So today, we did an “analogies” test. Carmen is studying to take the Miller Analogies test and Ben and I were teasing her a bit yesterday about how she came up with some of her answers. So she challenged us to answer 40 questions and see who did best. This grew into about 5 of us, where the losers all have to buy the winner a drink at a happy hour in September. I did not come in last, thankfully. I scored 27/40 and that includes the three that I skipped. For those interested, the questions (along with my answers) can be found behind the cut.

Questions in red are ones that I got wrong. My answers are in bold.

1. imbroglio : (a. ado, b. fete, c. fight, d. feat) :: situation : achievement

2. logs (a. diameter, b. sine, c. circumference, d. cord) :: paper : ream

3. Mozart : (a. Austria, b. Germany, c. France, d. Poland) :: Beethoven : Germany

4. (a. novel, b. morals, c. rhymes, d. poems) : Keats :: fables : Aesop

5. definitions : dictionary :: (a. meaning, b. pronunciation, c. synonyms, d. pseudonyms) : thesaurus

6. sanguine : jaundiced :: ruddy : (a. muddy, b. callow, c. sallow, d. yellow)

7. opinion : (a. distaste, b. prison, c. magnet, d. revulsion) :: conviction : repulsion

8. (a. equality, b. decision, c. equanimity, d. sit) : equivocal :: stand : fickle

9. skull : cranium :: (a. mouth, b. tooth, c. jaw, d. chew) : mandible

10. sleep : peels :: (a. sheets, b. decal, c. pillows, d. bed) : laced (NOTE: I skipped this question. I completely overlooked the obvious.)

11. pragmatic : (a. utilitarian, b. pacifist, c. frivolous, d. reluctant) :: truculent : serene

12. prance : caper :: pickle : (a. olive, b. dance, c. mince, d. preserve)

13. (a. whole number, b. odd number, c. integer, d. variable) : -4 :: decimal : 0.53

14. de facto : apocryphal :: (a. grandiose, b apocalyptic, c. hour, d. de Soto) : minute

15. i : 7 :: (a. fake, b. imaginary, c. genuine, d. irrational) : real

16. revolt : (a. truce, b. broker, c. recantor, d. insurgent) :: treaty : mediator

17. surmount : surpass :: (a. questionnaire, b. answer, c. examine, d. sanitize) : survey

18. (a. Omoo, b. Typee, c. whale, d. Budd) : Billy :: Dick : Moby

19. tremblors : Richter :: (a. fissure, b. fault, c. tornadoes, d. hurricanes) : Beaufort (NOTE: I should have known better on this one.)

20. (a. Persian, b. French, c. Arabic, d. Chinese) : Latin :: Iran : Rome

21. (a. hurt, b. humble, c. hush, d. hose) : abash :: revere : honor

22. issue : opt :: (a. magazine, b. distribute, c. opinion, d. select) : choose

23. (a. parody, b. disappear, c. roe, d. brat) : spoof :: fish : sprat

24. script : play :: (a. aria, b. score, c. allegretto, d. libretto) : opera

25. (a. gull, b. irritate, c. provoke, d. embarrass) : annoy :: gullible : irascible (NOTE: I skipped this question)

26. fray : cuff :: (a. sleeve, b. fight, c. edge, d. tatter) : strike

27. past : ran :: running : (a. tense, b. leak, c. participle, d. future)

28. Nixon : (a. Clinton, b. Adams, c. Burr, d. Madison) :: Agnew : Jefferson

29. awareness : (a. pity, b. nerve, c. happiness, d. cruel) :: oblivious : ruthless

30. excoriate : (a. vomit, b. demon, c. free, d. scold) :: heave : toss

31. bullfrog : (a. amphibian, b. entomologist, c. herpetologist, d. ornithologist) :: ant : entomologist

32. candy : (a. joint, b. iron, c. steel, d. torch) :: confectioner : welder

33. flock : (a. sheep, b. bird, c. mimic, d. follow) :: congregate : parrot

34. anthropology : hagiology :: man : (a. history, b. religion, c. saints, d. art)

35. dogs : (a. cats, b. mice, c. cows, d. birds) :: kennel : aviary

36. etch : embroider :: (a. awl, b. scraper, c. acid, d. needle) : thread

37. nip : sip :: carp : (a. water, b. harp, c. drink, d. tent)

38. (a. lento, b. fortissimo, c. andante, d. pianissimo) : piano :: presto : adagio

39. (a. eats, b. fights, c. talks, d. ignores) : flirts :: pugilist : coquette

40. whale : platypus :: placental : (a. fish, b. marsupial, c. protheria, d. mammal)

I spent a total of 7 minutes taking the test yesterday, so I really can’t complain.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.