Want a little challenge? These word association problems should provide that, and hopefully be fun for you.

Instructions:
Each of the following problems has a highlighted keyword and three item words. For each problem, you are to choose the one item word that is most clearly associated, either directly or indirectly, with that problem’s highlighted keyword.

For example, given the keyword Homer, which of these 3 item words is most clearly associated with it?

  1. Rome
  2. Simpson
  3. Run

In this case, the best answer is “B. Simpson” because Homer Simpson is a well known cartoon character.

The next 20 problems will, in a few cases, be a bit more difficult and will require different kinds of thinking. You have one chance to pick the most correct item for each keyword, so carefully consider each problem’s keyword and three available item answers before you click on an item answer. Try to solve all of the problems, and then check your score at the bottom of the page.

Ready?

OK, here are the problems; each with 1 keyword and 3 available item answers:
(Remember, you only get one chance to solve each problem.)

       
1) Pillory
Execution
Payment
Punishment
2) Harbenger
Arometherapy
Late Arriver
Trojan Horse
3) The First
My Everything
My Second
My Best
4) Special Forces
Red Cap
Black Cap
Green Beret
5) Maiden
Mike Tyson
Lou Ferrigno
Hulk Hogan
6) …makes me stronger
Socrates
Nietzche
Nobel
7) Mensa
Carrera
Jeremy
Weigel
8) Nile
South America
Jewel
Frasier
9) Barney
George
Mike
Fred
10) Milli Vanilli
Impromptu
Lip-synch
Val Kilmer
11) Garage
Sun
Bake
Star
12) Red
Shatner
Kelly
Nichols
13) Sosa
Cardinals
Cubs
Orioles
14) Hoyle
Cards
Chess
Basketball
15) OPEC
Oil
Coal
Asphalt
16) Jelly Beans
Clinton
Johnson
Reagan
17) Teller
5000
Cookie
Chef
18) Widget
Benjamin Franklin
George Washington
John Doe
19) Flipper
Oklahoma
Boise
Miami
20) Y2K
Bug
Insect
Beetle

Your Score:

If you chose the correct answer for at least 10 problems, then you’ve proven
that you’re pretty smart. If you correctly answered 15 or more, then my hat would be off to you, if I were wearing one. If you solved 18 or more problems, then you are either some kind of genius, or very lucky!

And, if you correctly solved at least 10 of the problems within 5 minutes, then you have demonstrated above average creative thinking abilities.