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Can You Ace This 5th Grade Science Test?

It’s been a minute (or a few decades) since you’ve built a papier-mâché volcano or looked at microscope slides, but in honor of back-to-school season it’s officially time to get back into the learning spirit. We’re revisiting our student days with a series of grade school quizzes, and next up on the list is — drum roll please — science.

Think you remember everything from those solar system and biology lessons? Answer the questions below to see how you’d fare against 10- and 11-year-olds. And don’t forget to try your hand at this eighth grade spelling test — it’s harder than you think!

ANSWER: Venus

The order of the planets from the sun is: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.

ANSWER: fungi

The five kingdoms of life are: monera (prokaryote), protista (eukaryote), fungi, plantae, and animalia.

ANSWER: from other rocks

While magma or lava solidifies into igneous rocks, metamorphic rocks come from preexisting rocks transformed by heat, pressure, or chemically reactive waters.

ANSWER: upper mantle

The basic layers of the Earth are: the crust, upper mantle, lower mantle, outer core, and inner core.

ANSWER: 21%

About 78% of the atmosphere is nitrogen. There are also small amounts of argon, carbon dioxide, other gases, and water vapor.

ANSWER: deciduous

Deciduous trees (like oaks) drop their leaves in the fall, a process called abscission. Coniferous trees keep their foliage and include pines, cypresses, firs, redwoods, spruces, and cedars.

ANSWER: the weathering of continents

The erosion from rainfall causes ions like sodium and chloride (which together make salt) to flow into the oceans, where they accumulate.

ANSWER: hibernate

Estivation is when animals go dormant in response to high temperatures and dry conditions, often in the summer. Hibernation occurs mostly in the winter months.

ANSWER: explosion

Physical changes — like evaporation — don’t change what a substance is; they can also be reversed. In a chemical change, a new substance is formed and energy is either given off or absorbed.

ANSWER: seismograph

A barometer measures air pressure, but seismographs can record motion of the ground.