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We are all more or less vulnerable to the influence of mass media. Test your skills with this fun " Media Literacy Skills Test! Trivia Quiz" to see how discerning you are when it comes to news and information. Are you really as critical and aware as you think? Or do you trust what you see online? To discover your personal media literacy profile, take this short quiz. All the very best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    International Literacy Day is celebrated around the world each year on September 8th. In what year was this day established by the United Nations Educations, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)?

    • A.

      1958

    • B.

      1965

    • C.

      1987

    • D.

      2000

    Correct Answer
    B. 1965
    Explanation
    September 8 was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17, 1965. It was first celebrated in 1966. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally. Celebrations take place around the world (reference: Wikipedia)

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  • 2. 

    What is the process of transforming a message into an understandable sign & symbol system called? 

    • A.

      Encoding

    • B.

      Noise

    • C.

      Decoding

    • D.

      Interpretation

    Correct Answer
    A. Encoding
    Explanation
    Encoding is the process of transforming a message into an understandable sign and symbol system. This involves converting the message into a format that can be easily transmitted and understood by the receiver. Through encoding, the sender uses a set of codes or symbols to represent the message, ensuring that it can be effectively communicated and interpreted by the receiver.

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  • 3. 

    What percentage of his/her waking hours does the average person spend consuming mass media?

    • A.

      45%

    • B.

      55%

    • C.

      65%

    • D.

      75%

    Correct Answer
    C. 65%
    Explanation
    Communicating in a media world

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  • 4. 

    How many people worldwide use the internet as of 2023?

    • A.

      66 million

    • B.

      500 million

    • C.

      5.3 billion

    • D.

      634 million

    • E.

      2,4 billion

    Correct Answer
    C. 5.3 billion
    Explanation
    According to Statista, as of October 2023, there were 5.3 billion internet users worldwide, which amounts to 65.7% of the global population. This number includes people who use the internet for any purpose, including browsing, streaming, and online shopping.

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  • 5. 

    What is PEGI?

    • A.

      A European system for rating video games according to age and content

    • B.

      A fantasy video game about a character called PEGI

    • C.

      A games console

    Correct Answer
    A. A European system for rating video games according to age and content
    Explanation
    PEGI website: www.pegionline.eu

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  • 6. 

    How many young Europeans (12-18) are internet users?

    • A.

      44%

    • B.

      68%

    • C.

      82%

    • D.

      94%

    Correct Answer
    D. 94%
    Explanation
    reference: Conseil de l'Education aux Médias, 2006

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  • 7. 

    How many young Europeans (12-18) have their own mobile phone?

    • A.

      25%

    • B.

      26%

    • C.

      68%

    • D.

      95%

    Correct Answer
    D. 95%
    Explanation
    reference: Conseil de l'Education aux Médias, 2006

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  • 8. 

    When media wants to get their message across to a certain group, what is it called?

    • A.

      Narrowcasting audience

    • B.

      Demographic response

    • C.

      Audience poll

    • D.

      Target audience

    Correct Answer
    D. Target audience
    Explanation
    When media wants to get their message across to a certain group, they use a strategy called "target audience." This involves identifying a specific group of people who are most likely to be interested in the message and tailoring the content to appeal to their interests, preferences, and demographics. By focusing on a target audience, media can effectively communicate their message and increase the chances of reaching the intended recipients.

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  • 9. 

    A person that is media literate can:

    • A.

      Easily use all types of computer hardware and software and other forms of new technology

    • B.

      Use and find information of all types in a university library, including computer sources, microfilm and indexes/abstracts

    • C.

      Read, analyze and critically evaluate information presented in a variety of formats (television, print, radio, computers, etc.)

    • D.

      Critically evaluate television programs and see through persuasion techniques

    Correct Answer
    C. Read, analyze and critically evaluate information presented in a variety of formats (television, print, radio, computers, etc.)
    Explanation
    A person that is media literate is able to read, analyze, and critically evaluate information presented in various formats such as television, print, radio, and computers. This means that they have the skills to understand and interpret the messages being conveyed through different media sources, and can assess the credibility and reliability of the information. Being media literate also involves being aware of persuasion techniques used in television programs and being able to identify and analyze them.

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  • 10. 

    Typing all in capitals in electronic communications means:

    • A.

      Nothing special, typing in capitals is normal

    • B.

      You are shouting

    • C.

      This message is very important

    Correct Answer
    B. You are shouting
    Explanation
    Typing all in capitals in electronic communications is commonly interpreted as shouting. This is because using all capital letters is equivalent to raising one's voice in written communication. It is a way to emphasize a point or express strong emotions. However, it is important to note that this convention may vary depending on the context and the individuals involved in the communication.

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  • 11. 

     When it comes to newspapers and current events, what are your usual habits? 

    • A.

      You pay attention to the news that captures your interests.

    • B.

      You avoid mainstream news media

    • C.

      You try to read news everyday relying on media you trust and respect

    • D.

