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Factual Questions
100

Say the word gasoline, use it in a phrase, and use it in a sentence. 


-Gasoline

-Some gasoline

-We put some gasoline in the car. 

100

Say the word 'shake', use it in a phrase, use it in a sentence.


-Shake

-Shake hands

- Mr. Johnson and I shake hands every time we see each other. 

100

Well: Ms. Orr works well with kids.

1. What does the word well mean in this sentence?

a. good

b. a place where you toss coins and make a wish

c. A large sea mammal

2. What is another meaning of well?

a. good

b. a place where you toss coins and make a wish

c. A large sea mammal

1. a. good

2. b. a place where you toss coins and make a wish

100

Adrian liked his new laptop computer because it was light and PORTABLE. He took it with him everywhere! 

What does PORTABLE mean?

a) small b) movable c) high-tech

b) movable

100

This week it is Julian's turn to do the family's laundry. First, he puts the white clothes in one pile and the dark clothes in another pile. Julian washes the white clothes in hot water with bleach in one washing machine. He puts them in the dryer with Bounty dryer sheets. Then he takes them out of the drier and folds the clothes so they will be ready for his mom to put away when she gets off of work. 

1. What does Julian use with the white clothes? 

2. What brand of dryer sheets does Julian use? 

3. Who will put the laundry away? 

1. bleach

2. Bounty

3. Julian's mom

200

Say the word /sock/, use it in a phrase, and use it in a sentence. 


-sock

-rainbow sock

- I wear rainbow socks. 

200

Say the word /trash/, use it in a phrase, use it in a sentence. 


-Trash

- Smelly trash

-My mom told me to take the trash out. 

200

Lie: If you feel tired, lie down on the bed.

1. What is the meaning of lie used in this sentence? 

a. an untrue statement

b. to spread your body out on a bed, couch, or floor

c. An ingredient in soap

2. What is another meaning of the word lie?

a. an untrue statement

b. to spread your body out on a bed, couch, or floor

c. An ingredient in soap

1. b. to spread your body out on a bed, couch, or floor

2. a. an untrue statement


200

After Lily left home for college, her dad tried to sell the computer games she had played when she was little. However, he soon discovered they were OBSOLETE. 

The word OBSOLETE means: 

a) too easy b) out of date c) boring

b) out of date

200

In 1930, Ruth and Kenneth Wakefield opened a restaurant on an old toll road between Boston and Cape Cod in Massachusetts. They named it the Toll House Inn. Ruth Wakefield was an expert chef, and the inn became famous for its desserts.

Many sources claim Wakefield invented her chocolate chip cookie by accident. But she often experimented with recipes to please her guests. One time, she decided to add chocolate to her popular butterscotch cookies. She told a Boston newspaper reporter that she was deliberately "trying to give [her guests] something different." Using an ice pick, she broke a semi-sweet chocolate bar into small pieces and mixed them into the batter. The chocolate melted enough to make gooey chunks. Guests loved Wakefield's new Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookies.

1. Who was the creator of the chocolate chip cookie?

2. Where did the creator of the chocolate chip cookie live?

3. How were chocolate chip cookies created? 

1. Ruth Wakfield

2. Massachusetts

3. Using an ice pick, Ruth broke a semi-sweet chocolate bar into small pieces and mixed them into batter. The chocolate melted enough to make gooey chunks. 

300

Say the word /fossil/, use it in a phrase, use it in a sentence. 


-Fossil

- Found fossils

- We saw fossils at the museum. 

300

Say the word /shoes/, use it in a phrase, and use it in a sentence. 


-Shoes

- New shoes

- I want new shoes for Christmas. 

300

Root: Because I am from Chicago, I always root for the Chicago Bears football team!

