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The Egg Quiz

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Are you ready for an eggs-citing quiz? Whether you know a little about eggs or are an eggspert, try your hand at this quiz and see how much you know about the common hen fruit!

After taking the quiz part scroll down the page to learn a bit more about eggs.

Good luck, and have fun!


The Egg Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Eggs are usually candled before you get them, what is candling?
    • Running a candle over the egg to kill germs, now done with a torch
    • Using a candle to check the inside of the egg, now done with a flashlight
    • Smearing the egg with candle wax to keep it fresh longer, now done with olive oil
    • Using a wick and wax to center the egg in the carton, now done with a dab of glue
    • Using a lit candle as part of a blessing on the egg to make it holy, now done with holy water
  2. What happens when an uncooked egg is spun?
    • It wobbles
    • It spins evenly and easily
    • It splits open
    • It flattens
    • It guarantees a female chick
  3. Eggs Benedict is a popular dish featuring eggs cooked what way?
    • Fried
    • Sautéed
    • Scrambled
    • Poached
    • Hardboiled
  4. What is a meat spot?
    • A tiny bloody-looking blob that occasionally appears on the yolk of an egg
    • The place where the chick has started growing
    • A red spot on the outside of the egg
    • A yucky green spot on an egg
    • A section of the egg that has gone bad
  5. The color of the egg's shell is primarily related to what?
    • What the hen has been eating
    • How much light the egg has been exposed to
    • Whether the hen has been with a rooster or not
    • Genetics of the chicken
    • Ultraviolet radiation
  6. The albumen is what part of the egg?
    • The yolk
    • The egg white
    • The shell
    • The fertilized embryo
    • The chick
  7. Commonly done on Halloween, what is egging?
    • Balancing eggs on their ends
    • Balancing eggs on spoons
    • Making an entire meal out of eggs
    • A game that involves fishing eggs out of a barrel
    • Tossing eggs at cars and buildings
  8. The eggs we most normally eat come from what animal?
    • Turtles
    • Swans
    • Ducks
    • Chickens
    • Pheasants
  9. A chef's hat (a toque) is said to have a 100 pleats, one each for which of the following?
    • For all the eggs a cook has ever made
    • For each of the many ways you can cook eggs
    • For each of the types of eggs he may use in cooking
    • For the number of eggs in a chef’s dozen
    • For each of the butterfly eggs in a garden
  10. Eggs are a symbol of rebirth and life during what season?
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Autumn
    • Spring
    • Summer

Answer Key

  1. Using a candle to check the inside of the egg, now done with a flashlight
  2. It wobbles
  3. Poached
  4. A tiny bloody-looking blob that occasionally appears on the yolk of an egg
  5. Genetics of the chicken
  6. The egg white
  7. Tossing eggs at cars and buildings
  8. Chickens
  9. For each of the many ways you can cook eggs
  10. Spring

Candling Eggs

Eggs are usually candled before you get them, what is candling?

  • Running a candle over the egg to kill germs, now done with a torch
  • Using a candle to check the inside of the egg, now done with a flashlight
  • Smearing the egg with candle wax to keep it fresh longer, now done with olive oil
  • Using a wick and wax to center the egg in the carton, now done with a dab of glue
  • Using a lit candle as part of a blessing on the egg to make it holy, now done with holy water

Candling an egg is when someone uses a candle to illuminate the inside of the egg. It shows a silhouette of what is in there, revealing whether the egg has been fertilized or not.

Supermarket eggs are run over the top of a big candling machine that shows whether there is anything wrong inside with the egg like cracks or a meat spot. Eggs with issues are sent to be used in places where appearance matters less.

After the egg has been incubated for a while, candling the egg reveals whether the chick is growing and when it will be time to hatch. Sometimes eggs will start to become chicks but something will go wrong and they die. Those eggs shouldn't be kept in the incubator with the other healthy eggs, so it's important to candle the eggs and remove them as soon as it's evident.

Another reason to candle eggs is that hens sometimes hide their eggs, and it's important to be able to see inside to make sure they haven't been getting incubated by the hen before they are taken away and either eaten or put into an incubator.

Candles with their flickering and heat worked but were not optimal for checking the eggs. Most people now use high-powered flashlights or special candling machines.

Candling Video

Eggs Benedict for Breakfast

Eggs Benedict is a popular dish featuring eggs cooked what way?

  • Fried
  • Sautéed
  • Scrambled
  • Poached
  • Hardboiled

Eggs Benedict is a dish that is very popular. It features english muffin halves topped with slices of canadian bacon, then poached eggs, then covered in hollandaise sauce. It is very very tasty.

Poached eggs are eggs that have been cracked open into a bowl, then poured into a pan of simmering water to cook for a few minutes. This gentle cooking method keeps everything tender and while the whites are cooked, the yolks stay a little runny so they create a perfect sauce on bread while you're eating.

Eggs Benedict

Yummy Eggs Benedict topped with perfectly poached eggs

Yummy Eggs Benedict topped with perfectly poached eggs

Eggs Benedict Recipe

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Eggs Have Meat Spots

What is a meat spot?

