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A Quiz about Visible Colour

This quiz is all about visible light and its various hues, tints and shades. How much do you know about this everyday subject? Find out now 🙂

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  • Question of

    Black is the darkest colour. Why?

    • Because it absorbs all light
    • Because it reflects all light
    • Because it is the colour of evil
  • Question of

    The Irish for this colour is ‘bándearg’, literally ‘white-red’. Which colour is it?

    • Crimson
    • Cyan
    • Pink
  • Question of

    The colour orange is named after the fruit. Or is it?

    • Yes, the colour is named after the fruit
    • No, the fruit is named after the colour
    • Actually they are completely separate words, and it is just coincidence that the fruit is the colour orange
  • Question of

    What’s the difference between a tint and a shade?

    • A shade is a hue mixed with white, a tint is a hue mixed with black
    • A tint is a hue mixed with white, a shade is a hue mixed with black
    • And tint and a shade mean the same thing
  • Question of

    Which of the following is NOT achromatic (a colour without hue)?

    • White
    • Grey
    • Yellow
    • Black
  • Question of

    Which colour is evoked by the shortest wavelengths on the visible spectrum, typically 380–450 nm?

    • Violet
    • Red
    • Green
  • Question of

    In the measure of colour wavelength, nm stands for nanometer. How long is one nanometer?

    • One then-thousandth (1/10,000) of a metre
    • One millionth (1/1,000,000) of a metre
    • One billionth (1/1,000,000,000) of a metre
  • Question of

    Visible colours are all part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Which of the following is not part of that spectrum?

    • X-rays
    • Radio waves
    • Sound waves
    • Infrared
  • Question of

    Our word colour comes from which of the following?

    • Greek χρώμα (chroma)
    • Arabic لون (lawn)
    • Polish odcień
    • Welsh lliw
    • Latin color


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