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Machiabelly  (Level: 136.2 - Posts: 190)
Sat, 17th Sep '05 7:28 PM


This not an actual question from one of my quizzes, but it is like one.
If, in a quiz on actors, I asked "this actor appeared in Bruce Almighty, and in 1981 he porteayed Malcolm X in Death Of A Prophet" and in the answers Jim Carrey and Morgan Freeman were there. Now, if 5 people answered Jim Carrey, should I assume they just read the first words of the question, or have no idea who Malolm X is?
Also, do you think by putting Jim Carrey in there as a choice, it makes it a trick question?

Along the lines of trick questions...if I asked a question about peas and used small vegetable as part of the clue, that would be do you feel about "small vegetable (quotes added in the question) being used in a question about pumpkins?

Felix-old  (Level: 14.2 - Posts: 244)
Sat, 17th Sep '05 7:48 PM

Are you saying a trick question is bad? Careful this may be a trick question.


Linenlady  (Level: 159.1 - Posts: 306)
Sat, 17th Sep '05 8:02 PM


Sinope  (Level: 7.5 - Posts: 37)
Sat, 17th Sep '05 9:07 PM

Pumpkins are not small vegetables. I don't even think they are vegetables.

Your first question is more interesting. I don't think it's a trick: if someone has seen Bruce Almighty but has no clue who Malcom X is, then as far as he is concerned it could be anyone in Bruce Almighty. Therefore, if you don't have another actor from Bruce Almighty as an option, you are giving the answer to people who don't really *know* the answer.

On the other hand, if you're trying to make the question easier by giving additional information, this might be a less "tricksy" wording: "What actor played Malcom X in the 1981 film 'Death of a Prophet'? He also appeared in the 2003 film 'Bruce Almighty'."

Personally, I'd have put the question like this: "What actor played Malcom X in 1981, the President of the USA in 1998, and God in 2003?" I just like the sound of questions like that.

Machiabelly  (Level: 136.2 - Posts: 190)
Sat, 17th Sep '05 9:29 PM

My actual question was worded a bit better then I put here.

Yes I know Pumpkins aren't small that was the point of the " " around small. But I agree it still smacks of a trick

Felix-old  (Level: 14.2 - Posts: 244)
Sat, 17th Sep '05 10:16 PM

Linenlady, it's not kind to make fun of the elderly. If I had feelings they would be hurt. If I had any!

Feeble Felix

Linenlady  (Level: 159.1 - Posts: 306)
Sat, 17th Sep '05 10:30 PM

Bless you Felix. I didn't want you to miss anything. What with you mistaking a mouse for a duck and all.

Felix-old  (Level: 14.2 - Posts: 244)
Sat, 17th Sep '05 10:40 PM

I'm just old. I get my oven and clothes dryer mixed up all the time. I won't even go in the problem that I have with my walker and my lawnmower. Then there was the time the TV repairman said my microwave............


Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 853)
Sat, 17th Sep '05 10:52 PM

I don't think that's sneaky or even a trick question. I think it's perfectly fine to put a likely mistake as an answer choice.

What bugs me is when people misspell (on purpose) to be sneaky. Example: Who is the current U S President? A) George Bush B) Geerge Bush

Just my 2 cents...


Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 565)
Sun, 18th Sep '05 9:42 AM

I don't think it's a trick question either. It forces the quiz taker to read the entire question. I prefer to think of it as making sure people are really paying attention!


Cal10892  (Level: 40.2 - Posts: 35)
Sun, 18th Sep '05 4:57 PM

I don't think this is a trick question either. There are 2 parts to the question, and both parts are needed to get the correct answer. It is not your fault if someone is more concerned with speed than accuracy. I think the 'fun' part of trivia is seeing if you can answer the question, not seeing if you are quicker than everyone else. Quick does no good if you are wrong. BTW, a pumpkin is a vegetable, it is a member of the squash family.

Suzer22  (Level: 166.3 - Posts: 1982)
Sun, 18th Sep '05 8:02 PM

In educational parlance we call the wrong answers "distractors" and we teachers are taught to choose distractors that are convincing as answers. This is not tricking the quiz-taker but making sure they KNOW the right answer. Although students refer to this type of quiz as "multiple GUESS" they really are supposed to see what you KNOW.

Now if you had mentioned two films and had two actors in your answer pool who had each been in both films, then I'd think that was a bit cruel...but still not a trick if you are asking about specific roles played!

This IS a trivia site after all...just because some trivia is more trivial than others doesn't mean it's a trick

Suzer22  (Level: 166.3 - Posts: 1982)
Sun, 18th Sep '05 8:04 PM

As for pumpkins being a scinece teacher taught me that if it is the part of the plant that carries the seeds then it is biologically (botonically?) a fruit, regardless of what your mother called it or how she served it.

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