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Testing Quarterbacks

Here is a sample of the famed Wonderlic test that all people trying to become an NFL quarterback have to take.

What if they had tests for other sports? What would the one for basketball cover and would point guards be the ones who would have to take it?

The Bullets, the Wizards, and Washington, DC, Basketball flyer_rev

The answer key is provided at the bottom.

1. Assume the first two statements are true. Is the final one…

  1. True
  2. False
  3. Not certain

The boy plays baseball. All baseball players wear hats. The boy wears a hat.

2. Paper sells for 21 cents per pad. What will four pads cost?

3. How many of the five pairs of items listed below are exact duplicates?

Nieman, K.M. Neiman, K.M.
Thomas, G.K. Thomas, C.K.
Hoff, J.P. Hoff, J.P.
Pino, L.R. Pina, L.R.
Warner, T.S. Wanner, T.S.

4. PRESERVE  RESERVEDo these words…

  1. Have similar meanings
  2. Have contradictory meanings
  3. Mean neither the same nor opposite

5. A train travels 20 feet in 1/5 second. At this speed, how far will it travel in three seconds?

6. When rope is selling at $.10 a foot, how many feet can you buy for 60 cents?

7. The ninth month of the year is…

  1. October
  2. January
  3. June
  4. September
  5. May

8. Which number in the following group of numbers represents the smallest amount?

7 .8 31 .33 2

9. In printing an article of 48,000 words, a printer decides to use two sizes of type. Using the larger type, a printed page contains 1,800 words. Using smaller type, a page contains 2,400 words. The article is allotted 21 full pages in a magazine. How many pages must be in smaller type?

10. Three individuals form a partnership and agree to divide profits equally. X invests $9,000, Y invests $7,000 and Z invests $4,000. If the profits are $4,800, how much less does X receive than if the profits were divided in proportion to the amount invested?

11. Assume the first two statements are true. Is the final one…

  1. True
  2. False
  3. Not certain

Tom greeted Beth. Beth greeted Dawn. Tom did not greet Dawn.

12. A boy is 17 years old and his sister is twice as old. When the boy is 23 years old, what will be the age of his sister?

13. Look at the row of numbers below. Which number should come next?

8 4 2 1 1/2 1/4 ?

14. The hours of daylight and darkness in SEPTEMBER are nearest equal to the hours of daylight and darkness in…

  1. June
  2. March
  3. May
  4. November

15. One of the numbered figures in the following drawing is most different from the others. What is the number in that figure?

Wonderlic-shapes_original_originalPhoto: ESPN

Answer Key

1. True

2. 84 cents

3. 1

4. 1

5. 300 feet

6. Six feet

7. 4, September

8. .33

9. 17

10. $560

11. Not certain

12. 40 years old

13. 1/8

14. 2, March

15. 4

NBA Basketball

Washington Bullet Bernard King is nominated to go into the Basketball Hall of Fame. The New York Daily News covered the story. Of course they wrote about King as a former Knick great.

The Washington Post did not run its own story. Instead, it ran the Associated Press story on the Hall of Fame. Funny, because King was a free agent who came to Dc and was a great player. See The Bullets, The Wizards and Washington, DC Basketball.

Progressive Politics

Rocky Anderson ran for President in 2012. Didn’t hear of him. Think he’s a loony or nut job? No, he’s one of the most progressive political figures out there in the US today.

Drones: creating more enemies for the US than they are killing.

Wall Street: How come no bankers have been brought to trial.

Raising the minimum wage: How about putting $30 billion more dollars in the hands of the country’s vast majority of working people. Do that and you’re consumer economy will grow and create some new jobs.

Here he is on one of my favorite tv shows, The Young Turks