# TeachersFirst's Middle School Brain Twisters

## Week of December 2, 2023

1.In Charles Dickens' story, A Christmas Carol, three of the primary characters are:

• Police
• Musicians
• Ghosts
• Children
• Soldiers

2.Which does not belong?

• Tots
• Choir
• Chestnuts
• Ham
• Eskimos

3.December 7, 1941 was a major event at what U.S. naval base?

• Guantanamo Bay
• iwo Jima
• Pearl Harbor
• Midway
• Okinawa

4.Which does not belong?

• Yamamoto
• Hitler
• USS Arizona
• A day that will live in infamy
• December 7

5.Ebeneezer has decided to keep his Christmas tree until all the needles fall off. His tree has 10,420 needles. Half of the remaining needles will fall off each day, beginning on January 1. When will his tree be down to its last needle?

• Never
• Sometime in April
• A week after President's Day

6.The eight reindeer on your sleigh each drink a pint of water for each time zone. How many gallons of water should you plan to take on your sleigh to get around the world?

• 24
• 92
• 64
• 768
• 192

7.Several stores sells the same TV that the Smiths would like as their family gift this year. Which is the best deal? (Sales tax is calculated on the actual sales price after discounts.)

• A local close-out store with price \$349 with a coupon for \$50 every item over \$200 and 6% sales tax.
• The local electronics store with price \$309 plus 6% sales tax.
• A national chain store in their town with price \$329, with a 15% off sale and 6% sales tax.
• An online retailer with price \$289, plus \$25.99 shipping. No sales tax.
• A "big box store" Internet special. Regular price \$299. Free shipping, but they do charge local sales tax (6%) because they have a store in town.

8.What is the next number in this sequence? - 3, 3, 9, 27, 243

• 756
• 6,561
• 1.432
• 13,564
• 435

9.It takes about 100 lights to cover three feet of height on an "average" Christmas tree. The tree for the state capitol is 24 feet high and about five times as big around as the average tree at the base, tapering to about double the typical tree's circumference in the top 6 feet. About how many lights will it take to decorate this tree?

• 1400
• 900
• 1600
• 1000
• 2000

10."Wassail" is:

• A Christmas greeting
• A Christmas song
• A Christmas beverage
• All of these
• A Christmas bowl

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