So You Think You Are Smart

Here is a little test to let you see how smart you are. There is a major lesson here--so be careful:
  1. How long did the Hundred Years' War last? ______________

  2. Which country makes Panama hats? ___________________

  3. From which animal do we get catgut? __________________

  4. In which month do the Russians celebrate the October Revolution? ______________________________________

  5. What is a camel's hair brush made of? __________________

  6. The Canary Islands in the Atlantic are named after what wild animal? __________________________________________

  7. What was King George VI's first name? _________________

  8. What color is a purple finch? _________________________

  9. Where are Chinese gooseberries from? _________________

  10. What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane? _________________________________________________

These are pretty easy--right? If you got four right you did amazingly well. Here are the right answers:

1. 116 years 6. Dogs
2. Ecuador 7. Albert
3. Sheep and Horses 8. Crimson
4. November 9. New Zealand
5. Squirrel fur 10. Orange

There are several lessons in this exercise. The first is that, what may appear to be obvious (especially in the affairs of humans) is frequently not the case. The second is that we cannot trust words. Not every use of words is consistent or logical. It is important to ask for clarity on what the question is and what the words connected with the question mean. This is especially important in words like creation, evolution, Christian, Church, and sin. Many misunderstandings develop because people do not understand what the words actually mean. Most conflicts between science and faith have some roots in this area of concern.

 --Quiz from J. Kelley

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