Dementia Test

taureauSeptember 5, 2007

Subject: Test for Dementia Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2007 07:02:34 -0500

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>Below are four ( 4 ) questions and a bonus question. You have to

immediately.

>OK?

> >

>Let's find out just how clever you really are....

> >

> >Ready? GO!!! (scroll dow n)

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> >First Question:

> >Y ou are participating in a race. You overtake the second person. What

>position are you in?

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> >Answer: If you answered that you are first, then you are absolutely

wrong!

>If you overtake the second person and you take his place, you are

second!

> >Try not to screw up next time. Now answer the second question, but

don't

>take as much time as you took for the first question, OK?

> >Second Question:

>I f you overtake the last person, then you are...? (scroll down)

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> >Answer: If you answered that you are second to last, then you are

wrong

>again. Tell me, how can you overtake the LAST person?

> >

>You're not very good at this, are you?

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>Third Question:

>V ery tricky arithmetic! Note: This must be done in your head only .

Do NOT

>use paper and pencil or a calculator. Try it.

> >

>another 1000 . Now add 20 . Now add another 1000 . Now add 10 . What

is the

>total?

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>Did you get 5000 ?

> >The correct answer is actually 4100.

> >

>If you don't believe it, check it with a calculator! Today is

definitely

>not your day, is it? Maybe you'll get the last question right...

Maybe.

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>Fourth Question:

> >Mary's father has five daughters: 1. Nana, 2. Nene, 3. Nini, 4. Nono.

What

>is the name of the fifth daughter?

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> >Did you Answer Nunu? NO! Of course it isn't.

>Her name is Mary. Read the question again!

> >

>Okay, now the bonus round:

> >A mute person goes into a shop and wants to buy a toothbrush. By

imitating

>the action of brushing his teeth he successfully expresses himself to

the

>shopkeeper and the purchase is done.

>Next, a blind man comes into the shop who wants to buy a pair of

>sunglasses; how does HE indicate what he wants?

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>He just has to open his mouth and ask...

>It's really very simple.

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It took me three times to pass the "New Math" class if you are old enough to remember that.

Foghorn

September 5, 2007 at 5:11PM
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pete41(9ab FL.)

and you are crazier than a loon if you think I will admit going 0 for 5.

September 5, 2007 at 5:36PM
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athenainwi

Oh dear, I did horribly on that. I think it's because I did well on the SAT that I got way too used to how they ask the questions.

September 5, 2007 at 5:38PM
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pagan(8b)

I would hope that the good thing about having dementia is that one wouldn't know one has it... but it seems that ain't neccesarily so. The knowing part would suck donkeys!

September 6, 2007 at 8:35AM
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meredith_e Z7b, Piedmont of NC, 1000' elevation

Wow, this was really cool!

Psychologically, I think it's probably an example of "Mental Set," eg - give subjects a math equation to solve and they will solve the next one the same way, even though there was an easier method that they just didn't see. Cool!

September 8, 2007 at 5:27PM
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petaloid(SoCal 10a/24)

I missed the arithmetic question and the second to last in the race. Got the other two and the bonus question correct. Is that 60%?
Did I pass?

September 15, 2007 at 3:33PM
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meredith_e Z7b, Piedmont of NC, 1000' elevation

Smarter than an Oxonian, but maybe you knew that already :)

September 15, 2007 at 5:21PM
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