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A Guide to Hosting a Quiz Night!

A trend that’s sweeping the nation since the lockdown restrictions is taking part and hosting online quizzes with friends or family. If you have access to video call software then why not host your own quiz? It’s a fun way to socialise while still self isolating. I do a quiz with family every Saturday evening using the Houseparty app which is a free on the app store. This allows up to 8 people in a call so works perfectly.

My first tip is to plan out the number of rounds and questions per round. This gives you the structure of the quiz and you can start to fill in the gaps. I would recommend 8 rounds of 10 questions because this takes around an hour and a half for us and I think that’s a good length. Obviously you can change this depending on how long or short you’d like it to be.

When it comes to choosing categories, there are always your classic sport, TV, music etc. rounds which are great to include in a pub style quiz but I also think it’s fun to try and personalise some rounds and maybe insert one or two quiz categories specific to your interests. When it was my turn to do the quiz, I included a whole round on rom coms because it’s my favourite movie genre. Unfortunately, no one did especially well getting the answers but I know if I was asked these questions, I would’ve got 10/10!!

Once you have your categories, you need questions! To begin with, I try to come up with an interesting topic within a category and then do some research to find a question I can ask. For example, in my Best of British round, I was thinking teabags and so I looked up the highest selling brand of tea and there’s your question. (It’s Twinings, incase you’re wondering).

A big tip and something that helped me a lot when I was trying to fill any gaps was going through some board games that have question cards and pinching a few that fit in the categories. Other than this, the internet if flooded with quizzes on all types of subject and so these came in handy when I was trying to find questions in my lesser common categories.

Make sure that there is a range in the question difficulty. Of course you don’t want any questions to be super obvious and easy but it doesn’t make for a fun quiz if every question is difficult and the players struggle to get answers down. It is good to have a range of more commonly known topics and also some obscure that maybe only one or two people might know.

I personally wouldn’t recommend including questions that are aimed at certain people because although you want there to be questions for everyone, it can seem unfair on others if they don’t have the same advantages and that can be hard to keep track of. I think it’s better for all questions to just be completely open to anyone and cover a wide range of topics instead of just ones where you know someone will definitely have the answer.

My last tip is to have fun! Don’t put too much pressure on yourself and just enjoy the time with friends or family. They will be grateful of your efforts, I’m sure. If you don’t want to do an entire quiz, you could always suggest that everyone does one or two rounds each and you take it in turns on the night.

If it is of interest, I can share the quiz that I have written for you to use with others! Let me know in the comments.

Good luck!

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