ISAAC ASI­MOV’S SU­PER QUIZ

Jamaica Gleaner - - HOROSCOPES -

Take this Su­per Quiz to a PhD Score one point for each cor­rect an­swer on the Fresh­man Level, two points on the Grad­u­ate Level and three points on the PhD Level.

SUB­JECT: PLANTS

(e.g., Why is rub­ber so called? An­swer: Orig­i­nally used as an eraser.)

FRESH­MAN LEVEL

1. What is the com­mon term for what is con­sid­ered the dens­est wood? 2. What plant is threat­ened by the pest boll wee­vil? 3. The ‘death cap’ is con­sid­ered the most poi­sonous _____.

GRAD­U­ATE LEVEL

4. The flow­ers of the wil­low tree are called ____. 5. Term for the fe­male part of a flower. 6. How many ‘eyes’ (stoma) has a co­conut shell?

PHD LEVEL

7. The banyan tree is the na­tional tree of which coun­try? 8. What flow­er­ing plant was named af­ter nat­u­ral­ist Dr Alexan­der Gar­den? 9. From what plant is lin­seed oil ob­tained?

AN­SWERS:

1. Polyandry. 2. Plu­toc­racy. 3. AFL-CIO. 4. Les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual, trans­gen­der. 5. Mar­garet Mead. 6. Com­par­a­tive study of cul­tures. 7. Aban­don­ment of one’s re­li­gious faith. 8. Same-sex mar­riage as a fun­da­men­tal right (2015). 9. Live the­atri­cal per­for­mance.

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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