  • A tiny bloody-looking blob that occasionally appears on the yolk of an egg
  • The place where the chick has started growing
  • A red spot on the outside of the egg
  • A yucky green spot on an egg
  • A section of the egg that has gone bad

Meat spots are also known as blood spots and are small red globs that sometimes occur inside eggs on the yolks. While some people are frightened of meat spots they can simply be eaten along with the egg or scraped off with the tip of a spoon. They are not harmful and only appear on fresh eggs since they are absorbed by the egg after a few days. Many people have never seen them because we don't get fresh eggs as much anymore and the candling commercial egg factories do removes any eggs with meat spots before they get into a carton.

Meat spots are not dangerous and are simply caused by a blood vessel on the yolk surface when it’s being formed or by it scraping the oviduct wall during egg formation. They are not a sign that the egg was fertilized and have nothing to do with fertilization.

Some hens tend to have these more than others, and if candled, most eggs with blood spots can be removed before getting sold. Since over time the spots disappear, they are actually a sign of egg freshness. The eggs with these spots are safe to eat and most people just scrape the little spot off the egg with the tip of a knife or even eat them.

What Makes Chickens Eggs Different Colors?

The color of the egg's shell is primarily related to what?

  • What the hen has been eating
  • How much light the egg has been exposed to
  • Whether the hen has been with a rooster or not
  • Genetics of the chicken
  • Ultraviolet radiation

Chicken egg color comes from what type of chicken it is. Certain breeds of chickens lay certain color eggs, Leghorns lay white eggs, Orphingtons lay brown eggs, and Ameraucanas lay blue eggs, each breed lays a certain color, but each hen will lay her own specific shade which is based on the genetics of her parents. There is no way yet to predict exactly what shade of color the eggs will be though, so the first egg from each hen is a wonderful little surprise.

Egg shell colors can even be layered, so if someone breeds a Maran rooster that came from a chocolate colored egg to an Araucana hen that came from a sky blue egg, their babies should produce eggs that are green because the base blue color is slightly covered by a chocolate brown layer.

It's all very interesting and pretty fun for a backyard flock keeper.

Learn More About Naturally Colored Chicken Eggs

  • Nature's Easter Eggs
    Chicken eggs come in lots of different colors, not just brown and white. I call these colored eggs, nature's Easter eggs since it seems like nature decorated them for us already.

Color of Eggshells

A mix of chicken egg colors

A mix of chicken egg colors

Spinning Chicken Eggs

What happens when an uncooked egg is spun?

  • It wobbles
  • It spins evenly and easily
  • It splits open
  • It flattens
  • It guarantees a female chick

When an egg that hasn't been cooked is spun around like a top, it wobbles. The liquid insides and the different densities of the white and the yolk make it teeter. This is a handy way to tell the difference between eggs that are hardboiled and eggs that are still raw. Remember this Easter.

Spinning Eggs

Egging is a Halloween Prank

Commonly done on Halloween, what is egging?

  • Balancing eggs on their ends
  • Balancing eggs on spoons
  • Making an entire meal out of eggs
  • A game that involves fishing eggs out of a barrel
  • Tossing eggs at cars and buildings

A common tradition, especially at Halloween, is to toss eggs at buildings and cars. This is called egging and usually done by misbehaving children who are angry at the people those places belong to. Egging may seem like a nasty prank that can be cleaned up by a hose, but it can damage painted surfaces and can be difficult to remove if not done right away.

Egged House

Some naughty miscreants hit this house with eggs

Some naughty miscreants hit this house with eggs

Lots and Lots of Eggs

The eggs we most normally eat come from what animal?

  • Turtles
  • Swans
  • Ducks
  • Chickens
  • Pheasants

While we eat lots of types of eggs and those types vary based on culture, the most commonly eaten egg is from the chicken. Chickens have been kept to produce eggs for a long time and are easier to raise than many other egg-laying creatures. They have a pleasant, mild flavor and are fairly consistent in size and shape.

While duck eggs may be better for baking and some breeds can produce almost as many eggs as chickens, raising ducks can be hassle since they are messy and most breeds need access to water. Pheasants tend to be difficult to raise and they are flighty birds that are not easy to keep. Turtles produce eggs rarely and not appropriate for raising for food. Swans can be unpleasant birds and dangerous if not tamed and no one would want to try and sneak eggs out from under them.

Chickens have been genetically altered over time to produce eggs almost all year around and they are easy to keep and raise. They work best to produce the eggs we prefer to eat.

Chicken Eggs

Fresh chicken eggs from a backyard flock

Fresh chicken eggs from a backyard flock

What Do The Pleats on a Chef's Hat Mean?

A chef's hat (a toque) is said to have a 100 pleats, one each for which of the following?

  • For all the eggs a cook has ever made
  • For each of the many ways you can cook eggs
  • For each of the types of eggs he may use in cooking
  • For the number of eggs in a chef’s dozen
  • For each of the butterfly eggs in a garden

While many chef's hats no longer have pleats or have few, they were once described as a 100 pleats, one for each of the ways you can cook eggs. Eggs are pretty incredible and important in cooking, so it's obvious why chefs would consider them important.

