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#1. Which simple machine has a fulcrum?

The fulcrum is the pivot or hinging part of a lever.

#2. Which description of the extinct animal Diprotodon is the most accurate?

Diprotodon were the largest marsupials known to exist and went extinct around 44 000 years ago.

#3. Which of these gems is a variety of the mineral corundum?

Rubies are a variety of corundum, but it’s traces of chromium that stain rubies their red colour.

#4. Which element has the symbol Hg?

Mercury (Hg) was once called hydrargyrum, which comes from the Greek words for water and silver.

#5. Which New Zealander has an element named after them?

Ernest Rutherford was known as the father of nuclear physics. Element 104 – rutherfordium – is named after him.

#6. Which element was detected in the Sun before it was discovered on Earth?

Helium was first detected in 1868 as a strange dip in the Sun’s light spectrum. It’s named after the Greek Titan of the Sun, Helios.

#7. What kind of scientists would be most interested in humus?

Humus is the dark, broken down organic matter that is found in soil.

#8. What was the first type of bird to hatch in space?

In 1990, quail eggs hatched in the Soviet space station Mir.

#9. Which of the following elements is represented as P on the periodic table?

The letter P represents phosphorus. Potassium is K, polonium is Po, and tungsten is W.

#10. How many sides does a decagon have?

A decagon has 10 sides.

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3 responses

  1. Terry Avatar

    Hey, I got 9 right, missed moons of Pluto, but you gave me an 8/10. Looks like you program did not account for the extra 5 question, just the first five since I aced the last 5.

    1. David Avatar

      Hi Terry,
      Thanks for the feedback! Sadly, the quiz changes every time you load it, so I can’t get the same bug to appear. But let us know if it happens again, and I’ll dig a bit deeper.

      If you want another quiz, just press f5 on the quiz page to refresh the page.

  2. Terry Avatar

    Hi David,
    I thought there might be a larger problem, though very minro,` and you would get a number of responses so I wanted to be first. :-} All is good.

    Thank you

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