Can You Answer These "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" Questions?
Put your math, history, and reading skills to the test with these tricky game show questions.
In elementary school, you learn a ton about U.S. geography, past presidents, fractions, and even musical instruments. But how much of that information do you actually retain into your adult years? Well, there's a way to find out: testing your knowledge with some tricky questions from the game show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? You might be surprised to discover much you still remember—and how much you don't.
If Pablo divides 111,111 by 11 what number does he get?
Category: 3rd Grade Math
Don't feel bad if you answered this math question incorrectly: On the show, computer science major Aswad Ali didn't get it right either!
The flag of the European Union features a circle of how many stars?
Category: 5th Grade World History
Answer: 12 stars
This was the final question for contestant Brett Connell when he appeared on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Instead of guessing, he decided to drop out with the money he'd already earned.
How many teaspoons are in five tablespoons?
Category: 3rd Grade Measurements
There are 3 teaspoons per tablespoon!
Fill in the blank: 1/10 is to ten percent as 1/4 is to what percent?
Category: 2nd Grade Math
Answer: 25 percent
Thankfully contestant Bruce Eckelman got this question right and secured $1,000.
How many electrons does an atom of carbon have?
Category: 5th Grade Chemistry
Though Eckelman knew the answer to this question, he chose to flip a coin to decide whether to answer it before he saw what it was. He could have walked away with $200,000!
What would a draftsman use to copy her artwork?
C. Oil and canvas
Category: 2nd Grade Art & Music
This elementary school question was included in the video game version of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
Which of the following is an instrument in the woodwind family?
Category: 1st Grade Music
If this question is any indication, first graders know a lot about musical instruments!
The classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Real Princess" is better known as "The Princess and the" what?
Category: 1st Grade Reading
Answer: "The Princess and the Pea"
On episode 3 of season 4 of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, master's student Alex incorrectly guessed that it was "The Princess and the Bride."
Tres is measuring a table with a ruler. Which of these won't he be able to measure?
A. The table's length
B. The table's width
C. The table's weight
Category: 1st Grade Measurements
Answer: The table's weight
At least Alex got this question—worth $5,000—right!
What typically green chemical found in plants uses photosynthesis to turn sunlight into energy?
Category: 5th Grade Life Sciences
Fun fact: Chlorophyll can also be found in algae and cyanobacteria!
U.S. President John Adams was a member of what political party at the time of his election?
Category: Social Studies
Contestant Ken Jennings decided not to go for this million-dollar question—even though he ended up having the correct answer!
In U.S. currency, a quarter equals 25 pennies. In time measurement, how many minutes are in a quarter of an hour?
Category: 2nd Grade Measurements
Answer: 15 minutes
Answering this question correctly earned contestant Gregory Baldi $1,000.
What U.S. state is home to Acadia National Park?
Category: U.S. Geography
This million-dollar question was answered correctly by Nobel laureate George Smoot III. In the show's history, only two people have ever won the $1 million!