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Make It Count: Are You a Math Game Maven?
by Staff
Math games like mancala require nimble thinking and a feel for numbers. See how much you know about them and their long history by giving this quiz a try.

Math games have been found to do what for students?

  • help them improve their math skills
  • distract them during class
  • make no difference in learning

What skills do math games call on?

  • a knowledge of math functions
  • intuition about numbers
  • both of the above

True or false: Mancala is a math game played only in Africa.

  • true
  • false

What device is Mancala thought to have derived from?

  • an early war game
  • a device used for divination
  • a merchant's accounting system

What did Leonardo Fibonacci introduce into Europe in 1202?

  • math games
  • the Indo-Arabic number system
  • long division

In the game of Nim, the player who takes the last piece is:

  • the winner
  • the loser
  • either the winner or the loser, depending on the rules

The game of Nim was featured in which classic movie?

  • Gunga Din
  • Last Year at Marienbad
  • Lawrence of Arabia

Where and when was the first book on algebra written?

  • Athens, 256 B.C.
  • Baghdad, A.D. 825
  • Paris, 1467

Another name for Nine Men's Morris is:

  • Morris Dance
  • Mills
  • Pinochle

The oldest Nine Men's Morris game board was found where?

  • a French cave
  • an Egyptian temple
  • a Roman burial site

In which situation does a Nine Men's Morris player win the game?

  • the opposing player can't move
  • the opposing player has only two pieces left
  • either situation above

If you roll two dice, which total has the best chance of coming up?

  • 2
  • 7
  • 12

True or false: "Math Blaster" is a computer game for college math majors.

  • true
  • false

In what type of world is Math Blaster played?

  • a caveman environment
  • a medieval world
  • futuristic outer space

Which number cannot be shown as a Roman numeral?

  • 0
  • 1
  • 1,000

Where and when was the equal sign (=) invented?

  • 13th century Venice
  • 16th century Wales
  • 19th century Istanbul

In which year was the game KenKen invented?

  • 1954
  • 1974
  • 2004

The name KenKen comes from a Japanese word meaning what?

  • math
  • wisdom
  • square

KenKen is similar to which other Japanese game?

  • Pokémon
  • Sudoku
  • Aikido

Which number would correctly complete the sequence 1, 4, 9, 16, ___, 36?

  • 19
  • 21
  • 25