Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Potions Quiz 1

Due Date: February 7 
Points: 15 for the regular quiz and 5 for the extra credit (20 total)

Regular Questions:1. Name the two known Potions professors at Hogwarts during the books. Include which book(s) each of them were professors during. (1) 

Professor Snape and Professor Slughorn

2. Name the five pieces of equipment that a student of Potions is expected to have. (1) 

cauldron, brass scales, crystal phials, Magical Drafts and Potions by Arsenius Jigger, Advance Potions Making by Libatius Borage  

3. Give me the name and the person who invented the potion that is used as a remedy for the common cold. (1) 

Glover Hipworth invented the Pepper Up Potion which can be used as the remedy.

4. What does the Polyjuice potion do? Name at least four of the ingredients. Tell me at least two of the characters who used this potion in the books and tell me what it did to them. (2) 

boomslang skin, knotgrass, leeches, lacewing flies. 

Harry Potter and Ron Weasley used the polyjuice potion to become Slytherin students Crabbe and Goyle. Their external features changed to replicate Crabbe and Goyle.

5. What is a bezoar and what is it used for? (1)  

Bezoar is a kidney-like 'stone' that is found in the stomach of a goat.  It is used as an antidote for most poisons.

6. Tell me what the Amorentia potion is. What would yours smell like? (1) 

Amorentia is a love potion, it makes the vitctum have love-like symptons. It smells different to everyone.

7. Name three Potions ingredients that can be found in the Muggle world. What are each of these items used for in each situation? How to Muggles and Wizards use these things differently? (2) 

Lacewing flies are used in muggle insect collections.  Wizards use it as an ingredient in potions, such as Polyjuice Potion.
Moonstones are a semi-precious stone that muggles use a jewelry.  Wizard use ground Moon Stone in Draught of the Living Dead to induce sleep. 
Mandrake roots are brewed to make a restorative potion to awake people who have been petrified.  Muggles would place a mandrake root underneath the bed to ensure conception. However, all parts of the mandrake are poisonous!

8. What is your favorite Potion and why? (1) 

My favorite potion is the Pepper Up Potion because it counter acts the sniffles quite quick.  It helps toddlers sleep through the night when they have colds.

9. There are at least two Potions which are mentioned as being illegal to the students at Hogwarts, but they get used in the series. Which two are these and what do they do? (2)

Polyjuice Potion- changes the drinker physically into another person by added a bit of them to the potion before drinking it.  

Amorentia- is a potion that simulates love-like feelings in the victim.  

10. Name the three ingredients in the Draught of the Living Death. In what year do the Hogwarts students brew this potion? (2)

Sopophorus bean, wormwood, valerian root.

The students learn this potion for N.E.W.T. levels in the 6th year.

11. We all know that Remus Lupin is a werewolf. During his time teaching at Hogwarts, Snape makes him the wolfsbane potion to counteract some of these nasty effects. There is one ingredient which Lupin says will render the effects useless. What is this ingredient and why is it important? (1)  

The wolfsbane potion is horrible tasting and Lupin told Harry after Professor Snape delivered it to his office that it was unfortunate that SUGAR would render the potion useless.

Extra Credit

There are many mentions of Potions in various Muggle books. Name at least one reference to any well-known Muggle book (either one that does not have anything to do with magic or one that has a very archaic view of it, so DO NOT give me a fantasy novel). What is this Potion used for? By whom? How do Muggle views of Potions differ from our own? Is there an ingredients list to this particular Potion? If so, what items are necessary to make it? Are there any Potions that exist in the wizarding world that have similar effects? If so, which one(s)? I want at least five decent sentences. (5)

I really want these five points, but I am drawing a complete blank.

This is really not the assignment, but I thought I would include it.   I use a mint tea like a potion.  It is calming and warm.  When I cannot sleep or I am sick, the menthol in the mint soothes me and opens up my sinus cavities.  I brew this by use a tea kettle to boil my water and dried mint leaves to make my potion.  I would compare this potion to the Pepper Up Potion.  It gives relief to the common cold.

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