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How Well Do You Know Roman Numerals?

In case you're ever in Ancient Rome and need to buy wine.

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NB: There are some little-used variations to standard roman numeral practice, such as additive rather than subtractive numbering of 4 and 9, as well as double subtraction. This quiz reflects typical modern usage.

  1. 1. What number does this represent?

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    1
    5
    10
    20
  2. 2. What is the correct way to express this number in roman numerals?

    X
    D
    C
    L
  3. 3. What number does this represent?

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    3
    13
    23
  4. 4. What is the correct way to express this number?

    VXLIII
    XXVI
    XXXVI
  5. 5. What number does this represent?

    20
    200
    2000
  6. 6. What is the correct way to express this number?

    XI
    CI
  7. 7.

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    CXXI
    DXXI
    CLXXV
    LXIX
  8. 8. What number does this represent?

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    114
    96
    116
    94
  9. 9.

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    LIX, LXXI, XCIX
    LXXI, LIX, XCIX
    LXXI, XCIX, LIX
  10. 10. What is the correct way to express this number?

    DXXIL
    DVIX
    DXXIX
    DXXVIIII
  11. 11.

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    CCXC
    CXL
    CDI
    DIC
  12. 12. What number does this represent?

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    1742
    1529
    1662
    1762

How Well Do You Know Roman Numerals?

Not great.

If you ever accidentally get in a time machine and subsequently end up stuck in Roman times, you might struggle. Partly because of the lack of sanitation and troubling attitudes towards freedom and violence, but also because you will find it tough to figure out how much wine costs.

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If you ever accidentally get in a time machine and subsequently end up stuck in Roman times, you'll be fine! Admittedly, because of the lack of sanitation and troubling attitudes towards freedom and violence you'll probably end up struggling, but at least you'll be able to figure out how much wine costs before that happens.

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