Is It a Bead? Take the Quiz.
What, exactly is a bead? Some people would say that it is any small object with a hole in it. At least this is Deborah Zinn's position. I take a functional view: a bead is a small object capable of being strung that fulfills typical bead functions.
Then bead functions have to be listed: adornment of humans, animals and inanimate objects; counting (prayer strands, rosaries); charms (amulets and talismans); social diacritical marks; and a few others.
Things not made as beads can become beads by someone using them that way.
Is it a Bead?
How did you do?
0 to 5 correct - Maybe you should collect postage stamps.
6 to 11 correct - Were you just guessing?
12 to 16 correct - Quite impressive.
17 to 21 correct - A real Bead Wiz.
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