Problem Solving Multiple Choice Topic Test

Test your understanding of problem solving with this ten question, self-marking multiple choice exercise.

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Here are 10 Problem Solving multiple choice questions written by people from around the world while using the main Pentransum activity. You can earn a Transum Trophy for answering at least 9 of them correctly.

1. I thought of a number, divided it by 6, added 52, doubled it and subtracted five. I ended up with 111. What number did I start with?

 A. 36 B. 16 C. 8 D. 7 E. 12 This question was suggested by Terry, Yorkshire

2. A snail climbs up a 12m wall. It climbs 3m each day, but slips back 2m each night. On what day will it reach the top of the wall?

 A. 9th B. 12th C. 11th D. 14th E. 10th This question was suggested by Gillian, New Zealand

3. 30% of A = 30% of 30 + 30. Find A

 A. 100 B. 130 C. 30 D. 31 E. 60 This question was suggested by Nevin, Kerala

4. If goldilocks and the three little pigs sat down at a table, how many legs would there be?

 A. 6 B. 14 C. 34 D. 30 E. 10 This question was suggested by Flossie Roberts, Portland, Dorset

5. I'm thinking of a number: I add 6, divide by 4 and then times it by 5 and my answer is 35, what was my original number?

 A. 26 B. 34 C. 35 D. 22 E. 21 This question was suggested by Rebecca and Michelle, Leeds

6. The perimeter of a rectangle is 28.6cm. One side of the rectangle is 5.1cm. What is the size of the longer side of the rectangle?

 A. 18.6cm B. 18.4cm C. 10.2cm D. 9.2cm E. 9.3cm This question was suggested by Hockey Puck, Birmingham

7. If Bob has 44p and Bill has 22p how much does Bob have to give Bill so they have the same amount of money?

 A. 45p B. 2p C. 11p D. 34p E. 12p This question was suggested by Sophie Brown, Newcastle

8. How many buses will be needed to hold 476 people when a bus can hold 52 people.

 A. 8 B. 9 C. 7 D. 10 E. 6 This question was suggested by Finn Meyer, Christian-von-Dohm-Gymnasium Goslar, Germany

9. Mr and Mrs Thomson have six children and the sum of their ages is 63. What was the sum of the ages of the Thomson children 7 years ago?

 A. 21 B. 32 C. 65 D. 23 E. 22 This question was suggested by Caitlyn Dawbin,

10. A frog is in a well 12m deep. Every time the frog jumps 2m, it falls down 1 m. how many leaps does the frog have to make to reach to the surface?

 A. 10 B. 13 C. 12 D. 11 E. 5 This question was suggested by Yash, United Arab Emirates

Please note that unlike other Transum online exercises, the check button for this multiple choice quiz can only be clicked once when you have answered all ten questions. Check your answers carefully before clicking the button below. You teed to get at least 9 questions correct to be awarded a Transum Trophy.

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Instructions

Try your best to answer the questions above. Choose one of the five possible answers. When you have finished click the "check" button. If you have any questions wrong, do your best to do corrections but if there is anything you don't understand, please ask your teacher for help.

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