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Can You Pass This Quiz of 4th Grade Science Questions?

Elementary school science is probably where you learned about how the natural world works. Take this quiz to see how well you remember the basics!

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What type of scientist studies all living things?

A. Biologist

B. Geologist

C. Meteorologist

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A. Biologist

Geologists study the Earth and meteorologists study the atmosphere. If you passed the fourth grade, you should know that biologists study all living organisms.

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What is the main purpose of a plant’s flower?

A. To soak up water

B. To produce seeds

C. To support the plant

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B. To produce seeds

Flowers are the reproductive part of plants, which is why their main purpose is producing seeds.

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What is the green pigment in plants that absorbs and converts sunlight into energy?

A. Mitochondrion

B. Starch

C. Chlorophyll

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C. Chlorophyll

Yes, the green plant colour is thanks to chlorophyll.

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The Sun is a:

A. Planet

B. Star

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B. Star

The Sun is a yellow dwarf star and a hot ball of glowing gases. It’s about 4.5 billion years old, according to NASA.

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Which term describes the process when materials are broken down by rain, wind, and chemical reactions?

A. Weathering

B. Erosion

C. Crushing

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A. Weathering

Weathering and erosion are often paired together, but they aren’t synonymous. In fact, weathering is the process that dissolves or wears away rock into smaller pieces. Erosion, however, is when rocks are picked up and moved to another place by ice, water, wind, or gravity.

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What is the energy source of the water cycle?

A. The Sun

B. Rain

C. Soil

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A. The Sun

The water cycle describes the processes of water moving on, above, or below the surface of the Earth. The continuous process includes six steps. The energy from the Sun drives the cycle by evaporating water from lakes, rivers, and even soil. The Sun is such an essential part of life for living things.

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When an animal changes a behaviour or habit for better survival in its environment, what is this change called?

A. Biome

B. Niche

C. Adaptation

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C. Adaptation

Animals also have physical adaptations that help them survive, such as camouflage. As the environment changes, only animals that adapt survive.

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What type of rock would normally form at the bottom of a river?

A. Sedimentary

B. Metamorphic

C. Igneous

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A. Sedimentary

Sedimentary rocks form after years of sediment compacting together. Examples of sedimentary rock include shale, limestone, and sandstone.

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Space, Sun and planet Earth. Western hemisphere. This image elements furnished by NASA.

How long does it take the Earth to revolve around the Sun?

A. One month

B. One year

C. One week

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The concept of the new year. The first of January is marked on the calendar 2019 with an orange marker.ilikeyellow/Shutterstock

B. One year

Technically, it takes 365.25 days for the Earth to revolve around the Sun. It takes Mercury 88 days, and Venus takes 224 days, to revolve around the Sun, per NASA. The only question left is…how long will it take you to complete these science quiz questions?

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Mother bear fishing with cubs in Chilkoot river, Haines AlaskaJef Wodniack/Shutterstock

What do you call an animal that eats both plants and animals?

A. Carnivore

B. Herbivore

C. Omnivore

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C. Omnivore

Carnivores are animals that eat other animals, herbivores are animals that only eat plants, and omnivores are animals that eat both plants and other animals.

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What energy needs to be removed from liquid water to change it to a solid?

A. Heat

B. Light

C. Chemical

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A. Heat

Removing heat causes liquid water to freeze and form ice. Water also exists as a gas or a vapour, too.

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The imprint of the ancient trilobites in a stone. 500 million Year old Trilobite. Trilobites meaning three lobes are a fossil group of extinct marine arachnomorph arthropods, form the class Trilobita.Merlin74/Shutterstock

How much time must pass for plant or animal remains to be considered a fossil?

A. 60 years

B. 100,000 years

C. 10,000 years

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C. 10,000 years

Calling someone a fossil might seem like a great joke, but it’s definitely inaccurate since it takes some 10,000 years for plant or animal remains to be a fossil.

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Electricity Pylon - UK standard overhead power line transmission tower at sunset.Lukasz Pajor/Shutterstock

Which of the following actions allows electrical energy to change to another energy form?

A. Sleeping in a cold room

B. Turning on a light in a dark room

C. Cooking food on an open campfire

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B. Turning on a light in a dark room

And when you turn a light off, it goes away by being quickly converted to heat and other forms of energy.

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Aerial view of Munjack Cay with bay and beach in Abaco, Bahamas. Green turtles and stingrays inhabit the area.pics721/Shutterstock

Which of the following is an example of climate, not weather?

A. The Bahamas are tropical

B. It’s raining in Vancouver

C. It’s sunny in Toronto

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A. The Bahamas are tropical

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Which part of the kale plant do we actually eat?

A. The leaves

B. The seeds

C. The flowers

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A. The leaves

Kale is a member of the cabbage family. If you gave 10 or more correct answers to these science quiz questions, you really are as smart as a fourth grader!

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