There are so many different ways to cook eggs and since they are a near perfect food, why not try some of those many ways to cook them?

Pleated Chef's Hat

A little chef

A little chef

Learn How To Make Eggs In More Than 100 Different Ways

What Is An Albumen?

The albumen is what part of the egg?

  • The yolk
  • The egg white
  • The shell
  • The fertilized embryo
  • The chick

The white or clear part of an egg is called the albumen. It is primarily liquid that protects the egg yolk. Most of it will evaporate as the chick grows and eats the yolk though the chick will get some nutrition from it as well. There is a small amount of nutrition in the albumen and about half of the protein, though almost none of the fat or carbohydrates.

Egg Albumen and Yolk

Egg Albumen and Yolk

Egg Albumen and Yolk

Eggs Symbolize Fertility and Rebirth

Eggs are a symbol of rebirth and life during what season?

  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Autumn
  • Spring
  • Summer

Eggs have symbolized rebirth, fertility, and life for more several thousand years. They were a sign that spring had arrived and were celebrated in spring festivals among different cultures. Imagine being a hunter-gatherer and stumbling on the first nest full of eggs of the season after a long, hard winter where you didn't know whether your family would starve to death. It's no wonder they became a traditional symbol even until today.

Springtime Nest

Yellowhammer Nest

Yellowhammer Nest

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© 2009 Alisha Vargas

Comments about the Egg Quiz - How did you do?

aquarian_insight on October 31, 2011:

90% but then again eggs are my favourite food. Egg-cellent lens.

mredway on October 25, 2011:

5/10 Didn't do as bad as I thought I would, and I learned a lot of things about eggs that I didn't know before. Thanks for the fun quiz! :)

Jim Sterling from Franklin, Tennessee on October 20, 2011:

I made a 90. Thank you for this fun quiz.

Tamara14 on November 02, 2010:

Funny how I learned something about something so common:-) Great lens!

Sensitive Fern on October 29, 2010:

I learned something! I didn't know that little fact about the chef's hat but I guessed right.

JackRussell LM on October 11, 2010:

80% (8/10) Not bad that tested me! Thanks :)

Thomas F. Wuthrich from Michigan on October 08, 2010:

90%. Eggsellent! (Am I going to be docked points for using that pun...?) Thumbs up!

MommyArt LM on October 05, 2010:

100%, I knew all those years on the farm raising chickens would pay off someday...

jolou on October 03, 2010:

Fun quiz, I got 7 right.

Tagsforkids on October 01, 2010:

Hmmm, knew more than I thought. Thanks! :)

Katherine Tyrrell from London on September 28, 2010:

I'd never heard about the egging one before - you learn something new every day!

jdwheeler on September 27, 2010:

90% - I didn't realize I was such an eggspert. Hahaha! That cracks me up. Whoa, he's on a roll!

JenaleeMortensen on September 15, 2010:

This was a fun quiz to take. Thanks for creating it. I grew up on a chicken farm. I candled many eggs. We called the meat spots blood spots. We explained to people that they were not harmful. I wish I had known then that they were an indication the eggs were fresh. We delivered eggs to people every week and the eggs they got were no more than two or three days old. Thanks for letting me learn something I didn't know before.

ssuthep on September 14, 2010:

Man I am terrible at this. Got 3 out of 10. :( I don't know my eggs.

The Afrikan on September 13, 2010:

i got 100% :)

Yvonne L B from Covington, LA on September 13, 2010:

I missed one. I guess Mom was wrong about those spots on the yolk. Good quiz.

hlkljgk from Western Mass on September 12, 2010:

100% :) ok, a couple were a bit lucky

ohcaroline on September 11, 2010:

I got 9 of 10. Good quiz. Do some more!

MagpieNest on September 11, 2010:

Great topic. Did pretty well, but yes I learned something about eggs too.

jodijoyous from New York on September 10, 2010:

Aced it! I'm a city girl, but my great -grandpa raised chickens.

Kylyssa Shay from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on September 10, 2010:

Aced it! I know eggs, baby.

FlynntheCat1 on September 10, 2010:

YES! 100%

Linda Hoxie from Idaho on September 10, 2010:

Ooh, I only missed one on this one, great quiz!

VarietyWriter2 on September 10, 2010:

Well I guess i dont know as much about eggs as I thought I did :)

anonymous on September 09, 2010:

Cool, 90% here too! Phew! LOL

Kerri Bee from Upstate, NY on September 08, 2010:

I got 90%! Candling tripped me up, but know I know.

religions7 on June 13, 2010:

Well, not bad: 8 out of 10 :) great quiz.

LarryCoffey LM on March 31, 2010:

Cute quiz. Eggsactly what I need to pass the time for a bit. :)

anonymous on March 01, 2010:

Are there really 100 ways to cook eggs? Amazing.

A great little quiz for a couple of minutes diversion!

Jacky