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Ravenslight  (Level: 10.5 - Posts: 110)
Thu, 28th Jun '07 6:59 PM


HI ALL I have a question.
I recently got a comment saying that while most of the history in the quizzes is good but that i include some unworthy- related to a rats rear so to speak.. in a general year quiz that is limited to 10 to 12 questions what kind of question do you want. i tried just some major things, skippd some major things, included some fun things, some not fun things... does this make any sense. On a general history quiz, what kinds of questions would you all like to see? NewYorkgoomba has taken all of my year quizzes and is almost always on top, interestingly it is not usually the weak link question he misses if he misses anything.. so I know that people know the weird stuff I ask. I try to include at least one or two international questions, at least one music/tv/ or movie questions, then some just general basic history... so i want to shape the upcoming quizzes to better suit the audience, can ya help me?G
what would you all prefer, longer quizzes, more like 15 or 20 questions? same kind that i ahve been doing, more geared toward a certain kind of going on? Anything, anything? anything?


Carreau  (Level: 247.4 - Posts: 140)
Thu, 28th Jun '07 8:54 PM

Perhaps you could find out which questions in particular were bothering your critic and see if others share the same opinion. Not having so far taken any of your quizzes, I don't know if this applies in your case, but my particular pet peeve, when it comes to quizzes focusing on history, is being asked to identify the year of a person's birth, marriage, or death, the name of his/her spouse, and other such matters having nothing really to do with why the person is viewed as a historical personage.

Ravenslight  (Level: 10.5 - Posts: 110)
Thu, 28th Jun '07 10:53 PM

I have had a couple of people repond privately.

I know that quiz questions length is sometimes a problem,so I try to only have a couple of long questions.

I always give the date and background info and then ask who the primary people were etc.

Or like in the case of a famous person's death. I will give the date and several things that the person is known for and then ask who the person was.
I usually have 1 right answer, 2 that are close but no cigar and two fairly obviously wrong answers(on recent quiz two of the wrong answers had people that had died several years prior)asking about a shuttle space program crew..

The person basically said I always have a question that is too trivial to fit with the rest of the quiz.

case in point,a question about a deadly bus crash that happened in california, in a year with a slew of important things going on,of which, i skipped two of the most obvious big items.

I think I have a fair idea. Basically the same 100 or so people take this group of quizzes and on occasion I have heard this complaint, but the majority seem ok..sofrom what I am learning in messages, I donot think it is a big issue...

It is just I want to make sure that I keep it so that the majority are happy and that it is a solid quiz. If that makes any sense.


Garrybl  (Level: 294.3 - Posts: 6810)
Sat, 30th Jun '07 7:41 AM

questions I HATE are when did X happen and a choice of years 195 2/3/4/5/6

Or how many grains of rice in X; 2220, 2230, 2240, 2250 2260

That is to say a choice that reduces to a random guess.

I've just set a question re recent events and offered 1964 1969 1974 1979 1984, thinking this was far enough apart. But you never know...

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5426)
Sat, 30th Jun '07 10:59 AM

I personally don't care for the quizzes with more than 10 questions. And as long as you don't call your quiz the top 10 events of the year xxxx, then why isn't it all right to include one or two more obscure facts? If the majority are happy with your quizzes and you get good feedback from 90 percent or better, you're probably on the right track.

Nancidru  (Level: 10.7 - Posts: 65)
Sat, 30th Jun '07 10:11 PM

This is really good feedback on quiz questions. Anyone else have a pet peeve that you don't like to see in a quiz?

Bigbird  (Level: 250.7 - Posts: 3355)
Wed, 4th Jul '07 7:51 PM

I just noticed this thread. I absolutely agree with Garrybl about the date thing. Why does it matter if I know if blankety-blank was born on Sept 12, 1952, Sept 13, Sept 14, etc? In fact, when you get right down to it, why does it matter if we know when this person was born at all? This is not what is significant about him.

I also get annoyed at quizzes that don't live up to their descriptions.

And I HATE quizzes that List things like "100 Best breeds of dogs #41-50". Won't go near them.

I like quizzes that are original, well written, and interesting and/or fun to take.


Maurlin  (Level: 221.6 - Posts: 2718)
Thu, 5th Jul '07 6:44 AM

I agree about asking dates, unless it is really a major thing like 1776 or 1066. Was the person who commented named Professorx?

Kaufman  (Level: 270.3 - Posts: 3942)
Thu, 5th Jul '07 9:52 AM

There are a few dates worth asking about. Nobody cares, as Alice said, if someone was born on September 12, 1952. But, move it two centuries earlier to September 12, 1752, and then you have news!

Garrybl  (Level: 294.3 - Posts: 6810)
Thu, 5th Jul '07 1:32 PM

I cant resist picking up on this just to show that at least somebody appreciated Ken's joke.
Julian (or is it Gregory?)

Oldcougar  (Level: 230.2 - Posts: 1937)
Thu, 5th Jul '07 3:31 PM

You're right Ken, about Sept 12, but Sept 13, 1952, now that's another story

I like most of the quizs, if they're long, so what, there's no extra points for being the fastest. If I don't do well on one, I just take another, I'm here to learn. Unless a quiz has incorrect answers, what are people bitching about? Sour grapes, I say ignore them.

Kaufman  (Level: 270.3 - Posts: 3942)
Thu, 5th Jul '07 4:21 PM

Joke? No! It was a hidden Trivia Quiz. And you two got it right.

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