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Can you name the corrections to these errors, replacing the word(s) in ALL CAPS?
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Change the ALL CAPS -- unless otherwise noted, you only need to type the correction, NOT the full sentence.
EXCEPTION: On the QUOTES/LYRICS, however, nothing is in all caps, and there is only one possible change. You still only need to type the new, correct word.
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THOMAS JEFFERSON was the first president of the U.S.A.
The current U.S. president is Joe Biden. (the correction is an ADDED WORD)
PEYTON MANNING is the quarterback for the New York Giants.
The capital of France is MADRID.
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN won Best Picture at the Oscars in 2005.
MORE FACTUAL ERRORS
THE UNITED STATES is the largest North American country by area.
Napoleon was originally from the island of SICILY.
MARGARET MITCHELL wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
The Camry is a FORD model.
ROCKGOLF is the most published author on Sporcle.
FAMOUS QUOTES/SONG LYRICS
Mr. Brezhnev, tear down this wall.
What's that you say, Mrs. Roosevelt/Joltin' Joe has left and gone away
A steel curtain has descended across the continent.
When the president does it, it is not wrong.
We are the victors, my friends
Dick and Jane WANTS to go.
The Capitals WIN the game yesterday.
I KNOWS the answer!
Neither this OR that is correct.
He always SIT there.
An octagon has SIX sides.
2 TIMES 3 is 5.
The square root of FOUR HUNDRED is 4.
If 2x=6, then x=ONE THIRD.
This fair coin landed heads on 9 of the last 10 flips, so its odds of landing heads this time are NINE TO ONE.
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Dec 4th, 2010 at 04:15 GMT
Good idea, and I understand part of the challenge is figuring out what part needs to be fixed, but some of them could be fixed in many different ways. For example, the Fiesta is a Ford model. Bar Rafaeli is a Ford Model (am I taking literalism too far on that one?). And 2 times 2.5 is 5... or 1.66666666666666(repeating) times 3 is 5. And finally, the last math answer wouldn't take when I mirrored your words and grammar from the comma on. I did find the quiz unique and fun.
Dec 4th, 2010 at 04:27 GMT
"He always sat there" is also correct.
Dec 4th, 2010 at 04:40 GMT
making people retype the entire sentence is ridiculous.
Dec 4th, 2010 at 04:41 GMT
@horseydeucey Thanks for your comment. I generally went with the 2 most obvious possible answers, even though I know some can be answered multiple ways. And on most of the specific clues you mention, about half the people are getting. I do see your points, however, and I'm glad you liked the quiz. Plus you were right about the last clue, so I fixed it. I wanted a math one that wasn't too basic, and that's what I did, but it's the most awkward one, and nobody's gotten it yet. I may yet replace it.
@reepicheep I guess you're right; I've added it.
@amwoods13 I gave people ample time for that reason, but also the earlier the correction is made the less you type.
Dec 4th, 2010 at 04:51 GMT
@hscer, no one got the last math one because you changed the grammar. In the hint you use "its odds" and then the answer uses "the odds." Hope this helps
Dec 4th, 2010 at 04:52 GMT
You know what I started this quiz thinking it would be good, and then I just got annoyed with typing the whole sentence, figuring out which of the two things could changed, etc.. Maybe some people will like this, not for me though.
Dec 4th, 2010 at 04:53 GMT
Fix the last sentence. You've changed the structure. That "0% correct" is a pretty good indicator of our failings.
Dec 4th, 2010 at 04:55 GMT
@notJQ (and the_chief) Ah, you're right! Hopefully I just fixed it. Thanks.
Dec 4th, 2010 at 05:31 GMT
Accept just the correction. And make the answer either unique (i.e. for the first question, change Jefferson to Alexander Hamilton) or binary and accept both (i.e. accept both GEORGE WASHINGTON and THIRD).
Dec 4th, 2010 at 05:34 GMT
@Neuge I may yet. I might see how it plays out overnight, and hopefully the rating isn't
far gone by then.
Dec 4th, 2010 at 05:35 GMT
I knew the last answer, but still nothing I tried would accept it.
Dec 4th, 2010 at 05:43 GMT
Also, a minor nit. Change the last clue to "fair coin". The way it's worded it could refer to any loaded coin which would be impossible to answer
Dec 4th, 2010 at 05:48 GMT
some of these can be changed and worded in several ways. you may give ample time but its still annoying having to type out exactly what you want
Dec 4th, 2010 at 06:09 GMT
I think there was a good idea behind this quiz, but the execution really wasn't great. There really isn't any reason to have us retype the whole sentences, especially for the first ones where one or two words is all that changes.
Dec 4th, 2010 at 06:25 GMT
OK, it won't be tonight, but I'll make some changes Saturday afternoon.
