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Quiz I

  1. What specifically is measured using an anemometer?
  2. Used to measure the height of horses, how many inches are there in 'a hand'?
  3. What can be described as a doubly reflecting navigation instrument that measures the angular distance between two visible objects?
  4. Which imperial unit is equal to 550 foot-pounds per second?

  5. Which coin, first minted in the reign of Henry VII, was worth one twentieth of a pound sterling, or twelve pence?
  6. What name is given to the unit of length that's roughly the distance from the Earth to the Sun?
  7. What name is given to the constant that is the number of particles found in one mole of a substance?
  8. Which metric unit of area equal to ten thousand metres squared, was a metric replacement for the imperial acre for land measurement?
  9. On what scale is calcite a three, and topaz an eight?
  10. What is greater, a pint of beer or a half-litre of beer?
  11. In computing, a nibble is how many bits?
  12. How many inches equals 12.7 centimetres?
  13. In the USA, what sort of second is sometimes humourously defined as the period of time between the traffic lights turning green and the cab behind you honking?
  14. The distance of which athletics race is sometimes referred to as the metric mile?
  15. Andy Warhol claimed that 'everyone will be world-famous' for how many minutes?
  16. In cookery, how many teaspoons are there in one tablespoon?
  17. How many standard bottles of wine are there in a Nebuchadnezzar?
  18. What is the SI unit of luminous intensity?
  19. Which unit, abolished for official use in the UK in 1985, are there eight of in a mile?
  20. Mickeys per second is the unit of measurement for the speed and movement direction of what?


  1. Wind speed
  2. Four inches
  3. A sextant
  4. Horsepower (about 750 watts)
  5. Shilling
  6. Astronomical unit
  7. Avogadro number
  8. Hectare (one hectare contains about 2.47 acres)
  9. Mohs scale of mineral hardness
  10. A pint (an imperial pint = 568 ml)
  11. Four bits
  12. 5 inches
  13. A New York Second
  14. 1500 metres race
  15. Fifteen minutes
  16. 3 (teaspoons in 1 tablespoon)
  17. 20 bottles
  18. Candela
  19. The furlong
  20. A computer mouse

Quiz II

  1. What word links an ancient city and a unit of mass used for precious metals and gemstones?
  2. The 'dol' is a unit of measurement for what? (Hint: one dol is said to be "just a noticeable difference")
  3. How wide is a sheet of A4 paper (in centimetres)?
  4. How many yards are there in a mile?
  5. In standard UK bed sizes, how much wider in inches, is a King Size compared to a standard Double?
  6. What is measured with a brannock device?
  7. A fathom is a unit of water depth equal to how many feet?
  8. Which two word unit is commonly used as a billing unit for energy delivered to consumers by electric utilities?
  9. Which old unit of length, first an ancient Celtic unit, was the distance a person could walk in about one hour?
  10. If 'Nano' is a unit prefix meaning "one billionth", what unit prefix means 'one millionth'? And to make things harder, what about the prefix for 'one trillionth'?
  11. Which ancient measurement was based on the forearm length from the tip of the middle finger to the bottom of the elbow?
  12. How many yards are there in one chain?
  13. A nephoscope is an instrument for measuring the speed and direction of what?
  14. Which unit, named after a Swedish astronomer, came into standard use in 1948?
  15. If something weighed 19.85 pounds, how many kilograms would that be?
  16. The volume of which solid shape is measured by the formula a third times the base, times the height?
  17. Which unit of measurement's name from the Old French meaning "little box", was equal to 8 gallons, and mostly used for agricultural products such as wheat?
  18. How many pints are there in one gallon?
  19. The intensity of the "heat" of what, is commonly reported in Scoville heat units?
  20. What do the following units measure: (a)pascals, (b)the hertz, (c)kelvins, (d)ohms, (e)farad, and (f)weber?


  1. Troy
  2. Pain
  3. 21 centimetres (210 x 297 mm)
  4. 1760 yards
  5. 6 inches (a Double is 4’6” x 6’3”, and a King Size is 5’0” x 6’6”)
  6. Shoe sizes (the well known apparatus used in shoe shops)
  7. Six feet
  8. Kilowatt hour
  9. A league (in English-speaking countries the league was usually three statute miles)
  10. Micro (one millionth) and Pico (one trillionth)
  11. Cubit
  12. 22 yards
  13. Clouds
  14. Celsius
  15. 9 kgs
  16. A pyramid
  17. Bushel
  18. 8 pints
  19. Chili peppers
  20. (a)Pressure, (b)frequency, (c)temperature, (d)electrical resistance, (e)capacitance, and (f)magnetic flux

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