Question Sheet: Gold’s Glittery Rewards


Before reading:

  1. What sorts of things are made from gold?
  2. Why is gold so valuable and expensive?

During reading:

  1. What uses does gold have? See Gold Council).
  2. How much does an ounce of gold cost?
  3. How is gold’s malleability important to its historical significance?
  4. What is 14-karat gold?
  5. Why is gold useful in electronics?
  6. The article says that “we’ve also launched gold into space.” What does this

    statement mean?

After reading:

  1. In what ways is gold like money? When would you want to own gold instead of

    having currency, such as U.S. dollars? See Gold Council).

  2. What is a karat (or carat)? Where did the name come from? What other meaning

    does the word “carat” have? See

  3. Compare the advantages of 14-karat gold to those of 24-karat gold for

    jewelry. Which would you rather have jewelry made from? Why? See (World Gold


  4. Gold doesn’t corrode. Why is that fact important? What metals do corrode?

    See (Corrosion


  5. How has gold been important in the history of the Americas? How did the hunt

    for gold influence the early exploration and settlement of North America? See (Northwest Territorial


  6. What uses does gold leaf have? How would an artist or jeweler apply a thin

    layer of gold leaf to a surface? How could such methods be used for technology

    as well as for art? See


    (Studio Arts).


Where does most of the gold now mined in the United States come from? Where would you go to pan for gold? See and (U.S. Geological Survey).


  1. Find a story in which gold plays a key part. Describe the role that gold

    plays in the story.

  2. A haiku is a type of Japanese poetry. The first line usually contains five

    syllables, the second line seven syllables, and the third line five syllables.

    Compose a haiku that includes the word “gold.” See (Michael J. Cosares).


You are given 18 gold coins, but you find out that one of the coins (you don’t know which one) is fake and weighs less than any of the others. How can you detect the false coin using a normal balance scale only three times?