GED Practice Question…ANSWERED!

Here’s the question:

The earliest known use of cacao—the source of our modern day chocolate—has been pushed back more than 500 years, to somewhere between 1400 and 1100 B.C.E., thanks to new chemical analyses of residues extracted from pottery excavated at an archaeological site at Puerto Escondido in Honduras. The new evidence also indicates that, long before the flavor of the cacao seed (or bean) became popular, it was the sweet pulp of the chocolate fruit, used in making a fermented (5% alcohol) beverage, which first drew attention to the plant in the Americas.

The “new evidence” mentioned in the second sentence is…

1) A recipe for chocolate liquor

2) Chemical analyses of stuff from old pots

3) Sweet pulp of chocolate fruit (mmm….chocolate fruit…)

4) None of the above

See that “new evidence” phrase there? What’s it mean? That’s the real question… so I look at the sentence, and it says the evidence shows that people drank fermented chocolate fruit… mmmm… chocolate wine!! I bet everyone’d buy that…

Anyways, so I look at the answers. I gotta think all logically, like Curtis or someone. Which one of these things would show that people drank chocolate wine? D’oh! They all would… a recipe, or leftover stuff, or maybe they found some chocolate pulp? So, I gotta read again.

First, I think about the recipe. Nowhere does the paragraph say anything about finding a recipe! Whatever the answer is, it gotta be in the article!

Then, I think about the second thing… a chemical analysis, like with a mad scientist in his laboratory, no doubt. Talks about that in the first sentence… “thanks to new chemical analyses of residues extracted from pottery.” Then, in the second sentence, it says the new evidence ALSO says… so it must be the evidence they talked about before. Who knew? There’s like scientists, who go around figuring out what the icky stuff on the bottom of old pots is. Man, they’d like to see my kitchen.

Yeah, the answer’s gotta be B. Did you get it?

GED Science: Surfin’ Chemists, Dude!

Okay. So, I never really wanted to be a scientist, until I learned about these surfin’ scientists in Hawaii! Seriously, GED guys, you’ve got to read this article…Hawaiian Scientists Take Their Test Tubes Surfing.

Kewl, right? I mean, if I could totally surf while taking the GED, I bet I’d do lots better. Only my answers’d be all wet. Continue reading

GED Practice Question: Osmosis

Ready for GED science? Are you? ARE YOU?!?! How about testing out your GED skills. So, last time you read about how osmosis is used to make MUMMIES!!! Basically, you put salt on the outside of a dead Egyptian pharaoh, and the salt sucks out the water. Why’s that? Well, there’s water inside all our cells, and the outside of cells is a MEMBRANE… and water can go in and out of it. So, what happens is, water tends to go to whichever side has the most of something dissolved in water. So, you pour a bunch of dry salt (something that dissolves) on the outside of the mummy…and the water says, “Hey! That salt doesn’t have any water dissolved in it. But we’ve got a lot of water in this cell here. We better balance it out by sending more water out into that salt!!!” And the water all goes out to dissolve with the salt. Ugh! A dried-out mummy is the result.

So, here’s a question that was on Yahoo answers. With everything you know, you can solve this question, easy.

“How does osmosis explain the fact that a watery syrup forms when you put sugar on strawberries?”

You’re using a GED skill called application. You’re applying what you know to a different problem. Can you solve it? CAN YOU? Click here to see the answer: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080219200533AARCjin&show=7 

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And keep studying that science for your GED!

Kewl GED Science… Osmosis and the Mummy!

Okay. I was reading about this really kewl GED science thing… OSMOSIS! Doesn’t it sound like one of them Egyptian Pharoah guys… yeah, All behold the Great Pharoah Osmosis! Hail Osmosis! Maybe that’s not exactly what osmosis is… but speaking of Egypt, did you know that the Egyptians used a kind of salt called Natron to dry out dead bodies and make them into MUMMIES!?!? And guess what? That’s some GED science…OSMOSIS! Continue reading