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Critical Thinking Quiz 1. Do they have a 4th of July in England? Yes No Maybe I don't know 2.

How many birthdays does the average man have? 78 65.5 one per year None 3. Some months have 31 days, how many have 28? One month and that is February February, every 4 years. All months have (at least) 28 days None of the above 4. A woman gives a beggar 50 cents, the woman is the beggar's sister, but the beggar is not the woman's brother. How come? The beggar is the woman's sister! Not possible. The beggar is an in-law. The woman is the beggar. 5. Why can't a man living in the USA be buried in Canada? The Canadian Government does not allow Americans to be buried in Canada. The man is not dead yet! It is a trick question and the man is a Canadian living in America. The man is living between the border. 6. How many outs are there in an inning? There are 3 outs. There are 6 outs. There are 4 outs. None of the above 7. Is it legal for a man in California to marry his widow's sister? Yes, as long as she is alive. Yes, if the man is from California. You can't marry like this in California. No, the man would be dead. 8. Two women play five games of checkers. Each woman wins the same number of games. There are no ties. Explain this.

Because they aren't wearing ties! The women are not playing each other. These two women are playing men. Women don't wear ties. 9. Divide 30 by 1/2 and add 10. What is the answer? 25 50 65 70 10. A man builds a house rectangular in shape. All sides have southern exposure. A bear walks by the house. What color is the bear? Why? (This one could drive you nuts and should only be attempted by those with high selfesteem. If you are seeing a therapist, DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS QUESTION!) are black ...white... ...brown...the house is on a steep slope There is no answer and this is a stupid question. 11. There are 3 apples and you take away 2. How many do you have? One... Two... ...Three... ...Four 12. I have two U.S. coins totaling 55 cents. One is not a nickel. What are the coins? I have no idea. A fifty cent piece and a nickel No answer 100 Yen 13. If you have only one match and you walked into a room where there was an oil burner, a kerosene lamp, and a wood burning stove, what would you light first? ..the kerosene lamp because it is easier ..the oil burner... the wood burning stove... the thing in my hand 14. How far can a forester run into the woods? (Most foresters don't run, but if they did run...) all the way into the woods half way into the woods... You don't actually run "into" woods. I don't know

15. What was the president's name in the 1950? Harry Truman John Kennedy President Eisenhower Bill Clinton 16. A forester has 17 trees, and all but 9 die. How many are left? 8 trees 9 trees the first 8 I don't know 17. How many animals of each sex did Moses take on the ark? None Two I'm not sure. I don't know 18. How many 2 cent stamps are in a dozen? Six Twelve Eighteen Twenty-four 19. Here is an interesting question. Which might be the major factor responsible for the rise in carbon dioxide ("greenhouse gases") in our atmosphere?? (There is not likely to be much consensus as to the 'correct' answer. Think critically and objectively about this issue.) A hole in the ozone layer. Excess carbon dioxide due to the loss of tropical forests. The carbon dioxide from utility power plants. The major source of carbon dioxide is likely coming from volcanoes, vents in our earth's crust, the oceans, and weathering of the earth's crust. 20. A young monk goes fishing with two other much older and experienced monks. While out in the boat one of the older monks realizes he has forgotten his favorite hook, gets out of the boat, walks across the water, and returns shortly with his hook. The young monk is stunned at this sight. A short while later the other monk needs to recover a fishing cork he has dropped into the lake. He gets out of the boat, walks across the water about 15 feet, picks up the cork, and returns to the boat. The young monk is wide eyed at this miracle, knowing full well that what he thought impossible can be done. Time passes and the young monk makes up an excuse to go ashore so he steps out of the boat, sinks over his head in the very cold water, and comes bobbing and sputtering to the surface. While tredding water and feeling quite humiliated he asks the two old monks, "How did you do that? The walking on the water." The first monk replied, "you are not holy enough".

The second monk replied, "it is easy if you know where the rocks are." The first monk chuckled, "...that first step is a killer isn't it?" Neither monk had an explanation for their skill. You can walk on water or you can't. That is the way it is. 21. A 4 x 4 planting density per acre is twice as many trees as an 8 x 8 spacing. True False True or False I don't know 22. You die and The Devil (the one of Biblical proportions) comes to you with the expressed purpose of making your after-life an infinite visit to Dante's Inferno. The Devil enjoys your fear so much he decides to give you one chance to save yourself. What two words could you say to him to save yourself for eternity? God, help! Jesus, help! Spirit, help! get lost! 23. Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident Gertrude Stein Einsten Alexander Graham Bell 24. How many ways is it possible to color the faces of a six sided black cube white? ( This is a neat "critical thinking" problem because it makes you re-think how you might 'normally' think of a cube.) Seven Nine Eleven Thirteen 25. Prove that the tangent lines of any three circles a,b,and c will converge along a straight line. This has never been done! It can not be done. The vanishing points of any three spheres will converge at the horizon. Tangent lines can not converge in a three dimensional world. None of the above 26. When do you think this passage was written? "The reason for your complaint lies, it seems to me, in the constraint which your intellect imposes upon your imagination...Apparently it is not good - and indeed it hinders the creative work of the mind - if the intellect examines too closely the ideas already pouring in, as it were a gates...In the case of the creative mind, it seems to me, the intellect has

withdrawn its waiters from the gates, and the ideas rush in pell-mell, and only then does it review and inspect the multitude. Your worthy critics, or whatever you may call yourselves, are ashamed or afraid of the momentary and passing madness which is found in all real creators...Hence your complaints of unfruitfulness, for you reject too soon and discriminate too severly." Bill Gates said this to Apple executives in 1996. Einstein in the 1930s. Thomas Jefferson in 1812 to the British. Freidrich Schiller in 1788.