Dinosaurs Before Dark Ch. 1-6 Quiz

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This is a quiz to check your comprehension on chapters 1-6 of Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborn.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Who are the main characters in the story?

    • A.

      Jake and Anna

    • B.

      Jack and Annie

    • C.

      Jim and Alli

    • D.

      Joe and Annie

    Correct Answer
    B. Jack and Annie
    Explanation
    The main characters in the story are Jack and Annie.

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  • 2. 

    What town do the children live in?

    • A.

      Frog Creek

    • B.

      Pennsylvania

    • C.

      Toad Valley

    • D.

      Jamestown

    Correct Answer
    A. Frog Creek
    Explanation
    The children live in Frog Creek.

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  • 3. 

    Who likes pretend things?

    • A.

      Jack

    • B.

      Annie

    Correct Answer
    B. Annie
    Explanation
    Annie likes pretend things.

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  • 4. 

    What was the first kind of dinosaur Jack and Annie saw?

    • A.

      Tyrannosaurus Rex

    • B.

      Triceratops

    • C.

      Pteranodon

    • D.

      Anatosaurus

    Correct Answer
    C. Pteranodon
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Pteranodon. Pteranodon is not a dinosaur, but rather a flying reptile that lived during the Late Cretaceous period. Jack and Annie saw a Pteranodon, which was known for its large wingspan and crest on its head.

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  • 5. 

    How long ago did the book say that flying reptiles lived?

    • A.

      24 million years ago

    • B.

      55 million years ago

    • C.

      19 million years ago

    • D.

      65 million years ago

    Correct Answer
    D. 65 million years ago
    Explanation
    The book states that flying reptiles lived 65 million years ago.

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  • 6. 

    What kind of dinosaur had 3 horns on the top of its head?

    • A.

      Pteranodon

    • B.

      Anatosaurus

    • C.

      Triceratops

    • D.

      Tyrannosaurus Rex

    Correct Answer
    C. Triceratops
    Explanation
    Triceratops is the correct answer because it is a well-known dinosaur that had three horns on the top of its head. The name "Triceratops" literally means "three-horned face" in Greek, referring to the two large horns above its eyes and the smaller horn on its nose. Triceratops lived during the Late Cretaceous period and was a herbivorous dinosaur. Its distinctive horns were likely used for defense and display purposes.

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  • 7. 

    How much did the Triceratops weigh?

    • A.

      Over 12,000 pounds

    • B.

      Over 4,000 pounds

    • C.

      Over 30,000 pounds

    • D.

      Over 17,000 pounds

    Correct Answer
    A. Over 12,000 pounds
    Explanation
    The Triceratops weighed over 12,000 pounds.

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  • 8. 

    What did Jack find in the grass that was glittering?

    • A.

      A gold earring

    • B.

      A gold medallion

    • C.

      A piece of glass

    • D.

      A mirror

    Correct Answer
    B. A gold medallion
    Explanation
    Jack found a gold medallion in the grass that was glittering.

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  • 9. 

    When the treehouse stopped spinning, everything was ____________________________ still.

    Correct Answer
    absolutely
    Explanation
    When the treehouse stopped spinning, everything was "absolutely" still. This means that there was no movement or motion whatsoever. The word "absolutely" emphasizes the complete lack of any activity or movement, indicating that everything was completely stationary and calm.

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  • 10. 

    What is a synonym for old?

    Correct Answer
    ancient
    Explanation
    Ancient is a suitable synonym for old because it refers to something that existed a long time ago. Both words convey the idea of something being aged or having been around for a significant period of time.

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  • 11. 

    Annie leaned _____________________ to examine the Pteranodon.

    Correct Answer
    cautiously
    Explanation
    Annie leaned cautiously to examine the Pteranodon suggests that Annie approached the examination of the Pteranodon with care and attentiveness. She likely took her time and made deliberate movements to ensure that she could observe the creature properly without causing any harm or disturbance.

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  • 12. 

    The duck-billed dinosaur made a _____________________ sound.

    Correct Answer
    bellowing
    Explanation
    The given correct answer for the question is "bellowing". This suggests that the duck-billed dinosaur made a loud and deep sound, similar to the sound produced by a bellow. This term accurately describes the noise made by the dinosaur, indicating that it had a powerful and distinct vocalization.

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  • 13. 

    _________________ is another word for whisper or grumble.

    Correct Answer
    muttered
    Explanation
    Muttered is the correct answer because it means to speak or utter in a low, indistinct voice, often in dissatisfaction or complaint. It is synonymous with whispering or grumbling, as all three words describe speaking in a soft, mumbled manner.

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  • 14. 

    Jack saw a _____________________ standing on top of the hill with long, gleaming teeth!

    Correct Answer
    Tyrannosaurus Rex
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Tyrannosaurus Rex" because it is the only option that fits the description of a creature standing on top of a hill with long, gleaming teeth. The phrase "Tyrannosaurus Rex" is commonly associated with a large and ferocious dinosaur known for its sharp teeth, making it the most logical choice for the given sentence.

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