utility tests your knowledge of random
facts. It has a database of subjects from which you can choose. With no
displays the list of available
The options are as follows:
- Specify an alternative index file.
- Use tutorial mode, in which questions are repeated later if
you didn't get them right the first time, and new questions are presented
less frequently to help you learn the older ones.
Subjects are divided into categories. You can pick any two categories from the
same subject. quiz
will ask questions from the
first category and it expects answers from the second category. For example,
the command “quiz victim killer” asks questions which are the
names of victims, and expects you to answer with the cause of their untimely
demise, whereas the command “quiz killer victim” works the other
If you get the answer wrong, quiz
lets you try
again. To see the right answer, enter a blank line.
The index and data files have a similar syntax. Lines in them consist of several
categories separated by colons. The categories are regular expressions formed
using the following meta-characters:
- alternative patterns
- optional pattern
- delimiters, as in pat[pat|pat]pat
In an index file, each line represents a subject. The first category in each
subject is the pathname of the data file for the subject. The remaining
categories are regular expressions for the titles of each category in the
In data files, each line represents a question/answer set. Each category is the
information for the question/answer for that category.
The backslash character (‘\’) is used to quote syntactically
significant characters, or at the end of a line to signify that a continuation
If either a question or its answer is empty, quiz
will refrain from asking it.
- The default index and data files.
is pretty cynical about certain