General knowledge trivia night questions often follow a standard routine. You know there’s going to be a specific number of questions asked, and those questions will fall into a category that has been mined for questions before. Here's a few tips and tricks that can help you improve your trivia game and make you a more interesting person to know!
Unlike some trivia providers, the team at Trivia Zoo make sure each round of ten questions contains a mix of topics. Why? Because there’s nothing worse than sitting down for a fun night and finding that each trivia round is focussed on one topic – and it’s one you're not good at. It’s even WORSE if two of the rounds are on themes you’re rubbish at (because believe it or not, some people just aren’t into sports stats, 1980s movies, or the politicians of Kazakhstan!).
By including 10 questions on different topics in EACH round, our quiz writer’s level the playing field. This format allows everyone at the table a reasonable chance of answering something right! (On the off chance you are interested in Kazakhstani politics, here’s a link for you!)
To maximise your chances of winning, think about cultivating a team of mixed ages and expertise. This means some participants will shine one round, while others will triumph the next. Also, inviting new people to join your team is a fun way to develop new friendships - be open to suggestions from your team-mates if they know someone who’s a walking encyclopedia on [insert subject here]! Younger teammates will come in handy for Trivia Zoo topics like popular culture, which may include songs that are currently on the charts, or technological terms that have escaped the Boomer II generation. (BTW: if you’re not sure which generation you “belong” to check out this table prepared by Beresford Research.) Likewise, anyone with a lived experience of the ‘70s or ‘80s will have a head-start when those questions roll around.
But let’s cycle back to the beginning. Trivia Zoo slideshow quizzes reach into the grab bag of standard trivia themes for every single round. These themes include:
History + Sport + Science – including Geography, Chemistry, etc + Popular Culture + Music + Film + Australiana + Literature + Religion + Technology
To broaden your general knowledge brain-bank, expand your information base by regularly diving into books, movies, newspapers, museums, podcasts, and even encyclopedias. Sign up to websites that post daily free facts or visit respected sites like Reader’s Digest who publish loads of data on regular rotation.
Remember, that insignificant word or fact you learn on your trivia journey at home might place you on the winner’s table at your next trivia night!
Till next time.
Does anyone remember The Book of Lists?
Originally published in 1977, the book was famously banned in parts of the USA where censors deemed some lists too saucy or vulgar for the general reading public. In Australia, it was freely available - and immensely popular. Why? As author and list-master David Wallenchinsky says: Lists bring order to chaos, and the original Book of Lists lassoed and tied down inventories you’ve probably never even considered.
Here’s a sample:
TZ had a copy of The BOL. It disintegrated via overuse. It really didn’t stand a chance.
If you want to sharpen your Trivia Zoo game while laughing to prostration, this could be the book for you!
Likewise, magazine mental_floss has their lifted witty and informative online content and created a series of books that follow the path laid out by Wallechinsky et. al. Mental_Floss: The Book: The Greatest Lists in the History of Listory expounds on such gems as:
Honing your trivia skills doesn’t demand you focus on just the cold, hard facts. The team at Trivia Zoo source their questions from every canon they can find because it’s fun to broaden our horizons and soak up the sun from a different data world every day!
Till next time.
* Including CALCHAS (Greek soothsayer, c. 12th century BC)
Calchas, the wisest soothsayer of Greece during the Trojan War, advised the construction of the notorious wooden horse. One day he was planting grapevines when a fellow soothsayer wandered by and foretold that Calchas would never drink the wine produced from the grapes. After the grapes ripened, wine was made from them, and Calchas invited the soothsayer to share it with him. As Calchas held a cup of the wine in his hand, the soothsayer repeated the prophecy. This incited such a fit of laughter in Calchas that he choked and died. Another version of Calchas' death states that he died of grief after losing a soothsaying match in which he failed to predict correctly the number of piglets that a pig was about to give birth to.
From The Book of Lists by David Wallenchinsky and Amy Wallace