Well That Was Humbling

The Christian Science Monitor has a science quiz.  I found it rather rough.  I got 37 out of 50 right, and I am afraid quite a few of my correct answers were attributable to my knowledge of history, familiarity with Greek and Latin terms, and good guessing.  Go here to take it, and report back to us in the thread below with the results!

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. That was one tough quizz Mrs. Z, at least for someone like me whose one “science” course in college was geography! As for math, well all I can say is that in order to raise my grade in my geometry class in high school, I would give brief lectures to the class each Friday on the biographies of famous mathematicians! I found that far easier to do than to actually comprehend the math!

  2. 48/50. Then again, I’m in the middle of my freshman year at Georgia Tech, so this stuff is a lot fresher than it would be for most.

  3. 40 out of 50, and a few of those were guesses. Astronomy and paleontology/geology saved me from much greater embarrassment, and my worst results were on measurements and the periodic table.

  4. *growl* I’d love to take the test– my daughter won’t let me! It Is Go Time, apparently, and if I don’t go, she’ll REALLY make a mess.

    Talk about a bah, humbug!
    (Although I got the very first question wrong, double-guessing my immediate reaction. *sigh*)

  5. Whoo-hoo!Meh. Only 38 out of 50 right. Got off to a good start, but fell back in the second half.

    Engineering background got me through the physics questions, but I got bunch right just from studying biblical Greek.

  6. All’s the science I know I got from watching “The Big Bang Theory” on TV.

    Last science course was HS physics which I ingloriously completed in June 1967.

    My score would illustrate the difference between being “humbled” and being “humiliated.”

  7. My knowledge of the social sciences and humanities has improved with age but math and hard sciences have deteriorated. I think that’s generally the case with most people.

  8. I got 44/50. Doesn’t hurt that I am actually a scientist. I will admit that 2 of the 6 I got wrong were because I didn’t read the question completely and just went after the one I thought it was asking.

    Also, potential spoiler here: Question 23 is wrong. Edwin Hubble didn’t do it, physicist Georges Lemaitre (a Belgian Priest as well!) beat Hubble by 2 years!

  9. RR says:
    Friday, December 16, 2011 A.D. at 12:09pm
    My knowledge of the social sciences and humanities has improved with age but math and hard sciences have deteriorated. I think that’s generally the case with most people.

    Generally, yeah, except for the math-and-science they’re using all the time.

    Maybe has something to do with what direction those disciplines are aimed? Math-and-science is to model what’s outside, social sciences and humanities are related to what’s inside.

  10. Well, also, this is a website for the culturally-minded.

    A lot of people would be surprised that commenters on a religious site would get anything right about science.

  11. Latin for 6 yrs., biology as sophomore with the beloved classifications, chem. as junior with a big periodic table (surely K = Potassium) front and center inspiring me to skip physics and calculus (in ’67 also), and recent scanning of take home exams of a young friend studying inorganic chem.(lots of C’s and H’s in the equations) as major brought me to the very low point here of 23. Wish Greek were a choice back when. But I was patient with the clicking …

  12. 42 out of 50, though several right answers were lucky guesses and others were due to knowing the common Greek and Latin prefixes and suffixes. Also, even though I am a bit of a weather geek one of the questions I missed (on “nimbus” clouds) was weather related….

  13. Professional scientist here. 49/50 but with one lucky guess (friction letter). so really 48.

    No idea what “nimbus” meant.

    Like others, would have been 8 to 10 less if I didn’t know some basic Greek.

    Don, your daughter rocks!

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