SETTING QUESTIONS

There are many ways you can come up with a set of quiz questions for your quiz. One way would be to use the Generate Quiz Rounds feature on quiz-zone. This allows you to enter criteria (e.g. 20 difficult questions on Geography) and quiz-zone will randomly select questions which meet this criteria from it's database.

If you wish to put more thought into how you go about compiling good quiz questions for challenging and entertaining quizzes then this page will give you some pointers. Please feel free to discuss these ideas or add ideas of your own in the quiz-zone forum.

Note that if you are planning on using any of the questions in the quiz-zone database, then it is recommended that you check the answer with at least one other source.

WHAT SUBJECTS?

For a standard pub quiz, you're likely to have people from a wide age group and with a variety of different interests. In order to keep everyone interested you should make sure that the subject material of your questions is also varied and that it's not just the general knowledge experts who end up answering all the questions. The "Setting The Format" page mentions how you should try to include a number of rounds on different subjects, but also, for each subject area you should also try to vary the questions enough so that it's not just the same person from each team answering them all. For example, music questions should cover a variety of genres and decades and shouldn't just be about pop music in the last few years.

Also, as well as the standard subjects you'd expect to find in a quiz, you might also want to consider compiling a few themed rounds. There are plenty of examples of these on quiz-zone including quizzes on things like The Olympic Games, Children's Books and Heroes And Villains. Plus, if it's the right time of year, then a Valentines Day, Halloween or Christmas round might prove popular.

HOW DIFFICULT SHOULD QUESTIONS BE?

Good quizzes should have questions of varying difficulty. If all the questions are difficult then this might ensure that the best team wins, but it might also prove embarrassing if a team gets next to no questions correct. For this reason it's worth making sure that you include some questions that most teams should be answer, and especially towards the start of a quiz when there's a danger that difficult questions could scare some teams off.

As well as including some fairly easy questions, you might also want to consider including some very difficult questions where most teams will be guessing completely at the answer. This should mean that most teams have pretty much the same chance of getting this right or wrong and so will help towards ensuring that the scores are closer and for regular quizzes should help ensure that it isn't the same team who wins each week. An example of this type of question might be "Glossophobia is the fear of what - Failure, The Opposite Sex or Public Speaking?"

In a round of ten questions, you'd probably want most teams to be scoring somewhere between five and eight points, with a being a big acheivement to score ten out of ten.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD QUESTION?

The quality of your individual quiz questions will go a long way to determining how much people enjoy your quiz so you should try to ensure that you include a some quiz questions which meet most or all of the following criteria.

Challenging

A good quiz question should get people thinking rather than simply saying I know that one and then writing down the answer or giving up and leaving it blank. It doesn't have to be too difficult, but if at least some thought goes into arriving at the answer, then more satisfaction will be gained from hearing it is correct.

Interesting

If the question and answer were stated as a fact then it should be interesting so that people who don't get an answer correct will still be interested to hear the correct answer.

Popular subject

A good quiz question should get everyone involved, so it should be on a fairly general subject that is popular with most people.

Guessable

A good quiz question should not be such that only a few people with knowledge on that subject can put an answer down whether it is right or wrong. Even if you don't know or can't work out an answer, then people could make some kind of guess which has the chance of being right, possibly using some knowledge to narrow the guess down to just a few possible answers.

Some examples of quiz questions that might be considered good are as follows:

  • What appeared for the first time in The Times newspaper in September 1860?
  • In which sport are competitors not allowed to play left handed?
  • What is the only sign of the zodiac not named after a living creature?

LINKS

As well as the thousands of free quiz questions available on this site, you might also want to consider writing your own.

Here are a few of our favourite free resources...

Wikipedia
This online encyclopedia is the internet's largest and most popular general reference work.

Internet Movie Database
Online database of films and TV shows, including plot summaries, biographies, trivia, taglines.

Guinness World Records
Listing world records in terms of human achievements and extremes of the natural world, this resource is particularly useful when creating tie-break questions.

Official Charts Archive
A database of singles and albums charts, searchable by title and artist.