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Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

September 16, 2008 1 min read

It’s Official: Kathy Cox, the Georgia state schools superintendent, is at least as smart as a 5th grader. The state chief risked her pride, if not her academic credentials, by appearing Sept. 5 on the Fox show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” She answered all 11 questions correctly and became the first winner of the $1 million grand prize. Ms. Cox said she will donate the prize money to two state schools for the deaf and one state school for the blind.

Here’s a list of the questions she was asked on the program.

1. What is the first month of the U.S. calendar year that has exactly 30 days?

2. True or false: Crawfish are fish.

3. How many times does the letter “d” appear in the following word? (granddaughter)

4. What is the two-letter abbreviation for the word doctor?

5. The U.S. Naval Academy is located in what city?

6. Costa Rica borders two countries. Nicaragua is one of the countries. What is the other?

7. Which of the following foods contains no natural protein? 1. Whole milk 2. Pure sugar 3. Raw eggs

8. Which of the following is NOT an official language of Switzerland? 1. German 2. Italian 3. Spanish

Edvard Munch's The Scream

9. What is the name of the following painting by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch?

10. Which commanding British general surrendered to American troops in Yorktown in 1781?

MILLION-DOLLAR QUESTION: Who was the longest-reigning British Monarch?


1. April 2. False 3. Two 4. Dr. 5. Annapolis, Md. 6. Panama 7. Pure sugar 8. Spanish 9. The Scream 10. Lord Charles Cornwallis $1 million answer. Queen Victoria (for 63 years)

A version of this article appeared in the September 17, 2008 edition of Education Week