      You should pay more attention to the news but don't have time

    Correct Answer
    C. You try to read news everyday relying on media you trust and respect
    Explanation
    The correct answer suggests that the individual's usual habit when it comes to newspapers and current events is to try to read news every day relying on media they trust and respect. This indicates that they actively seek out news sources that they believe are reliable and credible, and make an effort to stay informed on a daily basis.

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  • 12. 

    You are working on your personal homepage and would like to publish a nice graphic you found on the internet. What do you have to think of before publishing?

    • A.

      The background of the graphic has to be transparent

    • B.

      The copyright – I have to ask the owner for permission

    • C.

      The graphic has to be published in its original size

    • D.

      Nothing particular, I can use it as it is

    Correct Answer
    B. The copyright – I have to ask the owner for permission
    Explanation
    Don't forget to ask for permission unless it is under a Creative Commons license.

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  • 13. 

    When you are communicating online to unknown people or filling out details on a website, what contact information should you give out?

    • A.

      An alias

    • B.

      The family name

    • C.

      The address

    • D.

      The phone number

    • E.

      The first name

    Correct Answer
    A. An alias
    Explanation
    Using your real first name or any other personal information may be dangerous. To mask your true identity and prevent random contact with people you don't know or trust, the best solution is to use an alias. Try to find one that suits your interests or your hobbies. Whatever you choose your alias should be not too revealing and, most important, fun.

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  • 14. 

    Which of the file formats below is that of a picture?

    • A.

      Mp3

    • B.

      Gif

    • C.

      Doc

    • D.

      Pdf

    Correct Answer
    B. Gif
    Explanation
    A gif file format is commonly used for storing and displaying images. Unlike mp3, doc, and pdf, which are used for audio and document files respectively, gif is specifically designed for pictures. It supports both animated and static images, making it a suitable format for sharing and displaying pictures on the internet.

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  • 15. 

    Which statement best describes the term ‘Browser’?

    • A.

      A program that searches for information on the internet

    • B.

      A program for exchanging files over the internet

    • C.

      A program to treat pictures

    • D.

      A program for viewing and accessing data on the internet

    Correct Answer
    D. A program for viewing and accessing data on the internet
    Explanation
    A browser is a program that allows users to view and access data on the internet. It provides a graphical interface for users to navigate websites, search for information, and access various types of content such as text, images, videos, and documents. Browsers also support features like bookmarks, history, and tabbed browsing to enhance the user experience. Therefore, the statement "A program for viewing and accessing data on the internet" best describes the term 'Browser'.

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  • 16. 

    In case of cyberbullying, you should:

    • A.

      Respond to the bully and fight back if necessary

    • B.

      Block the cyberbully from your contacts list and talk to a trusted adult

    • C.

      Wait in silence until things get better

    Correct Answer
    B. Block the cyberbully from your contacts list and talk to a trusted adult
    Explanation
    In case of cyberbullying, it is important to block the cyberbully from your contacts list as this will prevent them from further harassing or contacting you. Additionally, talking to a trusted adult is crucial as they can provide guidance, support, and help in addressing the issue effectively. Responding to the bully and fighting back may escalate the situation and potentially lead to more harm. Waiting in silence is not recommended as it allows the cyberbullying to continue and can negatively impact one's mental and emotional well-being.

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  • 17. 

    Where does the term “Spam” come from?

    • A.

      A popular brand of ham

    • B.

      The first person convicted for sending massive amounts of unwanted mail (Jonathan Spam)

    • C.

      An acronym of the English sentence "Send People Annoying Messages".

    Correct Answer
    A. A popular brand of ham
    Explanation
    The term "Spam" comes from a popular brand of ham. This brand became widely known during World War II when it was frequently included in meals for soldiers. The term "Spam" was later used to refer to unwanted or unsolicited messages, drawing a parallel between the unwanted mail and the unwanted canned meat.

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  • 18. 

    If someone is behaving inappropriately on one of the sites you're using. One should:

    • A.

      Report to the moderator of the site

    • B.

      Shut down your PC

    • C.

      Tell the person off

    Correct Answer
    A. Report to the moderator of the site
    Explanation
    If someone is behaving inappropriately on a site, it is important to report their behavior to the moderator of the site. The moderator is responsible for maintaining the site's rules and ensuring a safe and respectful environment for all users. Reporting the inappropriate behavior allows the moderator to take appropriate action, such as warning or banning the individual, and helps to protect other users from similar experiences. Shutting down the PC or telling the person off may not effectively address the issue or prevent further incidents.

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  • 19. 

    What does censorship mean?

    • A.

      When information is filtered, suppressed or deleted to hinder freedom of speech

    • B.

      When someone tries to influence the opinions or behaviors of others

    • C.

      When false and deceiving information is used to trick others

    Correct Answer
    A. When information is filtered, suppressed or deleted to hinder freedom of speech
    Explanation
    Censorship refers to the act of filtering, suppressing, or deleting information with the intention of limiting or hindering freedom of speech. It involves controlling the flow of information and restricting access to certain content, often to prevent the spread of ideas or opinions that may be considered sensitive, controversial, or harmful. Censorship can be imposed by governments, organizations, or individuals and is aimed at influencing public discourse and shaping public opinion by controlling the information available to the public.

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