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Funny Test Answers Given by Junior High Students

Funny but true!

Funny but true!

Junior High Kids' Funny Test Answers

The majority of my junior high years were spent trying to fit in and adjusting to the new class schedules. Trying to comprehend pre-algebra was a mental challenge. I was not the most studious adolescent; in fact, I spent most of my time out of the classroom, pretending to be sick at home.

For me, a test was overwhelming, let alone a basic quiz of knowledge. Given that I barely studied, my responses at the time were somewhat humorous. But you must believe me when I tell you that they were actually quite sincere.

Since the questions were garbled bits of information my mind couldn't process, I simply wrote whatever came to my mind in response. The reason for this is another story, and I may have to post an article on this in the near future.

Today as an educator, I come across some interesting test answers to questions I'm sure baffle the mind of many adults. I love how the young mind responds with quick wit. I decided to share some of the most recent findings with readers.

Yes, have a good laugh; but remember, some of the responses are written with serious intentions. You just have to admire the adolescent spirit of creativity!

English Is All Greek to Me!


Name three articles of clothing Jon can wear to school.

A shirt and a pair of pants.

Use the word “doldrums” in a sentence.

I cannot play the doldrums.

In what circumstances does the fourth act of “Hamlet” begin?

It starts immediately after the third act.

Define "epitaph"

A short and sarcastic poem

Name three relative pronouns.

My aunt, my uncle, and my brother.

Who is it that helped Theseus escape from the labyrinth?

David Bowie

Visual aids for the teacher

Visual aids for the teacher

Science Is a Mystery


Over the last 50 years there has been a significant change in the concentration of carbon dioxide. Give a reason for this.

It is easily distracted.

List five ways that plants interact with each other.

They don’t. They’re plants. They can’t talk or hang out. Is this a trick question?

Give three ways to reduce heat loss in your home.

1. Thermal underwear 2. Move to Hawaii 3. Close the door

In the Hawaiian Islands there are about 500 difference species of fruit fly. Give a reason for this.

There are approximately 500 varieties of fruit.

Define germination.

To become a German citizen.

The exact angle?

The exact angle?

Math: I Can't Figure It Out!


A train is blowing its whistle while traveling at 33 miles per second. The speed of sound is 343 miles per second. If you are directly in front of the train, what is the whistle frequency you hear?

You will get hit by a train before you can even figure out what that whistling sound is.

Steve is driving a car. He is traveling at 60 feet/second and the speed limit is 40 mph. Is Steve speeding?

He could find out by checking his speedometer.

What is a random variable?

Someone with multiple personalities.

If Andrew invests $25,000 at 8.5% APR compounded monthly, how much money will he have after ten years?

$0, with the economy like it is.

Math is visually attactive

Math is visually attactive

Who Knows Their History?

Why was the Berlin wall built?

Germany was competing with China.

When did the founding fathers draft the constitution?

It was a second-round pick, right after LeBron James

What did Mahatma Gandhi and Genghis Khan have in common?

Unusual names.

It Is Just Common Sense


There are 250 eleventh-grade students. Tina and Phil want to know what color the students favor most. Tina asks 50 people. Phil asks 200 people. Phil states his conclusions are more reliable than Tina’s. Why does Phil believe he is right?

—Because Phil is a man.

What is a partnership?

—A ship that takes two people to drive.


In the US, what is the chief cause of divorce?


What is the purpose of a US census?

—During the census, a man goes from door to door and increases the population.


What do the people of North Dakota raise?


Where is Chicago?

—Right now, they’re in 5th place.


Give an example of a smoking-related disease.

—Early death

What does it mean when we say he has a terminal illness?

He became ill at the airport.


What is the significance of an altar?

God knows!

It's all relative

It's all relative

© 2014 Dianna Mendez


Denise McGill from Fresno CA on December 12, 2019:

This is so funny. Great answers. I like the fruit flies!



Dianna Mendez (author) on October 08, 2018:

Shyron, glad it put a smile on your day.

Shyron E Shenko on November 03, 2016:

Dianna, this is too funny, and it reminds me of many things my sons, cousins and brothers have said.

This was really an enjoyable read.

