Sid & myself were requested to conduct a quiz for the Institute of Engineers and we duly obliged. We weren't sure of the level of the participants so we decided to make an easy quiz with fun questions.
There were 4 teams in the quiz & I started off the quiz with my half of the questions. Instantly I could feel that the people were having difficulty understanding the framing of the questions. Although the questions were easy enough, the framing was a little twisted. But I had forgotten that these were not experienced quizzers who could think their way through a twisted question.
One look at their blank faces after my first question, I knew I would have to provide a lot of hints for teams to answer. And I did.
The teams were very competitive & quarreled with each other over my providing hints. Amazingly they answered some pretty difficult stuff without hints but had not heard of Dan Brown!
Sid took over in the 2nd half of the quiz & the teams answered a lot more questions because Sid had been careful enough to keep a lot of questions on India & Kolkata.
The quiz was appreciated by all present & we left feeling very cheerful after everyone told us we had done a good job. Everyone but one! He was in one of the teams and came up to me with a list of 20 questions he felt, we should have asked. The first 4 questions were : "Who was the 22nd Jain Tirthankara ?", "Who was the last Jain Tirthankara ?", "Who was the 3rd Jain Tirthankara ?" & "Who was the 2nd Jain Tirthankara ?". I didn't read any more.
Some questions & experienced quizzers will realise how easy the quiz really was:
Q) The backdrop for what was a feud between the houses of Capulet & Montague in the city of Verona ?
Ans: Romeo & Juliet. I mentioned Shakespeare as a hint and still 3 teams missed it!
Q) Which landmark replaced King Gyanendra in the bank notes of Nepal ?
Ans: Mt. Everest. The Tirthankara guy protested by saying "only people can be landmarks"!
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