Beginner quizzes – Java casting object

The following Java exercise(s) are designed for beginner level programmers. If the level is too hard, then I recommend reading my article about this topic, which offers a theoretical explanation including more exercises. Read More: Java Object Casting


Quiz 1: Upcasting an object

What happens when the following program is compiled and run?

public class Super {

	protected int i = 4;

	public int method(){
		return i * i;

public class Sub extends Super {

	int i = 3;

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

Select the correct answer.

Quiz 2: Downcasting and upcasting objects in Java

What happens when the following program is compiled and run?

public class MySuper {

	int z = 3;

	int myMethod(){
		return z;

public class MySub extends MySuper {

	int z = 8;

	int myMethod(){
		return z;
	public static void main(String[] args){
		MySuper mySuper = new MySub();
		MySub mySub = (MySub) mySuper;
		System.out.print("-x" + mySuper.myMethod() + "-x" + mySuper.z);
		System.out.print("-x" + mySub.myMethod() + "-x" + mySub.z);

Select the correct answer.

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  1. hello sir !

    why 4 in the first output ?

    1. By casting objects
      s.method() would invoke the overridden method in the subclass, while the attribute is of the type of the superclass. So, s.i refers to the i in the superclass.

  2. Hello world !
    i did not understand why in the first code 4 was in the output?

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