Are you smarter than a middle schooler?
Test your global IQ against questions presented to nearly 120 middle school students competing in the Sixth Annual Academic World Quest sponsored by the Naples Council on World Affairs.
The Quest continues this month with a high school competition.
A team from Pine Ridge Middle School won first place; two teams from Oak Ridge Middle School came in second and third; and four and fifth places were captured by North Naples Middle School.
Other Collier County public and private middle schools competing were: Community School of Naples, Gulfview Middle School, St. Elizabeth Seton, the Village School of Naples, Cypress Palm Middle School, East Naples Middle School, Naples Christian Academy, St. Ann, NICAEA, and Manatee and Immokalee middle schools.
Students competed in 10 categories. Here are samples of each, courtesy of the Naples Council on World Affairs.
How would you have fared?
1. Flags of Countries
Christopher Columbus landed here in 1492.
A. Puerto Rico
2. Monuments and Landmarks
In 79 AD the violent eruption of Italy's Mt. Vesuvius spewed lava and ash, burying and thereby preserving:
D. All of the above3. Current International Events
The "Arab Spring" led to the overthrow of a number of Middle Eastern governments. Which was the first to fall?
D. Syria4. World War II Leaders and Important Events
In what year did Russia enter the war in the Pacific?
D. 19455. Current World LeadersWho is the current prime minister and head of government in Pakistan?
A. Yousaf Raza Gillani
B. Benazir Bhutto
C. Asif Ali Zardari
D. Pervez Musharraf6. National Capitals
What is the capital city of the EU?
C. ParisD. Brussels7. European Union
Which EU country has the highest Gross Domestic Product per capital?
B. United KingdomC. Germany
8. Geographic Land Forms
Which country is not on the equator?
D. Brazil9. South AsiaWhich of the following countries of South Asia is the poorest in terms of per capita gross national product?
C. Sri Lanka
D. Nepal10. Major Waterways of the World
Of the following countries, which has the greatest total length of navigable rivers, canals and other inland bodies of water?
B. United Kingdom
D. FranceAnswers: 1. B: Cuba; 2. D: All of the above; 3. A: Tunisia, 4. D: 1945, 5. A: Yousef Raza Gillani, 6. D: Brussels, 7. D: Luxembourg, 8. B: Peru, 9. D: Nepal, 10. C: Russia