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Still alive – a quick quiz

By , 25 September 2019

Deadly animals and extinct species – oh my! This week’s quiz is extreme. See if you can survive to the end and get full marks!


Congratulations! You are a real science whiz!

Oh dear! Better brush up before the next quiz!

#1. Which of the following species of Homo is NOT extinct?

Homo sapiens is the scientific name for modern humans, the only surviving species of human.

#2. Which planet appears brightest in the night sky?

Venus, also known both as the morning star and the evening star, is the second brightest object in the night sky after the Moon.

#3. What type of electric charge does an electron have?

Electrons have a negative electric charge, which means they flow out of the negative end of a battery and come in the positive end!

#4. What chemical is the main component of paper?

Paper is made from cellulose, a chemical found in the walls of plant cells.

#5. Aedes aegypti is one of the deadliest animals on Earth, but what is it?

Aedes aegypti is a mosquito species that can spread dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika virus, Mayaro and yellow fever.

Was I right?

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  1. very good quiz. I got 3/5!

  2. Beat you Bill – I got 4!!!

  3. 5/5! A first for me.

  4. This was a fun little quiz. I got 4/5. The Aedes aegypti stumped me. Thank you David!


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