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Who invented the pencil?

Last updated on: May 08, 2007 09:03 IST

Colour pencil, black pencil Indian pencil, Chinese pencil...just name it. We all may have grown out of our fancy for pencils but very few have actually stopped using them. But how much do you know about this important writing tool? Take the rediff business quiz to find out.

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1. The word Pencil is derived from Pencillus which means...
a) Little tail
b) Writing
c) Point

2. Who invented the pencil?
a) Faber-Castell
b) Staedtler
c) Eagle Pencil Co

3. Which is the largest pencil company in India?
a) Camlin
b) Hindustan Pencils
c) Emma International

4. Which country was the source of the world's first graphite pencils?
a) England
b) Germany
c) Italy

5. Who was awarded the patent for attaching an eraser to a pencil?
a) Lyndiana Bernacotti
b) Hyman Lipman
c) Kaspar Faber

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