PI_15.09.10_ScienceQuiz_bannerLtblueBlueHow much do you know about science topics?

Test your knowledge of science facts and applications of scientific principles by taking our short 12-question quiz. Then see how you did in comparison with a nationally representative group of 3,278 randomly selected U.S. adults surveyed online and by mail between Aug. 11 and Sept. 3, 2014 as members of the Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel.

When you finish, you will be able to compare your scores with the average American and compare responses across demographic groups. The analysis of the findings from the poll can be found in the full report, “A Look At What the Public Does and Does Not Know About Science.”

Question 1 of 12

This picture shows an object in space that has an icy core with a tail of gas and dust that extends millions of miles. What is this?

Question 2 of 12

Which kind of waves are used to make and receive cellphone calls?

Question 3 of 12

This picture shows three layers of the Earth. Which layer is the hottest?

Question 4 of 12

Which of these is the main way that ocean tides are created?

Question 5 of 12

What does a light-year measure?

Question 6 of 12

Denver, Colorado, is at a higher altitude than Los Angeles, California. Which of these statements is correct?

Question 7 of 12

Which of these pictures best illustrates what happens when light passes through a magnifying glass?

Question 8 of 12

The loudness of a sound is determined by what property of a sound wave?

Question 9 of 12

Which of the following statements best describes the data in the graph below?

Question 10 of 12

Which of these elements is needed to make nuclear energy and nuclear weapons?

Question 11 of 12

Which of these people developed the polio vaccine?

Question 12 of 12

Which of these terms is defined as the study of how the positions of stars and planets can influence human behavior?

Demographic Question

Are you:

Demographic Question

What is your age?

Demographic Question

What is the last grade or class that you completed in school?