Mnemonics Neatly Eliminate Man’s Only Nemesis — Insufficient Cerebral Storage: Mnemonics Quiz

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Why would you use mnemonics?

Mnemonics are used to improve your memory and recall.

What are math students trying to remember with the phrase "please excuse my dear Aunt Sally"?

Math students use "please excuse my dear Aunt Sally" to remember the order of arithmetic operations: parentheses, exponent, multiply, divide, add and subtract.

How many types of mnemonics are there?

There are nine types of mnemonic devices.

Which is NOT a type of mnemonic device?

These are three of the nine types of mnemonics.

Who is Roy G. Biv?

There is no Roy G. Biv. The letters stand for red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, the sequence of colors that make up a rainbow (the colors of the visible spectrum).

What's it called when you use the first letter of each word to remember something, such as "RICE" for the instructions for treating a sprain?

RICE is an acronym mnemonic that stands for "rest the injured area; ice the sprain; compress with a wrap or bandage; elevate the injured area."

What type of mnemonic device is "in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue," which can help you remember when Columbus sailed to America?

It's a rhyming mnemonic device. Because the brain stores rhymes by acoustic encoding, they're easier to recall.

What will FANBOYS help you remember?

FANBOYS is a mnemonic device to recall the seven conjunctions in the English language: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so.

What is the method of loci?

The method of loci, also known as "mind palace," involves visualizing a familiar location and objects with information you need to remember and dates back to the ancient Greeks.

What can HOMES help you remember?

HOMES is an acronym for the names of the Great Lakes: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior.

Fill in the mnemonic: "I" before "e" except after ____.

The mnemonic for remembering spelling goes "I" before "e" except after "c." But did you know there are two additional lines? They are "or when sounded as 'a,' as in 'neighbor' and 'weigh.' And 'weird' is just weird."

What are you trying to recall with the phrase "monkeys dance very well"?

"Monkeys dance very well" stands for "mass, density, volume and weight," the properties of matter.

True or false: Short-term memory is limited to only about seven items.

Because our short-term memory is limited to about seven things at a time, a device called "chunking" can help your brain handle more information more easily. For example, phone numbers in the U.S. are broken into 3 chunks (123-456-7890), a method for remembering more short-term information.

Finish this advice: Righty tighty. ____ ____.

Righty tighty. Lefty loosey. So the saying goes. It's used to remember that right is on, and left is off, which is how most screws, bottles and many other things can be loosened and tightened.

Which mnemonic is used to remember the order of geological time periods?

The mnemonic about cows is a shortcut to recalling the order of geological time periods: Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous, Permian, Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous, Paleocene, Eocene, Oligocene, Miocene, Pliocene, Pleistocene and Recent.

What does the mnemonic "my very excited mother just served us nachos" help you remember?

This is a way to remember the order of the planets, from the sun and out. It stands for Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

Which of these mnemonics can help you remember the original 13 states?

The one about car paint is a mnemonic device used to remember the original 13 states: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

Rhythm helps your tiny hips move. And it's also a device that helps you remember what?

It can help you remember how to spell "rhythm."

Complete this rhyming mnemonic, used to remember the number of days in each month: Thirty days hath September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31, excepting February alone, which has 28, that's fine ...

"Till leap year gives it 29" is the last part of this mnemonic.

What type of mnemonic device are acronyms and acrostics?

Two of the most common first-letter devices are acronyms and acrostics.

Who does Pvt. Tim Hall represent?

Pvt. Tim Hall is a mnemonic device for essential amino acids: phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, isoleucine, methionine, histidine, arginine, leucine and lysine.

Which of these can help you remember how to tie a bowline?

Hold the small loop in one hand. With the other, pass the free end around the back of the loop. Now the free end (the “fox”) comes out of the loop, around the standing line (the “tree”) and back through the loop. "The silly bunny has two ears and crossed eyes; he picks his nose and pulls his ears" can help you remember how to tie your shoes. And "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is an alphabet cheat sheet (it includes every letter).

What are you trying to remember if you use the mnemonic device "when a joke made me a joker"?

It's a way to recall all the U.S. presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama.

Which phrase is used to remember the order of notes on the treble clef?

"Every good boy does fine" is a mnemonic device to help you remember the order of the notes (lines) on the treble clef, from the bottom to top (E, G, B, D, F). "All cows eat grass" is a mnemonic for remembering the spaces on the bass clef (A, C, E, G). And "forks and chopsticks everywhere" is a mnemonic device for recalling the spaces on the treble clef (F, A, C, E).

Can you complete this mnemonic device, used for Celsius temperatures by those who grew up with the Fahrenheit scale? 30 is hot; 20 is nice; 10 is cold; zero is …

This Celsius rhyming device ends with "zero is ice," because zero C is water's freezing point.

Which is NOT a way to remember the cardinal directions?

Each of these phrases is a way to remember cardinal directions, in clockwise order: north, east, south, west.

Which mnemonic will help you remember guitar string names?

"Every average dude gets better eventually" names the strings from the sixth to the first.

If someone texts "143" to you, what do they mean?

143 is a numerical device for "I love you." The "1" in "143" is "I," a one-letter word. The "4" represents "love," a four-letter word. And "3" represents "you," a three-letter word.

Which is a good trick to remembering the order of streets in Manhattan, between Second Avenue and Fifth Avenue?

"Three lost people meet" represents Third Avenue, Lexington Avenue, Park Avenue and Madison Avenue.

Which will help you recall the proper ordering of the biological groupings (taxonomy)?

There are many popular devices for recalling the order of biological groupings — domain, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species — including "dumb kids playing cards on freeway get smashed." "All cool men prefer having heavy sideburns" is a way to remember the taxonomy of humans. And "some grown-ups can’t see magic ponies, but children can" is a way to remember the classes and subclasses of phylum <i>Mollusca</i>.

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