1. What does the word root mean in this sentence?

a. The bottom part of a plant hidden under the soil

b. To support and cheer for

c. The path taken to reach a specific place

2. What is another meaning for the word root?

a. The bottom part of a plant hidden under the soil

b. To support and cheer for

c. The path taken to reach a specific place


1. b. To support and cheer for

2. a. The bottom part of a plant hidden under the soil

300

Mrs. Jones was nervous about flying on an airplane. She had never flown before. Her daughter REASSURED her by telling her that planes are very safe. 

What does REASSURED mean? 

 a) comforted b) reminded c) force  

 a) comforted

300

Dr. John S. Pemberton was a pharmacist in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1885, he established Pemberton Chemical Company and created various medicines. The next year, he began to experiment with a new headache medicine. He melted sugar in boiling water in a kettle. He stirred in other ingredients, such as caffeine, more sugar, and several oils. It resulted in a sticky brown syrup. Two major ingredients were extracts from leaves of the coca plant and the kola nut. Combining "coca" and "kola," Pemberton's accountant suggested that he name the concoction "Coca-Cola." 

On May 8, 1886, Pemberton and his partners took the syrup to Jacobs's Pharmacy in Atlanta. He asked the druggist to mix one ounce of syrup with five ounces of water and sell it at the soda fountain to treat headaches and fatigue. The men sampled it and liked the taste. When carbonated water was accidentally added to the syrup instead of plain water, the fizzy drink tasted even better. 

1. What was the name of the creator of Coca Cola?

2. What were the two main ingredients in the original coca cola recipe? 

3. What happened on May 8, 1886? 

1. Dr. James Pemberton

2. extracts from leaves of the coca plant and the kola nut. 

3. Pemberton and his partners took the syrup to Jacobs's Pharmacy in Atlanta. 

400

Say the word /circus/, use it in a phrase, and use it in a sentence. 


-Circus

- Ringling Brothers' circus

- My family is going to the circus for my birthday. 

400

Say the word /wash/, use it in a phrase, use it in a sentence. 


- wash

- wash the car

- Tony will wash my car on Saturday. 

400

Kind: What kind of cake do you like?

1. What is the meaning of the word kind used in this sentence? 

a. Nice and friendly

b. A toy that flies in the sky

c. A type or variety of something

2. What is another meaning of the word kind?

1. c. A type or variety of something

2. a. Nice and friendly

400

The meadow was full of wildflowers. There were not many large plants, and trees were SPARSE. 

What does SPARSE mean? 

a) many b) few c) large

b) few

400

Frozen treats have existed for centuries. But none of them had a stick handle until 1905. That's the year when Frank Epperson, an 11-year-old boy from California, mixed a fruit-flavored soda powder with water in a glass. He stirred it with a wooden stick and took it out onto the porch. He drank only a few sips before he set it down and forgot it. The weather turned cold, and the next morning, he discovered his flavored drink was frozen solid with the stick in it. He pulled the stick out of the glass and licked the ice attached to it. Yum! He called it an "Epsicle," short for "Epperson's icicle." 

1. When did the first frozen treat have a stick?

2. Who was the creator of the first popsicle? And how old were they?

3. What was the name of this frozen treat?

1. 1905

2. Frank Epperson, 11

3. Epsiscle, or Epperson's icicle. 

500

Say the word /sandwich/, use it in a phrase, use it in a sentence. 


- Sandwich

- Ham sandwich

-  I would like a chicken and avocado sandwich. 

500

Say /fresh/, use it in a phrase, use it in a sentence


- Fresh

- Fresh fruit

- Dr. Brown eats fresh fruit for breakfast. 

500

Tire: I tire very quickly when I run too fast.

1. What is the meaning of the word tire used in this sentence? 

a. A wheel on a bike or car

b. To get sleepy or weary

c. To attempt to do something

2. What is another meaning of the word tire?

a. A wheel on a bike or car

b. To get sleepy or weary

c. To attempt to do something


1. b. To get sleepy or weary

2. a. A wheel on a bike or car

500


500

Hispanic Heritage Month is a national effort to pay tribute to Hispanic Americans who have contributed to and enriched the United States.