Blessings my friend

Dianna Mendez (author) on September 02, 2016:

Rajan, glad I could put some laughter in your day. Stay well, my friend.

Reginald, sharing laughter is good for the heart. Thanks for visiting and your support. Enjoy your weekend.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 10, 2016:

The answers are just too funny. Enjoyable read.

Dianna Mendez (author) on September 01, 2015:

Thank you Coloruflone, Glenn, and Patty for stopping by to leave such positive feedback. I still chuckle when I read these answers. As a teacher, I come across some very creative students that keep me smiling and young at heart.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 14, 2015:

"Define epitaph...A short and sarcastic poem." Sometimes that is true!

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on August 14, 2015:

You had me cracking up all the way through this hub. Totally hilarious! But it's also very meaningful to see how intelligent kids can be when they are still so innocent.

I noticed how they tried to put logic to determining the answers. That's what made it so funny - they made sense in a sort of round-about way.

I just found this hub now, but congratulations for being selected as Hub Of The Day last year.

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on January 21, 2015:

You got me laughing so hard, and remembering some of the answers my own kids would give on tests in home school. This is funny! I'll be chuckling the rest of the day, thank you.

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 16, 2014:

Ubrish, kids do add much to our life, don't they? Glad you enjoyed the laughter and saw the wit of these precious students.

ubrish ali from Pakistan(Asia) on November 15, 2014:

Kids do these types of attempts to make us laugh.I really enjoyed to read your article

ubrish ali from Pakistan(Asia) on November 15, 2014:

Kids do these types of attempts to make us laugh.I really enjoyed to read your article

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 29, 2014:

Leslie, I am glad the post is funny the second time for readers. It is so good to laugh any day. Thanks for the comment and return visit, dear lady.

Leslie A. Shields from Georgia on October 23, 2014:

This is my second time reading this hub.... it cracks me up every time..... LOL

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 23, 2014:

Peach, so true my friend. Thanks for validating the content and for your visit. Enjoy your day.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on October 21, 2014:

All i can say is kids are great at answering wuestions truthfully and logically without lookibg at the textbook

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 19, 2014:

Mothersofnations, laughter is the medicine for the soul. God bless you, too.

mothersofnations on October 15, 2014:

That was very funny! Great way to begin my day :) I look forward to reading more lol God bless you...

Dianna Mendez (author) on September 24, 2014:

SheGetCreative, so good to hear this post put a smile in your day. I have to admit, they make me laugh still! Enjoy your week.

Angela F from Seattle, WA on September 22, 2014:

These are great - so glad I put my coffee cup down as I was reading!

Dianna Mendez (author) on September 05, 2014:

Tony, it is always good to hear the article gives one a good laugh. Laughter is good for the soul. You were better off not answering questions as such, believe me, it gets you in trouble!

Dianna Mendez (author) on September 05, 2014:

Paula, you must certainly know and enjoy how teens can respond to questions. Have a great weekend!

Brite-ideas, yes, we teachers see these answers now and then and we have to keep a straight face! I will have to post a second article soon on these responses.

Ann, I totally understand the 13 year old mindset and how they reason. They can be endearing but frustrating! Love that teen for me.

Mel, glad you enjoyed the post and that it have you a good laugh. I am thinking about writing a sequel soon. Enjoy your day, dear lady.

Melody Lassalle from California on September 04, 2014:

These are the best! Please write more! Reminds me of the book Anguished English. Thank you, you gave me a good laugh today. And, I will never forget the definition of germination.

Ann Hinds from So Cal on September 04, 2014:

I have a 13-yr-old who would answer some of these questions in the same way. Not because he doesn't know the answer but he is at that smart-alecky stage where the other answer makes more sense and it's funny. Thanks for the laughs.

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on September 04, 2014:

This is hysterical! 'Where is Chicago' ..right now they're in 5th place (lmao!) and the answer list 5 ways that plants interact with each had me rotflmao! I'll bet teachers see a lot of this - wonder if I ever made one laugh? Love your page

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on September 04, 2014:

Read a few of these before, but still funny every time. I just wish I had been resourceful and original enough to write something like this on a test paper. Mind you, an "F" is no fun :(

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on September 04, 2014:

I live with a teenager and one not much older, so I really appreciated reading this. :)

Dianna Mendez (author) on August 08, 2014:

You made me see another side of it.. Ubanichijoke, Humor is good. Stay well, friend.

