ISAAC ASIMOV’S SU­PER QUIZ

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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: COUN­TRIES

(e.g., It is lo­cated be­tween Spain and France. An­swer: An­dorra.)

FRESH­MAN LEVEL

1. Its is­land state is Tas­ma­nia. 2. It is Haiti’s neigh­bour. 3. Its pop­u­la­tion is about 75 per cent Jewish. 4. Its is­lands in­clude Java, Su­ma­tra and Bor­neo. 5. Which coun­try has more lakes than the rest of the world com­bined?

GRAD­U­ATE LEVEL

6. Its largest is­lands are named North and South. 7. Its lo­cal name is Misr. 8. Its two ma­jor groups are the Sin­halese and the Tamils. 9. Lake Baikal is its largest lake. 10. Its of­fi­cial lan­guages are Dutch, French and Ger­man.

PHD LEVEL

11. The most sparsely pop­u­lated coun­try in the Euro­pean Union. 12. Its Mekong Delta has been called a ‘bi­o­log­i­cal trea­sure trove’. 13. It in­cludes the Gala­pa­gos Is­lands. 14. It has the low­est pop­u­la­tion den­sity of any coun­try in Europe. 15. It has the long­est coast­line on Africa’s main­land.

AN­SWERS FOR FRI, NOV 18:

1. Iron­wood. 2. Cot­ton. 3. Toad­stool (mush­room). 4. Catkins. 5. Pis­til. 6. Three. 7. In­dia. 8. Gar­de­nia. 9. Flax.

SCOR­ING:

24 to 30 points — con­grat­u­la­tions, doc­tor; 18 to 23 points — hon­ours grad­u­ate; 13 to 17 points — you’re plenty smart, but no grind; 5 to 12 points — you re­ally should hit the books harder; 1 point to 4 points — en­rol in re­me­dial cour­ses im­me­di­ately; 0 points — who reads the ques­tions to you?

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