How Much Do You Know About Hazel Eyes?

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How Much Do You Know About Hazel Eyes? - Quiz

The purpose of this test is to evaluate how much information most people have about the eye color that is perhaps the most misunderstood of all: hazel. Hopefully by the end of this quiz, you'll have gained a better understanding of what truly constitutes as "hazel." (:


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which one of these would *usually* indicate that a person DEFINITELY DOES NOT have true hazel eyes? 

    • A.

      -The eyes contains some blue

    • B.

      -One eye contains a large brown spot while the other does not

    • C.

      -The eyes consist of one solid color

    • D.

      -There is a little more green in the eyes than brown

    Correct Answer
    C. -The eyes consist of one solid color
    Explanation
    -It is possible for hazel eyes to contain tiny bits of blue and/or grey around the edges. Often, hazel eyes possess a blue or (more commonly) a grey ring.

    -Eye freckles or spots, a fairly common occurrence, can occur in all eye colors. This has nothing to do with the actual color of the eye. As long as the eye is mostly a mix of brown and green, it is probably hazel.

    -Hazel eyes are MIXED eyes. Very rarely could eyes that consist of just one color be considered hazel, unless that color was a very special and unique blend of brown and green, and formed some sort of olive shade. Otherwise, eyes that are just "light brown" or just "grey", etc. would not fall under this category.

    -Depending on the lighting, hazel eyes can appear to have either more green or more brown.

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  • 2. 

    Typically, when most hazel eyes are viewed in moderate indoor lighting, they may appear to have...    

    • A.

      -A little more brown than green

    • B.

      -A little more green than brown

    • C.

      -A lot more green than brown

    • D.

      -A lot more brown than green

    Correct Answer
    A. -A little more brown than green
    Explanation
    A little more brown than green is usually the case in moderate lighting. In dim lighting, hazel eyes often appear brown, but can also look dark green, dark olive, or amber in cases of yellow lighting. In bright lighting, they can look various shades of green with many looking yellow-green in the sun.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following best describes hazel eyes?

    • A.

      -Mixed color eyes

    • B.

      -Eyes that appear to shift drastically in color from being more brown to more green; eye mainly contains light brown and moss green; may also contain gold, orange and grey. Hazel eyes get their name from the hazelnut, which, upon ripening, is a light golden brown with flecks of green and gold.

    • C.

      -Any eyes that contain multiple colors are called hazel. If you have blue eyes and there is a little gold starburst in the middle, you would identify your eyes as hazel. Another example would be brown eyes that have tiny flecks of lighter brown or maybe even a touch of green when inspected under high magnification and bright lighting.

    • D.

      -Light brown/amber eyes

    • E.

      -Eyes that don't fit into any other category

    • F.

      -It is a made up color that doesn't exist; you either have brown, green or blue eyes; period.

    • G.

      -Mainly a mix between blue-grey and yellow, gold or orange. Sometimes these eyes appear green from afar, but under close inspection, you can see they contain several colors, making them hazel.

    Correct Answer
    B. -Eyes that appear to shift drastically in color from being more brown to more green; eye mainly contains light brown and moss green; may also contain gold, orange and grey. Hazel eyes get their name from the hazelnut, which, upon ripening, is a light golden brown with flecks of green and gold.
    Explanation
    -Many eye colors can be mixed; just because they are mixed doesn't make them hazel...

    2nd is correct.

    A lot of eyes have very tiny stripes, specks, and spots of other colors. Many brown eyes have small traces of green, but not enough for them to fall under the category of hazel. These eyes would still look a shade of brown in both in and outdoor lighting.

    -This is a very common misconception many people have about hazel eyes- that they are just a lighter brown. This could not be farther from the truth... Light brown eyes are a subcategory of brown, whereas hazel is a completely different color. Amber just means a very light brown/gold. Neither amber nor light brown eyes contain significant amounts of green, which is why they fall under brown and not hazel. Sometimes light brown and amber eyes can be lighter in color than hazel, but this still does not make them the same thing.

    -Hazel is a pretty specific shade with a clear definition and fits into the category of brown-green. (:

    There are certainly more eye colors than brown, blue, and green-- hazel and grey are the other two main colors that make up the five "base" eye colors, but numerous subcategories exist...including blue-green, greyzel, and "black."

    Just because an eye contains several colors, that doesn't make it hazel. Hazel eyes should mostly consist of brown/light brown and green, and have a little orange, yellow/gold, and maybe a grey ring. They should be medium in color-- usually looking pretty dark indoors and pretty light outdoors (if the sun is out). They should change color pretty drastically-- not just slightly. They are neither green nor brown, but a unique blend.

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  • 4. 

    In hazel eyes (and all mixed colors, for that matter) the brown coloring is towards the center of the iris, while the green coloring is towards the outer part of the iris.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    True. This even applies to other mixed color eyes. The brown will virtually always be in the center, sometimes forming a starburst pattern, and it sometimes fades into orange, then yellow, and then green towards the edges. If there is blue or grey in the eye, it will almost always be around the very edges.

    This interesting phenomenon suggests that when pigment producing melanocytes are first delivered to an infant human's iris, they are first distributed in the center of the eye and travel outwards, so that the outer portions of the eye contain less melanin (are lighter in color).

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  • 5. 

    Of the following statements, which one(s) are true about hazel eyes?

    • A.

      They are a very rare color

    • B.

      They are probably most common in people of mixed race, the Middle East, North Africa, and India.

    • C.

      Most people with red hair have this eye color.

    • D.

      Hazel eyes are considered a recessive trait.

    • E.

      Hazel, green, and mixed eyes have more easily visible patterns than blue and brown eyes.

    • F.

      In "the average white American", the most common eye color is brown, followed by blue, then hazel, and then other mixed eye colors, with green eyes being the rarest of all.

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. They are probably most common in people of mixed race, the Middle East, North Africa, and India.
    D. Hazel eyes are considered a recessive trait.
    E. Hazel, green, and mixed eyes have more easily visible patterns than blue and brown eyes.
    F. In "the average white American", the most common eye color is brown, followed by blue, then hazel, and then other mixed eye colors, with green eyes being the rarest of all.
    Explanation
    Hazel eyes are not the MOST common, but they're definitely not rare either.

    For some reason, hazel eyes are most common in people of these regions or with this type of ancestry. One theory is that the groups listed are very mixed-- they have European, African, and Asian roots and so ''in-between'' colors like hazel are common because these people carry so many mixed genes, including those for blue, green, brown, etc. eyes whereas people of "pure" ancestry have a more limited gene pool and are just likely to inherit either brown or blue eyes depending on where they are from.

    All eye colors are recessive to brown.

    Hazel and any medium/mixed colors usually have the most patterns, or at least, the most visible patterns. With blue and brown eyes, they are just one solid color, so even if there are multiple layers of brown or blue, you won't be able to see patterns. Hazel, on the other hand, are green, brown, gold, orange, etc. so because each layer is different, you can usually see what each layer is doing (forming a starburst, stripes, spots, flecks, etc.).
    (Think of it like this: if you color on a blue canvas with just blue paint, you won't really be able to see much in terms of patterns. Yet, if you have a grey canvas and you use brown, green, yellow/gold and orange paint, the patterns you make will be easy to see.)

    Most "white" Americans are mixed- They have Southern, Western, Northern European ancestry, maybe some African blood, and maybe some Native American blood, etc. So brown eyes are more common than blue. In most of Europe, however, blue eyes are the most common.

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