Isaac Asimov’s Super Quiz

  • Article by: KEN FISHER , North America Syndicate Inc.
  • Updated: July 9, 2013 - 2:22 PM

Take this Super Quiz to a Ph.D. Score 1 point for each correct answer on the Freshman Level, 2 points on the Graduate Level and 3 points on the Ph.D. Level.

Mon Sep 22 23:00:00 PDT 2014


Subject: WORDS FROM OTHER LANGUAGES

Which English word is derived from the foreign-language word? (e.g., From the Persian word "khak," meaning "dust." Answer: Khaki.)

FRESHMAN LEVEL

1. From the Persian word "bazar," meaning "a market."

Answer________

2. From the Eskimo word "qayaq," meaning "small boat of skins."

Answer________

3. From the Japanese word "taikun," meaning "great lord or prince."

Answer________

GRADUATE LEVEL

4. From the Tongan (Polynesian language of the island of Tonga) word "tabu," meaning "sacred."

Answer________

5. From the Arabic word "al-matrah," meaning "the cushion."

Answer________

6. From the Tamil word "kari," meaning "sauce" or "relish for rice."

Answer________

PH.D. LEVEL

7. From Turkish word "koshk" or "kioshk," meaning "pavilion" or "palace."

Answer________

8. From the West Indian word "hamaca," meaning "fishnet."

Answer________

9. From the Hindi word "dungri," meaning "coarse calico."

Answer________

ANSWERS: 1. Bazaar. 2. Kayak. 3. Tycoon. 4. Taboo. 5. Mattress. 6. Curry. 7. Kiosk. 8. Hammock. 9. Dungaree.

SCORING:

18 points - congratulations, doctor; 15 to 17 points - honors 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 - enroll in remedial courses immediately; 0 points - who reads the questions to you?

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