Started in 1968, the event was initially only a week-long under President Lyndon Johnson, but has since then turned into a monthlong celebration. Every year, it begins on September 15 and goes until October 15. 

1. When did Hispanic Heritage month start?

2. How long was the first Hispanic Heritage celebration? 

3. When does it occur?

1. In 1968

2. a week 

3. September 15-October 15 

600

Say the word /six/, use it in a phrase, then use it in a sentence.



- six

- six o'clock

- The PTA meeting is at 6 pm tonight. 

600

Say the word /shop/, use it in a phrase, then use it in a sentence


-shop

-shop here

-  Danielle shops for groceries at Publix. 

600

Saw: The lumberjack used a saw to get wooden logs.

1. What does the word saw mean in this sentence? 

a. A tool used for cutting

b. To have seen something before

c. Something you wear on your feet

2. What is another meaning of this word?

a. A tool used for cutting

b. To have seen something before

c. Something you wear on your feet

1. a. A tool used for cutting

2. b. To have seen something before

600

The substitute teacher felt EXASPERATED because she could not get the students to stop talking and listen. 

What does EXASPERATED mean? 

a) lonely b) frustrated c) depressed

 b) frustrated

600

Weighing some 300 pounds (140 kg), the elephant’s trunk has been called “the most versatile and useful appendage on the planet.” The multipurpose tool can serve as a nose, a straw, an arm, or a hand. With it, the elephant can breathe, smell, drink, grab, or even trumpet a deafening blast!

But that is not all. The elephant’s trunk has some 40,000 muscle fibers that allow it to move in any direction. Using the tip of its trunk, the elephant can pick up a small coin. At the same time, the elephant can use its trunk to lift loads of up to some 600 pounds (270 kg)!

1. How heavy is an elephant's trunk?

2. What can an elephant do with its trunk?

3. What is the smallest thing an elephant can pick up? 

1. 300 pounds

2. breathe, smell, drink, grab, trumpet 

3. a small coin

700

Say the word /eraser/, use it in a phrase, then use it in a sentence.

- eraser

- eraser marks

- I need an eraser to fix my math homework. 

700

Say the word /shut/, use it in a phrase, then use it in a sentence. 


- shut

- shut the door

- Dr. Brown shut the door before the meeting. 

700

Nails: She had pretty blue polish on her nails.

1. What is the meaning of the word nails as used in this sentence?

a. Small metal objects that are hammered into walls for hanging things

b. Body parts that go from your fingers and toes

c. A woman's name

2. What is another meaning of the word nails?

a. Small metal objects that are hammered into walls for hanging things

b. Body parts that go from your fingers and toes

c. A woman's name

1. b. Body parts that go from your fingers and toes

2. a. Small metal objects that are hammered into walls for hanging things

700

Arnold approached the snake CAUTIOUSLY. He thought it was dead, but he didn't know for sure. 

What does CAUTIOUSLY mean?

 a) quickly b) carefully c) carelessly

b) carefully

700

For Sale: Better than new 2-story house. This 4-bedroom,2-bathroom house is only one year old. Includes gas fireplace, great room, formal dining room, and screened-in back porch. Don’t wait to view this incredible family home for a small price. Owner is asking $105,000.

1.  What is for sale?

2.  How much does this house cost?

3.  How old is the house?

4.  How many bathrooms are there?


1. a house

2. $105, 000

3. one year old 

4. 2 bathrooms

800

Say the word /grass/, use it in a phrase, then use it in a sentence. 


- grass

- cut the grass

- Derek has to cut the grass for him grandmother. 

800

Say the word /shy/, use it in a phrase, then use it in a sentence. 


- shy

- shy girl

- Alaina is a shy girl. 

800

Over: We looked up at the stars shining over us.

1. What is the meaning of the word over in this sentence?

a. The end of something

b. A scary monster from fairy tales

c. Above 

2. What is another meaning of the word over? 

a. The end of something

b. A scary monster from fairy tales

c. Above 

1. c. Above 

2. a. The end of something

800

Susie could smell the AROMA of freshly baking bread as soon as she walked into the kitchen. 