Alexander Thandi Ubani from Lagos on August 07, 2014:

Define germination? To be come a german citizen. Damn right! Haha

Dianna Mendez (author) on August 05, 2014:

Lambservant, I am glad you came back to enjoy the humor a second time. Thanks for sharing with others. Have a great week, dear friend.

Catherine, as a teacher you have to consider the student's real meaning behind the response. There is usually a good reason for it. However, it is hard trying to remain serious when the answers are so creative! I enjoyed our chat and wish you a lovely evening. Blessings.

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on August 05, 2014:

I enjoyed your funny article. Teaching is hard work; at least you get to laugh. Or do you cry when you see some of those responses.

Lori Colbo from United States on August 03, 2014:

I read this when it first came out and enjoyed reading it once again. I am going to share it with my teacher friends on FB. Hilarious.

Dianna Mendez (author) on August 03, 2014:

Hello Michelle, some of the jokes make me laugh each time too. Good to see you here and thanks for the support.

Mary, you just have to enjoy the kids who make teaching interesting every day. Hope you are keeping dry up in your part of the state. We are soaked here today.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 03, 2014:

I really don't know which answer I thought the most comical! They are all great. Teachers must have a good sense of humor! I admire all of you!

Voted UP, etc.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on August 03, 2014:

This had me laughing my socks off when I first read it and it still does!! Sharing again, Dianna!

Dianna Mendez (author) on July 08, 2014:

Tolovaj, I love your quote on sincerity, it's so true! Glad you stopped by and I appreciate your insightful comment. Take care.

Tolovaj on July 07, 2014:

Great stuff and perfect way to start the day. As a former part time teacher I can confirm the sincerity is the mother of humor:)

Dianna Mendez (author) on July 01, 2014:

DreamerMeg, glad this put a smile in your day. Have a great day out there.

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on June 27, 2014:

Really funny. Started my day off on great note!

Dianna Mendez (author) on June 01, 2014:

MsDora, I am happy to hear this post put a smile in your day. Good to see you here and I appreciate your comment. Blessings.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 26, 2014:

While I was reading through these questions and answers, I shared some by phone with a friend of mine who is a teacher. We both enjoyed them. Thank you.

Dianna Mendez (author) on May 24, 2014:

Barbara, when I come across one of these creative responses it does put a smile in my day.

Mekenzie, you are so right, you gotta love them for their quick wit. One day they will be great leaders!

Susan Ream from Michigan on May 21, 2014:


Thanks for writing this hilarious hub. It produced a lot of hearty laughter on my part. Some of your students may be quick witted and some may not have moved past concrete thinking yet.

I smiled and laughed through it all! Laughter does good like medicine ya know. ;) Gotta love those Junior High Students!

Blessings to you my friend,


Barbara Badder from USA on May 13, 2014:

This must make grading test papers more fun. I'd get a good laugh for the day out of some of them. Laughter is the best medicine they say. You should be healthy.

Dianna Mendez (author) on April 12, 2014:

Crafty, enjoy those teens when they come to this point. It will happen! Thanks for the comment and support.

MissLong, I do enjoy the students humorous responses to questions. They keep live interesting. It was nice seeing you here. Enjoy your weekend.

Michele Kelsey from Edmond, Oklahoma on April 04, 2014:

This is super funny! I loved the top reason for divorce being marriage! Actually a smart kid really. Lol. I bet you got a lot of laughs as a teacher! Great article! :)

CraftytotheCore on April 04, 2014:

This is great! My favorite: "They don’t. They’re plants. They can’t talk or hang out. Is this a trick question?" I guess this is what I have to look forward to when my children become teenagers!

Dianna Mendez (author) on March 20, 2014:

Linda, thanks for your kind comment. It was a post I enjoyed writing. Take care.

Merej, I will delete it. Sorry, I forgot. HP was notified and they are on top of it, as you say. Thanks for the heads-up. I appreciate your support and the forum link. Be safe and well.

