Java quiz 04: Overriding methods

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Java quiz 4: Overriding methods

Level: Hard

Note: The classes Item and Book are two separate files in one package.

What is written to the standard output as the result of executing the following code?

public class MySuper
  int a = 4;

  public MySuper()
  void myMethod()
    System.out.print("y" + a);

public class MySub extends MySuper
  int b = 3;

  void myMethod()
    System.out.print("y" + b);
  public static void main(String[] args)
    MySub mySub = new MySub();
Author: Sar Maroof

Select the correct answer.

Answer explanation

  1. The constructor of the superclass invokes the method myMethod, which is overridden
    in the subclass MySub.
  2. The statement System.out.print(“y” + b); in the method myMethod of
    the subclass writes the string “y” and the value of the variable b
    to the standard output.
  3. The constructor of the superclass invokes the method myMethod, which is overridden in the subclass and the method tries to access the varaible b inside the subclass before it is initialized. Therefore the program writes y0 instead of y3
    to the standard output.

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