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Did your spouse or significant other conduct pop quizzes while you were on a date, or otherwise out and about? The topic came up in my Wishing for a Wormhole post last week. In the comments a friend mentioned getting quizzed on types of old cars. That got me thinking.

How many of us were subjected to pop quizzes outside the schoolroom?And what is the driving force behind these non-school pop quizzes?

[Ticking clock sound here]

Have no clue. I’m trying to remember if I ever “did” pop quizzes. My kids could better answer the question (and might pop in if they see this), but I honestly don’t remember having a test at the end of a road trip, vacation, long drive—or any activity associated with having fun. I can bore on for a long time about how crazy publishing is…but no, no quizzes.

There are two things I know about the hubs. 1) He is a natural born teacher; and 2) He is a very good teacher. I’ve learned a lot of stuff living with him. Life stuff.

I’ve not learned much geology, however. [More ticking clock sounds] Yeah, I might be able to identify a fault line. If it’s really really obvious. And there’s an  arrow that says “Fault line.”

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This has nothing to do with the hubs skill as a teacher and everything to do with the way my brain works. I can remember books I read in the sixth grade, plots and characters. I don’t even remember what that elements chart thing is called. The one they made me memorize in high school.

I remember one (brief) moment when the hubs thought he had taught me something. We were driving through Wind River Canyon in Wyoming, heading home or back to school. I forget which. Note: I’m a fast reader, even if I’m not a long rememberer. So I see this sign that identifies the rock as Cretaceous or something like that. I said, “Oh, look—” and then basically read the sign. By the time the hubs looked at me, we were past the sign.

I got SUCH a look of approval.

It lasted until the next sign popped up. LOL

Luckily for me he was so in love he thought it was cute.

Don’t get me wrong. I very much enjoy it when the hubs points out interesting things when we are journeying from a point A to a point something else. He’s a fount of knowledge, and it’s really cute that he thinks I’m science teachable after 39 years together. It was great for our kids who were teachable (for the most part). I’ve mostly broken him of the pop quizzes. If he forgets, the Look reigns him in pretty fast.

Do you or your significant other feel compelled to teach? To give pop quizzes after? Do you like the quizzes? Feel challenged by them? Or do they give you nightmares of being back in school and unprepared? Not that I have this problem. That often.

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8 thoughts on “There Will Be a Test Later

  • July 22, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Not pop quizzes, but we do tend to see things quite differently. Mrs Widds sees big picture-ish-ly and I tend to see the minutiae. We exchange info and both of us ‘get’ the bigger picture.
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    • July 23, 2014 at 9:43 am

      That’s very cool. I think, in a way, that’s the way it is with the hubs and I. We see things very differently. And I have a terrible short term memory. LOL

  • July 22, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Apparently I’ve reached official nerd-dom too, Cordelia, because I ask questions. Lots of questions. 😉
    My husband knows a lot about cars and mechanical things. Guns. What a guy would say. Those last two things are very helpful since I write suspense. And there’s always a guy in the story… who’s generally less verbal than my first draft makes him.
    But he’s never quizzed me about any of it later. (Just smiles if he sees a random phrase he suggested in one of the books.)

    • July 23, 2014 at 9:43 am

      That’s so cute, Cathy! Questions are good! I love hearing the hubs talk about the mountains and such, just don’t want to have to pass a test. LOL And hubs totally helped me with Tangled in Time and Steam Time. Did some great research for me. Plus he provides most of the images for my blog. Official nerd-dom is great. 🙂

  • July 21, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I’m guilty of this. Giving pop quizzes or history lessons. When I see my granddaughter I ask her if she’s read any good books lately and she growls. It is apparently not an acceptable question to ask a ten year old. At least that’ my granddaughter’s opinion. When people mention something about history and I know some things on that particularly event they’re talking about that I think are so interesting and that they will be so interested to hear it I start telling them and apparently no one wants to actually know any of that. I get passionate about stuff most people aren’t passionate about – I think that might be one of the definitions of a nerd.

    • July 23, 2014 at 9:41 am

      You know so many interesting things, Cornelia! I love being on panels with you. I always learn something fun! You’re a good nerd!

  • July 21, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    I know I get quizzed, only because my hubby wants me to love old cars as much as he does. It’s a barometer of my car interest level. Eventually, he realized I like going to those car shows just because I get to hang out with my best friend. Not because I like cars. But that doesn’t mean he gave up the hope that I will, someday, be converted to a gearhead. So the quizzes don’t bother me. I even get a few questions right – occasionally!

    • July 23, 2014 at 9:40 am

      After 39 years, you’d think I’d get the occasional question right. I think I don’t have a brain for geology. LOL That’s sweet that you go to be with him. 🙂

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