During lockdown, we’re limited to the number of people we can come into contact with, however the introduction of strict social distancing measures has seen a huge rise in online social gatherings. Opportunities for socialising online include virtual dinner parties, book clubs, games of charades, or taking part in an online quiz.
With movement still very much curtailed in Scotland, an online quiz is an ideal way to catch up with friends and kill some time while you’re trapped indoors.
Here are some of our top tips for hosting an online quiz including choosing a platform, deciding how many people to invite, and creating fun and interesting quiz questions.
Choose a platform to host your quiz
You’ll want to be able to see your fellow players during the quiz (at the very least to make sure that they’re not cheating!) but it’s also fun to see everyone’s reactions to getting answers right and wrong, so choose a platform that has video chat capabilities. Disclaimer: the downside is that you might also have to watch the winner doing a victory lap of their living room whilst gloating about their superior level of general knowledge! That being said, here are our top three video chat platforms for hosting your virtual quiz –
- Zoom – Traditionally an app for organising conference calls for remote working, Zoom has seen app downloads soar during lockdown. It’s simple to use and private (all you’ll need to join a quiz is the Meeting ID and Password) but unfortunately Zoom limits calls to 40 minutes, unless you have a paid subscription.
- Facebook Messenger – Messenger has always been a popular app for socialising online. However Facebook recently released a desktop version of their mobile app, meaning that you can access it via a laptop or PC, making it a go to app during lockdown. Messenger has the added benefit of being able to invite people to take part in the quiz, send any pre-quiz information, and host the video chat all within the app.
- Skype – Skype is one of the most popular platforms for keeping in touch with friends and family, and includes all the benefits of both Zoom and Facebook Messenger, without any call limits to contend with.
Choose who to invite to your online quiz
Although the video chat platforms mentioned in this article allow either 50 or 100 participants, it would be difficult to host such a large quiz! Quizzes are great for both individuals and families to take part in, but we’d suggest keeping participants to a maximum of 10. Ideally 10 individuals or a few families. This means that everyone can talk without interruption and there is less chance of going off-piste. If the background noise becomes too much, ask players to mute themselves while the host asks the questions.
Decide how many rounds the quiz will have
Your quiz should have enough rounds that various themes are covered, however not too many that people get bored. We’d recommend six rounds, with a break after round 2 and round 4, to allow people to top up their drink, nip to the loo, or grab a snack.
It’s important to think of your participants when deciding which rounds to have. While you might know everything there is to know about the Impressionist Art Movement, it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Choose quiz categories that suit the age, interests and knowledge levels of everyone involved. Traditional Quiz categories include General knowledge, Music, TV & Film, Geography, Sport and History.
But why not think outside the box? Here are some ideas:
In this round, players are asked to fetch a household item. The quickest person to fetch the item gets 3 points, the second person to come back with the item gets 2 points, and the third person gets 3 points. If you’re feeling generous, you can alter the points to ensure everyone playing gets a point, with the first person getting maximum points and the last person getting 1 point.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
Just like the TV quiz show, each person will be asked to answer one multiple choice question. Whilst answering, they will have the option to use two of the three lifelines below:
- 50/50 – the host will remove two incorrect answers.
- Ask the audience – the host will put the question to everyone playing, and each player must raise their hand to indicate what they think the correct answer is.
- Call a friend – the player can choose one friend from the group to help them answer the question.
Award 5 points for a correct answer without help, and subtract two points for each lifeline used.
Guess The Year
Describe an event and ask players to provide the year it happened. Award 3 points to the correct year, 2 points if the answer is within 3 years, and 1 point if the answer is within 5 years.
If you’re playing with a group of friends, you can personalise the quiz to your shared histories, for example –
- What year did X Person get married?
- What year was X Person’s baby born?
- What year did X Person get engaged?
- What year did the group go on a holiday to a particular destination?
- What year did X Person graduate?
- What year did X Person move to X Address?
Online quiz question types
Many video chat platforms like the ones mentioned in this article allow you to make use of sharing your screen, sharing your device audio and sending files. This makes varied and interesting quiz rounds possible. For example, share your screen to show pictures (film scenes, music album covers, flags, famous landmarks – the possibilities are endless!), use the audio sharing function to have a music round that includes questions such as name that tune, complete the song lyric, or who sang it.
Virtual quiz prizes
It’s difficult to give prizes for a virtual quiz, so why not make your quiz a weekly event and make the loser host the next quiz, or do a forfeit. This encourages everyone to take the quiz seriously and acts as a fun way to reward the most knowledgeable players!
The future of the quiz
Our virtual quiz ideas can be easily adapted to a normal situation, so when lockdown is over, we can look forward to hosting quizzes in each other’s homes or whilst you’re on holiday. Luckily our luxury lodges come equipped with large dining room tables providing the perfect location to host a quiz, so don’t forget to swot up before your next lodge break.