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Does Birth Order Matter?

Oh, brother! See if you know how much your spot in the family line-up affects your personality, smarts -- even your looks!

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Does Birth Order Matter?
Does Birth Order Matter?
Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which child is most likely to know when a parent has a favorite child?

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The correct answer is: Middle children most easily pick up on on which sibling is their parents' favorite. And despite what parents may tell themselves, research says parents do have favorites. In one study where researchers observed parents' interactions with their children, 65% of mothers and 70% of fathers showed a preference for a particular child.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which child is most often a parent's favorite?

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The correct answer is: The oldest child is often the favorite. Experts say it's often the middle child who pays the price for parents playing favorites.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

First-born children often have better vocabulary and grammar skills than their siblings. Why?

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The correct answer is: Mothers tend to speak to their oldest children more, which is why first-born children tend to have more advanced vocabulary and grammar skills than their younger siblings. However, younger children are often better at conversation--likely from living in a house with more people.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which child in the birth order is usually the most creative?

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The correct answer is: Middle children are usually more creative than their older or younger siblings. This is often because middle children have to be more flexible and generous with their time and toys than other kids in the family.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which child tends to have the highest IQ?

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The correct answer is: First-born kids tend to be the smarty-pants--at least, among boys. In a study of 250,00 men, the IQ scores of the first-born son beat the next-oldest sibling by an average of 2.3 points. The researchers concluded the IQ boost was due to how the children were raised, not just genetics.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which character trait best describes the oldest child?

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The correct answer is: Oldest children are usually more ambitious and driven than their siblings. Experts guess some of that may be due to one-on-one attention and prodding by their hopeful parents.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Oldest children typically have higher self-esteem than their younger siblings. Why is that?

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The correct answer is: According to experts, eldest children typically have greater self-esteem because they have more uninterrupted time with parents.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

What do comedians Stephen Colbert, Jim Carrey and Billy Crystal have in common?

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The correct answer is: Comedians Stephen Colbert, Jim Carrey and Billy Crystal are all youngest children. Youngest children typically thrive on the energy of exhilarating jobs such as comedian, entrepreneur and firefighter.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

According to a British study, which child is most likely to receive the necessary number of immunizations?

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The correct answer is: The oldest child is most likely to receive the needed number of immunizations.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Parents often give younger children more responsibilities because they've learned what works from raising their other children.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Research shows that parents give their older children more responsibility because they expect more from them.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Which of these famous women is NOT a first-born?

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The correct answer is: Oprah, Beyonce Knowles and Hillary Clinton are all first-borns. Madonna is a middle child.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of these jobs might attract an oldest child?

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The correct answer is: First-born children are typically high achievers, which is why a job like astronaut might appeal to them. In fact, 21 of the first 23 astronauts were first-born or only children.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

What percentage of CEOs are first-born children?

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The correct answer is: According to a survey of more than 1,500 chief executive officers, 43% were first-born children. Only 33% of the CEOs were middle children and 23% were last-born. The study seems to support the theory that kids are leaders on the playground grow up to be leaders in the working world.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Younger children are often taller and thinner than older children.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Younger children tend to be shorter and weigh less than their older siblings.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Oldest children are most likely to go to college. Why ?

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The correct answer is: No doubt about it--college is expensive. That's one reason why some families may decide to send just the oldest child to college--and why many college campuses have a lot of first-born or only children.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which child is more likely to be involved in sports?

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The correct answer is: Siblings are equally likely to be involved in sports, but it's the type of sports that makes a difference. Oldest children are cautious, while younger children usually choose potentially risky sports--such as rugby, ice hockey or football.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

How much more money does a first-born child make compared to the next-oldest sibling?

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The correct answer is: First-born children make about 1% more than the second child, who makes 1% more than the third child, and so on.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Middle-born children tend to make friends with which children?

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The correct answer is: Birds of a feather flock together. Research shows that middle-born children are more likely to choose friends and spouses who are also middle-born. First-born and last-born also tend to be friends with people in the same birth order.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which child is usually the most irresponsible with their money?

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The correct answer is: Youngest children tend to be the most irresponsible with their money.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Middle children are usually the most secretive.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Middle children are often the most secretive child in a family. That's because they usually don't receive as much attention as other siblings.

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