Truth, glad you got a chuckle out of the post. Enjoy your evening.

Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on March 19, 2014:

This is so funny. Very fun read.

Meredith Loughran from Florida on March 19, 2014:

Hi! Please delete my comment with the link to the bad site. I don't want to give them any more traffic! (Feel free to delete this one too so I don't junk up your comments section).

HP is actually looking into it. Here's a link to the discussion (this is a GOOD link) ;)

Linda Chechar from Arizona on March 19, 2014:

What a hoot! You have to give the students credit for imagination, wit and creativity. Congratulations! This certainly deserves to be a HOTD!

Dianna Mendez (author) on March 18, 2014:

Well, I'm not surprised. As Nell says, it is annoying. I've had them stolen before and complained to sites and HP. It is an endless battle. Thanks for the heads up, Merej99.

Nell Rose from England on March 18, 2014:

Thats terrible merej99, teaches is going to be really annoyed, I had one the other day too, I had to argue with four sites to get them to take it down! I only came back here to say well done Dianna for HOTD!

Dianna Mendez (author) on March 17, 2014:

Girishpuri, Thank you for stopping by to read the post. God bless you as well.

Rajan, so glad you found some student humor creative. It is what makes them so loveable. Take care. Blessings.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 16, 2014:

Thanks for the laughs. Students are really creative.

Voted up and funny.

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on March 15, 2014:

Thanks Dianna for this great hub. God bless you

Dianna Mendez (author) on March 15, 2014:

Eddy, so good to see you this Saturday afternoon. I hope all is well in your part of the world. Blessings, dear lady!

Eiddwen from Wales on March 15, 2014:

Thank you Dianna for this refreshing and entertaining hub. Voted up, across and shared.


Dianna Mendez (author) on March 12, 2014:

Thank you, Tracy, for your kind comment. I am so glad it brought laughter to your day.

Thoughtforce, thank you for the kind wishes. The math questions are indeed funny, but I think I may have written these as a child!

ICV, Thank you for the compliments and support. I enjoyed writing this post. I especially am grateful for the views of interest.

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on March 12, 2014:

Congratulation to the Hub of the Day and thanks for the laugh! I especially love the response to the science and the math questions. I also like the way you have written this article, you have manage to write a funny but warmhearted article.


icv on March 12, 2014:

congratulations for the selection of hub of the day. very interesting and funny hub. you described with flair. Any way I congratulate you for getting 100000 views to your hubs.

Tracy Lynn Conway from Virginia, USA on March 12, 2014:

Thank you for a great big laugh! Voted up and shared.

Dianna Mendez (author) on March 12, 2014:




Thank you for stopping by and for your feedback on the post. I appreciate your support.

TotalHealth from Hermosa Beach, CA on March 11, 2014:

Theses test answers are great! Unfortunately, however, I am not too surprised given our society promotes via mass advertising virtues that collect at other end of the spectrum - far away from improving one's intellect in more meaningful ways.

theBAT on March 11, 2014:

I was smiling while reading your hub. This is great. I got entertained the whole time. Hierarchy of needs? Nice Answer. Thanks for sharing.

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on March 11, 2014:

Congrats on HOTD. This was so fun to read. I do have a confession though...even though I was a straight A student, I was always sooo tempted to give some witty answers like this on purpose. Especially if tests were worded so that they could be taken two ways. I resisted, but it was hard. :) You never know...could just be some brilliant future comedians in there somewhere. Voting up!

Dianna Mendez (author) on March 11, 2014:

Thank you to each and everyone of you who commented and for your support. I so appreciate your best wishes and glad the test answers put a smile in your day. Blessings!

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on March 11, 2014:

Came back to say congratulations! :)

precy anza from USA on March 11, 2014:

Made my Tuesday afternoon :)Too funny, and must share this for my Facebook friends to see. :)

lambservant on March 11, 2014:

Absolutely hilarious. You have too much fun. My favorite was the train one, where you get hit before you can figure it out. Priceless.

suzettenaples on March 11, 2014:

LOL! This is too funny. What is funnier are the way some of the questions are worded. No wonder the students answered some of these as they did. Too, too funny!

