Alternative or Lateral Thinking Quiz ...

Alternative or Lateral Thinking Quiz

Apr 23, 2022

THE ALTERNATIVE QUIZ -
This quiz will have you thinking outside the box. The lateral questions are designed to stimulate your thought process and have less to do with memory. These types of questions are favourites at Mensa Tests and some job interviews. Throw one or two of these into a quiz round to separate the men from the boys, the women from the girls and the others from the they’s!

QUESTIONS

1. My parents had five children, half of them were boys. How was that possible?

2. Which would cost you less if you were paying; taking a friend to the theatre to see a show twice, or taking two friends to see a show once?

3. In a test at school, a pupil wrote “11 plus 2 = 1”. His work was marked correct, why?

4. A local farmer has the best pear trees in the area and he delivers the produce to the market. He knows that each tree has 36 branches, each of the branches has 8 boughs and each bough has six fruit bearing heads. How many plums can he deliver from a single tree?

5. My friend holds a doctorate in English from Cambridge and he says there is one word in the English language that EVERYONE pronounces wrong. What is it?

6.  What eight letter word has kst in the middle, in the beginning, and the end?

7. You are given a prescription of three pills by the doctor which states you must take a pill every 45 minutes. How long will the pills last you?

8. My mother is standing behind my father and he is standing behind her. How can this happen?

9. A plane crashed in a remote region of the Alps and straddled the border of Switzerland and Italy. Where were the survivors buried?

10. A window cleaner on the top floor of a 110 storey building slipped and fell. He was wearing no safety harness, using no window basket and not wearing a parachute, yet all he suffered was a sprained wrist. Explain how this miraculous event could occur.

 

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ANSWERS

1. My parents had five children, half of them were boys. How was that possible?
THE OTHER HALF WERE ALSO BOYS

2. Which would cost you less if you were paying; taking a friend to the theatre to see a show twice, or taking two friends to see a show once?
TAKING TWO FRIENDS (If you’re paying then taking a friend twice would mean buying four tickets, while taking two friends, once, would require only three)

3. In a test at school, a pupil wrote “11 plus 2 = 1”. His work was marked correct, why?
11 O CLOCK plus TWO hours = 1 O’ CLOCK

4. A local farmer has the best pear trees in the area and he delivers the produce to the market. He knows that each tree has 36 branches, each of the branches has 8 boughs and each bough has six fruit bearing heads. How many plums can he deliver from a single tree?
NONE – HE OWNS PEAR TREES

5. My friend holds a doctorate in English from Cambridge and he says there is one word in the English language that EVERYONE pronounces wrong. What is it?
WRONG is the only word which everyone will pronounce wrong, even if pronounced incorrectly!

6.  What eight letter word has kst in the middle, in the beginning, and the end?
INKSTAND (IN the beginning, KST in the middle, AND the end)

7. You are given a prescription of three pills by the doctor which states you must take a pill every 45 minutes. How long will the pills last you?
90 MINUTES (The first pill is taken immediately, 45 minutes later is pill two, on 90 minutes you will take the third pill)

8. My mother is standing behind my father and he is standing behind her. How can this happen?
THEY ARE STANDING BACK TO BACK

9. A plane crashed in a remote region of the Alps and straddled the border of Switzerland and Italy. Where were the survivors buried?
YOU DON’T BURY SURVIVORS!

10. A window cleaner on the top floor of a 110 storey building slipped and fell. He was wearing no safety harness, using no window basket and not wearing a parachute, yet all he suffered was a sprained wrist. Explain how this miraculous event could occur.
THE WINDOW CLEANER WAS WASHING THE INSIDE OF THE WINDOWS

 

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