Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day

An Earth Day quiz - taken from

1. On average, what is the approximate daily home water use for each person in the U.S.?

A. 25 gallons

B. 50 gallons

C. 100 gallons

D. 200 gallons

2. On average, what percentage of household water is used outdoors for watering lawns and gardens?

A. 10-30 percent

B. 30-50 percent

C. 50-70 percent

D. 70-90 percent

3. Approximately what percentage of the water in the world can be used to meet the agricultural, residential, manufacturing, community and personal needs of humans?

A. 1 percent

B. 5 percent

C. 25 percent

D. 40 percent

4. Approximately how many sheets of 100% virgin copy paper can be made from one tree that is roughly 40 feet tall and 6-8 inches in diameter?

A. 2,000 sheets

B. 8,000 sheets

C. 20,000 sheets

D. 50,000 sheets

5. In the average home, which of the following uses the most water?

A. Flushing the toilet

B. Filling the bathtub

C. Taking a 10-minute shower

D. Washing one load of clothes

6. For approximately how long can a person live without water?

A. Two days

B. Four days

C. One week

D. Two weeks

7. Which of the following takes the longest time to break down or disintegrate?

A. Disposable diaper

B. Hard plastic container

C. Aluminum can

D. Plastic 6-pack holder

8. Which of the following accounts for the greatest percentage of total waste in the U.S.?

A. Yard trimmings

B. Paper

C. Plastics

D. Glass

9. In the same amount of time, which of the following home appliances consumes the most electricity?

A. Space heater

B. Hair dryer

C. Computer and monitor

D. Water heater

10. Which of the following accounts for the greatest percentage of a typical home energy bill?

A. Heating and cooling

B. Clothes washer and dryer

C. Computer and monitor

D. Refrigerator

11. Which of the following is NOT a renewable resource?

A. Ethanol

B. Natural gas

C. Hydrogen

D. Methanol

12. What substance is released into the atmosphere when solid waste, fossil fuels and wood products are burned?

A. Hydrogen peroxide

B. Sodium chloride

C. Carbon dioxide

D. Calcium sulfate

13. Which of the following U.S. government environmental acts was NOT a result of the first Earth Day demonstrations?

A. Endangered Species Act

B. Clean Water Act

C. Clean Air Act

D. National Wash-Your-Car Day

Answers are here.

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