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WHAT DO YOU REALLY KNOW ABOUT SEX?

A study commissioned by the Kinsey Institute shows that a majority of Americans are not sexually literate. Take the sex test that only 45% of the respondents passed.

National Sex Knowledge Test

Choose one answer after reading each question carefully. Each question is worth one point; keep your score on a scratch pad to see how you measure up to the national standings.

1. Nowadays, what do you think is the age at which the average or typical American first has sexual intercourse?
a. 11 or younger
b. 12
c. 13
d. 14
e.15            
f. 16
g. 17
h. 18
i. 19            
j. 20
k. 21
l. Don't know

2. Out of every ten married American men, how many would you estimate have had an extramarital affair--that is, have been sexually unfaithful to their wives?
a. Less than one out of ten            
b. One out of ten (10%)
c. Two out of ten (20%)
d. Three out of ten (30%)
e. Four out of ten (40%)
f. Five out of ten (50%)
g. Six out of ten (60%)
h. Seven out of ten (70%)
i. Eight out of ten (80%)
j. Nine out of ten (90%)
k. More than nine out of ten
l. Don't know

3. Out of every ten American women, how many would you estimate have had anal (rectal) intercourse?
a. Less than one out of ten            
b. One out of ten (10%)
c. Two out of ten (20%)
d. Three out of ten (30%)
e. Four out of ten (40%)
f. Five out of ten (50%)
g. Six out of ten (60%)
h. Seven out of ten (70%)
i. Eight out of ten (80%)
j. Nine out of ten (90%)
k. More than nine out of ten
l. Don't know

4. A person can get AIDS by having anal (rectal) intercourse even if neither partner is infected with the AIDS virus.
            True             False             Don't know

5. There are over-the-counter spermicides people can buy at the drugstore that will kill the AIDS virus.
            True             False             Don't know

6. Petroleum jelly, Vaseline Intensive Care, baby oil, and Nivea are not good lubricants to use with a condom or diaphragm.
            True             False             Don't know

7. More than one out of four (25%) of American men have had a sexual experience with another male during either their teens or adult years.
            True             False             Don't know

8. It is usually difficult to tell whether people are or are not gay or lesbian just by their appearance or gestures.
            True             False             Don't know

9. A woman or teenage girl can get pregnant during her menstrual flow (her "period").
            True             False             Don't know

10. A woman or teenage girl can get pregnant even if the man withdraws his penis before he ejaculates (before he "comes").
            True             False             Don't know

11. Unless they are having sex, women do not need to have regular gynecological examinations.
            True             False             Don't know

12. Teenage boys should examine their testicles ("balls") regularly just as women self-examine their breasts for lumps.
            True             False             Don't know

13. Problems with erection are most often started by a physical problem.
            True             False             Don't know

14. Almost all erection problems can be successfully treated.
            True             False             Don't know

15. Menopause, or change of life as it is often called, does not cause most women to lose interest in having sex.
            True             False             Don't know

16. Out of every ten American women, how many would you estimate have masturbated either as children or after they were grown up?
a. Less than one out of ten            
b. One out of ten (10%)
c. Two out of ten (20%)
d. Three out of ten (30%)
e. Four out of ten (40%)
f. Five out of ten (50%)
g. Six out of ten (60%)
h. Seven out of ten (70%)
i. Eight out of ten (80%)
j. Nine out of ten (90%)
k. More than nine out of ten
l. Don't know

17. What do you think is the length of the average man's erect penis?
a. 2 inches            
b. 3 inches
c. 4 inches
d. 5 inches
e. 6 inches            
f. 7 inches
g. 8 inches
h. 9 inches
i. 10 inches
j. 11 inches
k. 12 inches
l. Don't know

18. Most women prefer a sexual partner with a larger-than-average penis.
            True             False             Don't know

SCORING THE TEST

Each question is worth one point. So, the total possible number of points you can get is 18. Using this chart, score each item and then add up your total number of points. When a range of possible answers is correct, one of the answers in the correct range are given a point.

Question number      

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18

Give yourself a point if you circled      
any of the following answers
f, g
d, e
d, e
False
True
True
True
True
True
True
False
True
True
True
True
g, h, i
d, e, f
False
Circle the number of
points you received
0       1
0       1
0       1
0       1
0       1
0       1
0       1
0       1
0       1
0       1
0       1
0       1
0       1
0       1
0       1
0       1
0       1
0       1

Total number of points: _____

How did you score?

If your score equals this:
16-18
14-15
12-13
10-11
1-9
Here is your grade:
A
B
C
D
F

1990 The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Bloomington, Indiana, USA


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