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Color Questions

Interior Design and Decorating Color

Best Book of Design Volume II – Self Test

We hope you enjoyed your color ebook. To test yourself to see how much you have learnt about Color we have set a multiple choice test. Simply write down A,B,C or D next to the number of the question on a piece of paper then click on the answer page to mark yourself and find out how much you remember about Color.

Color Question Sheet

Q1. What happens to light when it passes through a prism then through a converging lens?

(a) Radio waves are omitted

(b) A rainbow is seen

(c) X-rays occur

(d) White light is achieved


Q2. What are the range of wavelength of radiant energy that can be distinguished by the human eye called?

(a) Visible Spectrum

(b) Electromagnetic Spectrum

(c) Prism

(d) Converging Energy


Q3. Why does a daffodil flower look yellow?

(a) Because it is absorbing yellow light

(b) Because it is reflecting all the colors of light except yellow

(c) Because it is absorbing all the colors of light except yellow which it is reflecting

(d) Because it is from nature and the rainbow


Q4. Select the Primary Colors from the choices below.

(a) Blue, Red, Green

(b) Blue, Yellow, Red

(c) Orange, Purple, Green

(d) Yellow, Orange, Red, Blue


Q5. Select the Secondary Colors from the choices below.

(a) Purple, Orange, Green

(b) Red, Orange, Green, Blue

(c) Yellow, Purple, Green

(d) Orange, Purple, Blue-Green


Q6. Select the Tertiary Colors from the choices below.

(a) Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet

(b) Orange, Green, Purple

(c) Blue-Green, Blue-Purple, Red-Violet, Red-Orange, Yellow-Orange, Yellow-Green

(d) Green, Blue-Green, Purple, Red-Orange, Yellow, Orange


Q7. What are the pigments Munsell proposed for his Primary System.

(a) Yellow, Red, Purple, Blue, Green

(b) Purple, Red, Orange, Blue, Yellow

(c) Red-Orange, Yellow-Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet

(d) Green, Yellow-Green, Red, Red-Purple, Blue, Orange, Yellow


Q8. The Munsell Notation System combines which three variables?

(a) Tone, Hue, Color

(b) Color, Value, Shade

(c) Hue, Value, Chroma

(d) Chroma, Hue, Shade


Q9. Which definition best describes Tint?

(a) The name of a Hue

(b) Color with white added

(c) Color with black added

(d) A pigment


Q10. Which definition best describes Shade?

(a) Color with grey added

(b) Color with black added

(c) The name of a color

(d) The intensity of a color


Q11. Select from the color combinations below an example of a Complementary (Contrasting) color scheme.

(a) Blue, Orange

(b) Orange, Blue, Purple

(c) Yellow, Red

(d) Green, Purple


Q12. Select from the color combinations below an example of a Split -Complementary color scheme.

(a) Purple, Yellow, Yellow-Orange

(b) Blue, Red, Orange, Green

(c) Orange, Green, Purple

(d) Yellow-Green, Yellow-Orange, Purple


Q13. Select from the color combinations below an example of a Triad color scheme.

(a) Red, Blue, Green

(b) Blue-Green, Red-Purple, Orange

(c) Purple, Orange, Green

(d) Green, Orange, Red, Blue


Q14. Select from the color combinations below an example of a Tetrad color scheme.

(a) Blue, Red, Orange, Green

(b) Blue-Green, Blue-Purple, Red, Orange

(c) Yellow, Purple

(d) Green, Purple, Orange


Q15. Name what type of color scheme the following colors are: Blue, Blue-Purple, Purple?

(a) Analogous

(b) Monochromatic

(c) Triad

(d) Tetrad


Q16.What is the name of the color scheme that uses only one color, creating effects by using different tints, tones and/or shades of that one color?

(a) Analogous

(b) Monochromatic

(c) Triad

(d) Tetrad


Q17. Which of the following are referred to as warm colors?

(a) Yellow, Yellow-Green, Green, Blue-Green, Blue, Blue-Purple

(b) Yellow-Orange, Orange, Red-Orange, Red, Red-Purple, Purple

(c) Yellow, Yellow-Orange, Orange, Red-Orange, Red, Red-Purple

(d) Red, Red-Orange, Orange, Yellow-Orange, Yellow, Yellow-Green, Green


Q18. The lighter the color, the heavier the object looks.

(a) True

(b) False


Q19. You can make a cool color appear warmer by adding a warmer hue to it.

(a) True

(b) False


Q20. The lighter the color the smaller the object looks.

