Time (Medium)
How many days are there in a 'leap year'?

Time (Medium)

Time is not only what you read on a watch. Months and years are also measures of time. This 11-plus Maths quiz will check you to see how much you know about the different terms used in dealing with time: you don't only use time to 'tell the time'.

We use certain words to mean huge amounts of time. How many can you think of? Have you heard of donkey's years? Apparently this comes from donkey's ears - which are long. And what about yonks? If you swap the first letters of donkey's years, you get yonkey's dears which gets shortened to yonks! And if something is going to take forever, that is rarely literal!

Try this quiz on time and, when you've got them all correct, then move onto our final quiz in the series.

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  1. How many years are there in a 'millennium'?
    We are now living in the second millennium after the death of Christ. The plural is 'millennia'
  2. Flavius was born in 509 BC. Titus was born in 495 BC. Augustus was born in 490 BC and Marcus was born in 500 BC. Assuming that they are all still alive, who is the youngest?
    For dates before the birth of Christ, you count BACKWARDS from the date Christ was born: year zero. The last person to be born was Augustus in 490 BC, so he is the youngest
  3. What is an 'aeon'?
    It's a period of time that is too long to measure
  4. How often do 'leap years' occur?
    The extra day is added onto the end of the shortest month, February: February 29 is called a 'leap day'
  5. How many days are there in a 'leap year'?
    A leap year has one extra day in it: there are 365 days in an ordinary year
  6. In Western civilization, what is the name given to the dates recorded before the birth of Christ?
    We use BC to show that something happened BEFORE Christ was born, e.g. 'The Assyrian Empire fell in 612 BC'. This event took place 612 years BEFORE Christ was born. Events after the death of Christ are shown by AD - which is NOT After Death! AD stands for 'Anno Domini', e.g. 'The Battle of Waterloo was in AD1815'. This event took place 1,815 years AFTER the death of Christ
  7. In a leap year, which month gains an extra day?
    In a leap year February has 29 days
  8. How many years are there in a 'century'?
    We are living in the twenty-first century after the death of Christ
  9. Which months each have thirty days?
    'Thirty days hath September April June and November'
  10. In which century will the year AD 2508 be in?
    Add '1' to hundreds place position and you'll get the correct century: the 26th century. Similarly, '1954' is in the 20th century, and '2012' is in the 21st century. If you count the centuries from the death of Christ (AD), you'll see why the century is always 1 more than the number of hundreds

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