Time for a brainstorm. Take this quiz to enlighten yourself about lightning.

1. Which is the study of lightning?
A. Astralogy
B. Brontology
C. Fulminology
D. Nimbusvoltology

2. Who is seven times more likely to be struck by lightning?
A. Females
B. Males

3. Which of these is the fear of lightning?
A. Astraphobia
B. Electrophobia
C. Voltophobia
D. Zeusophobia

4. Who is believed to be the first person to show that lightning is electricity?
A. Aristotle
B. Ben Franklin
C. Galileo
D. Thomas Edison

5. There is almost no lightning near the North and South Poles. Why?
A. It’s too cold.
B. Very few thunderstorms occur there.
C. The reflection of the snow and ice repels lightning.
D. The tilt of the Earth in these regions makes it more difficult to hit these areas.

6. What are the odds of being struck by lightning?
A. 180,000 to 1
B. 280,000 to 1
C. 380,000 to 1
D. 480,000 to 1
7. The first lightning rods to protect buildings from being damaged by lighting were installed on buildings in Bay watershed states. What two were they?
A. Academy of Philadelphia
B. Pennsylvania State House.
C. U.S. Capitol
D. White House

8. Lightning takes place inside a cloud, between clouds or from a cloud to the ground. What percentage of lightning is from a cloud to the ground?
A. 25 percent
B. 45 percent
C. 65 percent
D. 85 percent

9. Lightning strikes the Earth how times every minute?
A. 2,000
B. 6,000
C. 10,000
D. 14,000

10. When the extreme heat from the lightning causes the surrounding air to expand, what happens?
A. A flash occurs
B. A tornado is created
C. Hail is created
D. Thunder rumbles

11. What is the average temperature of lightning?
A. Around 24000 °F.
B. Around 36000 °F.
C. Around 48000 °F.
D. Around 60000 °F.

12. Why does lightning not travel in a straight path?
A. Impurities in the air, such as dust, cause it to change direction.
B. The charges in lightning are unstable.
C. The shockwaves from thunder bend the air
D. The path is actually straight, what appears to be a zigzag is an optical illusion.

13. When else can lightning occur?
A. Dust storms
B. Forest fires
C. Volcanic eruptions
D. All of the above



1. C, 2. B, 3. A, 4. B, 5. B, 6. B, 7. A & B, 8. A, 9. B, 10. D, 11. B, 12. A, 13. D