(a) True

(b) False


Q21. In the East, white is the color worn by brides.

(a) True

(b) False


Q 22. Finish this phrase. Red ________ are regarded as the focal colors of mankind.

(a) Orange, yellow, blue

(b) Green, blue, orange

(c) Yellow, green, blue

(d) Magenta, cyan, yellow


Q23. Chromatherapy is the treatment of human diseases through applying concentrated doses of color.

(a) True

(b) False


Q24. In Chromatherapy – specific colors control what?

(a) your skin color

(b) speed of body movement

(c) a specific bodily process or organ

(d) your eye color


Q25. If wanting to create a sedative effect in a room, which of the following groups of hues would be best selected?

(a) cool, dull hues

(b) bright, warm hues

(c) black and white

(d) warm, clear hues


Q26. What is the best color to use backstage for actors?

(a) red

(b) orange

(c) yellow

(d) green


Q27. If surrounded by our favourite colors we tend to be _______ at work and play.

(a) sleepy

(b) more comfortable and productive

(c) fidgety and unable to concentrate

(d) bored


Q28. Advancing colors and tones are?

(a) warm and dark

(b) cool and light

(c) hot and cold

(d) light and dark


Q29. What colors and tones create a cosy atmosphere?

(a) warm and dark

(b) cool and light

(c) hot and cold

(d) light and dark


Q30. Tone is affected by two parts.

(a) warm and dark

(b) value and intensity/saturation

(c) hue and chroma

(d) balance and temperature


Q31. Varying the tones in a monochromatic scheme is essential otherwise it will appear boring and uninteresting because?

(a) it will have too many colors

(b) it will have too few colors

(c) there is a sense of depth or balance

(d) there is no sense of depth or balance


Q32. Contrast can be used with color and tone as well as pattern and texture.

(a) False

(b) True


Q33. Hard, smooth, shiny textures

(a) look cold to the eye and touch

(b) look warm to the eye and touch

(c) are rough to touch

(d) are rustic and homely


Q34. What is the effect of juxtaposing contrasting colors?

(a) it helps us relax

(b) it creates movement and vitality

(c) it creates texture

(d) it subdues the colors


Q35. If you want to camouflage an item in a room, do you?

(a) paint it a brighter color than its surrounding environment

(b) paint it the same color as its surrounding environment

(c) add pattern

(d) remove the texture


Q36. The look of comfort is generally achieved by choosing?

(a) soft textures

(b) hard textures


Q37. Some examples of rough texture are?

(a) glass, chintz fabric, chrome

(b) carpet, brick, glass, chintz fabric, chrome

(c) coir, sisal, linen, wickerwork, brick

(d) chrome, glass, chintz fabric, coir, sisal, linen, wickerwork, brick


Q38. Rough textured surfaces tend to ____light.

(a) absorb

(b) reflect

(c) brighten

(d) highlight


Q39. Pattern will always make a room look smaller, no matter what size the design.

(a) False

(b) True


Q40. Balance is the key to using pattern.

(a) True

(b) False


Q41. Heavy floral patterns of the same color over everything in a room make the space feel?

(a) light and airy

(b) comfortable

(c) oppressive

(d) balanced


Q42. Having each wall of a room painted in a different color does not achieve a balanced space.

(a) True

(b) False


Q43. The more colors you have in a space, the easier it is to control the balance.

(a) True

(b) False


Q44. The following associations suggest which color – compromise, disciplined, steady.

(a) red

(b) blue

(c) grey

(d) black

Q45. The following associations suggest which color – refreshing, serenity, cool, conservative, healing, water association, relaxing.

(a) blue

(b) green

(c) white

(d) violet


Q46. The following associations suggest which color – natural, safe, dull, earth, reliable, ultraconservative.

(a) white

(b) grey

(c) brown

(d) black


Q47 The following associations suggest which color – idealism, optimism, hygienic, simplistic, clinical, purity, hope.

(a) grey

(b) black

(c) yellow

(d) white

Q48. The following associations suggest which color – jealousy, envy, growth, birth, tradition, relaxing, restful, refreshment.

(a) yellow

(b) green

(c) orange

(d) pink

Q49. The following associations suggest which color – improves social behaviour, spontaneous, happiness, anti depressant, welcoming.

(a) blue

(b) orange

(c) yellow

(d) brown

Q50. The following associations suggest which color – bold, aids digestion, angry, physical, flatters skin color, hot, advances.

(a) orange

(b) red

(c) pink

(d) yellow

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