Science Quiz For Kids On Living And Nonliving Things

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Ready for an easy science-based quiz on living and nonliving things? Here is one for you. The quiz questions will test your knowledge and intelligence regarding living beings and nonliving objects. It is a fun and knowledge-based quiz especially meant for kids, which you will find pretty simple yet interesting. Please give it a try.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of the following is a living thing?

    • A.

      Ball

    • B.

      Rabbit

    • C.

      Car

    Correct Answer
    B. Rabbit
    Explanation
    A rabbit is a living thing because it is a member of the animal kingdom and possesses characteristics of life such as the ability to grow, reproduce, and respond to stimuli. It has a complex cellular structure and requires energy to survive. Unlike a ball or a car, which are inanimate objects, a rabbit exhibits all the necessary traits to be considered a living organism.

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  • 2. 

    Which of the following is a non-living thing?

    • A.

      A rose plant

    • B.

      A mouse

    • C.

      A car

    Correct Answer
    C. A car
    Explanation
    A car is a non-living thing because it does not possess the characteristics of living organisms. It is an inanimate object that is created by humans for transportation purposes. Unlike a rose plant or a mouse, a car does not grow, reproduce, respire, or exhibit any other life processes. It is made up of non-living materials such as metal, plastic, and glass, and requires external energy (fuel) to operate. Therefore, a car is considered a non-living thing.

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  • 3. 

    Living things need ________________ to stay alive.

    • A.

      Food

    • B.

      Soil

    • C.

      Book

    Correct Answer
    A. Food
    Explanation
    Living things need food to stay alive because food provides the necessary nutrients and energy for their bodies to function properly. It is through the process of consuming and digesting food that organisms obtain the essential substances, such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals, that are required for growth, repair, and maintenance of their cells and tissues. Without food, living organisms would not have the fuel and building blocks necessary for their survival and overall well-being.

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  • 4. 

    Living things need _____________ to breathe.

    • A.

      Food

    • B.

      Water

    • C.

      Air

    Correct Answer
    C. Air
    Explanation
    Living things need air to breathe because air contains oxygen, which is essential for the process of respiration. During respiration, oxygen is taken in by living organisms and used to break down food molecules and release energy. This energy is necessary for the functioning of cells and the survival of living organisms. Without air, there would be no source of oxygen for respiration, leading to a lack of energy production and ultimately, the inability of living things to survive.

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  • 5. 

    A cat can _______________ but a table cannot.

    • A.

      Fly

    • B.

      Move by itself

    • C.

      Swim

    Correct Answer
    B. Move by itself
    Explanation
    Cats have the ability to move independently using their four legs, while a table is an inanimate object that cannot move on its own.

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  • 6. 

    A dead person is still a living thing. True or false?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Once a person dies, he/she will no longer be considered a living thing.

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  • 7. 

    What a non-living thing can’t do?

    • A.

      Decay

    • B.

      Break down

    • C.

      Reproduce

    • D.

      Burn

    Correct Answer
    C. Reproduce
    Explanation
    Reproduction is a characteristic of living organisms, not non-living things. Non-living things do not have the ability to produce offspring or create new individuals of their own kind. Decay, break down, and burn are all processes that can occur in non-living things.

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  • 8. 

    Is fungus a non-living thing?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    Fungus is not a non-living thing because it is a living organism. Fungi are a separate kingdom in the classification of living organisms, and they have characteristics of living beings such as the ability to reproduce, grow, and respond to stimuli. They obtain nutrients by absorbing them from their environment and play important roles in ecosystems as decomposers. Therefore, the correct answer is "No."

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  • 9. 

    Check all living things from the options given.

    • A.

      Fan

    • B.

      Rocket

    • C.

      Snail

    • D.

      Turtle

    • E.

      Cloud

    • F.

      River

    • G.

      Goat

    • H.

      Pot

    Correct Answer(s)
    C. Snail
    D. Turtle
    G. Goat
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Snail, Turtle, Goat. These three options are living things because they are organisms that are capable of growth, reproduction, and response to stimuli. Snails and turtles are both animals that belong to the kingdom Animalia, while goats are mammals that also fall under this category. On the other hand, options like fan, rocket, cloud, river, and pot are not living things. They are either man-made objects or natural phenomena that do not possess the characteristics of living organisms.

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  • 10. 

    A tree is a living thing. Is a piece of wood cut from it also a living thing?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    • C.

      In a few trees only.

    • D.

      I don't know.

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    Wood that is cut from a tree is not a living thing. Once the tree is cut down, the cells in the wood are no longer receiving nutrients and are no longer alive. While the tree itself was once a living organism, the wood that is cut from it is considered to be dead.

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Lindsey Block |BS, Cellular & Molecular Biology |
Biology Expert
"Lindsey, Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializes in Zika's impact on conception and preterm birth biomarkers. She completed courese on Advanced Cell Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Advanced Virology at University College Cork. Lindsey's accolades include three first-author papers, three fellowships, and active participation in five conference presentations. Currently associated with the University of Pennsylvania through a T32 NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, she continues to contribute significantly to her field, combining academic rigor with practical research to advance understanding in reproductive health and prenatal care. Currently, she is a full time lecturer at Northwestern University - The Feinberg School of Medicine.
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