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25 September 2006 @ 07:53 pm
Astronomy Test (Take 2)  
Okay, fixed the astronomy knowledge test. If you took the one before, this is a new (slightly easier) test. Still quite hard, though.

Just to show you how hard, here's a possible score:



Total Moron

You scored -25% on astronomy knowledge!

No, really, you had to try pretty hard to get a score this awful.



You did notice that guessing on the bonus questions cost you points, right? Right?













My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 0% on knowledge




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geniusofevil: This really isn't a good time...geniusofevil on September 26th, 2006 02:40 am (UTC)
You need a harsher response to this score...I was disappointed
Non-Astronomer
You scored 33% on astronomy knowledge!
Maybe you slept through your science classes. Or maybe you've seldom looked up at the sky because you live in a city where you can't see very much. Or maybe you're interested, but never found the time to do anything about it.

The upshot, though, is that you don't really know that all that much about astronomy.





My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:


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You scored higher than 99% on knowledge
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Douglas Triggs: moondoubt72 on September 26th, 2006 02:49 am (UTC)
Re: You need a harsher response to this score...I was disappointed
Well, there's this score:




Hopeless

You scored 0% on astronomy knowledge!

Have you ever taken a science class? Or even looked up at the stars?



Your teachers would be ashamed -- especially your statistics teacher.













My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 0% on knowledge




Link: The Astronomy Knowledge Test written by doubt72 on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
geniusofevilgeniusofevil on September 26th, 2006 02:58 am (UTC)
Re: You need a harsher response to this score...I was disappointed
what was the answer to #18
Douglas Triggs: lodestardoubt72 on September 26th, 2006 03:01 am (UTC)
Re: You need a harsher response to this score...I was disappointed
What was question #18?
geniusofevilgeniusofevil on September 26th, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)
Re: You need a harsher response to this score...I was disappointed
geez, didn't you write the test?

I guess it was # 22 anyway:

22. Knowing that the moon is tidally locked with the Earth, how long is one lunar day?

About a month
One Earth year
One Earth day
Forever - the same side is always dark
Douglas Triggs: atomsdoubt72 on September 26th, 2006 03:43 am (UTC)
Re: You need a harsher response to this score...I was disappointed
I redid it a bit; the questions have moved around -- you might do slightly better if you took it again.

Anyway, given that it's tidally locked, the day is the same as the orbital period, so a day is about as long as a full moon is often (you're looking at the same side of the moon no matter what phase it's in -- so when it's new, it's night on that near side, and when it's full, it's day).
DeeDerangedeederange on September 26th, 2006 11:36 am (UTC)
Better than I expected, not as good as it should have been..



Non-Astronomer

You scored 39% on astronomy knowledge!

Maybe you slept through your science classes. Or maybe you've seldom looked up at the sky because you live in a city where you can't see very much. Or maybe you're interested, but never found the time to do anything about it.



The upshot, though, is that you don't really know that all that much about astronomy.













My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on knowledge




Link: The Astronomy Knowledge Test written by doubt72 on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test
asakiyume: holycarpasakiyume on September 26th, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Better than I expected, not as good as it should have been..
Curses! I got a 53. Well, I didn't know big swatches of stuff. Guess I'm a better speller than astronomer **sob**

Hey, can you e-mail the questions and correct answers? Some of them I'd really like to know....

If I hadn't gotten Chandrasekhar's name right anyway, I could have raced back to the physicists' name spelling test and tried again (but I probably would have messed something else up, anyway).

So now I'll tell my brother about this one too.
Douglas Triggs: astronomydoubt72 on September 26th, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Better than I expected, not as good as it should have been..
Well, there's no easy way to email the answers, and don't really have the time to make a key at the moment.

But -- you can find most of the answers on wikipedia easily enough. Plus, you'll learn other stuff while you're at it. And I recommend http://www.seds.org/messier/ for Messier Catalog information.
asakiyume: wall dragonasakiyume on September 26th, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Better than I expected, not as good as it should have been..
You're right of course--it's always better to do the research yourself! Then it sticks with you longer. Me. Sticks with me longer. Off to Wikipedia!

Allison Steinastein142 on September 27th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
I'm absolutely stunned -- I scored 57% based on intuition alone... it's been ages since I paid attention to astronomy news.
Douglas Triggs: moondoubt72 on September 27th, 2006 05:10 am (UTC)
Well, a lot of questions are designed to give you a clue to what the right answer is if you think about it (or at least eliminate some of the possible choices) -- but you have to be paying attention to the cues.