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on March 11, 2014:


Rosie Rose from Toronto, Canada on March 11, 2014:

Oh my goodness, this article is just so funny. I'm still laughing here. These kids are definitely very creative. Thanks for the laugh. Awesome! Definitely deserving of being HOTD!!!!

ologsinquito from USA on March 11, 2014:

Congratulations on HOTD. This is a great and funny article.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on March 11, 2014:

LOL These were great! As a math-challenged person myself, I always hated word problems. They gave me fits, and to some extent, still do.

I especially liked the answers to the train and investment questions.

Voted up, interesting and funny....(but, you might also say 'scary' if this is widely representative of the end product of our schools these days...)

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on March 11, 2014:

Congrats on HOTD!! :)

Kejanny from Papua New Guinea on March 11, 2014:

Hahaha hilarious. Some of these answers make sense. Lol.

JoanCA on March 11, 2014:

I'm impressed. A lot of these answers were very clever.

chelle from Manila, PH on March 11, 2014:

Like. These students are really smart seeing things in different ways. I had fun reading this start to finish. Engaging. :)) Congrats!

cathylynn99 from northeastern US on March 11, 2014:

shared on facebook. my teacher friends will love it.

Cynthia Taggart from New York, NY on March 11, 2014:

Thanks for this one. I enjoyed it and I am still laughing.

Dom Begbour from Southampton, UK on March 11, 2014:

This is great! thanks

Lee Tea from Erie, PA on March 11, 2014:

Hilarious. Thanks for the good laugh - much needed and appreciated. Congratulations - well deserved!

Claudia Porter on March 11, 2014:

Congrats on your HOTD! This is an awesome hub and oddly enough, I can relate to some of the answers. Of course my favorite is the train blowing it's whistle. I always hated questions like this, so I commend the person who answered it.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on March 11, 2014:

How wonderful that the hub we relished reading with all our heart got HOTD ! Congrats, teaches12345 for this fantastic tag on your very entertaining hub.

Yvette Stupart PhD from Jamaica on March 11, 2014:

I found the responses so humorous, I laughed right through reading your hub. But as a high school teacher for many years, when I got answers like these I was upset. But you helped me to see things in a different light. Thanks for posting

Gous Ahmed from Muslim Nation on March 11, 2014:

This was so funny that i couldn't concentrate on my work and i was reading them while i was seeing clients! These are just too funny!!!

Shared, thumbs up!!!

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 11, 2014:

I'm back to say Congratulations on HOTD. Well deserved, as your hub brought lots of chuckles.

Better Yourself from North Carolina on March 11, 2014:

Awesome hub, I laughed all the way down! Congrats on HOTD, voted up!

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on March 11, 2014:

Congrats on your HOTD - so pleased for you.

Suzanne Sheffield from Mid-Atlantic on March 11, 2014:


Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 11, 2014:

Hooray HOTD!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on March 11, 2014:

Congratulations on the HOTD! Very funny! I was laughing all the time that my relatives here were thinking I´m getting crazy reading. LOL! Thanks for writing this and I love this so much.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on March 11, 2014:

Congrats on HOTD! This is such a great hub!!!

Jasmine S from Pennsylvania on March 11, 2014:

"In the US, what is the chief cause of divorce?


HAHAHAHAHAHA! That one totally killed me!! Such a hilarious article and true. I'm pretty sure if I was a student today I'd answer the same way LOL. Congrats on HOTD. Well deserved.

Leon Moyer on March 11, 2014:

1)Briefly explain what hard water is.



If only imagination and creativity was allowed to receive credit in answers.

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on March 11, 2014:

I would guess you have to give the imagination credit of the least. Well received thinking of experiences similar to these wonderful observation. I must admit a fun bit of time with giggling while enjoying this article. Thank you for starting this day off with a smile teaches12345 :)


Dianna Mendez (author) on March 11, 2014:






Thank you for the supportive comments. It is a fun look at student test responses.

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on March 11, 2014:

Cute and funny. Congrats on your hub of the day!

cheeluarv from INDIA on March 11, 2014:

Extremely funny teaches, a very good article. Voted up.Congrats on hub of the day.