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How many ounces are in a cup?

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Those are the questions nearly all college students have pondered at some point in their education. But the answers, for most students, are nowhere near as clear as they should be.

Some students have problems with the use of the metric system, while others have problems with understanding decimals. And the answer is to completely change the way we think about things, as my great-grandmother always said.

That’s why The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is launching a quiz on the most complicated word in our language — the liquid measuring system. You’ll be given 12 different measurements that range from ounces to gallons, depending on how many ounces in a cup.

You have to answer every single question to pass the quiz. B.ut if you take the quiz and get less than 20 out of 24 correct, don’t freak out.

Just keep taking the quiz until you get more than 20 correct.

For every answer you get wrong, we’ll give you a hint on how to interpret that measurement. But no matter what, don’t cheat — especially if we give you a hint. You’ll never beat the quiz.

So here’s what the quiz looks like:

FAST FACTS

  • In a typical kitchen, there are 20 cups. You know what a cup is, right? A cup is 4.5 ounces.
  • The average American uses between 1.1 and 1.3 quarts each day. That’s 2.3 to 3.8 pints.
  • The average American uses less than a pint of milk each day. That’s .06 to .33 quarts.
  • A typical 6-ounce bottle of soda has 15 ounces of water. That’s .18 to .24 quarts.
  • In a typical big-box store, you could buy 42.5 dozen eggs. That’s 10.24 quarts.

RECIPE

Here’s a recipe for “The Full-Fat, Slightly Bold Southwest Chicken Stew.”

  • In a standard (non-ideal) stock pot, cook a pound of boneless skinless chicken breasts with 3½ quarts of vegetable broth until they’re tender, about 1 hour.
  • In the meantime, in a food processor, purée 6 cups of cooked chicken, 2 cups of corn, 1/3 cup of pinto beans, 3/4 cup of white beans, 1 cup of sweet Italian sausages, 1 cup of diced carrots and 1 cup of chopped red peppers.
  • Using a large saucepan, cook 2 cups of sliced onion in an equal amount of oil over medium heat until golden brown.
  • Add 3 tbsp of tomato paste to the pot, cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add 2 tbsp of curry powder and 1 tbsp of crushed red pepper. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add 8 oz of cooked, peeled tomatoes and stir.
  • Add 3 cups of beans and rice to the pot, stir and bring to a boil.
  • Add 4 cups of chicken broth. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer.
  • Cook for 30 minutes.
  • Add 1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese. Stir and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Season to taste with salt, pepper and paprika.
  • Serve over cooked brown rice.
  • Garnish with fresh lime juice and sliced scallions.
  • Serve with a side of steamed broccoli and ranch dressing.
  • How many out of 24 do you get?
  • It’s not easy. For many of us, measurement is a word we never learned in school. So it’s interesting to see how this turns out.

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