Dewey Decimal Shelving Practice Test

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Dewey Decimal Shelving Practice Test - Quiz

Do you know where you could find science, fiction, or any other category book in a library? Take this Dewey decimal shelving practice test to know your understanding of the arrangement of books in a library. Not everyone enjoys reading books, but the ones that do, are usually found in the libraries. The knowledge of the Dewey decimal system works in both scenarios, whether you are managing the shelves or looking for some category. The result of the quiz will reveal how well you know about the arrangement of books on the library shelves.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Who devised the Dewey Decimal System?

    • A.

      Huey Dewey

    • B.

      John Dewey

    • C.

      Louie Dewey

    • D.

      Melvil Dewey

    Correct Answer
    D. Melvil Dewey
    Explanation
    Melvil Dewey is the correct answer because he is the one who devised the Dewey Decimal System. This system is a classification system used in libraries to organize books and other materials based on subject matter. Melvil Dewey, an American librarian, developed this system in the late 19th century, aiming to make it easier for library users to locate books and resources. The Dewey Decimal System is still widely used today in libraries around the world.

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  • 2. 

    Which books fit under the 600s category?

    • A.

      Computer Science, Information & General Works

    • B.

      Science

    • C.

      Technology

    • D.

      Philosophy & Psychology

    Correct Answer
    C. Technology
    Explanation
    The books that fit under the 600s category are related to Technology. This category includes books on various technological subjects such as engineering, applied sciences, industrial arts, and manufacturing. It encompasses a wide range of topics including electronics, computer science, telecommunications, transportation, and more.

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  • 3. 

    If you are looking for a book on President George Washington, which section do you need to search?

    • A.

      Biography

    • B.

      Series

    • C.

      Fiction

    • D.

      Non-fiction

    Correct Answer
    A. Biography
    Explanation
    If you are looking for a book on President George Washington, you would need to search in the Biography section. Biographies are books that provide a detailed account of a person's life, and since you are specifically looking for information about President George Washington, a book in the Biography section would be the most appropriate choice.

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  • 4. 

    Arrange these call numbers in shelf order. 734.8267.9599.1

    • A.

      734.8267.9599.1

    • B.

      267.9599.1734.8

    • C.

      599.1734.9267.9

    • D.

      267.9734.8599.1

    Correct Answer
    B. 267.9599.1734.8
    Explanation
    The call numbers are arranged in shelf order by considering each section of the number from left to right. The first section that is compared is "267" and "267", which are the same. Then, the next section is "9599" and "9599", which are also the same. Finally, the last section is "1734.8" and "1734.9267.9". In this case, "1734.8" comes before "1734.9267.9" because "8" comes before "9". Therefore, the correct arrangement in shelf order is "267.9599.1734.8".

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  • 5. 

    What do the letters under the number refer to?

    • A.

      Illustrator

    • B.

      Book level 

    • C.

      Author's last name

    • D.

      Publisher

    Correct Answer
    C. Author's last name
    Explanation
    The letters under the number refer to the author's last name.

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  • 6. 

    The number section of the Dewey Decimal System arranges books according to

    • A.

      Color

    • B.

      Title

    • C.

      Subject

    • D.

      Author's Name

    Correct Answer
    C. Subject
    Explanation
    The number section of the Dewey Decimal System arranges books according to subject. The Dewey Decimal System is a classification system used in libraries to organize books based on their content. Each book is assigned a unique number that corresponds to a specific subject. This allows library users to easily locate books on a particular topic by browsing through the shelves in the number section.

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  • 7. 

    What do you search for while looking for the call number of a book in the library?

    • A.

      Shelves

    • B.

      Dictionary

    • C.

      Card Catalog

    • D.

      OPAC

    Correct Answer
    D. OPAC
    Explanation
    When looking for the call number of a book in the library, you would search for it using the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC). The OPAC is a computerized system that allows users to search for books, audiovisual materials, and other resources available in the library's collection. It provides information about the location of the book on the shelves, along with its call number, which is a unique identifier used to organize and locate the book within the library.

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  • 8. 

    Which book will you find under the 900s category?

    • A.

      History & Geography

    • B.

      Religion

    • C.

      Social Sciences

    • D.

      Philosophy and Psychology

    Correct Answer
    A. History & Geography
    Explanation
    The book that you will find under the 900s category is History & Geography. This category typically includes books related to historical events, biographies, and geographical studies.

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  • 9. 

    Classification puts____ things together.

    • A.

      Wrong

    • B.

      Different

    • C.

      Similar

    • D.

      Unusual

    Correct Answer
    C. Similar
    Explanation
    Classification puts similar things together. This means that when classifying objects or ideas, we group them based on their similarities or common characteristics. This helps in organizing and categorizing information, making it easier to understand and analyze. By grouping similar things together, we can identify patterns, make comparisons, and draw conclusions.

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  • 10. 

    Categories are written as

    • A.

      Tens

    • B.

      Hundreds

    • C.

      Thousands

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Hundreds
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "Hundreds". This suggests that the question is asking about the category in which something falls, and the options provided are "Tens", "Hundreds", "Thousands", and "None of the above". The answer "Hundreds" indicates that the item being categorized belongs to the category of "Hundreds".

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