Broad Spectrum Knowledge Analysi
August 27th, 2008
This article lists details concerning a test issued by DharmaWantsYou.com on August 27.
This test is entitled: Broad Spectrum Knowledge Analysis.
A painting of a Cyclops, possibly connecting to the "I" cheat
The second test released on DharmaWantsYou.com is entitled Broad Spectrum Knowledge Analysis. It consists of 9 randomly selected questions, dealing with a range of topics from various categories. In fact, there are well over one hundred question possibilities, a comprehensive list of which has been compiled here. Only one's score during their attempt is collected, depending on answers and time taken to complete. Multiple choice answers are also randomized, so even if one takes the test again and encounters the same question, the answer may have changed position from A to D, for instance (minimizing the effect of any guesswork on subsequent attempts). The final 10th question is fixed, having no logical answer. It asks,
What is the answer to this question?
Like Test 1, this evaluation also includes a cheat function. It was noticed that the title for the test includes the letter "i" underlined in the word "analysis". On the final question, pressing "i" on the keyboard causes option C to flicker twice. Thus, it would appear that the correct answer to the final question is C.
After completing the test, users are placed in new groups, one of which is "Steropes", one "Polyphemus", and finally "Brontes". All three are Cyclopes in Greek mythology. Steropes and Brontes appear in Heriod's poem "Theogony" as two of three main Cyclopes. It is notable that rather than using the character Arges as the final group name, Polyphemus is instead used. He is mentioned separately in Homer's "Odyssey", and plays a pivotal role in the poem.
Analysis of Questions
The following chart shows the statistical breakdown of the questions by references to their associated field of study. Note, the total references below is larger than the question pool, as some question cross multiple fields of study.
Additionally, there were several references that are of special significance within the context of Lost.
The two occurences of The Numbers are in the following questions:
- "How often do you take medicine labeled Q.I.D.?" (Answer is "4 times a day")
- "What fraction of Earth's gravity is the Moon's gravity?" (Answer is "One-Sixth" or ~16%)