Mnemonics Neatly Eliminate Man’s Only Nemesis — Insufficient Cerebral Storage: Mnemonics Quiz

By: Maria Trimarchi

Mnemonics Neatly Eliminate Man’s Only Nemesis — Insufficient Cerebral Storage: Mnemonics Quiz
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Trying to remember the correct order of the colors of the rainbow? Or which way to turn your clocks during Daylight Saving Time? Or anything, really? See how much you know about how mnemonics can help.
Why would you use mnemonics?
to improve your body language
to improve your memory and recall
Mnemonics are used to improve your memory and recall.
to derive the literal meaning when the figurative meaning is different

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What are math students trying to remember with the phrase "please excuse my dear Aunt Sally"?
finding area and circumference of a circle
how to do long division
order of arithmetic operations
Math students use "please excuse my dear Aunt Sally" to remember the order of arithmetic operations: parentheses, exponent, multiply, divide, add and subtract.

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How many types of mnemonics are there?
five
seven
nine
There are nine types of mnemonic devices.

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Which is NOT a type of mnemonic device?
image
music
numerical sequences
All of these are mnemonic devices.
These are three of the nine types of mnemonics.

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Who is Roy G. Biv?
a mnemonic device-maker
an imaginary person
There is no Roy G. Biv. The letters stand for red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, the sequence of colors that make up a rainbow (the colors of the visible spectrum).
the father of mnemonics

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What's it called when you use the first letter of each word to remember something, such as "RICE" for the instructions for treating a sprain?
acronym
RICE is an acronym mnemonic that stands for "rest the injured area; ice the sprain; compress with a wrap or bandage; elevate the injured area."
form
value

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What type of mnemonic device is "in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue," which can help you remember when Columbus sailed to America?
acronyms
imagery
rhyming
It's a rhyming mnemonic device. Because the brain stores rhymes by acoustic encoding, they're easier to recall.

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What will FANBOYS help you remember?
the bones of the neck
the conjunctions in the English language
FANBOYS is a mnemonic device to recall the seven conjunctions in the English language: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so.
the order of planets in our solar system

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What is the method of loci?
a memorization technique that died out with the ancient Greeks
one of the newest memorization methods
one of the oldest memorization methods
The method of loci, also known as "mind palace," involves visualizing a familiar location and objects with information you need to remember and dates back to the ancient Greeks.

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What can HOMES help you remember?
taxonomic ranks in biology
the names of the Great Lakes
HOMES is an acronym for the names of the Great Lakes: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior.
the order of taking the derivative of a quotient in calculus

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Fill in the mnemonic: "I" before "e" except after ____.
c
The mnemonic for remembering spelling goes "I" before "e" except after "c." But did you know there are two additional lines? They are "or when sounded as 'a,' as in 'neighbor' and 'weigh.' And 'weird' is just weird."
d
g

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What are you trying to recall with the phrase "monkeys dance very well"?
the properties of gases
the properties of matter
"Monkeys dance very well" stands for "mass, density, volume and weight," the properties of matter.
the properties of water

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True or false: Short-term memory is limited to only about seven items.
true
Because our short-term memory is limited to about seven things at a time, a device called "chunking" can help your brain handle more information more easily. For example, phone numbers in the U.S. are broken into 3 chunks (123-456-7890), a method for remembering more short-term information.
false

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Finish this advice: Righty tighty. ____ ____.
lefty loosey
Righty tighty. Lefty loosey. So the saying goes. It's used to remember that right is on, and left is off, which is how most screws, bottles and many other things can be loosened and tightened.
loosey lefty
loosey goosey

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Which mnemonic is used to remember the order of geological time periods?
Hello! Here lies Berylie Bill, caught napping on Friday night.
Cows often sit down carefully. Perhaps their joints creak? Persistent, early oiling might prevent painful rheumatism.
The mnemonic about cows is a shortcut to recalling the order of geological time periods: Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous, Permian, Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous, Paleocene, Eocene, Oligocene, Miocene, Pliocene, Pleistocene and Recent.
Olivia’s parrots actually bite, so pull finger — move quick!

