Intermediate quizzes – Java casting object

The following Java exercise(s) are designed for intermediate level programmers. If the level is too hard, then I recommend to select an easier one or you might consider reading my article about this topic, which offers a theoretical explanation including more exercises. Read More: Java Object Casting


Quiz 1: Casting objects in Java

What will happen if you try to compile and execute the main method?

public class MySuper {

	protected int i = 3;

	public MySuper() {
		i ++ ;
		System.out.print("-x" + method(5));
	public int method(){
		return i + i;
	public int method(int i){
		return method() + i;

public class MySub extends MySuper {

	int i = 4;

	public int method(){
		return i * i + super.i;
	public static void main(String[] args){
		MySuper mySuper = new MySuper();
		MySuper Mysub = new MySub();

Select the correct answer.

Quiz 2: Upcasting and downcasting objects in Java

What happens when the following program is compiled and run?

public class Super {

	protected int x = 3;

	public int method(){
		return x + 5;
	public int method(int x){
		return method() + x;

public class Sub extends Super {

	int x = 7;

	public int method(){
		return x * 4 + super.x;
	public static void main(String[] args){
		Super s = new Sub();
		Sub su = (Sub) s;
		Super sup = new Super();
		System.out.print("-" + s.x + "-" + s.method(3) 
                                 + "-" + su.x + "-" + sup.method(3));

Select the correct answer.

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  1. Hi Maroof,

    I am not able to understand why the value of i = 0 in MySub.method() being called from MySuper.method1(int) in Quiz 1: Casting objects in Java.

    Can you explain me the logic behind this

    1. Here below is the explanation.

      The statement MySuper Mysub = new MySub(); calls the no-arg constructor of MySuper.
      The constructor calls the one integer parameter method.
      System.out.print(“-x” + method(2));
      The method calls the method with no parameter.
      The method with no-parameter is overridden in the subclass MySub.
      In MySuper the program tries to access the value of “i” in MySub.
      A superclass has no access to its sub classes members. That is why i is 0.

  2. This arltcie is a home run, pure and simple!

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