Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Are You as Smart as a 5th Grader?

     While everyone else is reading The Girl on the Train (billed as the next Gone Girl) and The Boys in the Boat (about the Univ. of Washington oarsmen who rowed for the U. S. in the 1936 Berlin Olympics), I've been reading something entirely different.

     As anyone who visits this blog knows, my beloved B, aka Bridge, is a librarian. She spends her days in the children's room reading to kids, helping them find books, and creating all kinds of programs to engage their interest, enrich their minds, and . . . well, to be truthful, keep them out of their parents' hair for an hour or two.

     So last summer, and again this summer, B is involved in The Battle of the Books, a competition that involves kids from our library facing off against kids from five other local libraries. There are two levels, based on age. So our library has a 4th and 5th grade team, and a 6th and 7th grade team. They will meet the other teams sometime in July for the actual contest. In the meantime the kids are reading the books, studying them, going over practice questions.

     Each group has five books they will be asked questions about. I'm not sure exactly how the competition works; but basically, the team that gets the most questions right, or makes the fewest mistakes, will win some kind of prize.

     In the meantime, someone has to select the five books for the battle. And the librarians running the program have to read the books and come up with questions for the kids to answer.

     So B has asked me to help her out with the 4th and 5th grade team by reading one of the books, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein. I have to generate 60 questions based on the book. Many of the questions are about the plot or the characters. For example: How old is Kyle, the main character?

     But other questions involve general information that gets woven into the story in one way or another. So, go ahead, take this test . . . and see if you're as smart as a 5th grader.

     1. What's a fancy word for library?

     2. What's the shortest distance between two points?

     3. What two coins add up to 30 cents -- but one of them can't be a nickel?

     4. What US Navy ship was once captured by the North Koreans?

     5. What did Apollo 8 accomplish that had never been done before?

     6. What's the nickname of the state of Indiana?

     7. Who wrote Around the World in Eighty Days?

     8. 0 +27 + 0.4 = ???? (but don't use math)

     9. What was the name of the gleaming white elf-horse that carried Frodo Bagins across the River Bruinen?

     10. Who said, "Knowledge not shared remains unknown."

Answers, according to Chris Grabenstein:

     1) Athenaeum; 2) A straight line; 3) A quarter and a nickel (one of them is not a nickel); 4) USS Pueblo; 5) It was the first spacecraft to orbit the moon; 6) Hoosier State; 7) Jules Verne; 8) 027.4, the Dewey decimal no. for library information; 9) Asfaloth, from Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring; 10) Why . . .  Mr. Lemoncello of course!


Olga Hebert said...

i Have come to understand how long-sufferingly helpful friends and family of librarians must be!

Barbara - said...

Knew them all except number eight was tricky! Very nice. Good questions. Always happy to see really good summer programs for kids.

Stephen Hayes said...

It's safe to assume I didn't answer all those questions correctly.

Janis said...

I got seven out of ten right. I guess I'll have to go back to 5th grade. Good for you for helping out!

Debbie V. said...

I got three right - straight line, Hoosier state (I live in Indiana) and Jules Verne (this was one of my purchases from the Scholastic Book Club back in the late 1950's).
Sounds like it's going to be a good game. I actually joined an adult summer reading club this year - my first ever :) I finished Gone Girl (my review is on Goodreads and am now reading SoulSpace by Xorin Balbes.

Anonymous said...

As a retired school librarian (grades 7 and 8), I am curious about the titles chosen for those grades. Any possibility of getting the book list or a link to the library?


Beth Backus

DJan said...

Good Lord! I started to take the test and then realized that I couldn't answer almost any of them. You got me with the 30 cents one, too. This sounds like it is a fun contest. I wish they had things like this when I was growing up. :-)

Tom Sightings said...
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Tom Sightings said...

Well, to be fair, before I read the book I'd have probably gotten only five or six right.

Anonymous said...

I got the number right.... limoncello, thats a pretty name.

#1Nana said...

Thank God for Google...I don't have to be smarter than a fifth grader!

Dick Klade said...

I skipped the third grade. My test results here indicate perhaps I shouldn't have.

Anonymous said...

You asked if its true that redheads are more temperamental. I don't know but Jim Webb, our red head former senator, has written Born Fighting about the Scots immigrants to America. Many of them were red heads.

Ole Phat Stu said...

The shortest distance between two points is a geodesic.
It's only a straight line on a (gravitationally) flat sUrface.