So Virginia and I have regular slots during the pandemic to meet up with each side of the family. Which is great. But it's difficult sharing a meal over Zoom so what do you do instead? One answer is do a quiz. Each year Virginia's folks have tended to have a general knowledge quiz on Boxing Day as part of the Christmas festivities, often Virginia has been the one setting the questions. We're now doing a quiz much more often than once a year during this pandemic!
It was when someone did a quiz in Microsoft Powerpoint that I felt inspired to try my hand at creating a quiz. Rather than Powerpoint I created them as HTML pages - the idea was that people could see the questions and answers by going to webpages I would upload. In practice the quizzes have relied on screen sharing inside Zoom or Google Meet.
An aside: the HTML pages for my quizzes are actually generated from data files by a Ruby script. This separates the presentation from what is presented. This should also enable reusing quizzes by remembering questions already used.
What makes for a good quiz? Not that I've achieved a good quiz yet I feel. Everyone must have a chance of getting most of the answers - a quiz on topics you don't know is demoralising. A quiz must be clear on what the goal is - some of my quizzes have failed there. To some extent a quiz should be unusual, that's good. To some extent quizzes should be easy, these quizzes are not university entrance exams. I'm tending now to have 7 rounds in my quizzes with 10 questions in each round. The kinds of rounds I have are:
|Anagrams||I like doing crosswords so word based puzzles are natural example|
|Missing vowels||Guess the name where the vowels have been removed example|
|Missing word||Find the word that can go before or after a set of words example|
|Pictures||Match the names to set of pictures of birds or dogs etc|
|Rebuses||Rebuses are an old kind of picture puzzle|