Middle School Science Lab Safety Quiz

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This is a short quiz on lab safety in a middle school science class. It is meant to be a practice quiz for my students.

  
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  • 1. 
    Why is it important to know the names and appearance of lab equipment before doing laboratory work?
    • A. 

      So you will score higher on the lab test.

    • B. 

      So you can quickly obtain your laboratory supplies before lab.

    • C. 

      So you can follow the lab instructions clearly.

    • D. 

      So you can make sure everything has been cleaned before beginning the lab procedure.


  • 2. 
    What is the correct procedure to follow when smelling the odor of a chemical substance?
    • A. 

      Fan your hand over the substance toward your nose which should be directly over the beaker.

    • B. 

      Place your nose directly over the substance and take a big whiff.

    • C. 

      Fan your hand over the substance toward your nose which should be several centimeters away from the substance.

    • D. 

      Place your nose near the opening of the beaker and inhale.


  • 3. 
    Which of the following is NOT a safe lab practice?
    • A. 

      Keep chemicals, glassware, and other equipment away from the edge of the lab table.

    • B. 

      After removing glassware from a heat source touch it right away to see if it is cool.

    • C. 

      Report minor accidents to your lab supervisor and/or teacher.

    • D. 

      Heat chemicals in a flask without a stopper.


  • 4. 
    Which of the following does NOT help explain why contact lenses should not be worn in lab?
    • A. 

      It is difficult to remove lenses after a chemical splash

    • B. 

      The lens is permeable to vapors, which cause irritation

    • C. 

      Chemicals trapped under lens will cause severe damage

    • D. 

      That boy or girl you are tying to get to see you cannot tell the color of your eyes.


  • 5. 
    Which of the following is considered safety equipment in our classroom?
    • A. 

      Eyewash station

    • B. 

      First aid kit

    • C. 

      Fire extinguisher

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      A and B only


  • 6. 
    What is the correct procedure for students to follow if a chemical is spilled:
    • A. 

      Stand back and advise the teacher of the spill.

    • B. 

      Run madly about the room.

    • C. 

      Splash large amounts of water onto the spill.

    • D. 

      Immediately ask to go to the restroom.

    • E. 

      Tell everyone that your friend did it and that "Ooooh, they are in BIG trouble!".


  • 7. 
    I can perform an experiment of my own when:
    • A. 

      When I am sure it is safe to do so.

    • B. 

      Whenever I want to.

    • C. 

      Only with permission from the teacher.

    • D. 

      Never.


  • 8. 
    Keeping the work area neat and clean is important because:
    • A. 

      Mr O is a neat-freak

    • B. 

      I won't lose my supplies in the clutter.

    • C. 

      It keeps the room from looking messy.

    • D. 

      It helps prevent accidents.


  • 9. 
    If you are not sure what to do during a lab activity:
    • A. 

      Guess.

    • B. 

      Change lab partners.

    • C. 

      Ask the teacher.

    • D. 

      Just sit quietly and do nothing.


  • 10. 
    Goggle must be worn when using
    • A. 

      Fire.

    • B. 

      Glassware.

    • C. 

      Chemicals.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

    • E. 

      None of the above.


  • 11. 
    I can eat in the classroom:
    • A. 

      Whenever I want to.

    • B. 

      Only with permission from the teacher.

    • C. 

      When I am sure it is safe to do so.

    • D. 

      Never.


  • 12. 
    You should tie back long hair and/or baggy clothes when:
    • A. 

      Working near fire.

    • B. 

      Using chemicals in the lab.

    • C. 

      Trying to impress a friend.

    • D. 

      A and B

    • E. 

      A and B and C


  • 13. 
    You should be sure equipment is clean:
    • A. 

      Before you use it.

    • B. 

      After you use it.

    • C. 

      Cleanliness doesn't matter.

    • D. 

      Both A and B.

    • E. 

      A, B, and C.


  • 14. 
    A spill can cause an accident.  Clean up a spill:
    • A. 

      When you have time.

    • B. 

      After the teacher has told you 3 or more times.

    • C. 

      At the end of the lab.

    • D. 

      Immediately.


  • 15. 
    What is the correct answer to the following statement:  You should always pipette by mouth.
    • A. 

      Always - it is a fast and efficient method for transferring liquids in the lab.

    • B. 

      Only when you can't find a pipette bulb or think it might be dirty.

    • C. 

      Only when you are sure that the teacher, your lab partner, and Guttatta, Snapple, and Vincent and VanGogh aren't looking.

    • D. 

      Never - and if you thought yes to any of the other choices you should be given only bread and water for a week.


  • 16. 
    In the lab sharp object should be carried
    • A. 

      With the points facing out to the front.

    • B. 

      With the point down and away from the body.

    • C. 

      With the point covered up by your hand.

    • D. 

      So that the point will give your lab partner a pretty good jab.


  • 17. 
    At the end of the lab you see some leftover chemical that looks just like the stuff you were using.  You should:
    • A. 

      Put the chemical back in the jar it came from.

    • B. 

      Sweep it into your hand and throw it out.

    • C. 

      Tell the teacher so you can dispose of it properly.

    • D. 

      Tell your classmates that your lab partner is really messy.


  • 18. 
    If you get chemicals in your eyes, you should flush them with water for:
    • A. 

      Less than 10 minutes.

    • B. 

      10-15 minutes.

    • C. 

      About 15-20 minutes.

    • D. 

      More than 25 minutes.


  • 19. 
    You should wash your hands after
    • A. 

      Touching a plant in the classroom.

    • B. 

      Handling one of the class pets.

    • C. 

      Working with chemicals.

    • D. 

      All of the above.


  • 20. 
    If you see something in the classroom or laboratory that is dangerous, tell the teacher
    • A. 

      When you have time.

    • B. 

      At once

    • C. 

      After class

    • D. 

      After school


  • 21. 
    When in the lab you should wear
    • A. 

      Sandals

    • B. 

      Closed-toed shoes.

    • C. 

      Open-toed shoes.

    • D. 

      No shoes.


  • 22. 
    To put out a fire in a person's hair or clothes use:
    • A. 

      A fire blanket

    • B. 

      A handy chemical

    • C. 

      The wind from running around the room

    • D. 

      A fire extinguisher


  • 23. 
    Helping to clean up the lab or classroom is the job of
    • A. 

      Old students.

    • B. 

      Transfer students.

    • C. 

      Only the teacher.

    • D. 

      Each and every student.


  • 24. 
    Disturbing other students in the laboratory with horseplay in the lab is:
    • A. 

      Helpful.

    • B. 

      Poor manners.

    • C. 

      Dangerous.

    • D. 

      The quickest way to do a job.


  • 25. 
    The most important thing in laboratory experiments is
    • A. 

      Getting done first.

    • B. 

      Getting the answer right.

    • C. 

      Safety.

    • D. 

      Penmanship.


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