Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Miller Analogies Test for Polonius

Hamlet. Dir. Kevin Kline. Perf. Kevin Kline and Diane Venora. 1990. DVD. Image Entertainment, 1990.
The Miller Analogies Test tests the test-taker’s ability to take the Miller Analogies test. It presents a series of analogies (with the last element missing), and you have to choose which is the best response.

For example, you might be faced with the following (the first colon means “is to”; the set of two colons means “as”):
Red:Stop::Green:_______
a. Martian
b. Sports Car
c. Go
d. Chicken Feathers
They’re probably looking for “Red is to Stop as Green is to Go.”

Here’s my question for the Polonius pictured above—my favorite Polonius (from Kevin Kline’s Hamlet):
Jephthah:Poor Treatment of his Daughter::Polonius:_______
a. Poor Treatment of his Daughter
b. Loves his Daughter Passing Well
c. The Best Actors i’ th’ World
d. Chicken Feathers
I imagine that he would go for either b. or d., but a. and c. simply wouldn’t occur to him.

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