A short[ish] quiz

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English Language

1. Write only the verb from this sentence: “He was trying, essentially, to be seen to be embracing all of the concepts in that philosophical tract.”

English Literature

2. From which hostelry did the pilgrims to Canterbury set out and where was that hostelry situated?

General Mathematics

3. What does this represent?

quad eqGeometry

4.  What did Pythagoras say about the hypotenuse?

Physics

5.  The angle of incidence is equal to … ?

Chemistry

6. Au is which element in the periodic table?

Biology

7. Which name is given to the clear layer at the front of the eye which helps to focus light – retina, iris, cornea or lens?

History

8. In May 878, at Edington, what happened?

Geography

9.  Name the main river which runs through York.

French

10.  How do you say: “Close the door,” in French?

German

11.  Answer this question: “Wie geht es Ihnen?”

Latin

12.  What is a rough translation of “Nemo me impune lacessit”?

Information Technology

13.  What is the abbreviated form of the language which allows images and objects to be embedded and can be used to create interactive forms? It is written in the form of elements consisting of “tags”, surrounded by angle brackets within the web page content.

The Dramatic Arts/Dance

14.  In basic ballet training, how many positions are there?

Art and design

15.  The method of painting using little dabs of paint in dots became known as … ?

Music

16.  In terms of length, between a minim and a quaver is a … ?

Sports and Physical Training

17. To move the ball along the ground under your control is often called what?  A baby does it.

Religion

18. The key passage in John’s third chapter, upon which the theory of Christianity rests, is which number?

First Aid/medicine

19.  What does ABC stand for?

General

20. Name the wonder of the ancient world connected to a satrap in the Persian Empire and taken now to be any grand structure of the kind.

Answers

was trying to be seen to be embracing, The Tabard in Southwark, the formula for the quadratic equation, the square on the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares on the other two sides, the angle of reflection, gold, cornea, Alfred defeated the Danes, Ouse, fermez la porte, es geht sehr gut bitte, nobody attacks me with impunity, html, five, pointillism, crotchet, dribbling, John 3:16, airway breathing circulation, Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus

How did you do?  If you did well, then there is a certain satisfaction in knowing what you knew.  If you did poorly, then perhaps you’ll scoot over to Google and look some of these up.  As long as no one names and shames, then the process is a beneficial one.

6 comments for “A short[ish] quiz

  1. January 25, 2010 at 22:47

    I am going to answer this post in terms of my education rather than whether or not I know the answers to the questions.

    English Language

    Obviously this was taught and my class took the exam ahead of time because it was thought that we knew enough to pass the exam. It got on subject out of the way so we could concentrate on all the rest.

    I was also the top of the year at spelling…

    English Literature

    This was taught but I think I was too young to appreciate it all at the time. I do regret losing my book on the modern war poets though.

    General Mathematics

    We have to go back to Junior School for this one. They were doing experiments to make it easier to learn. For example there was something to do with colours and coding to learn the times tables. I have no memory of the lessons but apparently my Parents took the school to task on it and asked them exactly what they were trying to teach. Then went on to say it isn’t working because she thinks it is a game.

    The only memory of that I have is of being made to stand up in class and recite my times tables (by rote). Well obviously I couldn’t and I still can’t to this day.

    Moving on to secondary school. Surprisingly I was above average and in the year before my O levels my maths teacher took some lunch times out to give a few of us (5) to help with our revising. He also turned down a promotion so that he could see our year through our exams.
    One of the people in life I will always be grateful for.

    Geometry

    This was covered.

    Physics

    For the first years we did combined science. Afterwards we could choose between Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

    This was one of my choices. Due to the weird structure of the percentages in the band of each grade (who were allowed to pass). I failed the exam by less than 2% which has always annoyed me.
    I probably need to explain that in more detail.

    Chemistry

    This was covered, but I didn’t choose it as a subject. Too many scary substances 😉

    Biology

    This was covered. After getting a feel for it in the combined science, quite a few of us would have liked to have studied botany. We were told it was too difficult so it wasn’t on the curriculum.

    History

    We were taught about the industrial revolution in our first year. We asked when are we going to be learning about King, Queens, more general history etc etc. We were told next year! We had several more years of the industrial revolution.

    Geography

    We were taught about plate tectonics and the geological strata in the hills and that sort of thing.

    French

    This was taught and I do have a basic understanding. They were moving towards the understanding the French culture which you could take an exam in and would also be classed as passing a French exam.

    German

    Not on the curriculum.

    Latin

    Not on the curriculum.

    Information Technology

    Not on the curriculum although in maths I was told I got the highest marks in the year for linear programming which meant I had an aptitude for computing. As computing wasn’t being taught, I think maybe I was just a couple of years to early…

    The Dramatic Arts/Dance

    Drama was an option at school but I wasn’t really into it. But I did take part in Ballet out of school. I can feel a picture post coming on 😉

    Art and design

    Not on the curriculum

    Music

    I have always been into music; it is in my blood due to my Grandfather.

    The secondary school I attended was famous for its music. It wasn’t however the school I was supposed to go to. My parents were looking after me again.

    There is a story behind this (it is relevant but I think it might detract from my overall comments).
    Two of my music teachers I will always be grateful for too especially the one whose primary subject was physics.

    Sports and Physical Training

    On the curriculum but not my thing 😉

    Religion

    Not on the curriculum we were taught ‘Moral Education’ instead. The school thought they were pretty clever in getting round the obligatory teaching of RE.

    First Aid/medicine

    Do any schools teach that?

    General

    I think you can probably guess that sort of knowledge wasn’t on the curriculum either!

    …So how did I get where I am today?

  2. January 25, 2010 at 22:51

    I have just tried to post a very long comment on here and it has disappeared into the ethers….

  3. Mo
    January 25, 2010 at 23:13

    “4. What did Pythagoras say about the hypotenuse?”

    He said it wasn’t to be trusted.

  4. January 26, 2010 at 00:12

    1. “was trying,” I think. The others are infinitives, right?
    3. Quadratic Equation.
    4. The square of it is equal to the sum of the squares of the other 2 sides.
    6. Gold.
    11. Alles gut.
    15. Pointillism.
    17. Dribbling.
    19. Is that like “A Quick Check”?

  5. January 26, 2010 at 00:17

    Aha, ABC is like “a quick check.” —
    A= Airway
    Quick= 4 quick breaths
    Check= check pulse and breathing

  6. January 26, 2010 at 09:40

    Glad some tried it. You do know the answers are on the page – just highlight them.

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