Monday, August 29, 2011


Smell the crispness in the air…hear the sounds of high school/college bands…see the crowds of shoppers at the mall—yes it’s back to school time!  That can only mean back to the books, homework and tests.  So I thought it would be fun to get you and your kids ready for the school year by playing a trivia game about water and groundwater.  Good Luck!  Answers and grading scale are at the end of the test—but don’t peek!

1)   How long can a person live without water?
       a.  Approximately 2 days
       b.  Approximately 5 days
       c.  Approximately 1 week
       d.  Approximately 2 weeks                    
2)   Name a possible source of groundwater contamination. 
a.       Fertilizer
b.      Landfill
c.       Septic tank
d.      All of the above
3)   What is water stored in an aquifer called? 
a.       Surface water
b.      Groundwater
c.       Aquafina
d.      River water
4)   What is the name for an underground layer of sand, gravel or other rock that is a source of groundwater to wells or springs? 
a.       Well
b.      Sand pit
c.       Aquifer
d.      None of the above
5)   The same water that Shakespeare used to wash his ink pens may be the water that you used to brush your teeth this morning. 
a.       True
b.      False
6)   What percent of people in the U.S. rely on groundwater for drinking water? 
a.       25%
b.      50%
c.       75%
d.      None of the above
7)   How much of the world’s water is found in glaciers? 
a.       2%
b.      4%
c.       8%
d.      10%
8)  Over 80 percent of the trash floating in the ocean is what? 
a.       Aluminum
b.      Cardboard
c.       Plastic
d.      Metal
9)  About how many gallons of water does it take to produce a hamburger, fries and soft drink?
a.       100
b.      500
c.       1000
d.      1500
10) Who has the responsibility to protect groundwater?
       a.  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
       b.  State agencies
       c.   Federal government
       d.  All of us

1) c; 2) d; 3) b; 4) c; 5) a; 6) b; 7) a; 8) c; 9) d; 10) d

8-10 correct answers – A+
4-7 correct answers – B
0-3 correct answers – You need to study more – check out the fun groundwater trivia game, Dripial   Pursuit and many other educational materials at The Groundwater Foundation’s online catalog 
Questions were taken from Dripial Pursuit, a product of The Groundwater Foundation.

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