Are you a news junkie? A careful KidsPost reader? The kid in class who always knows about current events? If you answered “yes,” this is definitely the quiz for you. If you answered “no,” try this question: Do you like to win prizes? If you answered “yes,” then this is definitely the quiz for you, too. We have 20 questions based on stories reported in 2012 in the pages of KidsPost (and at kidspost.com ).
The person who gets the most answers correct (or is chosen at random in the event of a tie) will win a KidsPost prize package of books, games and toys. Also included will be four tickets to a VIP performance of “Anime Momotaro” on February 2 at Imagination Stage in Bethesda. The value of the prize will be not less than $100. (Click here for complete rules of the contest.) Thanks for reading, and good luck!
1. The characters from what popular animated movie were the subject of a scientific study about saving their real counterparts?
A. “Ice Age”
B. “The Incredibles”
D. “Finding Nemo”
2. First lady Michelle Obama appeared on what popular Nickelodeon show?
A. “SpongeBob SquarePants”
C. “Big Time Rush”
D. “True Jackson VP”
3. What do popsicles, trampolines, Braille and earmuffs have in common?
A. All were invented by Benjamin Franklin.
B. All were invented by kids.
C. All were invented in the 1700s.
D. All can be seen at the National Geographic Museum.
4. What was Jack Gantos doing when he learned that his “Dead End in Norvelt” had won the Newbery Medal as best children’s book of the year?
A. Writing his next book.
B. Talking to a class of kids about writing.
C. Feeding his cat.
D. Walking to the library.
5. What do maned wolves, dama gazelles, giant pandas and black howler monkeys have in common?
A. None of these animals is considered endangered.
B. All were born at the National Zoo in 2012.
C. You can see all of them at the American History Museum.
D. All of the above.
6. During a science fair at the White House, what did President Barack Obama do?
A. Congratulate winners.
B. Watch robots move around the halls.
C. Fire a marshmallow cannon.
D. All of the above.
7. What area museum features art made of toothpicks, paper plates and Pez dispensers?
A. Smithsonian Museum of Trash
B. Visionary Arts Museum
C. National Gallery of Art
D. International Spy Museum
8. What company found itself being criticized for giving money to schools to build playgrounds?
9. 2012 was the 100th anniversary of which of the following?
A. The founding of the Boy Scouts
B. The founding of the Girl Scouts
C. The War of 1812
D. The creation of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
10. Sam Shapiro is an 8-year-old Washington beekeeper. How many times has he been stung?
B. Two or three times
C. More than 100 times
D. More than 500 times
11. Which food product was banned from school lunches by the federal government?
A. Macaroni and cheese
B. Ice cream
C. Pink slime
D. Orange slushies
12. On April 17, what made its final flight over the Washington area?
A. Air Force One
B. Shuttle Discovery
C. Shuttle Atlantis
D. Starship Enterprise
13. What beloved children’s author died on May 8?
A. Dr. Seuss
B. Madeleine L’Engle
C. Maurice Sendak
D. J.K. Rowling
14. What song was inspired by the War of 1812?
A. “America the Beautiful”
B. “The Star-Spangled Banner”
C. “God Bless America”
D. “Pledge of Allegiance”
15. Which of the following was not featured in a museum exhibit that KidsPost wrote about this year?’
B. Mini golf
C. Video games
D. Traffic signs
16. What did Madeleine Steppel, Illiana Gonzalez-Evans and Sam Hightower win for coming up with healthful lunch recipes?
A. Their recipes published in KidsPost
B. A meeting with Michelle Obama
C. A meal at the White House
D. All of the above
17. Which of the following are ways to help save the Chesapeake Bay?
A. Flush the toilet less.
B. Mow your grass really short.
C. Leave dog poop on the ground; it’s good fertilizer.
D. Use pesticides to kill bugs.
18. Which Washington Nationals star didn’t play in the playoffs to protect him from injury?
A. Ryan Zimmerman
B. Bryce Harper
C. Stephen Strasburg
D. Michael Morse
19. How many electoral college votes does a candidate need to win the presidency?
D. 50 million
20. Juliana Asturias, 10, of Virginia, beat out 75,000 other competitors to win which of these contests?
A. KidsPost Poetry Contest
B. Burger King Crown Contest
C. White House Cooking Contest
D. None of the above
— Tracy Grant