What does AROMA mean? 

a) scent b) sound c) stink

a) scent

800

THE crocodile has the most powerful bite ever measured for animals that are now living. For example, the saltwater crocodile, found near Australia, can bite nearly three times as hard as a lion or a tiger. Yet, the crocodile’s jaw is also incredibly sensitive to touch—even more sensitive than the human fingertip. How can that be, considering the crocodile’s armored skin?

The crocodile’s jaw is covered with thousands of sense organs. After studying them, researcher Duncan Leitch noted: “Each of the nerve endings comes out of a hole in the skull.” This arrangement protects the nerve fibers in the jaw while providing sensitivity that in some spots is greater than instruments could measure. As a result, the crocodile can distinguish between food and debris in its mouth. That is also how a mother crocodile can carry her hatchlings in her mouth without accidentally crushing them. The crocodile’s jaw is a surprising combination of power and sensitivity.

1. How hard can a crocodile bite? 

2. How sensitive is a crocodile's jaw? 

3. How many sense organs cover the crocodile's jaw? 

1. three times as hard as a lion or tiger

2. more sensitive than the human fingertip

3. thousands

900

Say the word /juice/, use it in a phrase, then use it in a sentence.

- juice

- orange juice

- Amanda drinks cranberry juice to help her stomach. 

900

Say the word /cashew/, use it in a phrase, then use it in a sentence. 


- cashew

- cashew mix

- Tommy eats cashews in his salad. 

900

Stable: The chair at my desk kept rocking back and forth. It was not stable.

1. What is the meaning of stable in this sentence? 

a. Strong and sturdy

b. A place where horses sleep

c. A place to eat

2. What is another meaning of the word stable?

a. Strong and sturdy

b. A place where horses sleep

c. A place to eat

1. a. Strong and sturdy

2. b. A place where horses sleep

900

Luke was COMPENSATED for the yard work he had done over the summer. He spent the money he had earned on a new bike. 

What does COMPENSATED mean? 

a)thanked b) complimented c) paid

 c) paid

900

Goodbye, sweat stains. Hello, pumpkin spice. Our long, hot, swampy, soggy, fiery summer is finally coming to an end on Saturday, September 22. It will end with the autumnal equinox, which marks the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere.

Autumn arrives on Saturday at 9:54 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. That's 8:54 p.m. Central Daylight Time, 7:54 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time and 6:54 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

At a precise moment each September, on either 21, 22 or 23, the sun appears directly above the equator. This marks the exact time of the autumnal equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere.

1. When does summer end? 

2. What day of the week does fall, or autumn, arrive? 

3. What is the autumnal equinox?

1. September 22

2. Saturday

3. the sun appears directly above the equator

1000

Say the word /sun/, use it in a phrase, then use it in a sentence.


- sun

- sun shower

- The sun is blazing hot outside. 

1000

Say the word /seashell/, use it in a phrase, then use it in a sentence. 

- seashell

- seashell pieces

- In Destin, Michael found lots of seashells. 

1000

Pool: The kids were very wet when they got out of the pool.

1. What is the meaning of the word pool in this sentence?

a. A small body of water used for swimming

b. A game where small balls are hit into pockets with a stick

c. A subject in school 

2. What is another meaning of the word pool? 

a. A small body of water used for swimming

b. A game where small balls are hit into pockets with a stick

c. A subject in school 

1. a. A small body of water used for swimming

2. b. A game where small balls are hit into pockets with a stick


1000

Tanya's mother drives slowly when she gets close to the school and is careful to watch for PEDESTRIANS. 

What would be a synonym for PEDESTRIANS? 

a) people walking b) pretty scenery c) fruit stands

a) people walking

1000


1100

Say the word /sob/, use it in a phrase, then use it in a sentence. 


