Are You Smarter Than An Eighth-grader?

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Are You Smarter Than An Eighth-grader? - Quiz

Texas schools will administer the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness tests for third through ninth grades beginning in March. The tests are designed to be more rigorous than the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills tests Texas students have taken since 2003, according to the Texas Education Agency. Answer these sample questions and see how you would fair on the eighth-grade STAAR test.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Your Highnesses . . . resolved to send me . . . to the said parts of India to see the said princes, and the cities and lands, and their disposition, with a view that they might __________; and ordered that I should not go by land to the eastward, as had been customary, but that I should go by way of the west, whither up to this day, we do not know for certain that any one has gone. —Christopher Columbus Which of the following completes the excerpt?
    • A. 

      Teach us how to craft their goods

    • B. 

      Be converted to our holy faith

    • C. 

      Be brought to our country as slaves

    • D. 

      Teach us about the stars and planets

  • 2. 
    In 1854, Anthony Burns, a fugitive slave from Alexandria, Virginia, was arrested in Boston and returned to Virginia. Which federal legislation provided the basis for Burns’s arrest?
    • A. 

      The Kansas-Nebraska Act

    • B. 

      The Homestead Act

    • C. 

      The Compromise of 1850

    • D. 

      The Gadsden Purchase

  • 3. 
    Although many farmers fought in the Civil War, farms in both the Union and Confederacy were able to continue operating because —
    • A. 

      Military officers assigned troops to work on farms

    • B. 

      New farm machinery was imported from overseas

    • C. 

      Women often managed farm operations

    • D. 

      Relief organizations provided emergency farm labor

  • 4. 
    How did the disruption in Atlantic shipping prior to and during the War of 1812 significantly affect the U.S. economy?
    • A. 

      Imports of raw materials increased in the Northeast.

    • B. 

      Americans emigrated to Europe to find manufacturing jobs.

    • C. 

      Cotton sales from southern states to Europe increased.

    • D. 

      American industries expanded to provide replacements for foreign goods.

  • 5. 
     Which excerpt from the Constitution expresses the principle of federalism?
    • A. 

      “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States. . . .”

    • B. 

      “The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of “The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate. . . .”

    • C. 

      “The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour. . . .”

    • D. 

      “The powers not delegated to the United States . . . are reserved to the States respectively. . . .”

  • 6. 
    A student observes some sugar as it is heated and burns. The student concludes that a chemical reaction has occurred. Which of the following observations about the burning sugar provides evidence of a chemical reaction?
    • A. 

      Heat is added to the sugar crystals.

    • B. 

      The sugar melts and becomes a liquid.

    • C. 

      The temperature of the sugar increases.

    • D. 

      Gas is produced as the sugar turns black.

  • 7. 
     Earth’s land areas, oceans, and atmosphere maintain fairly constant average temperatures. What is the best explanation for these constant average temperatures?
    • A. 

      Earth’s Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere have opposite seasons.

    • B. 

      Earth is tilted and rotates daily on its axis.

    • C. 

      The continuous motion of air and water distributes the sun’s energy

    • D. 

      Global weather systems generally move from west to east.

  • 8. 
     Mangrove trees have special roots that let them live in the somewhat salty water where rivers meet the ocean. These roots collect sediments, debris, and mud. This gradually helps coastlines stretch farther into the sea. Forests of mangrove trees also provide shelter for wildlife. The high winds of hurricanes and typhoons often destroy mangrove forests. The destruction of these forests most likely affects ecosystems by —
    • A. 

      Reducing beach erosion in sea-turtle nesting areas

    • B. 

      Reducing the amount of saltwater flowing into lakes

    • C. 

      Causing pollution in inland rivers and streams

    • D. 

      Forcing migratory birds to find other places to rest

  • 9. 
    Last week a certain brand of bottled water cost $1.25 for a 16-ounce bottle. This week the water is on sale for $1.00 for a 16-ounce bottle. What is the percent decrease in the price of this bottled water?
    • A. 

      16%

    • B. 

      13%

    • C. 

      20%

    • D. 

      25%

  • 10. 
    Rufus has a box that contains cards of the same shape and size. There are 5 yellow cards, 4 red cards, and 1 purple card. He draws a card at random, replaces it, and draws a second card. What is the probability that both cards will be red?
    • A. 

      4/5

    • B. 

      2/15

    • C. 

      4/25

    • D. 

      2/5

  • 11. 
    A right triangle is shown below.   The triangle is dilated by a scale factor of 2.5 to create a new triangle. What is the perimeter of the new triangle?
    • A. 

      120 cm

    • B. 

      24 cm

    • C. 

      60 cm

    • D. 

      150 cm

  • 12. 
    Mr. Barber wants to have the entire roof of his house replaced. A drawing of his prism-shaped house is shown below.   The cost of replacing the roof is $2.10 per square foot. What will be the cost for Mr. Barber to have the roof replaced?
    • A. 

      $1,760

    • B. 

      $3,465

    • C. 

      $880

    • D. 

      $3,696

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