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Lets Test Your Media Literacy Skills - Quiz

We are all more or less vulnerable to the influence of mass media. Test your skills 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.


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. 

    When a message is transformed into an understandable sign and symbol system, the process is referred to as:

    • A.

      Encoding

    • B.

      Noise

    • C.

      Decoding

    • D.

      Interpretation

    Correct Answer
    A. Encoding
    Explanation
    Encoding refers to the process of converting a message into a sign and symbol system that is understandable to both the sender and receiver. It involves translating the message into a format that can be transmitted and interpreted effectively. This process allows for the communication of information in a way that can be easily understood and decoded by the recipient.

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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 internet?

    • A.

      66 million

    • B.

      500 million

    • C.

      1,7 billion

    • D.

      634 million

    • E.

      2,4 billion

    Correct Answer
    C. 1,7 billion
    Explanation
    reference: Internet World Stats, 2009

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  • 5. 

    The ability to effectively and efficiently comprehend and use written symbols is referred to as:

    • A.

      Literacy

    • B.

      Alliteracy

    • C.

      Illiteracy

    • D.

      Literature

    Correct Answer
    A. Literacy
    Explanation
    Literacy refers to the ability to understand and use written symbols effectively and efficiently. It encompasses skills such as reading, writing, and interpreting written information. It is an essential skill in today's society as it enables individuals to access and participate in various aspects of life, including education, employment, and communication.

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  • 6. 

    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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  • 7. 

    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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  • 8. 

    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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  • 9. 

    Find the best answer: When media identify a certain group of people they wish to get their message across to, this group of people is known as a(n):

    • A.

      Narrowcasting audience

    • B.

      Demographic response

    • C.

      Audience poll

    • D.

      Target audience

    Correct Answer
    D. Target audience
    Explanation
    A target audience refers to a specific group of people that media outlets aim to reach with their message. This group is carefully selected based on factors such as demographics, interests, and behaviors, to ensure that the message resonates effectively. Narrowcasting audience, demographic response, and audience poll do not accurately describe the concept of targeting a specific group of people with a message.

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  • 10. 

    Find the best answer: 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 who 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 media messages, identify biases and propaganda techniques, and make informed judgments about the credibility and reliability of the information they encounter. Being media literate allows individuals to navigate the vast amount of information available in today's digital age and make informed decisions based on their understanding of the media landscape.

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  • 11. 

    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 capital letters are often associated with raising one's voice or emphasizing a point in written communication. Using all capitals can give the impression of being loud or aggressive, which is why it is generally considered poor etiquette. It is important to be mindful of the tone and impact of our messages when communicating online.

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  • 12. 

    What are your habits when it comes to newspapers and current events:

    • A.

      You pay attention to news when there is a juicy story that grabs your interest

    • 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 given correct answer suggests that the individual has a habit of reading news every day. They rely on media sources that they trust and respect, indicating that they prioritize consuming information from reliable sources. This habit demonstrates a proactive approach to staying informed about current events and indicates a level of responsibility towards being well-informed.

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  • 13. 

    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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  • 14. 

    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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  • 15. 

    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 is a file format commonly used for images and animations. Unlike mp3, doc, and pdf, which are file formats for audio and documents respectively, gif is specifically designed for storing and displaying visual content. Therefore, gif is the correct answer as it is the file format that is typically used for pictures.

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  • 16. 

    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
    The term 'Browser' refers to a program that allows users to view and access data on the internet. It is used to navigate through websites, search for information, and display web pages. Browsers enable users to interact with various types of content, such as text, images, videos, and hyperlinks. They provide a graphical user interface that allows users to easily browse and navigate the internet.

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  • 17. 

    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 to prevent further harassment and protect yourself. Additionally, talking to a trusted adult is crucial as they can provide guidance, support, and help in resolving the situation. Responding to the bully and fighting back may escalate the situation and potentially worsen the effects of cyberbullying. Waiting in silence is not a recommended approach as it allows the bully to continue their harmful behavior unchecked.

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  • 18. 

    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 included in rations for soldiers. The term "Spam" was later used to describe unwanted or unsolicited messages, drawing a parallel between the unwanted mail and the unwanted canned meat.

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  • 19. 

    Someone is behaving inappropriately on one of the sites you're using. You 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 guidelines, and they have the authority to take appropriate action against the person who is behaving inappropriately. Shutting down your PC or telling the person off may not effectively address the issue or prevent further inappropriate behavior. Reporting to the moderator ensures that the problem is handled by the appropriate authority.

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  • 20. 

    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 in order to restrict freedom of speech. It involves controlling the flow of information and limiting access to certain content, often with the intention of preventing the spread of ideas or opinions that are deemed undesirable or controversial. This practice is commonly employed by governments, organizations, or individuals to control the narrative and manipulate public perception. By censoring information, the freedom to express oneself and access diverse viewpoints is hindered, ultimately limiting the democratic exchange of ideas and knowledge.

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