Isaac Asimov Quiz
by Staff
Isaac Asimov was a fantastically prolific writer who shaped many ideas about technology and morality. How much do you know about him? Take this quiz to find out.

Asimov predicted that by the year 2014, robots would have what characteristics?

  • They'd be integrated with human flesh.
  • They'd be clumsy and crude.
  • They'd be nearly autonomous.

True or false: Asimov reportedly coined the term "robotics."

  • true
  • false

What was the name of Asimov's first published novel?

  • "The End of Eternity"
  • "The Currents of Space"
  • "Pebble in the Sky"

What sort of business did Asimov's family open in Brooklyn?

  • a liquor store
  • a video shop
  • a candy store

Where was Asimov born?

  • Russia
  • Australia
  • U.S.

Where did the Asimov family move when they immigrated to the U.S.?

  • New York City
  • Boston
  • Philadelphia

How many novels did Asimov publish before "I, Robot"?

  • one
  • nine
  • 13

About how many books did Asimov have a hand in writing or editing?

  • 500
  • 200
  • 80

During World War II, in which branch of the U.S. military did Asimov serve?

  • Air Force
  • Army
  • Navy

Asimov predicted that by the year 2014, humans would suffer greatly from what?

  • yellow fever
  • boredom
  • depression

Asimov gained tremendous fame and respect within writing circles with the publication of which story?

  • "The Stars, Like Dust"
  • "Foundation"
  • "Nightfall"

Which fear affected Asimov throughout his life?

  • fear of flying
  • fear of enclosed spaces
  • fear of dogs

Asimov once said he didn't think humans would make much headway into space until what happened?

  • We learn to get along.
  • We invent new booster technology.
  • We create advanced robot assistants.

In 1948, Asimov earned his doctorate in what field of study?

  • mechanical engineering
  • biochemistry
  • astronomy

"Asimov's Laws" are often called what?

  • the Five Laws of Astrophysics
  • the Four Laws of Man
  • the Three Laws of Robotics

Asimov had a daily routine of starting writing at 7:30 a.m. and quitting at what time?

  • 6 p.m.
  • 8:30 p.m.
  • 10:30 p.m.

How did Asimov treat fans who pestered him for autographs?

  • He signed autographs for them.
  • He rarely left home to avoid interacting with other people.
  • He yelled at his fans.

Asimov served as a "science consultant" during the production of which film?

  • "I, Robot"
  • "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"
  • "Star Wars"

What is a positronic brain?

  • an android's brain
  • the computer inside a commercial jet
  • the results of thinking positive thoughts

What is NOT one of the Three Laws of Robotics?

  • A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  • A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with United States law.
  • A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

Asimov predicted that what technology would help cars and similar vehicles hover above the ground?

  • compressed air
  • hydrogen fuel
  • huge magnets

What event abruptly caused Asimov to switch from science fiction to mostly nonfiction writing?

  • the launch of Sputnik
  • the moon landing
  • the assassination of President Kennedy

Which celebrity approached Asimov for help in creating a science-fiction movie musical?

  • Paul McCartney
  • David Gilmour
  • Mick Jagger

True or false: Asimov believed in God.

  • true
  • false

Asimov wrote a detailed guide to which famous work?

  • the Bible
  • the Quran
  • Hamlet

Which of the following names did Asimov use as a pseudonym for some of his books?

  • Tom German
  • Paul French
  • John English

Which editor loved Asimov's "The End of Eternity" and helped ensure that it was published?

  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • Walter Bradbury
  • Gene Roddenberry

Asimov once said that if a doctor told him he only had six minutes to live, he'd do what?

  • gaze at the stars
  • type faster
  • strip naked and run

Asimov said that human dignity could NOT survive what?

  • overpopulation
  • the burden of technology
  • the advancement of robotics

Fill in the blank: Asimov said that "violence is the last refuge of the ____."

  • irrational
  • ignorant
  • incompetent