random knowledge tests
quiz utility tests your knowledge of
random facts. It has a database of subjects from which you can choose. With
quiz 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 way around.
If you get the answer wrong,
quiz lets you
try again. To see the right answer, enter a blank line.
INDEX AND DATA FILE SYNTAX
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 subject.
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 line follows.
If either a question or its answer is empty,
quiz will refrain from asking it.
- The default index and data files.
quiz is pretty cynical about certain