How would you do on a trivia test for 12-year-olds?

March 26, 2007|by LISA PREJEAN

The face of this man, who was born in 1809, is on the five-dollar bill.

Based on this clue, do you know the answer? If so, you would have had at least one question right in the online "Jeopardy!" test for 10- to 12-year-olds Tuesday night.

When my son heard about the test, he was all for trying to be on the show.

After all, it was just 30 questions, 20 seconds allowed for each - 10 minutes, and you're done.

If all tests were this fast, scores would be golden.

Well, maybe not. There is something to be said for the value of reflection.

My son had two words to describe the test.

Hard. Fast.

At 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, we were stationed at a family member's computer. (My son couldn't take the test at home because we have dial-up service. High-speed was required.)


An onscreen clock counted down the minutes and then the seconds until test time. Then the screen went blip and the questions started to flash before our eyes.

In addition to the five-dollar bill question, to which the answer was Lincoln, there were several others that we believe he answered correctly. There were also several others that we know he got wrong.

See how well you could compete against middle-schoolers from across the country.

Here are some of the clues. These are not the actual questions but are as best as we can remember them, mostly in abbreviated form. (For the online test, the answers did not have to be in question form.)

1. This word means to go forward or something you can get on your allowance.

2. This puppet is controlled by strings.

3. If you are on "American Idol," this judge probably will call you a name.

4. This four-letter word means a low female voice part.

5. Farsi is the language spoken in this Persian country.

6. This is the capital of Virginia.

7. This Anna Sewell novel is about a stallion.

8. Abraham's son and Jacob's father.

9. Shel Silverstein wrote this book about the relationship between a boy and a tree.

10. This flows through the Grand Canyon.

11. Alex Haley wrote this novel about tracing his ancestors.

12. On April 19, 1775, the American Revolution began with a clash of arms at Lexington and this location.

13. This is the name of Queen Elizabeth II's son.

14. This travels at 186,282 miles per second.

15. In the movie "Happy Feet," Mumble was this type of penguin.

16. This artist born in 1452 was known for carrying tablets of mathematical and scientific notes he had collected.

17. Rubricate means to create with this color.

18. This is the largest border country of Norway.

19. The actor John Vickery played the role of Scar in this Broadway musical.Answers (unofficial)

1. advance

2. marionette

3. Simon

4. alto

5. Iran

6. Richmond

7. "Black Beauty"

8. Isaac

9. "The Giving Tree"

10. Colorado River

11. "Roots"

12. Concord

13. Charles, prince of Wales

14. light

15. emperor

16. Leonardo da Vinci

17. Red

18. Sweden

19. "The Lion King"

My son and I can't remember the other 10 questions. I guess they were either too hard or too fast.

Lisa Tedrick Prejean writes a weekly column for The Herald-Mail's Family page.

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