We'll Give You an Exam Question, You Tell Us Which Class It's From

By: Torrance Grey

We'll Give You an Exam Question, You Tell Us Which Class It's From
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About This Quiz

Maybe you're not quite ready to tackle some of our seriously difficult general knowledge quizzes. Maybe you can't tell us how many moons Jupiter has, or which was the first of the original 13 colonies to ratify the U.S. constitution. Maybe you'd like to warm up with something a little easier and maybe this is the quiz for that. 

In this quiz, you won't have to answer questions like "In which time period did Hatshepsut rule?" or "Which of these states does the Mason-Dixon line run through?" Instead, you'll just have to tell us in which class this would be an exam question  --- algebra, geometry, literature, world history, geology or geography. We can't tell you the answers to the two questions we just cited, as you'll find them in this quiz. (Hint: Both are included in the list of school subjects we just provided you). 

If this quiz is sounding a little *too* easy, don't worry -- it'll get a little harder as things go on. Where we might start with just "mathematics," we'll later ask you to choose between algebra, business math, geometry, or calculus. Or a question that would just fall under "history" early on, will now fall under European history, world history, Asian history or ... well, you get the point. 

And if you're wondering about the answers to the first two questions, Jupiter has 79 moons, while Delaware was the first colony to ratify the Constitution!

How many parts of speech are there?
Civics
Grammar
There's no actual consensus on how many parts of speech there are. A common number you'll hear is eight. This counts nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, articles, prepositions, conjunctions and interjections.
Mathematics
Science

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What is the Roman name for the Greek goddess Hera?
Art
History
Mythology
This question would be found in a class on classical (Greek and Roman) mythology. The answer is Juno.
Geography

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Is Pluto a planet?
Astronomy
Pluto has teetered on the edge of planethood for a while now, with astronomers debating whether an object about 20 percent the size of Earth's moon can be called a planet. For now, it's a "dwarf planet."
Geology
Philosophy
Mathematics

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Who wrote "Invisible Man"?
Grammar
Literature
Ralph Ellison wrote the classic "Invisible Man," about race and American culture. Don't confuse it with "The Invisible Man," a strictly sci-fi classic by H.G. Wells.
Social studies
World History

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What comes after "phylum" in Linnaean taxonomy?
Astronomy
Biology
This is a basic (though impressive-sounding) biology question. The list goes: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species.
Chemistry
Mathematics

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What is the definition of "abnegation"?
Civics
English
"Abnegation" means "putting aside or denying." (The root is "negation," and "ab" is a prefix meaning "away.") Don't use it interchangeably with "self-abnegation" -- you need the prefix for it to have that specific meaning.
Mathematics
Science

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What other U.S. state was involved in the Missouri Compromise?
American literature
Economics
Social studies
U.S. history
The Missouri Compromise allowed MIssouri to enter the Union as a slave state. The "compromise" was that Maine was admitted as a free state.

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Who were the combatants in the Punic Wars?
Algebra
History
The Punic Wars are something you'd study in world history. It's also a favorite name for students to alter by changing a letter in textbooks. (What? We were thinking "Panic Wars." What were you thinking?)
Literature
Zoology

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Hatshepsut ruled in which time period?
Literature
European history
World history
Hatshepsut was one of the female pharaohs of Egypt. She would be studied in a world history class, not European.
Social studies

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Which of these states does the Mason-Dixon line run through?
Geography
The Mason-Dixon line is commonly said to separate the northern U.S. from the South (though it doesn't extend across the country; not even into the Midwest). It was laid out by surveyors in the 18th century.
Geology
Astronomy
Zoology

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Which of these is hottest: core, crust or mantle?
Chemistry
Geology
The core, mantle and crust are the three general sections the planet Earth is divided into. The core, at the center of the Eart, is the hottest.
Physics
Zoology

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What is compound interest?
Business math
Compound interest is a fairly basic concept in economics. It might also be found in "life skills" courses.
Calculus
Physics
Zoology

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Which president signed the Affordable Care Act into law?
American history
Government
World history
Either #1 or #2
This is more likely to be a government or civics question. But since the bill was signed into law several years ago, and Obama's presidency is now in the history books, it could also qualify as U.S. history.

