong. El Supremo Apr 2013 #1
Ah. Take it up with Pew. In these cases the general rule is: "which answer is best" geckosfeet Apr 2013 #2
They should have said "petroleum" not natural gas. El Supremo Apr 2013 #3
Well. They are just bunch of polling wonks. geckosfeet Apr 2013 #7
Well, lets get really wonky. Arctic Dave Apr 2013 #34
Not wrong so much as limited. Gormy Cuss Apr 2013 #15
I wondered about that too BainsBane Apr 2013 #27
I was a little afraid to take the test, frogmarch Apr 2013 #4
Those were easy Aerows Apr 2013 #5
Funny you should mention it. geckosfeet Apr 2013 #6
I got them all. Surprisingly simple. DevonRex Apr 2013 #8
The sad thing... rexcat Apr 2013 #19
Yes. I have a torti Devon Rex. DevonRex Apr 2013 #23
Our first Rex... rexcat Apr 2013 #28
Haha! Isn't that the truth! DevonRex Apr 2013 #32
I always mixed up hydrogen and nitrogen, drove my chem teacher crazy. mountain grammy Apr 2013 #9
I did that. But realized what I had done as I was pushing "next question." nt alphafemale Apr 2013 #16
Same here nt nadine_mn Apr 2013 #25
I got 0 right...... Logical Apr 2013 #10
I got the atmosphere question wrong Liberal_in_LA Apr 2013 #11
That is the lowest scoring question... geckosfeet Apr 2013 #13
i picked hydrogen Liberal_in_LA Apr 2013 #18
Bada boom! geckosfeet Apr 2013 #20
Me too. Blue_In_AK Apr 2013 #24
me as well Demo_Chris Apr 2013 #33
I got 11 of 13 correct smirkymonkey Apr 2013 #12
Woot! 13 for 13. Agschmid Apr 2013 #14
13 for 13 Brimley Apr 2013 #17
13 for 13 GoneOffShore Apr 2013 #21
Well, blow me down. I got all 13 right. Surprises the hell out of me. nt Honeycombe8 Apr 2013 #22
I got 12 out of 13. Lady Freedom Returns Apr 2013 #26
13 correct RGinNJ Apr 2013 #29
13 of 13, those were pretty easy questions. nt Incitatus Apr 2013 #30
Glad it wasn't math. Got 13, though.. Eleanors38 Apr 2013 #31
Amen. Delphinus Apr 2013 #41
Yeah, even fire is a chemical reaction... Eleanors38 Apr 2013 #42
Got them all Rochester Apr 2013 #35
13 for 13 DiverDave Apr 2013 #36
My 9 year old got 10 out of 13. Bonobo Apr 2013 #37
13 for 13 MrScorpio Apr 2013 #38
Here's an interesting part: JHB Apr 2013 #39
I cant believe I missed one LostOne4Ever Apr 2013 #40
keep these tests coming please olddots Apr 2013 #43

El Supremo

(20,367 posts)
1. I got all 13 but the answer to the last question is partly wrong.
Thu Apr 25, 2013, 07:12 PM
Apr 2013

Fracing (note my spelling) is used for all petroleum, not just natural gas.


(9,644 posts)
2. Ah. Take it up with Pew. In these cases the general rule is: "which answer is best"
Thu Apr 25, 2013, 07:34 PM
Apr 2013

Public's Knowledge of Science and Technology

About eight-in-ten Americans (83%) identify ultraviolet as the type of radiation that sunscreen protects against. Nearly as many (77%) know that the main concern about the overuse of antibiotics is that it can lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

However, only about half (51%) of the public knows that "fracking" is a process that extracts natural gas, not coal, diamonds or silicon from the earth.

I'd say out of the four possible answers, natural gas is the best. If they had said gas and oil,,,, I think it would have been too much of a gimme. But I do think 51% is low given that fracking has been in the news so much lately.

Looks like du is doing pretty good on the quiz. I expected that would be the case.

on edit: is "fracing" a preferred spelling?

El Supremo

(20,367 posts)
3. They should have said "petroleum" not natural gas.
Thu Apr 25, 2013, 07:39 PM
Apr 2013

And within the industry, hydraulic fracturing or fracing is preferred.

Gormy Cuss

(30,884 posts)
15. Not wrong so much as limited.
Thu Apr 25, 2013, 09:54 PM
Apr 2013

Natural gas extraction was the only choice that was correct on that list. I had to pause on a couple of questions because I wanted to have a different, better choice to select.



(39,961 posts)
5. Those were easy
Thu Apr 25, 2013, 07:54 PM
Apr 2013

Now ask me how to make a washing machine not make the clothes come out different colors.

I can cook, do calculus, operate heavy equipment and make a network run smoothly.

Don't ever ask me to do laundry.


(9,644 posts)
6. Funny you should mention it.
Thu Apr 25, 2013, 08:10 PM
Apr 2013

I just threw in a load of laundry.

And your right. Very basic science. I am not sure i believe the results on Pew website. Only 7% were getting all the questions right.


(22,541 posts)
8. I got them all. Surprisingly simple.
Thu Apr 25, 2013, 08:19 PM
Apr 2013

Can't believe the percentages.

You scored better than 93% of the public and the same as 7℅.


