Is there life out there? You want to know, don’t you. When you look up at the night sky and see all those stars you wonder which one has a planet driving laps around it. Then you wonder, of all those planets, which ones are home to some form of life.
Not just single cell whatchamacallits. Intelligent life. The kind with starships that could one day arrive at Earth, share their technology with us, and solve all our problems – or destroy us in the blink of an eye. Or maybe they think we’re boring. Or too far behind the developmental curve to be useful. Or maybe we are the most advanced species out there. You really want to know, don’t you. But are you ready to know? Take this quiz and find out:
1. The man on the moon is?
a) Not really a man’s face at all but simply the way the lunar landscape appears from a distance.
b) It used to be an interstellar billboard that let space travelers know they could grab a quick bite to eat on Earth down near the pyramids.
c) There’s a man on the moon?
d) A pretty cool song by R.E.M.
2. What year was warp drive first invented?
a) It hasn’t been invented yet.
b) While the exact date is uncertain, most believe an ancient Patagonian tribe built the first one around 6,000 B.C. About a century later they bailed out of Earth for someplace else.
c) I don’t know but a warp drive has to hold way more gigabytes of data than my thumb drive.
d) Warp speed is impossible as far as physics goes.
3. If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
a) Without a doubt.
b) Depends on whether the visor on your helmet is raised and whether the atmosphere on the planet carries sound the way the air on Earth does.
c) A tree fell in my backyard once and I never heard a thing.
d) No way. Why would it bother unless I were there to hear it fall?
4. Which shape appears most often in the universe?
5. When the hobbits made their way to Mordor which direction were they traveling?
b) Overall they needed to go from northwest to the southeast. However, there was a mountain range in the middle so their actual travel was more east and then south to reach Mordor.
c) What’s a Mordor?
d) Isn’t there something about Mordor in “Ramble On” by Led Zeppelin.
6. What is pi?
a) 3.14159265 35897932384626433832795028841971693993751.
b) A mathematical expression that goes on infinitely.
c) Awesome. Chocolate pies are the best.
d) Some math thing.
7. What happened in Roswell?
a) I’m not sure but could search the internet to see the latest news from there.
b) That’s where we keep them. The aliens. They crash-landed in Roswell back in the 1940s.
c) What happened in Roswell, stays in Roswell.
d) I’ve never been there so I don’t know.
8. How come there are only seven questions in the quiz?
a) Not sure but I would have been okay if the whole thing was maybe two or three questions.
b) We’re crazy if we think base ten number systems are the only ones around. The quiz used seven questions to make us thing about what a base seven numbering system might look like.
c) Wait. Isn’t this a question too?
Now, give yourself points for each answer:
- All “a” answers are worth four points.
- All “b” answers are worth three points.
- All “c” answers are worth two points.
- All “d” answers are worth one point.
If you scored between 25 and 32, you probably aren’t ready yet to learn about intelligent life beyond our own planet.
If you scored between 17 and 24, you are probably a little too ready to learn about intelligent life outside Earth.
If you scored between 11 and 16 your unawareness makes you an excellent candidate for learning about intelligent life outside Earth.
If you scored less than 10, there is a space suit waiting on a hangar for you somewhere in the near future.