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Advice for Quiz Masters - How to make a quiz part 1

Updated on March 6, 2016
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Martin has been an avid quiz writer for over 10 years and has a successful pub quiz website that supplies pubs with weekly quiz nights.

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Quiz Masters Advice Part 1

Dear fellow quiz master,

I'm going to get back to what I set out to do on Hub Pages and that is to give advice to anyone who is interested in starting a pub quiz or to help quiz masters with some tricks of the trade that I've learned over the last 10 years.

If you're a quiz master then I bet you scan through lots of questions and discard the ones that you think are unsuitable for your own quiz. If you do this then you are going to run out of quiz sources very quickly so let me help you here.

If you find a really tough question like “Who wrote 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'?” , answer: Frank Baum. You can rewrite it to make it easier, like this “The wonderful Wizard of Oz, by Frank Baum, was first shown in which decade?, answer: 30's (1939)

What I did was to type "The Wizard of Oz into Bing search and instantly I got the year displayed by the top result returned, I didn't even have to go onto the website to look it up. Of course, it would make sense to read up on the wizard of oz while you are there to get more quiz questions to use in future quizzes. Another question I got from doing this for my own pub quiz was, “What was the name of Dorothy's' dog in the Wizard of Oz?” answer: Toto or “What was the name of the girl in the Wizard of Oz?” or “In 'The Wizard of Oz', which witch was killed when Dorothy's' house fell on her?”. I got over 30 really good quiz questions from this film alone that I will use sparingly in my next years worth of pub quizzes.

As you can see, you can really expand your database using this technique and hopefully come up with questions that the quiz teams have never heard of before.

My next article "How to make a quiz part 2" is going to concentrate on finding good fun pub quiz ideas for other quiz rounds like picture quizzes and theme rounds.

In the mean time, if you would like to see an example of what my quizzes are like then you can download one of my pub quizzes for 1p, instant download! Get it here: Downloadable Quiz


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      Warren 7 years ago from England

      Thanks for the comment sic334

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      slc334 7 years ago from Canada

      Good post. Bad trivia definitely sucks, and can ruin an evening.