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Quiz: Do you speak Geek, Greek, or Elvish?

The road goes ever on and on... In this case, the road is the Information Superhighway and travelers include Middle Earth dwellers, ancient Greeks, and present day Geeks. We've rounded up a wizard collection of questions -- your quest is to answer as many as you can and send us an e-pistle (from the Greek epistole for "send news") to let us know how you did. Do you speak Geek, Greek or Elvish?

1. Which of the following conveys malicious or harmful code concealed within harmless programming? ( Hint: It was used by the Greeks, as told in the Aeneid. )
a. Bugbear
b. Trojan horse
c. Hellenic script
d. Grecian Formula
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2. This open source project for rendering international text takes its name from a Greek prefix meaning "all" and the Japanese word for "language." Is it:
a. Bongo?
b. Panda?
c. Pango?
d. Django?
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3. What Middle Earth creature is also a type of electromagnetic field whose possible health effects are cause for concern?
a. ENT
b. TROLL
c. ORC
d. ELF
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4. What is the second letter of the Greek alphabet and incidentally, the second phase of software testing?
a. gamma
b. alpha
c. beta
d. delta
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5. What IT Goliath goes by the name of a prophet, inspired by the gods, who was the ancient Greek counterpart to "Dear Abby?"
a. Seer
b. Sphinx
c. Cyclops
d. Oracle
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6. This, the 11th letter of the Greek alphabet, is also the symbol for wavelength. What is it?
a. lambda
b. kappa
c. mu
d. omikron
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7. Which Elf friend is most likely to help you on a Web site?
a. brownie
b. pixie
c. elf
d. sprite
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8. This set of applications in a GUI environment for the Linux OS takes its name from a dweller in the Elven realm. What is it?
a. TROLL
b. LEPRECHAUN
c. GNOME
d. GOBLIN
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9. What software is named for the location of Apollo's most famous shrine? ( Hint: See Question #5. )
a. Sparta
b. Delphi
c. Athens
d. Olympia
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10. We get this term from the Greek for "tip" and "name": It's the first letters of several words arranged so that the abbreviation itself forms a word. What is it?
a. anagram
b. acronym
c. backronym
d. euphemism
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How many did you get right? Let us know!

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This was last updated in August 2008

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