ISAAC ASIMOV’S SU­PER QUIZ

Jamaica Gleaner - - TODAY -

1982:

Ten-year-old Heather Clarke, a sixth-grader at the Rolling­ton Town Pri­mary school, won first-place in the Kingston and St Andrew ‘Her­itage Week Es­say Com­pe­ti­tion’ in Oc­to­ber. Heather wrote an in­ter­est­ing com­po­si­tion about her favourite hero, Sam Sharpe. Here she re­ceives her first prize and a spe­cial mayor’s tro­phy from Coun­cil­lor Colleen Yap. Take this Su­per Quiz to a PhD Score 1 point for each cor­rect an­swer on the Fresh­man Level, 2 points on the Grad­u­ate Level and 3 points on the PhD Level.

Sub­ject: WE GET LET­TERS: USA

(e.g., Which state is last al­pha­bet­i­cally?

An­swer: Wy­oming.) FRESH­MAN LEVEL

1. Name the two US pres­i­dents with 10-let­ter sur­names. 2. Name two pres­i­den­tial sur­names end­ing with ‘-ton.’ 3. Pro­vide a pres­i­den­tial sur­name that ends with ‘-on’ but not ‘-son’ or ‘-ton.’

GRAD­U­ATE LEVEL

4. Name three state names that con­tain three or more ‘a’s. 5. Name four pres­i­den­tial sur­names end­ing with ‘-son.’ 6. Name the four US pres­i­dents with sur­names con­tain­ing dou­ble ‘o’s.

PHD LEVEL

7. A state name us­ing only let­ters in ‘the United States’ (as of­ten as used). 8. State cap­i­tal name us­ing only let­ters in ‘the United States’ (as of­ten as used). 9. The five US pres­i­dents with fourlet­ter last names.

AN­SWERS THURS, OCT 20:

1. Sausage. 2. Cru­sades. 3. Thou­sand. 4. Jerusalem. 5. Re­fusal. 6. Su­sanna. 7. Pu­san (Bu­san). 8. Ac­cu­sa­tion. 9. Perusal.

SCOR­ING:

18 points — con­grat­u­la­tions, doc­tor; 15 to 17 points — hon­ours grad­u­ate; 10 to 14 points — you’re plenty smart, but no grind; 4 to 9 points — you re­ally should hit the books harder; 1 point to 3 points — en­rol in re­me­dial cour­ses im­me­di­ately; 0 points — who reads the ques­tions to you?

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