Dec 4th, 2010 at 08:03 GMT
I liked the idea. Maybe consider accepting just the piece that needs correcting as acceptable (for example only the CAPS). I know on the math ones this may result in a problem due to single letter answers but maybe make them a tiny bit harder or else say only those require the full sentence. And with the last question, maybe this is only because I'm a little drunk but I thought that 2:1 was a reasonable answer or 50% or something. I guessed both and neither were acceptable. Again, like the quiz, maybe accept a few more alternates or switch it around a tiny bit.
Dec 4th, 2010 at 12:53 GMT
"The square root of 400 is + or - 20". Strange, it isn't accepting that!
Dec 4th, 2010 at 13:06 GMT
Yes, please accept other statements that make the statement correct; "The square root of 16 is 4" "The Capital of SPAIN is Madrid." etc., etc. Also, I don't see the need to retype the entire sentecne. I really liked the concept though.
Dec 4th, 2010 at 13:28 GMT
OK, I've changed the quiz now. Tell me if it works better, what I still need to fix, etc. And thanks for the feedback!
Dec 4th, 2010 at 13:48 GMT
The odds of it landing on heads is 'half' or 50:50? could those work.
Dec 4th, 2010 at 16:58 GMT
you fixed the grammar for the last math one, but then you changed it again so it isnt congruous anymore. You fixed the beginning but now the end of the hint is "nine to one" and when you try to match this in the answer it doesnt work...the answer still requires numbers with colon.
Dec 4th, 2010 at 18:20 GMT
an added word"????
Dec 4th, 2010 at 18:30 GMT
@WyvernSabres "The square root of 400" is defined to be the positive root. If you are solving the equation x^2 = n for n a positive value though there are 2 real solutions. Thus you need to write the square root symbol of x with the plus minus in front of it. The plus minus is needed precisely becuase the square root symbol of x by itself is the positive root. In the question also note that the 400 was capitalized and was to be replaced.
Dec 4th, 2010 at 18:53 GMT
very entertaining, awesome job.
Dec 4th, 2010 at 21:43 GMT
Good idea, but could be more consistent (ex: always capitalize the word to be changed; don't add extra instructions like rewriting whole sentences or adding versus changing a word). For the Joe Biden one, you could capitalize "president," and then it would make sense to replace it with "vice president."
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Dec 4th, 2010 at 22:09 GMT
You should accept "6" as an answer for "2 TIMES 3 is 5." Also "20" needs to be accepted as an answer for "The square root of FOUR HUNDRED is 4," since the square root of 400 is 20.
Dec 4th, 2010 at 22:56 GMT
for the last question under Grammatical Errors, the sentence could be written "We always sit there" or "I always sit there"
Dec 4th, 2010 at 22:59 GMT
To all those proposing alternate answers for the math section. Look at instructions again where it says: THE NOTE YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST READ: Change the word(s) in ALL CAPS -- and you now only need to type the correction to that word(s).
Dec 4th, 2010 at 23:31 GMT
Good idea, but you need to be clearer on things and the changing from typing the all caps to whole sentences to all caps doesn't make sense . . . just keep ALL CAPS . . . also, not the add a word . . just ALL CAPS.
Dec 5th, 2010 at 00:54 GMT
The odds of landing a fair coin on heads aren't one to one, they're .5/1, or 50%, or, more slangily and less mathematically, 50/50. The chances of landing heads VERSUS landing tails are 1:1, but that's not at all the same thing.
Dec 5th, 2010 at 01:43 GMT
@ubk : for some us commenting on the maths section, this note wasn't even there. . .
Dec 5th, 2010 at 01:48 GMT
for the heads tails question u should accept 50-50 or 50/50
Dec 5th, 2010 at 02:31 GMT
I tried half, equal, 50 50, and even before I gave up and gave it two orbs for the idea.
Dec 5th, 2010 at 02:34 GMT
I just put in 5050, so that should work now.
What's still wrong with the quiz folks? Its rating has decreased since I stopped asking for the full sentence...
Dec 5th, 2010 at 02:56 GMT
This is a nice game that makes you think. Though I still don't like the rule of retyping the entire sentence.
Dec 5th, 2010 at 05:18 GMT
It's not accepting 'nor'
Dec 5th, 2010 at 06:18 GMT
nor wasn't accepted for me either.
Dec 5th, 2010 at 07:23 GMT
Same here with "nor"
Dec 5th, 2010 at 13:55 GMT
The basic idea is good, but the execution is terrible. As others have said, it needs more alternate answers; under "FAMOUS QUOTES/SONG LYRICS" there are capitals in the answers, but not in the questions. I had no idea how to answer "nor." "Most published author" is a cute in-joke, but I can't imagine it would be published.
Dec 5th, 2010 at 15:21 GMT
Nor I, for the "nor" issue.
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