Pop Quiz!










Pop quiz: Hat or fruit?

  1. Guava
  2. Beret
  3. Sapote
  4. Pahlavi
  5. Homburg
  6. Prune
  7. Sombrero
  8. Kumquat
  9. Kepi
  10. Lychee
  11. Durian
  12. Capirote
  13. Tamarind
  14. Boater
  15. Quince
  16. Shako
  17. Rambutan
  18. Turban
  19. Sloe
  20. Cloche
  21. Rowan
  22. Mantilla
  23. Capote
  24. Pawpaw
  25. Yanggwan
  26. Persimmon
  27. Trilby
  28. Fedora
  29. Mangosteen
  30. Beanie

Each question is worth a completely arbitrary three points to put unreasonable pressure on you to do math after you’ve finished.

75-150 points: Your elegant and fashionable dinner parties are intricate and well-planned in a way that makes everyone else insecure and uncomfortable. Who even knows what a shrimp fork is anymore?

60-74 points: You watch a lot of those fashion and cooking competition shows, don’t you?

45-59 points: Excellent guesswork. You win and may take a prize from the treasure box on the desk at the front of the room.

27-44 points: Still within the ballpark. You may take a pencil from the shoebox next to the chalkboard at the back of the room.

8.5-26 points: You knew most of this stuff at one time but like the quadratic formula you knew you’d never use it so you forgot it. You may take two prizes from the treasure box on the desk at the front of the room.

3-8.4 points: Please hand in the pencil you took from the shoebox next to the chalkboard at the back of the room when you came in. You shouldn’t be allowed to have anything sharp.


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  1. Gilly Maddison

    Your Aunt Gerda sounds positively charming.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I’ve probably earned a reputation of my own for being less than charming for comparing her to durian fruit.
      As a side note I’d love to try durian if I ever get the chance. To some people it tastes like caramel custard and it would be nice to be one of those people.

  2. Ann Koplow

    I’m not going to keep this under my hat, Chris. It’s going on my Facebook page. By the way, my score — like your post — was perfection.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I’m thrilled beyond words that you’re sharing this far and wide. I hope the quiz brings joy to many more.

  3. kdcol

    Nope, not even gonna try. It looks like I know the right answer for like two. The rest would be total guesses. Your quizzes are hard, teacher Waldrop.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      That’s why I always include that helpful answer key. You’re free to cheat if you want. In fact I encourage cheating.

  4. Gina W

    I wish this had letters next to the answers (you know, A,B,C,D) because it’s fun to spell out things like “BAD DAD” when you submit your answer. Like those scantron answer sheets. The results would probably be similar to the results if I had just guessed. I had a friend in high school who took that military standardized test (that we all had to take) and he tried to make as many words as possible, like “BAD CAB”. He knew he wasn’t joining the military, so he didn’t give a shit. I always thought that was funny.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      That is hilarious. A friend of mine took the ACT but decided to just use the dots to make random designs on the science portion and got a ridiculously high score. Makes you think about the value of standardized testing.
      And something else funny: I was already working on another quiz that would be multiple choice. I would make the right answers spell out something but, you know, it’s supposed to be funny so there won’t be any “right” answers.

  5. Margot

    69 points, and no I don’t watch a lot of those fashion and cooking competitions. I’m just moderately sophisticated/a good guesser.

    Gina’s comment reminds me of my father. He and my mother split up in the 1970s and he moved into a studio apartment which he dubbed “bad dad’s pad.” And he signed all correspondence with Bad Dad until he died, almost 2 years ago.

    How do you come up with these quizzes?

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Was “bad dad’s pad” a groovy joint?
      And I come up with these quizzes by thinking of two broad categories with terms that sound similar. Pastas and musical terms were easy because both come from Italian. Or I think up groups that have a lot of very specific subsets. I have no idea what I’ll do next. Maybe something involving shoes.

  6. Margot

    I really like these quizzes–they’re very clever. Maybe you could do medical diagnoses with something else Latin based. It’ll be interesting to see what you come up with next.

    Bad Dad’s Pad actually was pretty groovy. It’s interesting the things you learn about your parents when they split up. For example, our house had been moderately clean and tidy, but Bad Dad’s Pad was absolutely pristine and my mother’s house became pretty messy when he left. Also he was a better cook and listened to modern music and jazz. Too bad we had to live with our mother and her shitty boyfriend who she later married. Anyway, I appreciate the sympathy. My dad died on Christmas day in 2013, and I don’t do that well during the holidays anyway, so….thanks for letting me spill here, because it does help.


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