Some hard, brain teasing trick questions include conundrums: Johnny’s mother had three children. The first was named April and the second was named May. What was the third child’s name? The answer to this question is “Johnny.” A trick question can be defined as one that is difficult to answer because there is a hidden complexity or because the obvious answer is not the correct one.
An example of a trick question is: Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world? The answer to that is “Mt. Everest," because it was still the highest mountain even before it was discovered. Another trick question is: How much dirt is there in a hole that measures two feet by three feet by four feet? The answer is “none," because there’s no dirt in a hole. Both of these questions use verbal misdirection to fool the reader.
Another example of a trick question is this: What word in the English language is always spelled incorrectly? The answer is “incorrectly." Yet another trick question goes as follows: If you were running a race and you passed the person in second place, what place would you be in now? The answer is “second place." You passed the person in second place, not first. Both of these questions actually give away the answer but misdirect the reader by the wording of the question.
Still another trick question would be this one: Which is correct to say, “The yolk of the egg is white” or “The yolk of the egg are white?” The answer is “neither." Egg yolks are yellow, not white. A final trick question is this: A farmer has five haystacks in one field and four haystacks in another. How many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in one field? The answer is “one." If he combines all his haystacks together, they all become one big stack. These questions trick the reader into thinking about one aspect of the question to the exclusion of the real clue to the answer.