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Math games require nimble thinking and a feel for numbers. See how much you know about them and their long history by taking this math games quiz.

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Question 1 of 20

Math games have been found to do what for students?

help them improve their math skills

According to a University of Maryland study, math games can lead to long-lasting improvement in math understanding.

distract them during class

make no difference in learning

Question 2 of 20

What skills do math games call on?

a knowledge of math functions

intuition about numbers

both of the above

Math games require both intuition and math knowledge.

Question 3 of 20

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

true

false

Variations of Mancala are played around the world.

Question 4 of 20

What device is Mancala thought to have derived from?

an early war game

a device used for divination

a merchant's accounting system

The Mancala board is probably based on early accounting devices.

Question 5 of 20

What did Leonardo Fibonacci introduce into Europe in 1202?

math games

the Indo-Arabic number system

Fibonacci brought Europeans the Indo-Arabic number system we use today.

long division

Question 6 of 20

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

Nim can be played either way: So that the player who takes the last piece is either the winner or the loser.

Question 7 of 20

The game of Nim was featured in which classic movie?

Gunga Din

Last Year at Marienbad

Nim was played by characters in the French film "Last Year at Marienbad."

Lawrence of Arabia

Question 8 of 20

Where and when was the first book on algebra written?

Athens, 256 B.C.

Baghdad, A.D. 825

The first book on algebra was written in A.D. 825 by Baghdad mathematician Mohammed al-Khwarizimi.

Paris, 1467

Question 9 of 20

Another name for Nine Men's Morris is:

Morris Dance

Mills

Nine Men's Morris is also called Mills.

Pinochle

Question 10 of 20

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

a French cave

an Egyptian temple

The oldest Nine Men's Morris game board was found in an Egyptian temple.

a Roman burial site

Question 11 of 20

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

A player wins when the opponent either can't move or has only two pieces left.

Question 12 of 20

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

2

7

A total of 7 is the most likely outcome.

12

Question 13 of 20

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

true

false

"Math Blaster" is designed for students in grade school.

Question 14 of 20

In what type of world is Math Blaster played?

a caveman environment

a medieval world

futuristic outer space

Math Blaster players explore a futuristic space world.

Question 15 of 20

Which number cannot be shown as a Roman numeral?

0

The Romans had no sign for 0.

1

1,000

Question 16 of 20

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

13th century Venice

16th century Wales

Welsh mathematician Robert Recorde first used the equal sign in the 16th century.

19th century Istanbul

Question 17 of 20

In which year was the game KenKen invented?

1954

1974

2004

Japanese educator Tetsuya Miyamoto invented KenKen in 2004.

Question 18 of 20

The name KenKen comes from a Japanese word meaning what?

math

wisdom

The word ken means wisdom.

square

Question 19 of 20

KenKen is similar to which other Japanese game?

Pokémon

Sudoku

Like KenKen, Sudoku also involves filling a square with numbers.

Aikido

Question 20 of 20

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

19

21

25

The number 25 is correct, since the numbers are squares of the digits 1 through 6.

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