Category Archives: Trivia

July 16, 2013

Geography Trivia Quiz Answers

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Last week, History 23 created an awesome Geography Trivia Quiz for us. Were you able to guess all the places in the quiz? Read on for the answers.

  1. This location is a country in upper Europe. More folk songs are written in the language of this country than that of any other in the world. This country belonged to the Soviet Union at one point. The capital city is Tallinn. This country is mentioned in (but not the setting of) the book Second Fiddle by Rosanne Parry (for ages 12 and up).
    Answer: Estonia
  2. This location is an American hiking trail that goes from Georgia to Maine. People who hike the whole thing are called thru-hikers. This trail is the partial setting of the book Halfway to the Sky by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley.
    Answer: Appalachian Trail
  3. This is an island country. It was under dictatorship until 1961. It shares its island with another country, and is the setting for Julia Alvarez’s Before We Were Free (for ages 12 and up).
    Answer: Dominican Republic
  4. This is an American state. When it was first purchased as a territory, this state was called Seward’s Folly. It is the easternmost and westernmost state. It is the 49th state, and I will not give a book clue because this one is pretty easy.
    Answer: Alaska
  5. This location is also an American state. It includes the Grand Canyon, and is the 48th state to enter the Union. It is the setting for Ann Rinaldi’s book The Staircase.
    Answer: Arizona
  6. Use these key phrases and words to identify the city: Eiffel Tower, France, Arc de Triomphe.
    Answer: Paris
  7. Use these terms to identify the American state: Monticello, Williamsburg, Colony, George Washington.
    Answer: Virginia
  8. Use these book titles to identify the country: The Lacemaker and the Princess by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley, Second Fiddle by Rosanne Parry, and The Royal Diaries: Marie Antoinette, Princess of Versailles by Kathryn Lasky.
    Answer: France

Thanks for these amazing questions, History23! I’m always looking for new blog post ideas. If you have ideas for blog posts, go to the Message Board and submit yours, too!
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

July 16, 2013

Sun Safety Trivia Quiz

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SunSun Safety Trivia Quiz

Now that the dog days of summer are here to stay, we bet you’re having fun in the sun, lounging by the pool, going to the beach, running through the sprinkler, playing summer sports, and just plain soakin’ up the sun.

But to make sure you’re protecting your skin, and staying safe in the sun, slather on some Tuesday Trivia. Sunny side up! TEST YOUR SUN SMARTS!

  1. How often should you reapply sunscreen? A) Every 30 minutes. B) Every 2 hours. C) Every 5 hours. D) Once at the beginning of the day.
  2. What does SPF stand for?
  3. True or False? A sunscreen labeled SPF 30 blocks twice as many rays as one labeled SPF 15.
  4. What’s stronger: waterproof sunscreen or water-resistant sunscreen?
  5. Oh no! You fell asleep at the pool and got bad tan lines. You should: A) Apply SPF 100 to the tanned area, and expose the unburned areas to the sun to even it out. B) Hide under a rock. How embarrassing! C) Wait until your skin is healed before going out in the sun again.
  6. If you do get a bad sunburn, which of the following can help? A) Aloe vera gel and moisturizers. B) Slathering on peanut butter. Yum. C) Peeling off the skin with your nails. Scrrratch! D. Rubbing a banana peel against your skin.
  7. The best type of sunscreen is: A. Something that smells like yummy coconuts! Mmmmm. B. SPF 15 or higher that blocks UVA and UVB rays. C. Tanning lotion. D. Something with cute pictures on it.
  8. In which area of the world is being tan looked down upon? A) Florida. B) Asia. C) Canada. D) Tazmania.
  9. Some of the good things about getting sun are? A) It boosts your mood & makes you feel happier. B) It helps you sleep better at night. C) It gives your body Vitamin D. D) All of the above.

So get comfy in your beach chair and let us know your answers in the Comments below. Check here for answers!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

July 9, 2013

Geography Trivia Quiz

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Today’s Geography Trivia Quiz comes from History 23 who invented these questions about different places around the world.

Guess the place!

