Isaac Asimov's Super Quiz

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.

Subject: THE FIRST WORD

What is the first word in each passage? (e.g., The preamble of the U.S. Constitution. Answer: We.)

FRESHMAN LEVEL

1. The U.S. National Anthem

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2. The Lord's Prayer

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3. The U.S. Pledge of Allegiance

Answer________

4. Genesis (King James Version of Bible)

Answer________

5. "Auld Lang Syne"

Answer________

GRADUATE LEVEL

6. The Gettysburg Address

Answer________

7. "The Raven," by Edgar Allan Poe

Answer________

8. "The Hobbit," by J.R.R. Tolkien

Answer________

9. "A Tale of Two Cities," by Charles Dickens

Answer________

10. "Moby-Dick," by Herman Melville

Answer________

PH.D. LEVEL

11. "Peter Pan," by J.M. Barrie

Answer________

12. "A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens.

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13. "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," by Robert Frost

Answer________

14. "Richard III," by William Shakespeare

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15. "Macbeth," by Shakespeare

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ANSWERS: 1. O! (say can you see ...). 2. Our (Father who ...). 3. I (pledge allegiance to ...). 4. In (the beginning ...). 5. Should (old acquaintance be forgot ...). 6. Four (score and seven years ago ...). 7. Once (upon a midnight dreary ...). 8. In (a hole in the ground ...). 9. It (was the best of times ...). 10. Call (me Ishmael). 11. All (children, except one, grow up). 12. Marley (was dead ...). 13. Whose (woods these are ...). 14. Now (is the winter of ...). 15. When (shall we three meet ...).

SCORING:

24 to 30 points - congratulations, doctor; 18 to 23 points - honors 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 - enroll in remedial courses immediately; 0 points - who reads the questions to you?

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