My morning started today just like nearly every morning: with a rant about something.

Usually those rants take place in the shower, where there’s no one to offer a rebuttal, and therefore I can’t lose the argument. That’s the ideal setting for any discussion and for the standard chores of life, and often my debate topics are of grave concern. For example: why are there people who still repeatedly press the button while waiting for an elevator? Do they honestly think there’s a benefit to this action, and the elevator increases speed with each button smash?

The subject of this morning’s rant was LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and his Wonderlic test score that was only slightly higher than zero. So naturally you’re wondering how hard this test could be, right? There’s a set of sample questions for that.

Get out your pencil, protractor, and abacus, and have at it. Keep in mind that the real Wonderlic test is 50 questions long, with a 12-minute time limit. Since the quiz of sample questions below is only 12 questions long, set your timer for five minutes.

(via Walter Football, and the official Wonderlic site)

1. Assume the first 2 statements (A and B) below are true. Is the final one: 1 true, 2 false, 3 not certain?

a) The boy plays baseball.

b) All baseball players wear hats.

c) The boy wears a hat.

2. Paper sells for 21 cents per pad. What will 4 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 RESERVE – Do these words:

a) have similar meanings

b) have contradictory meanings

c) mean neither the same nor opposite?

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

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

7. The ninth month of the year is:

a) October

b) January

c) June

d) September

e) May

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

a) 7

b) .8

c) 31

d) .33

e) 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 the 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 below are true. Is the

final one:

a) true

b) false

c) You can’t be 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?

Note there is a typo in question 11. It has two answers that are labelled “b”.

Answers:

1. true

2. 84 cents

3. one

4. (c)

5. 300 feet

6. six feet

7. (d)

8. (d)

9. 17

10. 560

11. You can’t be certain [this answer is labelled "b" on the test but it should have been labelled "c"]

12. 40

Typo is fixed, and here are the answers (again, from the official Wonderlic site):

1. true

2. 84 cents

3. one

4. A

5. 300 feet

6. six feet

7. D

8. D

9. 17

10. $560

11. C

12. 40 years old

I guess Mr. Wonderlic and I will have to agree to disagree on #4. One thing’s for certain though: I can’t throw a football.

Gonna post the answers?