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How many planets are there in our solar system?
• 8
• 9
• 10
• 12
9The nine planets in our solar system can be divided into two groups. Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars form the dense rocky inner planets. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto form the gaseous or icy outer planets.  
What is the total number of bones in the human body?
• 32
• 196
• 206
• 512
206The human skeleton consists of 206 bones (babies have over 300). Bones manufacture red blood cells and store calcium.
The Earth is surrounded by an insulating blanket of gases which protects it from the light and heat of the Sun. This insulating layer is called the
• Lithosphere
• Atmosphere
• Hydrosphere
• Biosphere
AtmosphereThe atmosphere protects the Earth's surface from the Sun's harmful ultraviolet rays. It also regulates the temperature.
Which gas evolves when charcoal is burnt?
• Nitrogen
• Ozone
• Carbon Dioxide
• Oxygen
Carbon Dioxide
Who wrote the book "The Origin of Species"?
• Charles Darwin
• Stephen Hawking
• Sir Alexander Fleming
• Louis Pasteur
Charles DarwinAnother famous book by Charles Darwin is "Descent of Man".
Which of the following has an organic origin?
• Nylon
• Coal
• Sand
• Bakelite
What is the name given to molten rocks erupted by a volcano?
• Lava
• Firestone
• Crater
• Geyser
LavaVolcanic activity is caused by disturbances in the Earth's crust. This can force eruptions to release lava (molten rocks) from deep within the Earth to the surface.
Which planet is known as the Red Planet?
• Mars
• Earth
• Mercury
• Jupiter
MarsThe red color of the planet Mars is caused by iron oxide.
The three methods of science are observation, experimentation and _______.
• inference
• deduction
• hypothesis
• measurement
Where is the Sea of Tranquility?
• Near the Bermuda Triangle
• In the Pacific Ocean
• On the Moon
• In the Atlantic Ocean
On the Moon
Which of the following is necessary for burning (combustion)?
• Nitrogen
• Carbon
• Oxygen
• Petrol
Which gas in the atmosphere protects us from harmful ultraviolet radiations?
• Oxygen
• Nitrogen
• Ozone
• Carbon Dioxide
The animal kingdom is formally classified into major groups known as
• Sub Phyla
• Phyla
• Orders
• Families
Enzymes and anti-bodies are mainly made of
• Vitamins
• Proteins
• Carbohydrates
• Fats
The atom is made of
• Positrons, Neutrons and Electrons
• Protons and Quarks
• Neutrinos, Gamma Rays and Positrons
• Protons, Neutrons and Electrons
Protons, Neutrons and ElectronsThe nucleus of the atom is made up of protons (positively charged particles) and neutrons (neutral particles). The electrons (negatively charged particles) spin in orbits around the nucleus.
Which rare element would you associate with Marie and Pierre Curie?
• Platinum
• Radium
• Gold
• Uranium
Who discovered Penicillin?
• Louis Pasteur
• Watson and Crick
• Robert Koch
• Sir Alexander Fleming
Sir Alexander FlemingSir Alexander Fleming (Britain) discovered Penicillin in 1928.
Who invented the miner's safety-lamp?
• Sir Humphrey Davy
• Thomas Alva Edison
• Alexander Graham Bell
• Sir Frank Whittle
Sir Humphrey Davy
The Sun is a
• Huge Planet
• Satellite
• Comet
• Star
StarThe Sun is our closest star and is a spinning ball of gases. The nuclear reactions taking place in its core create heat and light.
What is known as the universal solvent?
• Sulphuric Acid
• Hydrochloric Acid
• Aqua Regia
• Water
Who discovered the circulation of blood?
• Hargobind Khorana
• William Harvey
• Louis Pasteur
• Edward Jenner
William HarveyWilliam Harvey (Britain) discovered the circulation of blood in 1628.
A communicable disease can be passed on from one person to another.
• True
• False
The three states of matter are solid, liquid and gas.
• True
• False
The science that deals with the study of sound is known as acoustics.
• True
• False
TrueSound is created by the vibration of objects. The vibrations cause the air to be compressed into sound waves. The loudness of sound is measured in decibels (db).
The tail of a comet always points towards the Sun.
• True
• False

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