Quizzy Friday

Friday is meant for quizzes – they are the quintessential Friday distraction. Whose office doesn’t have a “who can get 7/7 in the BBC News quizcompetition every Friday? [Oh wait, mine hasn’t had one in about two years, very sad times.] It’s a great distraction, along with the BBC World News Quiz – both good for killing around 10 minutes of a seemingly interminable last day of the week.

Having spent last night indulging in one of my favourite past times – competitive, team-based quizzing – I thought I’d use today as an opportunity to share some of the best (or at least most diverting) quizzes that the internet has shared with the world this week. (Sadly, unlike last night’s fun, I can’t provide wine, amusing Madonna videos or downright dirty behaviour with a cupcake, but I think you’ll still derive some enjoyment…)

If you’ve done the two BBC quizzes and long for something a little more literary and intellectual, try the Guardian’s quiz on banned books in honour of the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week. I had a sinking feeling that I wasn’t doing too well at it, but I’m glad I persevered because the insult the results threw me had me laughing out loud.

Or, perhaps if you’re of a more religious bent (or even if you’re not) you might be interested in the US Religious Knowledge quiz that did the rounds of Twitter and Facebook earlier in the week. Potentially an interesting piece of research, given as it shows that in America, non-Christians scored highest, this is a quiz on all major religions where your results are then compared to research’s sample. The researcher in me liked this a lot and is already ruminating on what differences a British study along the same lines would have.

Finally, if you prefer your quizzes to be of a more shout-out-loud variety, make sure you watch this week’s University Challenge (still available on the iPlayer) and play along with the teams. [That’s not a nerdy thing to do, surely? I mean, it must be perfectly normal to keep track of your own score?]

This particular episode is a show down between geeky Scientists (Imperial College) and fancy Artists (University of the Arts, London) and is immensely entertaining. I am in no way biased in this opinion given that I’m friends with the captain of the UAL team – honest! Such was its entertainment value that it caused ‘University Challenge’ to trend on Twitter on Monday evening, though most of the comments were directed to the contestants’ fashion sense and my friend’s headband rather than their intellectual prowess. You know something’s not quite right with the world when Gok Wan starts tweeting about the clothes on University Challenge…


  1. well, I’m not sure what it says about me, but my score on the religious knowledge test (100%) is far, far better than on the banned literature test (25%). Although I can tell you that I will in no way be voting for Sarah Palin…

  2. Nor will I! Glad I’m not the only liberal intellectual who failed miserably at that quiz!

    You beat me by one question on religious knowledge – stupid Great Awakening… I think it reflects British education and society (i.e. RE teaches all faiths & society’s multi-cultural). I suspect British Christians would do better than their American counterparts.

  3. For me…

    A pitiful 1/7 on the BBC 7 days
    An improved 6/7 on the World Service (much assisted by having done the 7 days quiz just before!)
    25% on banned books (and apparently I will be voting for Sarah Palin)
    and 87% on the religious knowledge, brought down by the Great Awakening and the use of the Bible as a literary example in American schools.

    More quizzes please!

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