Could You Be a Genius? This Mensa Quiz Will Tell You

Here's a fun way to put your IQ through its paces. Try these sample questions!

By Abbie F. Salny from American Mensa
Also in Reader's Digest Magazine September 2014
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Question 1:

What is the 4-digit number in which the first digit is one fifth of the last, and the second and third digits are the last digit multiplied by 3? (Hint: The sum of all digits is 12.)

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Answer:

1,155

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Question 2:

Jane went to visit Jill. Jill is Jane's only husband's mother-in-law's only husband's only daughter's only daughter. What relation is Jill to Jane?

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Answer:

Jane's daughter (Jane's mother's husband is Jane's father, his daughter is Jane, and Jill is her daughter).

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Question 3:

Tabitha likes cookies but not cake. She likes mutton but not lamb, and she likes okra but not squash. Following the same rule, will she like cherries or pears?

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Answer:

Cherries (Tabitha likes food with only two syllables).

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Question 4:

In a footrace, Jerry was neither first nor last. Janet beat Jerry. Jerry beat Pat. Charlie was neither first nor last. Charlie beat Rachel. Pat beat Charlie. Who came in last?

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Answer:

Rachel.

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Question 5:

What is the number that is one more than one tenth of one fifth of one half of 4,000?

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Answer:

41 (4,000 / 2 = 2,000, / 5 = 400, / 10 = 40, + 1 = 41)

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Question 6:

Find the number that best completes the following sequence:
1 2 4 7 11 ? 22

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Answer:

16 (each number adds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, respectively, to the preceding number)

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Question 7:

Marian bought 4 oranges and 3 lemons for 90 cents. The next day, she bought 3 oranges and 4 lemons for 85 cents. How much did each lemon and orange cost?

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Answer:

Oranges cost 15 cents each; lemons cost 10 cents each.

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Question 8:

Start with the number of total mittens lost by 3 kittens, and multiply by the voting age in the United States. What's the answer?

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Answer:

216 (3 kittens @ 4 mittens each = 12 x 18).

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Question 9:

There is at least one 9-letter word that contains only 1 vowel. Do you know what it is?

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Answer:

Strengths

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Question 10:

Using all the letters each time, can you make at least 3 words from the letters REIAMN?

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Answer:

AIRMEN, MARINE, and REMAIN.








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