Mensa Quiz

The following questions are provided by the folks at American Mensa, the High IQ Society. Can you provide the answers? If you find that you do need some help, try our Puzzle and Quiz Answers page

1 What three-letter word can be placed in the blank below to make two seven-letter words?


2 Place an “S” at the end of a plural noun to make it female and singular. Then place an “S” at the front of a word that means “more than sufficient” to find an example of a certain type.

3 In a contest to collect bags of clothing for charity, Patty was neither first nor last, but Patty beat Jan. Rachel beat Sue. Sue beat Patty. Sally beat Rachel. Who brought in the most clothing?
What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same eight letters, can be used to complete the sentence below?

The beautiful painting was the ________ of an untrained artist who was very gratified by the viewers’ ________.

4 The 15 letters below can be anagrammed into a three-word phrase that might explain an unplanned crime.


5 The following puzzle consists of one word that can be split into two words.

One word: natural environment
Two words: 1) custom 2) in a certain place

6 In eight years, Jane will be twice as old as she was four years ago. How old is she now? (Hint: She is not yet 20.)

7 What three words, formed from different arrangements of the same five letters, can be used to complete the sentence below?

On the tiny remote _____, it was necessary
to climb a _____ in the field to get to the 
factory that makes _____.

8 My studio is full of paintings. One-fourth are portraits, one-fifth are animal paintings, one-tenth are landscapes and 45 are abstract. How many paintings are there in all?

BONUS QUESTION: What does “ex bona fide” mean”?

American Mensa Limited, known as the High IQ Society, is an organization for individuals who have one common trait: a score in the top 2 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 co-author of the Mensa Think Smart Book. Quiz © 2010 by Dr. Abbie F. Salny and American Mensa Limited from the Mensa Page-A-Day Calendar (Workman Publishing). The 2011 edition of the calendar is available for sale now.