The Memorable Mnemonics Quiz

By: Mark Mancini  | 

Mnemonic devices are little tricks — like acronyms and phrases — that help us memorize important info. Our quiz will test your knowledge of everything from geography to music scales. But there's a twist: Every single answer has a fun mnemonic attached.
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Question 1 of 10

Which is the smallest of North America's Great Lakes?
Erie
Ontario
To help you remember, here's a mnemonic that lists the lakes from biggest to smallest: Super Heroes Must Eat Oats. (Superior, Huron, Michigan, Erie, Ontario.)
Huron

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Question 2 of 10

Let's say you're working on a mathematical expression. Which operation should you calculate first?
parentheses
Think "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally" (parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction.)
division
exponents

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Question 3 of 10

Calling all band geeks! On the treble staff, what note comes after "B"?
D
Repeat after us: "Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge." (E, G, B, D, F.)
E
F

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Question 4 of 10

Which of the following countries is not located in Central America?
Guatemala
Nicaragua
Colombia
You're gonna love this one. The mnemonic is "Big Gorillas Eat Hotdogs, Not Cold Pizza." (Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama.)

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Question 5 of 10

Moving on to climate science, what's the uppermost layer of Earth's atmosphere?
thermosphere
troposphere
exosphere
From lowest to highest, Earth's atmospheric layers are the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, and exosphere. To remember the rankings, say "The Strong Man's Triceps Exploded."

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Question 6 of 10

Who's on the U.S. fifty-dollar bill?
Ulysses S. Grant
Here's your handy, dandy currency portrait mnemonic: "When Jeff Left Home, Jack Got Fat." (Washington $1, Jefferson $2, Lincoln $5, Hamilton $10, Jackson $20, Grant $50, Franklin $100.)
Warren G. Harding
Franklin Pierce

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Question 7 of 10

In the biological classification system, what rank falls between a species and a family?
order
class
genus
It goes "domain, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species." ("Do Kings Play Cards On Fat Green Stools?")

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Question 8 of 10

Of the three elements listed below, which one is diatomic?
neon
chlorine
Hydrogen, nitrogen, fluorine, oxygen, iodine, chlorine, and bromine are "diatomic," meaning they've only got two atoms each. Keep saying "Have No Fear Of Ice-Cold Beer" and you'll never forget which elements made the cut.
copper

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Question 9 of 10

Complete this sentence: Venus is the ______ planet from the sun.
second
The eight planets in our solar system are — in order — Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. (Think "My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nachos.")
fourth
fifth

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Question 10 of 10

To close out the quiz, we're switching things up a bit. "ROY G. BIV" is a famous mnemonic. What is it supposed to help you remember?
the colors of the rainbow
Say it with us: The colors of the rainbow are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Thanks, Roy!
assorted poop consistencies
Henry VII's ill-fated wives

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