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What does the mnemonic "my very excited mother just served us nachos" help you remember?
order of cranial nerves
order of lunar moon phases
order of planets
This is a way to remember the order of the planets, from the sun and out. It stands for Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

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Which of these mnemonics can help you remember the original 13 states?
James may declare the constitution of Louisiana civil.
My nice new car needs repainting. Maybe dark violet? No, shiny gold!
The one about car paint is a mnemonic device used to remember the original 13 states: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
So my father ate grapes last Tuesday, very awesome tart Napas.

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Rhythm helps your tiny hips move. And it's also a device that helps you remember what?
the characteristics of all living things
the elements of a plot
the spelling of rhythm
It can help you remember how to spell "rhythm."

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Complete this rhyming mnemonic, used to remember the number of days in each month: Thirty days hath September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31, excepting February alone, which has 28, that's fine ...
There are no additional lines.
till leap year comes and goes
till leap year gives it 29
"Till leap year gives it 29" is the last part of this mnemonic.

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What type of mnemonic device are acronyms and acrostics?
first-letter
Two of the most common first-letter devices are acronyms and acrostics.
literary
visual

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Who does Pvt. Tim Hall represent?
conditional amino acids
essential amino acids
Pvt. Tim Hall is a mnemonic device for essential amino acids: phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, isoleucine, methionine, histidine, arginine, leucine and lysine.
nonessential amino acids

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Which of these can help you remember how to tie a bowline?
The fox comes out of his hole, runs ’round the tree and goes back into his hole.
Hold the small loop in one hand. With the other, pass the free end around the back of the loop. Now the free end (the “fox”) comes out of the loop, around the standing line (the “tree”) and back through the loop. "The silly bunny has two ears and crossed eyes; he picks his nose and pulls his ears" can help you remember how to tie your shoes. And "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is an alphabet cheat sheet (it includes every letter).
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
The silly bunny has two ears and crossed eyes; he picks his nose and pulls his ears.

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What are you trying to remember if you use the mnemonic device "when a joke made me a joker"?
names of U.S. presidents
It's a way to recall all the U.S. presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama.
names of U.S. first ladies
names of the rooms in the White House

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Which phrase is used to remember the order of notes on the treble clef?
All cows eat grass.
Every good boy does fine.
"Every good boy does fine" is a mnemonic device to help you remember the order of the notes (lines) on the treble clef, from the bottom to top (E, G, B, D, F). "All cows eat grass" is a mnemonic for remembering the spaces on the bass clef (A, C, E, G). And "forks and chopsticks everywhere" is a mnemonic device for recalling the spaces on the treble clef (F, A, C, E).
forks and chopsticks everywhere

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Can you complete this mnemonic device, used for Celsius temperatures by those who grew up with the Fahrenheit scale? 30 is hot; 20 is nice; 10 is cold; zero is …
fool's paradise
ice
This Celsius rhyming device ends with "zero is ice," because zero C is water's freezing point.
no dice

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Which is NOT a way to remember the cardinal directions?
Naughty elephants spray water.
Never eat shredded wheat.
Never eat soggy waffles.
All these are ways to remember cardinal directions.
Each of these phrases is a way to remember cardinal directions, in clockwise order: north, east, south, west.

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Which mnemonic will help you remember guitar string names?
Easter bunny gets drunk at Easter.
Elvis' big Great Dane ate everything.
Every average dude gets better eventually.
"Every average dude gets better eventually" names the strings from the sixth to the first.

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If someone texts "143" to you, what do they mean?
I love you.
143 is a numerical device for "I love you." The "1" in "143" is "I," a one-letter word. The "4" represents "love," a four-letter word. And "3" represents "you," a three-letter word.
I'm running late.
pub?

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Which is a good trick to remembering the order of streets in Manhattan, between Second Avenue and Fifth Avenue?
Three lost friends meet.
Three lost people meet.
"Three lost people meet" represents Third Avenue, Lexington Avenue, Park Avenue and Madison Avenue.
Three lost souls meet.

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Which will help you recall the proper ordering of the biological groupings (taxonomy)?
All cool men prefer having heavy sideburns.
Dumb kids playing cards on freeway get smashed.
There are many popular devices for recalling the order of biological groupings — domain, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species — including "dumb kids playing cards on freeway get smashed." "All cool men prefer having heavy sideburns" is a way to remember the taxonomy of humans. And "some grown-ups can’t see magic ponies, but children can" is a way to remember the classes and subclasses of phylum Mollusca.
Some grown-ups can’t see magic ponies, but children can.

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