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True or False? Quiz answers

11. In the United States, 7000 people pass away each year because of their doctor’s sloppy handwriting.

  • True – and another 1.5 million are injured
  • True – the pen lobby blocks the introduction of electronic prescriptions
  • False – the real number is about 250
  • False – pharmacists always confirm prescriptions

12. Queen Elizabeth II and Marilyn Monroe were born the same year.

  • True – they were even born on the same day
  • True – they were both born in 1926
  • False – Marilyn was born years before the queen
  • False – the queen was born years before Marilyn

13. In Old English, “the” was spelled and pronounced “ye”.

  • True
  • True – and “these” was spelled “yese”
  • False
  • False – the spelling is an invention of American carnies

14. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb.

  • False – he invented the gas light
  • False – he just developed the first practical one
  • True – he just couldn’t make it mass producible
  • True – he also invented X-ray photography

15. Sherlock Holmes was a real person.

  • True – but Dr Watson was the alter ego of author Arthur Conan Doyle
  • True – but his address, 221B Baker Street, was made up to keep fans away
  • False – but his brother Mycroft was based on a politician by the same name
  • False – but the character was inspired by Joseph Bell, a surgeon with similar skills

16. The officers in Rembrandt’s painting, “The Night Watch”, are bathed in sunlight.

  • True – the title is incorrect and was added later
  • True – the correct title is “The Sun Smiles at Frans Cocq and His Company”
  • False – it’s moonlight, but chemical processes have tinted the highlights yellow
  • False – the scene is supposed to be illuminated by fire

17. Mount Everest is the highest mountain on earth above sea level.

  • False – Mauna Kea is
  • False – Chimborazo is
  • True – it’s also the highest mountain above the centre of the earth
  • True – it beats K2 by almost 240 meters

18. Unscramble the sentence below – is it true or false?

  • True
  • True – HITWE WOSC EMAK ALLIVAN KLIM
  • False
  • False – CLABK SCOW OD

19. How many words can you find that make this a TRUE factual statement: Cats are _______?

  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8

20. Unscramble the sentence below and then choose the answer with the correct truth value.

  • Completely false
  • Completely true
  • 2/3 false
  • 2/3 true

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