- sob

- sob story

- Catherine's brother, James, broke her toy and she sobbed. 

1100


1100


1100

That movie had an INTENSE effect on me. I could not stop thinking about it! 

What does INTENSE mean? 

a) powerful b) mild c) bad

a) powerful

1100

Mom,

Your dentist called this morning to reschedule one of your appointments. He will be able to clean your teeth as originally scheduled, however, the two fillings will have to wait until the following week. He said to call early tomorrow morning to reschedule the fillings.

See you tonight, 

Kelly

1. Who is Kelly texting?

2. Who did Kelly talk to? What did they say?

3. What is wrong with Mom's teeth?

1. Her mom

2. Her mom's dentist. He can clean her mom's teeth but can not do the fillings.

3. Kelly's mom has cavities. 

1200

Say the word /sick/, use it in a phrase, then use it in a sentence. 



- sick

- sick in bed

- Jonathan is sick in bed with COVID. 

1200

Say the word /shrimp, use it in a phrase, then use it in a sentence 


- shrimp

- shrimp cocktail

- Jenny eats shrimp and grits. 

1200

Bill: They cut off my dad's phone because he forgot to pay the bill last month.

1. What is the meaning of bill in this sentence?

a. 25 cents 

b.  the amount of money you owe to a company

c. A person's name

2. What is another meaning of the word bill?

a. a dollar

b.  the amount of money you owe to a company

c. A person's name

1. b.  the amount of money you owe to a company

2. c. A person's name


1200

Coronavirus has swept through the globe killing hundreds of thousands of people. Here in the USA, over half a million people the PERISHED. 

What does PERISHED mean?  

a) got sick b) died c) escaped

b) died

1200

Sooner or later, nearly every student has a teacher who seems unfair, too demanding, or just plain mean.

  • Luis, 21, recalls: “I had a teacher who regularly used profanity and treated her students disrespectfully. She was going to retire soon, so she may have counted on not being fired.”

If you have a tough teacher, you don’t have to resign yourself to a school year of misery. Try the following suggestions.

  • Be adaptable. Teachers differ in what they want from their students. Try to figure out what your teacher expects from you, and do your best to comply.

  • Be respectful. Try to speak graciously to your teachers. Never talk back to them, even if you think they deserve it. Remember, they rightly see you as a student, not their peer.

  • Be understanding. Teachers are human too. That means they have pressures and anxieties, just like everyone else. So don’t simply conclude, ‘My teacher is mean’ or ‘My teacher hates me.’

  • Talk to your parents. Your parents are your best supporters. They want you to succeed at school, and their advice can help you deal with a difficult teacher.

  • Talk to your teacher. In a calm and nonconfrontational way, ask your teacher for help. Make it clear that you want to cooperate.

Name two things you can do to get along with your teacher



  • Be adaptable. 

  • Be respectful. 

  • Be understanding. 

  • Talk to your parents. 

  • Talk to your teacher. 

1300


1300

Say the word /mushroom/, use it in a phrase, then use it in a sentence. 


- mushroom

- mushroom salad

- Jessica eats mushrooms in her spaghetti sauce. 

1300

Fly: That fly annoyed me when it kept landing in my food.

1. What is the meaning of the word fly used in this sentence? 

a. To travel through the air

b. To suddenly decide to do something

c. A small black insect that flies and buzzes

2. What is another meaning of the word fly?

a. To travel through the air

b. To suddenly decide to do something

c. A small black insect that flies and buzzes

1. c. A small black insect that flies and buzzes

2. a. To travel through the air

1300

Dad thought the spaghetti sauce was too BLAND, so he added more garlic. 

What does BLAND mean? 

 a) salty b) spicy c) no flavor

c) no flavor

1300

The first people arrived in what is now Georgia at least 13,000 years ago. By 1,000 B.C. Native American tribes including the Apalachee, Cherokee, and Choctaw lived here.

