Are you, in fact, smarter than a 5th grader?

Posted on November 01,2011 by sthurstonmspp

Are you, in fact, smarter than a 5th grader?

MCAS... some of us had ‘em, some of us didn’t. What everybody does have is an opinion about them. And while the excitement from being back at school after summer break has long lost its luster, and the fresh snow has kids (and adults!) already excited for the upcoming holidays, MCAS approaches in the early spring.

The things that these kids know (and I suppose I used to know) is astounding. I sometimes wonder if I could pass the MCAS, or my History AP test, at this stage. While I believe my math and reading skills are improving with age, I fear for my tenuous grasp on history and science.
See how you fare on these MCAS questions:

In which of the following locations is new soil likely to form at the slowest rate over time?
A. Desert
B. Forest
C. Hillside
D. Marsh

Which of the following best describes the climate of an area?
A. the high temperature and wind speed for six months
B. the high temperature and wind speed each day for one year
C. the temperature and precipitation every hour for one day
D. the average temperature and total precipitation each month for ten years

Mesopotamians built ziggurats to be used as
A. schools.
B. theaters.
C. burial chambers.
D. religious temples.

Hannibal was a general in which of the following armies?
A. the army of Gaul
B. the army of Rome
C. the army of Carthage
D. the army of Britannia