  1. This location is a country in upper Europe. More folk songs are written in the language of this country than that of any other in the world. This country belonged to the Soviet Union at one point. The capital city is Tallinn. This country is mentioned in (but not the setting of) the book Second Fiddleby Rosanne Parry (for ages 12 and up).
  2. This location is an American hiking trail that goes from Georgia to Maine. People who hike the whole thing are called thru-hikers. This trail is the partial setting of the bookHalfway to the Sky by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley.
  3. This is an island country. It was under dictatorship until 1961. It shares its island with another country, and is the setting for Julia Alvarez’s Before We Were Free (for ages 12 and up).
  4. This is an American state. When it was first purchased as a territory, this state was called Seward’s Folly. It is the easternmost and westernmost state. It is the 49th state, and I will not give a book clue because this one is pretty easy.
  5. This location is also an American state. It includes the Grand Canyon, and is the 48th state to enter the Union. It is the setting for Ann Rinaldi’s book The Staircase.
  6. Use these key phrases and words to identify the city: Eiffel Tower, France, Arc de Triomphe.
  7. Use these terms to identify the American state: Monticello, Williamsburg, Colony, George Washington.
  8. Use these book titles to identify the country: The Lacemaker and the Princess by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley, Second Fiddle by Rosanne Parry, and The Royal Diaries: Marie Antoinette, Princess of Versailles by Kathryn Lasky.

I love how History23 gives book clues that make me want to find out about the place AND read the book! How many of these places do you know? Leave your guesses in the Comments and then check the official answers.
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

July 2, 2013

Taj Mahal Fun Facts

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The Scholastic Summer Challenge continues. Have you logged your minutes for this week yet? This month, you could have a chance to win a Harry Potter Boxed Set!
This week’s reading milestone is the Taj Mahal. Did you know these true facts about this domed wonder in Agra, India?tajmahal

  • The Mogul emperor had the Taj Mahal built as a mausoleum for his beloved wife when she died in 1631. He wanted to honor her by creating the most beautiful building in the world. What a guy!
  • The name Taj Mahal comes from Mumtaz Mahal which means “Chosen of the Palace.” This was the nickname given to the emperor’s wife because she was his favorite . . . the Chosen of the Palace. Get it?
  • It was completed in 1648 after 17 years of construction. More than 20,000 laborers worked on it.
  • The tombs of the emperor and his wife lie side by side in the inner chamber enclosed by a screen of pierced marble. The screen is decorated with delicate designs of lilies and poppies, and is inlaid with gemstones.
  • The Taj Mahal is famous for its glistening white marble, but it is starting to turn yellow because of pollution, so in 1993, the Indian government ordered 228 of the most polluting factories to close.
  • Security is so tight when you visit the Taj Mahal, you are not even allowed to bring in books or newspapers! That would be a problem for me. I don’t go anywhere without a book!

Do you think the Taj Mahal is the most beautiful building in the world? Let us know in the Comments!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

“Taj Mahal.” The New Book of Knowledge. Grolier Online, 2013. Web. 25 June 2013.
Photo © Brian Vikander/Corbis

June 25, 2013

American History Guess the Book Answers

Posted by at 1:01 am in Reads, Trivia | Permalink

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Here are the answers to last week’s American History Guess the Book Quiz for you!

The images below are from books that have something to do with American History. Did you guess the titles of all 5 American historical fiction books? If you love books about historical times, you should definitely read all of these!

1) Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Ten-year-old Bud Caldwell is an orphan growing up in Michigan in the 1930s. But he yearns to find his long-lost father. Come along as he sets off on a search for a famous jazz musician who he believes is his father, dispensing advice and showing plenty of pluck along the way.

2) The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Growing up with six brothers in rural Texas in 1899, 12-year-old Callie does not like sewing and cooking. She prefers exploring the river, observing animals, and keeping notes on what she sees. Callie’s interest in nature creates a bond with her grandfather, an amateur naturalist. After they discover an unknown species of vetch, he attempts to have it officially recognized.

3) The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages
It’s 1943, and 11-year-old Dewey Kerrigan is en route to New Mexico to live with her mathematician father. Soon she arrives at a town that, officially, doesn’t exist. It is called Los Alamos, and it is abuzz with activity, as scientists and mathematicians from all over America and Europe work on the biggest secret of all–”the gadget.” None of them know how much “the gadget” is about to change their lives.

4) Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura Ingalls and her family leave their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin and set out for Kansas. They travel for many days in their covered wagon until they find the best spot to build their little house on the prairie. Soon they are planting and plowing, hunting wild ducks and turkeys, and gathering grass for their cows. Sometimes pioneer life is hard, but Laura and her folks are always busy and happy in their new little house.

5) Dear America: Winter of Red Snow by Kristiana Gregory
In her beloved diary, 11-year-old Abigail Jane Stewart chronicles the despair and the hope of the winter of 1777 and 1778, when she witnesses the struggles of George Washington and his soldiers on the fields of Valley Forge in the war for American independence.

Some people noticed that if you roll your mouse over the pictures in the quiz, the image title gives you a clue, but it did not give away the whole title! Did you get the real titles or just the clue? Tell us what you think of these books in the Comments! And if you’re looking for more books, head over to our Books & Authors website.

— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

June 11, 2013

Ancient Egypt Trivia Quiz

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Trivia_quiz2Ancient Egypt Trivia Quiz

When you think of Ancient Egypt, you may think of pyramids and mummies. But did you also know a lot of today’s modern-day conveniences were invented in Ancient Egypt? For instance, Ancient Egyptians invented the first toothbrushes (fine twigs tied together into soft brushes) and toothpastes (the powder of ox hooves, ashes, and pumice)! From mummies to makeup and more, see how much you know – or can guess! – about Ancient Egypt. Let Trivia Tuesday begin!

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June 4, 2013

British Children’s Author Trivia Quiz Answers

Posted by at 4:21 am in Authors, Trivia | Permalink

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Last week, we had a British Invasion with our British Children’s Author Trivia Quiz! How many authors and books did you know? Check out the answers below.

  1. Name the author and book this quote is from:
    “The scar had not pained Harry for 19 years. All was well.”
    ANSWER: J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  2. Name the author and book that features a golden ticket, some Oompa Loompas, and lots of chocolate.
    ANSWER: Roald Dahl and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  3. Name the author and book series that takes place in Narnia.
    ANSWER: C.S. Lewis and The Chronicles of Narnia
  4. Name the author who wrote this line:
    “Edward Bear, known to his friends as Winnie the Pooh, or Pooh for short, was walking through the forest one day humming proudly to himself.”
    ANSWER: A.A. Milne.
  5. This famous author lived from 1858-1924 and wrote several classics including The Enchanted Castle, The Railway Children, and The House of Arden. Her first name was Edith but she went by the initial “E” when publishing her first name.
    ANSWER: E. Nesbit.
  6. Dick King-Smith is the British author known for his book about a pig who wants to be a sheepdog. It was made into a movie. Name the book AND the movie if you can.
    ANSWER: The book was Babe the Gallant Pig, and the movie was shortened to Babe.
  7. Some say this British author paved the way for J.K. Rowling with her exotic worlds of ghosts, wizards, and mermaids in books like Journey to the River Sea and The Secret of Platform 13. Her most recent page-turner was One Dog and His Boy – a must read for dog lovers!
    ANSWER: Eva Ibbotson. 
  8. This author is best known for her books featuring those mischievous bunnies Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter.
    ANSWER: Beatrix Potter. 
  9. Name the book series and the author that features Lyra and her daemon, an armored bear, and “dust” sucked out of the sky.
    ANSWER: His Dark Materials and Philip Pullman. (One of my fave series!) 
  10. Writer of the Alex Rider series, name this author AND another one of his famous series.
    ANSWER: Anthony Horowitz. The Power of 5 series, The Diamond Brother series, The Gatekeepers

I could go on and on – those Brits are brilliant! See you next week for more Trivia Tuesday!
Cheers!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

May 29, 2013

British Children’s Author Trivia Quiz

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British Children’s Author Trivia Quiz

Did you ever realize how many of your favorite authors were British? Not only did England give us One Direction and Prince George. . . but also awesome literature. Shakespeare, anyone?
So in today’s Tuesday Trivia we’re testing your smarts on how many British authors and books you know. Ready, mate? GO!

  1. Name the author and book this quote is from:
    “The scar had not pained Harry for 19 years. All was well.”
  2. Name the author and book that features a golden ticket, some Oompa Loompas, and lots of chocolate.
  3. Name the author and book series that takes place in Narnia. Hint: Lucy, Edward, Susan and Peter befriend a great lion, and battle the White Witch in one of the books.
  4. Name the author who wrote this line:
    “Edward Bear, known to his friends as Winnie the Pooh, or Pooh for short, was walking through the forest one day humming proudly to himself.”
  5. This famous author lived from 1858-1924 and wrote several classics including The Enchanted Castle, The Railway Children, and The House of Arden. Her first name was Edith but she went by the initial “E” when publishing her first name.
  6. Dick King-Smith is the British author known for his book about a pig (who wants to be a sheepdog). It was made into a movie. Name the book AND the movie if you can. Hint: The movie is one word abbreviated from the title of the book!
  7. Some say this British author paved the way for J.K. Rowling with her exotic worlds of ghosts, wizards, and mermaids in books like Journey to the River Sea and The Secret of Platform 13. Her most recent page-turner was One Dog and His Boy – a must read for dog lovers!
  8. This author is best known for her books featuring those mischievous bunnies Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter.
  9. Name the book series and the author that features Lyra and her daemon, an armored bear, and “dust” sucked out of the sky.
  10. Writer of the Alex Rider series, name this author AND another one of his famous series.

Leave your answers below, and check here to see if you’re right!
Cheers!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer