Organizing a Quiz Night ?
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Quiz Nights can be great fun, they can raise a lot of money for good causes and they bring a community together for a night of enjoyable common experience.
Organizing (or Organising if you prefer) a Quiz Night however can take quite a bit of work and be confusing for the first time organizer.
The aim of this site is to provide information and resources to help your first Quiz Night go off without a hitch. Lets jump right into it and look at the overall structure of a Quiz Night.
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The Overall Structure of a Quiz Night is pretty simple.
People are arranged in teams, usually each team consists of between 4 and 12 people. Each team is given an answer sheet for the current round. The answer sheet contains a space for the team to write their name and a space for them to enter answers for each question in the round.
If there are 15 questions in the round the answer sheet will contain the numbers 1 to 15.
Usually the answer sheet does not contain the questions, just a space for the answer. Why not put the questions on the answer sheet ?
It's not a good idea to distribute the list of questions to all the teams because they will all go off at their own speed.
If every team is hudlled around their table waiting for the next question to be read out by the MC the Quiz is more of a group activity, people feel they are participating.
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The MC (Mic Controller / the master of ceremonies / the person calling out the questions and telling everyone what is happening) calls out the questions for the current round, taking a short break after each question to allow the teams to confer and write down their answers.
"Ok, Round 3 question 4, What is the name of the official residence of the head of state of New Zealand ?"
The MC may need to repeat complicated questions or even spell out an unusual word
The MC can ask the participants
"OK question 4, am I going to fast ?"
At the end of every round the MC asks each team to bring their answer sheet to the scoring table.
When the MC continues on with the next round the scorers start scoring the answer sheets and tallying how many points each team is on.
Halfway through the Quiz you may wish to have a short break (10 minutes) between rounds to allow people to get up and stretch their legs. Also, if you don't have a leader board that is visible to the participants you might wish to announce the current 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed teams (any maybe the last placed as well :) )
If you've never run a quiz/trivia night, do a small trial run with friends and family
When all the rounds have been completed the MC will ask the participants to wait for five to ten minutes while the final scores are tallied. The MC will then announce the winning teams.
Choosing the right Questions is important.
Having some (say 20%) of your questions specifically relevant to the participants will make your quiz more engaging. For example you could ask a number of questions about the local region or town.
You can even ask a few novelty quiz questions about the quiz night itself!
"What was the color of the shirt worn by the man who collected your money at the door tonight ? What was in his shirt pocket ?"
At least 40% of your questions should be multiple choice.
The beauty of multiple choice questions is that even people without any relevant knowledge can compare and contrast the options and feel they might be able to work out the answer.
There are many places to get questions. Web searching for "quiz questions" or "trivia questions" will present you with thousands of question websites. Here are some free quiz questions.
Once you have created or selected a few quiz questions run them by someone else and ask them whether they thought they were too hard or too easy.
You can add in some special fun questions to your Quiz.
"twenty bonus points to the first team that can come to the front with 3 business cards, a safety pin, a red pen and a band-aid / plaster".
"Stuck to the bottom of three chairs in this room there is a piece of paper marked 'winner'. The first team to bring one of these papers to the front gets 10 bonus points"
Ask every one to stand. Ask a question with two possible answers, ask people who believe option 1 is correct to put their hands on their heads. Ask people who believe option 2 is correct to put their hand on their hips.
When everyone has chosen an option announce the correct answer and tell everyone who got it wrong to sit down.
Continue asking questions untill there is only one person left standing. They are the winner and their team gets 10 bonus points.
"Sofia is the capital of Latvia. If you think that's true put your hands on your head, if you think it's false put your hands on your hips."
wait 10 seconds.
"It's false, everyone with their hands on their heads sit down"
- A venue
- Participants (You will need a list of team names)
- A list of Questions and Answers for the MC
- Answer Sheets, 1 per team per round
- Pens / Pencils
- An MC (mic controller), someone to read out the questions
- A scorer (possibly more than one)
- A list of Questions and Answers for the scorers
- Slides / Information Sheets - Thanking sponsors, telling people to turn off their mobile phones etc
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