Quiz Bowl: FD 7th Graders Answer Questions that could Stump the Average Adult - from The Messenger
Many of the questions presented to a group of Fort Dodge Middle School seventh-grade Talented and Gifted students Thursday morning during the annual Iowa Quiz Bowl could easily stump an adult.
Especially if that adult is decades away from their last algebra text book or if they just can’t quite recall how many rooms are actually in the White House, how truffles are gathered or which colony joined the original 13 — last.
The questions, projected on a screen, have to be answered in a minute or less. There is a total of 100 during the Quiz Bowl.
The students answer them cooperatively.
“How many states have two words in their name?” was one of the questions that were answered with all contributing.
While one student counted, the others shouted out states.
“North Dakota, South Dakota, New Hampshire, South Carolina,” they said. “North Carolina, New Mexico, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island.”
“It’s 10, click on 10,” came the final answer.
Alexander Hansen, 13, was not only helping to answer questions, he was also celebrating his birthday.
He said the hardest question for him was “the one about the 13 colonies.”
His strongest category?
“Current events,” he said.
The questions cover a wide variety of subjects.
“Which animal is used to find truffles?” was one of them.
Jack Shimkat knew the answer.
“It’s hogs,” he said. “Sometimes they still do. You can’t give the hog a truffle, though.”
Shimkat said he doesn’t watch a lot of TV.
“Most of it is just sitcoms and commercials,” he said.
Instead, he reads, and he’s an old school reader.
“I don’t read on tablets,” he said.
While his base of knowledge is pretty wide, there’s still a few things that stumped him.
“I’m not good with maps,” he said.
Katie Delaney, 12, was trying the Quiz Bowl for the first time Thursday.
She said her peers used positive pressure to encourage her to try it.
“People said I have to do it, that I was smart,” she said. “It helped having my peers tell me that. I didn’t believe in myself so this year I tried it.”
Her strongest subjects include language arts and pop culture.
Math? Not so much.
“I’m really not fast at math,” she said. “I tried, though.”
She provided the group’s answer to a question about art. The correct answer was Monet.
“I like Monet,” she said. “I knew he was an impressionist. They still have one of his paintings at the Blanden.”
Diane Pratt, who teaches the TAG program students at the middle school, said they prepare for the Quiz Bowl ahead of time.
“We practice from older former quizzes,” she said. “They study on their own and look over maps and math problems.”
On Thursday, the students were competing against other Iowa students. Last year, the middle school fifth-grade students placed 19th and the sixth-grade students placed fourth.
Pratt said in the spring there will be a national Quiz Bowl competition.
She said the event offers the students valuable lessons.
“The goal is good team work,” she said. “We want them to participate as a big team. It shows them that others have strengths as well. They connect as a team.”