The Big Countdown Quiz: Fascinating Facts and Figures

Hachette Children’s Books have provided a great quiz for you to use with your book group or class. The questions are based on a selection of titles from the Big Countdown series that are relevant to NNFN’s World Around Us theme. 

The answers are given below, so even if you don’t have the books already, you can use the quiz or challenge your book group or class to research the questions.

However, you can win a set of The Big Countdown books featured in this blog post! Simply email education@hachettechildrens.co.uk by 1st December to be entered into the prize draw. All the books in the series use an infographic approach to convey information and will particularly appeal to young readers who are keen on statistical information.

The Big Countdown Quiz – Fascinating Facts and Figures

1) Did you know that the oxygen in the air is renewed by plants every 2,000 years? Plants absorb energy from the Sun, along with carbon dioxide and water, to produce food and oxygen, which is released into the atmosphere. What is this process called?

a) Photosynthesis
b) Respiration
c) Germination

2) The first trees are believed to have appeared on Earth 290,000,000 years ago! What can you count to help you work out the age of a tree?

a) The number of leaves
b) Its branches
c) The rings within its trunk

3) All living things on Earth are divided into five kingdoms. These kingdoms are groups of life forms that share similar characteristics in how they live. Which is the largest kingdom?

a) The animal kingdom
b) The plant kingdom
c) The bacteria kingdom

4) Plants are unable to run and hide from their predators and so have developed other means of protecting themselves. Some have thorns and spines to discourage predators; other plants, such as the deadly nightshade or belladonna plant use poison. Which part of the deadly nightshade plant will kill you if eaten?

a) A single leaf
b) Five berries
c) The roots

5) Flowering plants and conifers grow from seeds. Plants disperse their seeds in different ways, so that when plants grow they don’t crowd each other or have to compete for water or light. One dandelion head produces up to 200 seeds, how does it disperse them?

a) The seeds stick to animals’ fur and are carried away
b) The seeds are very light and are blown to new places by the wind
c) The seeds are in a fruit, which is eaten by birds and dispersed when they poo

6) The blue whale is the world’s largest mammal – it can grow to 33 metres long and its heart is the size of a small car! Blue whales eat tiny shrimp-like creatures called krill, how much can they consume in one day? (1 tonne = 1000 kilograms)

a) 5 tonnes
b) 5 tonnes
c) 3 tonnes

7) Animals’ teeth are different depending upon what foods they eat. Animals that eat meat have sharp teeth; those that eat only plants have flat teeth. Which of the animals below is known to have 25,600 teeth?

a) Crocodile
b) Dolphin
c) Snail

8) A scientist once said that ‘The total number of stars in the Universe is larger than all the grains of sand on all the beaches of planet Earth.’ If there are seven thousand five hundred million, million, million (7,500,000,000,000,000,000) grains of sand on planet Earth, how many stars do you think there are in the universe?

a) 13 thousand eight hundred million, million, million (13,800,000,000,000,000,000)
b) 70 thousand million, million, million (70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000)
c) 45 thousand million, million, million (45,000,000,000,000,000,000,000)

9) Animals need to move to escape danger, find food and stay healthy. Which is the fastest animal on Earth with speeds up to 390 km/h?

a) The cheetah
b) The peregrine falcon
c) Sail fish

10) On 20 July 1969 the spacecraft Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, the landing was televised and over 500 million people around the world tuned in! Since then 547 people have gone into space, but how many have walked on the moon?

a) 12
b) 154
c) 75

Find the answers to these facts and more in The Big Countdown! A fantastic series of books that help you countdown your world with an amazing mix of numbers, facts and stats.

Further reading from Franklin Watts and Wayland

Answers: 1.a, 2.c, 3.a, 4. All are true!, 5.b, 6.c, 7.c, 8.b, 9.b, 10,a

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