(3,622 posts)
19. The sad thing...
Thu Apr 25, 2013, 10:33 PM
Apr 2013

is too many people missed too many of the questions.

On an aside do you own a Devon Rex? I got my user name from the Cornish Rex we own or I should say she owns us and our two Whippets.


(22,541 posts)
23. Yes. I have a torti Devon Rex.
Fri Apr 26, 2013, 12:12 AM
Apr 2013

She is the sweetest cat I have ever had. She has to be with us all the time.


(3,622 posts)
28. Our first Rex...
Fri Apr 26, 2013, 12:26 AM
Apr 2013

was 18 when we had to put him down (uncontrollable diabetes). Our current Rex is a female calico. When we were looking for another Rex there were only two breeders who had kittens in the country. I ended up flying to Minneapolis, MN to pick her up. Good thing for frequent flyer points!

The Rexes are the sweetest things. When we have people over she will end up in our guest's laps. She gets upset when she is left alone but she has the dogs for company. She snuggles with the dogs but rules them with a iron claw, so to speak.


(22,541 posts)
32. Haha! Isn't that the truth!
Fri Apr 26, 2013, 02:00 AM
Apr 2013

Ours is the same way. She doesn't hesitate to bat the dog in the nose if he needs it, which he usually does. Yet she snuggles right up the rest of the time. She's getting on up there in years but still very healthy, thank goodness. I wouldn't trade her for the world!

mountain grammy

(26,873 posts)
9. I always mixed up hydrogen and nitrogen, drove my chem teacher crazy.
Thu Apr 25, 2013, 08:22 PM
Apr 2013

never did learn it.. only one I missed.


(9,644 posts)
13. That is the lowest scoring question...
Thu Apr 25, 2013, 09:38 PM
Apr 2013

Notably, even most college graduates could not identify the gas that makes up most of the earth’s atmosphere. Just 31% correctly say it is nitrogen, while an identical percentage (31%) incorrectly says it is oxygen. Among those with a high school education or less, oxygen is the most frequent response.

Public's Knowledge of Science and Technology



(139 posts)
17. 13 for 13
Thu Apr 25, 2013, 10:18 PM
Apr 2013

But the algorithm deducted some points because I didn't go through the U.S. school system. I guess that's fair.

Lady Freedom Returns

(14,120 posts)
26. I got 12 out of 13.
Fri Apr 26, 2013, 12:22 AM
Apr 2013

I messed up on "Which gas makes up most of the Earth's atmosphere?"

But in my defense, I have a B.A. not a B.S.!


(1,022 posts)
29. 13 correct
Fri Apr 26, 2013, 12:30 AM
Apr 2013

I think it was rather easy for me even though I am a somewhat older high-school educated ex squid.


(11,917 posts)
41. Amen.
Fri Apr 26, 2013, 07:55 AM
Apr 2013

If it was math (other than the standard four), I wouldn't have gone close to it.

I got 11 of 13 - atmosphere and chemical reaction stumped me.



(18,318 posts)
42. Yeah, even fire is a chemical reaction...
Fri Apr 26, 2013, 12:33 PM
Apr 2013

My math was so weak, I concentrated on it to the negligence of everything else on the GRE. 'Be damned if I didn't score 10 pts. higher in that category!


(4,920 posts)
36. 13 for 13
Fri Apr 26, 2013, 04:04 AM
Apr 2013

You answered 13 of 13 questions correctly.

You scored better than 93% of the public and the same as 7%.

I was 13 on Friday the 13th, my son was 13 weeks old on my birthday...yep Friday the 13th
If I am in a group that counts off, I'm number 13 more often then not.
If there is a gate, Isle, gas pump, 13 comes up in my life a lot.


(29,257 posts)
37. My 9 year old got 10 out of 13.
Fri Apr 26, 2013, 04:29 AM
Apr 2013

And his Japanese is much better than his English.

Those bath time science talks of mine are doing some good!


(37,189 posts)
39. Here's an interesting part:
Fri Apr 26, 2013, 07:09 AM
Apr 2013

From the page about the study, not the questions at the OP link:

Many Say U.S. Students Are Outranked in Science

A plurality of Americans (44%) say that average American 15-year-olds rank at the bottom on standardized tests of science knowledge, when compared with students in other developed nations. That is incorrect: According to the most recent available data from the Program for International Student Assessment, U.S. students rank among the middle of OECD nations.

The survey finds that 35% correctly know that U.S. 15-year-olds are about in the middle when it comes to science knowledge; 7% say incorrectly that American students rank among the top of developed nations.

College graduates are more likely than those with less education to underestimate the performance of U.S. teens on standardized science tests. More than half of college graduates (56%) say that American students rank near the bottom among developed countries. That compares with 46% of those with some college experience who do not have a degree and 36% of those with no more than a high school education.

Of course, there are only campaigns for "solutions" to our "failing schools". There isn't exactly the same promotional budget to advertise that the problems of failing schools is somewhat more limited that interested parties would have you believe.


(9,383 posts)
40. I cant believe I missed one
Fri Apr 26, 2013, 07:25 AM
Apr 2013

At least my degree is in biology. Still, Im mad at myself for the Fraccing questions. I was going back and forth between Natural Gas and Coal!

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