In 1733 Georgia was established as the 13th colony, and in 1788 it became the fourth U.S. state. But at the start of the Civil War in 1861, Georgia left the Union and wouldn’t return until the end of the war in 1865.

Georgia was named after King George II, who approved the colony’s charter in 1732.

Wonder how Georgia got its nickname, the Peach State? Cherokee Indians grew peaches in Georgia in the mid-1700s, and today the state produces about 2.6 million bushels a year, making it the third biggest producer of peaches in the United States, behind California and South Carolina.

1. What are the names of the Native American tribes that lived in Georgia?

2. When did Georgia become the 4th state? 

3. Who was Georgia named after?

4. Why is Georgia nicknamed "The Peach State"?


1. Apalachee, Cherokee, and Choctaw 

2. in 1788

3. King George II

4. Cherokee Indians grew peaches in Georgia in the mid-1700s, and today the state produces about 2.6 million bushels a year, making it the third biggest producer of peaches in the United States,

1400

Say the word /sister/, use it in a phrase, then use it in a sentence. 


- sister

-sister friends 

- My sister is my best friend. 

1400

Use the word /wish/, use it in a phrase, then use it in a sentence. 


- wish

- one wish

- The genie granted me three wishes. 

1400

Yard: We played with the ball in the yard.

1. What does the word yard mean in this sentence?

a. A unit used to measure length

b. An area behind or in front of the house

c. A type of string used for knitting

2. What is another meaning of the word yard?

a. A unit used to measure length

b. An area behind or in front of the house

c. A type of string used for knitting

1. b. An area behind or in front of the house

2. a. A unit used to measure length

1400

Julia wasn't sure exactly what time they would arrive, but she thought the APPROXIMATE time would be around 5:00. 

What does APPROXIMATE mean?

a) estimated b) unknown c) exact

a) estimated

1400

The human skeleton consists of approximately 206 bones and 68 joints. The longest bone is the femur, or thighbone; the smallest is the stapes, a bone inside your ear. As skilled gymnasts clearly demonstrate, bones, muscles, cartilage, and joints can give a healthy body an astonishing degree of flexibility and range of movement. “The thumb alone would convince anyone that the architect of our body (whoever that may be to each one of us) had to be a genius!” says the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. 

1. How many bones are in the human body?

2. What is the longest bone in the human body?

3. What is the smallest bone in the human body?  

1. 206

2. femur

3. stapes

1500

Say the word /soda/, use it in a phrase, then use it in a sentence. 


- soda

- soda bottle

- Lisa's favorite soda is Sprite. 

1500

Say the word /milkshake/, use it in a phrase, then use it in a sentence. 


- milkshake

- strawberry milkshake

- Jamia orders an Oreo milkshake from Cookout. 

1500

Organ: The biggest organ animals have is their skin.

1. What is the meaning of the word organ in this sentence?

a. A very important body part

b. A musical instrument

c. A purple flower

2. What is another meaning of the word organ?

a. A very important body part

b. A musical instrument

c. A purple flower

1. a. A very important body part

2. b. A musical instrument

1500

Angela knew that there were NUMEROUS reasons why she should take the job, but she just did not want it. 

What does NUMEROUS mean? 

a) a few 

b) many 

c) none

b) many

1500

Many spiders eat insects, worms or even small lizards and frogs. But some spiders have larger tastes. A new study finds that some spiders can catch and eat snakes up to 30 times their size.

Take the Australian redback spider. Not including legs, a female Australian redback is only about the size of an M&M candy. But she can take down big prey — such as the eastern brown snake, which can grow to about 7 feet (2 meters). They are some of the most venomous snakes in the world. (Venom is a poison made by an animal, such as a snake, spider or scorpion and transmitted by a bite or sting.)

1. What do spiders eat? 

2. How big of a snake can some spiders eat? 

3. How big is the Australian redback spider? 


1. insects, worms, small lizards, and frogs

2. up to 30 times their size

3. the size of an M&M candy. 

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