pop quiz

noun

Definition of pop quiz

: an unscheduled or unannounced quiz

Examples of pop quiz in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The program will open with a citizenship pop quiz, which encourages viewers to think about what those not born in this country must learn in order to become Americans. Hearst Television, Chron, "WATCH: Matter of Fact Listening Tour: To Be An American," 18 Mar. 2021 Writer and teacher Colman McCarthy begins each school year with a pop quiz – and a cash prize. CBS News, "Peace advocate Colman McCarthy," 29 Nov. 2020 For now, fliers are getting the equivalent of an honor-system pop quiz at check-in on most airlines and, sometimes, a temperature check. Town & Country, "What Airlines Are Doing to Protect You Now," 13 Nov. 2020 Marcus, a prominent critic of AI hype, gave the neural network a pop quiz. Quanta Magazine, "Common Sense Comes to Computers," 30 Apr. 2020 From squishing the bug with their back foot to level swings, the kids appeared to ace their pop quizzes. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "On final two days of December, youth baseball comes out of hibernation," 31 Dec. 2019 In one instance, fans recognized the North Carolina singer right away, while in another interaction, Church put concert goers on the spot with a little pop quiz about his first number one hit and his cover wasn't blown the entire time. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Eric Church Pretends to Be an Usher at His Arkansas Show and Gives Out Free Ticket Upgrades to Fans," 28 Oct. 2019 Like acing a pop quiz, the Cubs go into their off day Thursday feeling good about themselves and their front-runner status in the National League Central, knowing the ball is in their hands with a couple of weeks to go until the trade deadline. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "It’s only a week, but the Cubs’ strong start to the 2nd half alleviates some tension — for now," 17 July 2019 But that series is really only a pop quiz compared to what comes next for the Red Sox: 21 games against American League East opponents in as many days, eight of them against the first-place Yankees, and six against the second-place Rays. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Alex Cora confident Red Sox ‘will play better’ in second half," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of pop quiz

1931, in the meaning defined above

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26 Mar 2021

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“Pop quiz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pop%20quiz. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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pop quiz

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pop quiz

US : a short test that a teacher gives to students without warning

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