Fine Arts
There is a discrepancy in the DK Dance book between the glossary and the first page of the "Accompaniment" chapter on page 14. To clarify, the Cueca is the national dance of Chile.

Hi- I found something that could be confusing for the kids. In the glossary, it says Bharata Natyam originated in Madras, India. On page 34 it says Bharata Natya is linked to dances in Tamil Nadu, India. Can we get some clarification on the origin of the dance. As I can see from maps, Tamil Nadu is the state and Madras (now Chennai) is the capital city?

The Bharata Natyam is a temple dance that originated in South India, in particular, in the temples of the state of Tamil Nadu.

There is a discrepancy regarding castanets as part of traditional Flamenco dance: the Keeping Time chapter on page 17 states the use of castanets is not a traditional part of Flamenco dance, but the glossary page 66 states flamenco is performed to castanets and guitar music. Because of the discrepancy in the book, please disregard this information.

In the ETC Study Guide - Review Quiz #5, Question #1 - the correct answer is D) Katherine Dunham.

Reading Quiz #2, Question #2, because the question asks "How much money does the first jeweler eventually offer Reuben?", the correct answer is (C) $200.


The DK Smithsonian Space! book is available for purchase through scholastic books, Barnes and Noble and Target (store website) in the U.S. and DK Publishing at https:/ It is also available as an e-book at all of these sites and on E-book apps are available to download for free on any App store site. The revised ISBN numbers for the book are:
  • ISBN-10: 1465438068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1465438065

The Galaxies chapter of the DK Smithsonian Space! book are pages 94 - 110.

The following discrepancies have been found in the DK Smithsonian Space! book. We have eliminated any questions on the competition exams that may have been affected by the discrepancies. The discrepancies are listed here for information purposes only.
There is a discrepancy in the distance given in the Space book for the width of the Milky Way.

There is a discrepancy in the Space book regarding the brightest object in the Universe. Page 89 says that the swirling clouds around the supermassive black holes are the brightest object and on page 103 it states that quasars are the brightest objects in the Universe.

On page 74, in the Star Birth section, it states that the Orion Nebula is 1,500 light years from Earth and on page 201 it states that the Orion Nebula is 1,340 light years from Earth.

On page 107, in the Galaxy Clusters section, the book states that the Andromeda Galaxy is a barred spiral galaxy. However, on page 201, the book states that it is a spiral galaxy. On page 101, there are four galaxy shapes described (spiral, barred spiral, elliptical, and irregular).

On page 100, in the Galaxies section, the book states that the Milky Way contains 200 billion stars. However, in the Universe section (pg. 108), the book states that there are 400 billion stars in the Milky Way.

On page 107, in the Galaxy Cluster section, it states at the top that the Triangulum Galaxy is the most distant object visible to the naked eye. However, on page 201, it says that the Triangulum Galaxy visibility is with binoculars.

On page 72, in the Types of Star section, it states that, “the more massive a star is, the hotter and brighter it will be, but the shorter its lifespan.” This contradicts the Hertzsprung Russell graph on the right side of page 73, where the Red Supergiant (the largest star) is one of the coolest.

Social Studies
To clarify, the adult version of Hidden Figures is the version of the book that is the resource for the Super Quiz test. The decathletes do not need to study the acknowledgements or the notes sections of the book.

In the Chapter Review Questions, Prologue, Question #1, the questions should read "What NASA facility is located in Hampton, Virginia?" not Hamilton, Virginia.

The United States launched its first satellite into space on January 31, 1958.