The Monday Quiz – Rocks Rock!

Title Photo by Nick Bramhall (black_friction on Flickr), CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Vertically-tilted metamorphic rocks near Carn Eighe, Scotland (Title Photo)

Dear Readers, I am currently revising for my final exam in my Open University degree, which takes place on Monday 13th June. Gosh, we’ve covered a lot of ground this year! We’ve spent time on everything from quantum theory to genetics, from chemical bonding to frictional forces, and my head is in a right old spin. However, this weekend I have been revising my earth sciences, and in particular rocks, something that I knew little about until this year. Look at these splendid Scottish rocks, for example! They were created many miles under the surface of the earth by a combination of intense heat and pressure, and have eventually come to be visible as the rocks around them have been eroded. Not only that, but they’ve been swivelled through 90 degrees from the horizontal to the vertical. The earth is such a dynamic system, but the changes are so gradual that it takes millions of years to see them.

It might not surprise you to hear that many, many plants and animals have the word ‘rock’ in their names, so for this week’s quiz, all you have to do is name the plant or animal pictured below, which has the word ‘rock’ in their common name. To make it just a bit easier, I will put asterisks where the words that aren’t ‘rock’ should be – after all we haven’t had a quiz for a while so I will try to restrain my sadistic urges. Pop your answers in the comments, and I will disappear you as soon as I see you.

I’m going to publish the answers next Sunday (May 29th), so please submit your answers by 5 p.m. on Saturday May 28th if you would like to be marked.


Photo One by By Devin Morris - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

1) ****-**-***-rock

Photo Two by By Andreas Trepte - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5,

2) Rock *****

Photo Three by By Jan Frode Haugseth - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

3) Rock *********

Photo Four by By Andrew Shiva / Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 4.0,

4) Rock****** *******

Photo Five by By Charles J. Sharp - Own work, from Sharp Photography,, CC BY-SA 4.0,

5) Rock *****

Photo Six by By Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 3.0,

6) Rock ****

Photo Seven by By Tigerente - first upload de.wikipedia 10:52, 22. Aug 2004 as de:Bild:Sonnenröschen.jpg by Tigerente (153995 bytes), CC BY-SA 3.0,

7) ****** rock****

Photo Eight by By Huw Williams (Huwmanbeing) - Own work, Public Domain,

8) ****’* rock**

Photo Nine by By Ivar Leidus - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

9) ***** rock-*****

Photo Ten by By Pierre Dalous - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

10) ****** rock-******


4 thoughts on “The Monday Quiz – Rocks Rock!

  1. Alittlebitoutoffocus

    1. Cock-of-the-rock
    2. Rock pipit
    3. Rock ptarmigan
    4. Rockhopper penguin
    5. Rock hyrax
    6. Rock dove
    7. Common rock rose
    8. Dame’s rocket
    9. Hairy rock-cress
    10. Rock thrush

  2. Mark & Rosalind

    Hope we’re in time ….

    1) Cock-of-the-rock
    2) Rock pipit
    3) Rock ptarmigan
    4) Rockhopper penguin
    5) Rock hyrax
    6) Rock dove
    7) Common rock rose
    8) Dame’s rocket
    9) Hairy rock-cress
    10) Common rock thrush

    In my humble opinion, no. 10 is deserving of a much more beautiful name – what a gorgeous bird! There’s nothing common about it (sadly). Hairy rock-cress just makes me want to laugh …
    Hope the revision is going ok!


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