Worksheet: Statistical and Nonstatistical Questions

In this worksheet, we will practice differentiating between statistical and nonstatistical questions.

Q1:

Determine whether the following is a statistical question: How tall are you?

  • AIt is a statistical question.
  • BIt is not a statistical question.

Q2:

Determine whether the following is a statistical question: How do students travel to school?

  • AIt is not a statistical question.
  • BIt is a statistical question.

Q3:

Can a statistical question be answered by collecting data, where there is variability in that data?

  • Ano
  • Byes

Q4:

Determine whether the following is a statistical question: In general, how tall are humans?

  • AIt is not a statistical question.
  • BIt is a statistical question.

Q5:

Determine whether the following is a statistical question: What is the weight of your cat?

  • AIt is not a statistical question.
  • BIt is a statistical question.

Q6:

Determine whether the following is a statistical question: How many text messages do students in your class send in one day?

  • AIt is not a statistical question.
  • BIt is a statistical question.

Q7:

Determine whether the following is a statistical question: What are the heights of the players of your favorite soccer team?

  • AIt is not a statistical question.
  • BIt is a statistical question.

Q8:

Determine whether the following is a statistical question: What is the average number of words on a page in your science textbook?

  • AIt is not a statistical question.
  • BIt is a statistical question.

Q9:

Determine whether the following is a statistical question: Do you like watching movies?

  • AIt is not a statistical question.
  • BIt is a statistical question.

Q10:

Determine whether the following is a statistical question: What is your favorite subject?

  • AIt is a statistical question.
  • BIt is not a statistical question.

Q11:

Determine whether the following is a statistical question: How many hours did you sleep last night?

  • AIt is not a statistical question.
  • BIt is a statistical question.

Q12:

Determine whether the following is a statistical question: You ask your parents, “Can I go to the movies tonight?”

  • AIt is a statistical question.
  • BIt is not a statistical question.

Q13:

Determine whether the following is a statistical question: You ask your math teacher, “What is the average grade on the quiz?”

  • AIt is not a statistical question.
  • BIt is a statistical question.

Q14:

Determine whether the following is a statistical question: What is your favorite type of cake?

  • AIt is a statistical question.
  • BIt is not a statistical question.

Q15:

Determine whether the following is a statistical question: How many hours per day do children spend playing games?

  • AIt is not a statistical question.
  • BIt is a statistical question.

Q16:

Determine whether the following is a statistical question: What is the ice cream flavor most favored by people in your city?

  • AIt is a statistical question.
  • BIt is not a statistical question.

Q17:

Is the following statement true or false? A statistical question is defined as being one that can be answered by collecting data, where there will be variability in that data.

  • Afalse
  • Btrue

Q18:

Can line plots be used to help show the variability in the data used to answer a statistical question?

  • Ayes
  • Bno

Q19:

Can bar graphs be used to help answer a statistical question?

  • Ayes
  • Bno

Q20:

Determine whether the following is a statistical question: How did you get to school today?

  • AIt is not a statistical question.
  • BIt is a statistical question.

Q21:

Can a flowchart be used to help show the variability in the data used to answer a statistical question?

  • Ano
  • Byes

Q22:

Two students think about the following question: What t-shirt size do students in your class wear? Liam says that it is not statistical, while Benjamin says that it is. Which student is wrong, and why??

  • ABenjamin, since it is likely that there will be a range of answers for different people in the class.
  • BLiam, since the question has a single answer.

Q23:

Determine whether the following is a statistical question: How many hours did you spend playing games yesterday?

  • AIt is a statistical question.
  • BIt is not a statistical question.

Q24:

Which of the following is an example of a statistical question?

  • AHow many feet are in one yard?
  • BWho was the 10th president of the United States of America?
  • CHow many text messages do you send in one week?
  • DWhat is the height of Mt. Everest?

Q25:

Can scientists make discoveries and innovations without the need for data?

  • Ayes
  • Bno

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