- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 2, 2008

The subject is fourth-grade modern history for $2,000. Quick, who succeeded Francisco Franco in November 1975 and established a constitutional monarchy in Spain?

A: Juan Carlos I

B: Juan De Borbon

C: Alfonso XIII

If you chose “B,” you lose. It was Juan Carlos I, and I know a virtual classroom full of kids who could offer some advice.

Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader: The Electronic Game (Techno Source, $29.99, requires three AA and two AAA batteries) brings the popular television show that tests adult players’ knowledge for cash into the entertainment room.

The game’s premise of answering 11 questions based on first- through fifth-grade curriculums to win $1 million is fun to watch. It’s even more fun to play in a family setting because adults often don’t remember the minutia from their early years while children have it ingrained at the forefront of their craniums.

Action emulates the show, complete with theme music, effects and the ability to get help from virtual schoolchildren, but sans host Jeff Foxworthy.

A main chalkboard-style module sits on a table and has illuminated money bars (from $1,000 to $1 million), and a backlit LCD screen showing the subject categories and questions that scroll, ticker-tape-style across a panel. Questions are easily answered via the buttons on a wireless controller.

Up to four family members or teams can participate as they answer multiple-choice and true-or-false questions based on 10 out of a possible 13 random school categories, including math, ancient history, science and technology, language arts, and literature. Keeping the game replayable are the 2,500 questions in its memory.

So how good are you on fifth-grade geography for $25,000? What percentage of Earth’s water area does the Arctic Ocean hold?

A: 3

B: 30

C: 47

If you don’t know the answer, you can “peek” at a classmate’s answer. Be careful, though, you only get to use this option once per round, and if you choose their answer and it’s wrong, you lose the round.

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