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9.8 feet per second, per second, is the acceleration caused by what?
Calculus
Chemistry
Physics
Gravity causes acceleration of 9.8 feet per second squared. You learn this in physics class.
World history

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Igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic are types of what?
Biology
Geology
These are the three types of rock. Naturally, that makes this question fall under "geology."
Physics
Physical education

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What does the word "lux" mean?
Biology
Latin
"Lux" means "light" in Latin. It's a third-declension noun, so the "x" changes to a "c" as it's declined: lucis, luci, lucem, luce. From this we get our word "lucid," and others.
History
Mathematics

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What nation is home to Lake Baikal?
Biology
Geology
Geography
Lake Baikal, the world's deepest lake and possibly its oldest, is in Russia. So you'd study this in geography.
World history

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What are the three parts of the atom?
Biology
Chemistry
Atoms are also studied in physics, especially the subatomic particles and the field of quantum physics. However, you'll learn the basic part of the atom and how atoms behave in chemistry.
Government
World history

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What happened in the United States on September 17, 1787?
Business math
History
The U.S. Constitution was accepted by a majority of delegates on this date. This isn't the same thing as the individual states ratifying the document -- Rhode Island didn't officially ratify the Constitution until 1970!
Literature
Current events

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What function does a preposition serve?
Anatomy
Geometry
Grammar
A preposition shows a relationship between nouns. Over, under, by, around ... these are all prepositions.
Physics

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Define the word "pianoforte."
Grammar
Italian
Music
Either #2 or #3
"Pianoforte" is a term in music meaning "starting softly, then growing louder." Since it's Italian, you might learn it in Grammar as well as in Italian class.

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What is wrong with the sentence "The boys eat seven cookie"?
Civics
English
The sentence above has a subject-verb agreement problem (which you probably knew). This falls under English, and more specifically, grammar.
Etiquette
History

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What does the word "beurre" mean?
French
"Beurre" is the French word for "butter." You'll want to know this if you're taking a trip to France that's centered on enjoying the food.
German
Italian
Philosophy

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What does the "theory of impenetrability" state?
Biology
Economics
Physics
The theory of impenetrability says that no two units of matter can occupy one unit of space. This is why when you drive a nail into a wall, the wood has to move aside to make room.
Social Studies

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The assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand touched off which war?
Current events
Geography
U.S. history
World history
Franz Ferdinand was the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire. A Serbian nationalist killed him in Sarajevo, starting the chain of events that led to WWI.

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What was Caravaggio's full name?
Art history
Caravaggio was a talented, controversial artist. His full name was Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, and he is always called "Caravaggio" to avoid confusion with Michelangelo, the artist behind the Sistine Chapel.
French
Music
Spanish

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When is it appropriate to use a band saw?
Chemistry
Physics
Music
Wood shop
Shop classes aren't dead, folks! Neither is "home economics," though it's often rebranded as "life skills" or "family science."

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On which continent would you find Surinam?
English
Geography
Though the name might remind you of "Vietnam," Surinam is in South America. It used to be called Dutch Guyana.
Social studies
World history

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What are the hallmarks of an unreliable narrator?
French
Literature
Unreliable narrators are relatively rare in fiction, and a fairly modern phenomenon. Essentially, the phrase means that the person telling the story might be lying to you, the reader -- some of the things he or she said happened might not have happened, and so on.
Music
Spanish

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Which of these is one of the noble gases?
Chemistry
The noble gases are a group of elements that are colorless, odorless and have very low reactivity. They include helium, argon and neon.
Geography
Physics
Zoology

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How many macronutrients are there?
Astronomy
Home economics
Nutrition
Either #2 or #3
If you've followed the Diet Wars over the past ten years, you know what macronutrients are: carbohydrate, protein and fat/lipid. (Actually, there's a fourth, alcohol, but it's rarely mentioned). This is clearly a nutrition question, but you might also learn it in home economics, which nowadays covers how to be a well-educated grocery consumer and home cook.

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What is the first beat in a measure called?
Art history
Mathematics
Music
"Beats" and "measures" are the province of music class. Often, the first beat in a measure is called the "downbeat."
Physics

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What is the best definition of "motif"?
Film studies
Literature
Music
Any of these
A "motif" is a small repeating theme or detail. This term turns up in many of the arts, including the three above.

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What does the Miranda rule mandate?
Civics
The Miranda rule gave us the Miranda rights ("You have the right to remain silent.") You'd most likely learn about it in civics class, in which you learn about the laws and procedures that keep U.S. society running.
Geometry
Physics
Trigonometry

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Where would you find the Sea of Tranquility?
Astronomy
Yes, this one is a little bit of a trick question. It sounds like geography, but the Sea of Tranquility is on the moon, putting this question firmly in the astronomy camp.
Geography
U.S. history
World history

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