Mensa Quiz
The following questions are provided by the folks at American Mensa, the High IQ Society. Without seeking the assistance of fellow passengers, can you provide the answers? If you find that you do need some help, scroll down for the answers. By Dr. Abbie F. Salny
1. Some letters have been removed from the names of the following United States. Fill in the missing letters to find out where you are.

_ I _ H _ G _ _
_ I _ _ E _ O _ A
_ Y _ M _ N _
_ I _ _ I _ _ I _ P _
_A _ _ A _ H _ S _ _ _ _

2. Fill in the answers to the definitions below. (Hint: For all you dog lovers, the answers all contain the word dog.)

Decidedly opinionated ________________
Persistent __________________
Creed __________________

3. Fill in each blank below, adding one letter in sequence (for example: I, it, bit, bite).

Personal pronoun __________
Opposite of out __________
Part of a fish __________
Excellent __________
Punished with a financial charge ________

4. The 23 letters below can be anagrammed into a four-word song title by a famous chanteuse.


5. What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same six letters, can be used to complete the sentence below?

The cry of the __________ sounded as if it consisted of all ____________.

6. Supply the missing number.

2 7 5 15 17
5 3 10 9 ?

7. What one three-letter word can be added to the blanks below to make a new word in each case?


8. The names of two colors are hidden in the sentence below. Can you find them? (Hint: The letters are in consecutive order.)

They are definitely not an odd couple.

9. The children had a difficult choice. Six gum balls and four candy bars cost $3.50, but six candy bars and four gum balls cost $4. How many candy bars can they buy for the $5 they want to spend?

Bonus Question: The following are the former names of major U.S. corporations. What are their current names?
A. The Haloid Company
B. U.S. Steel
C. Kresge
D. Standard Oil of New Jersey
E. The Calculating-Tabulating Recording Company



1. Michigan, Minnesota, Wyoming, Mississippi, Massachusetts
2. Dogmatic, dogged, dogma
3. I, in, fin, fine, fined
4. “Somewhere over the Rainbow” (sung by Judy Garland)
5. Wolves, vowels
6. Ten. For each set of numbers, subtract the smaller from the larger, to get 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.
7. Par
8. Red, tan
9. Ten. Each gum ball costs 25 cents, and each candy bar costs 50 cents.
Bonus Answer.
A. Xerox
B. USX Corp.
C. K-Mart
D. Exxon

Known as the High IQ Society, is an organization for individuals who have one common trait: a score in the top two percent on any supervised standardized intelligence test. For more information about American Mensa or to take the Mensa Home Test, visit or call (800) 66-MENSA.

Dr. Abbie F. Salny was the supervisory psychologist for American Mensa and Mensa International for more than 25 years. She is a coauthor of the Mensa Think Smart Book. Quiz © 2005 by Dr. Abbie F. Salny and American Mensa Limited from the Mensa Page-A-Day Calendar (Workman Publishing). The 2006 edition of the calendar is on sale now.