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This is a great activity to use with a psychology unit on memory and thought. It seems to add motivation to the students when it is a “Hall of Fame” opportunity. Whenever possible, I try to incorporate a chance for a student to gain immortality by being a member of the Hall of Fame.
Below are the questions to the “Thinking Quiz.” How can you do?
1. Is there a 4th of July in England?
2. How many birthdays does the average man have?
3. Some months have 31 days. How many have 28?
4. How many outs are there in an inning?
5. What is the minimum number of active baseball players on the field during any part of an inning?
6. Is it legal for a man in California to marry his widow’s sister?
7. Take the number 30, divide it by 1/2, then add 10. What number do you get?
8. There are 3 apples and you take 2 away. How many apples are you left with?
9. A doctor gives you 3 pills and tells you to take one every half hour. How long will the pills last?
10. A farmer has 17 sheep. All but 9 of them die. How many sheep are left?
11. How many animals of each sex did Moses bring with him on the ark?
12. A butcher in a market is 5’10” tall. What does he weigh?
13. How many 2 cent stamps are there in a dozen?
14. What was the president’s name in 1980?
15. Why can’t a man living in Winston-Salem,  N.C. be buried west of the Mississippi?
16. If you had one match and entered a room in which there were a kerosene lamp, an oil burner, and a wood-burning stove, which one would you light first?
17. A man builds a house with 4 sides to it and it is rectangular in shape. Each side has a southern exposure. A bear comes wondering by. What color is the bear?
18. A woman gave a beggar 50 cents. The woman is the beggar’s sister, but the beggar is not the woman’s brother. How come?
19. An archeologist claimed he found some coins dated 46 B.C. Do you think he did?
20.  How far can a dog run into the woods?
21. What four words appear on every U.S. coin?
1. NO! In England the days are July 1, July 2nd, July 3rd, July 5th. Of course there is a July 4th in England, it just is not a day of celebration like it is in America.
2.  One
3. Some months have 31 days. How many have 28? All of them. 12.
4. 6 – 3 in each half of the inning.
5. 10 – 9 fielders and one batter.
6. If he has a widow, that means he is dead, so NO!
7.  70 – Have the students who take calculus of honors math explain it.
8. 2 You have taken 2 away.
9. ONE hour (1st pill = 12:00, 2nd pill = 12:30, 3rd pill = 1:00) The question is how long will the pills last, not the effects of the pill.
10. 9 all the rest are dead.
11. None, it was Noah!
12. Meat
13. 2 every dozen has twelve. (For fun, ask the students if they know what a “baker’s dozen” is?
14. The name of the current president, he was just a little bit younger, but that was still his name in 1980!
15.  No because he is alive (unless he might owe the mafia a large amount of money.)
16. The match.
17. White, because the location is on the North Pole.
18. It is a woman. It is her sister.
19. NO the time period BC was named AFTER Christ was born. No coin would ever have a date of B.C. on it because most if not all people (depending on your belief about ESP) cannot predict future events.
20.  Halfway, then the dog would be running out of the words.
21. “In God We Trust” and “United States of America”