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Can You Beat a Chimpanzee?

You may ace every news quiz you take, but how well does that help you know what has been going on in the world over the last 100 years? In the book Factfulness, Hans Rosling provides a quiz on world trends that he has given to audiences all over the world. Since there are three answers for each question, Rosling points out that chimpanzees answering randomly would get at least three out of ten, on average. See if you can beat the average chimpanzee score.


Congratulations, you’re smarter than the average chimpanzee! You can find out more about why humans have trouble with this quiz by reading Factfulness.

Sorry, you got beat by the chimpanzees.

You can find out why by reading Factfulness.

#1 Where does the majority of the world’s population live?

#2 In the last 20 years, the proportion of the world’s population living in extreme poverty has …

#3 What is the average life expectancy of people living in the world today?

#4 There are 2 billion children aged 0 to 15 living in the world today. How many more children will there be in the year 2100, according to the United Nations?

#5 What proportion of people in the world today have access to electricity?

#6 How did the number of deaths per year from natural disasters change over the last 100 years?

#7 There are roughly 7 billion (b) people in the world today. How many live in the Americas (Am), Europe (Eu), Africa (Af), and Asia (As)?

#8 What proportion of the world’s 1-year-old children today have been vaccinated against some disease?

#9 Worldwide, 30-year-old men have spent 10 years in school, on average. How many years have women of the same age spent in school?

#10 Global climate experts predict that, over the next 100 years, the average temperature will …

Factfulness, by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund

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