# Thread: quiz for software testers

1. ## quiz for software testers

There is no need to cheat. The questions are not that difficult.
You just need to think like a professional tester.

- How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?
- How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?
- The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend except one. Which animal does not attend?

Testing Quiz page. I am interesting in other staff to put on this page.
Thanks,
Alex

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2. ## Re: quiz for software testers

1.How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?

Ans.
a)Bring the giraffe to the refrigerator.
b)Open the refrigerator door
c)Put the giraffe in and close the door.

How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

Ans.
a)Bring the elephant to the refrigerator.
b)Open the refrigerator and take out the giraffe.
c)Put the elephant in and close the door.

The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend except one. Which animal does not attend?

Ans.
The elephant because the elephant is in the refrigerator.

I think i am right....am i,Alex???

Cheers,
Gaur.

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[This message has been edited by gaur (edited 01-22-2002).]

3. ## Re: quiz for software testers

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by extremetester:
- How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Well, thinking like a good tester means seeing if the giraffe can fit in the refrigerator in the first place. So you open the door. Try to shove the giraffe in and then close the door.

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica">quote:</font><HR>- How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Do we assume the first question as basis? If so, we have to consider if the elephant can fit in the refrigerator with the giraffe. If not, we take out the giraffe, put in the elephant, close the door. (If both can fit, we could, of course, put the elephant in the refrigerator with the giraffe - since the question does not state otherwise.)

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica">quote:</font><HR>- The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend except one. Which animal does not attend?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Again, do we assume continuance from the first two questions? If so, in my one scenario where both animals fit, neither the giraffe nor the elephant attend because they are in the refrigerator. In my scenario where only one animal fits, only the elephant does not attend (because only he is in the refrigerator).

These are actually very silly (and not the best logical tests of this type) because you assume continuance and assume lack of checking. For example, the second question implicitly assumes that the giraffe and elephant could not both fit into the refrigerator - and this is not stated. (You cannot even count it as an assumption because by logical assumption, a giraffe would not fit into a refrigerator.) You could also argue that one has to check if the refrigerator already has stuff in it before you shove the giraffe or elephant in there and, if so, you must empty it first.

The first question is usually asked to see whether you will tend to do relatively simple things in an overly complicated way. That might apply, logically, in some professions, but in testing you think it through more (i.e., checking to see if the giraffe can fit in the first place).

So these questions are actually meaningless in terms of tests, at least based on how they are worded. That is why these came to be called "stupidity tests" that Anderson Consulting got blasted on (and rightfully so).

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4. ## Re: quiz for software testers

Yes....these are stupidity tests.....but really funny to answer and get the correct ones if not put to u in an interview.

Cool it Jeff,after all,this question has been posted in the chitchat section and not in the general discussion

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5. ## Re: quiz for software testers

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by gaur:
Cool it Jeff,after all,this question has been posted in the chitchat section and not in the general discussion
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes, yes - I know, I am a jerk. But I made my comments because these are reference to a Web site that apparently takes them at least somewhat seriously in terms of actually being indicative of behavior of a professional. Granted, it is not taken in too much seriousness and indicatd as something of a joke but I think it pays to consider, sometimes, why these things are not, in fact, reliable indications of a professional or a tester. Particularly since many of these types of questions are considered, by some, to be true indicators.

Oh, and besides all that: I want a real challenge.

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6. ## Re: quiz for software testers

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by extremetester:
There is no need to cheat. The questions are not that difficult.
You just need to think like a professional tester.

- How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?
- How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?
- The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend except one. Which animal does not attend?

Testing Quiz page. I am interesting in other staff to put on this page.
Thanks,
Alex

<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thinking like a professional tester:

1. I don't.
2. I don't.
3. There is no way for me to tell.

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- Joe (strazzerj@aol.com)

7. ## Re: quiz for software testers

I saw a slightly different version of this somewhere on the web and copied it:

Quiz for Professionals

The following quiz was given by Andersen Consulting Worldwide [which I guess disproves its value - CR] to business professionals:

[Questions 1-3 as in the original post]

4. There is a river you must cross, but it is inhabited by crocodiles. How do you manage it?

1. Open the refrigerator, put the giraffe in, and close the door. (This tests whether you tend to over-complicate things.)

2. Open the refrigerator, take the giraffe out, put the elephant in, and close the door. (This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your actions.)

3. The Elephant does not attend, since it's in the refrigerator. (This tests your memory.)

4. You swim across, since all the crocodiles are at the animal conference. (This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.)

Andersen reports that 90% of all professionals tested got all the answers wrong, but many pre-schoolers got several correct answers. This conclusively disproves the theory that most professionals have the brains of a four-year-old.

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Charles Reace

charles{DOT}reace{AT}verizon{DOT}net

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