What is a Quiz?

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Many of us will recall the days we spent watching our favorite quiz shows on the television and some of us have also participated in quizzes, but, have you ever taken a quiz on the quiz?

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What is a Quiz?


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#1. What is the noun meaning of quiz?

The right answer is All of the above.

Curious to learn why?  Answer the next question.


#2. Who invented quiz?

The right answer is None of the above.  The origin of the word “Quiz” is not known.

The popular story about the word “Quiz” goes back to 1791. Richard Daly (a Dublin theatre proprietor) made a bet that he would create and make a nonsensical word known throughout the city within 48 hours and the general public would provide the meaning for it.

Accordingly, he asked his staff to write the word ‘Quiz ‘ on the walls around the city, soon this word became the talk of the town, and it became a part of the language, thus the word was considered as a practical joke.

However, a more vintage use of the word “Quiz” is attributed to one Ms. Fanny Burney in 1782 who coined it to define an odd or eccentric person.

The contemporary meaning of the word Quiz – (question or interrogate) only emerged in mid‑ 19th century.


#3. Which is the largest quiz event in the world?

The right answer is Pratigya Samaj Seva Kalyan Samiti.

They currently hold the Guinness World record for the largest quiz with 4,900 participants. It was conducted on 18th June 2017 around the idea of the “right to education”.


#4. From the following which is the correct set of names of the creators of the original version of the famous quiz show "Kaun Banega Crorepati"?

The right answer is David Briggs, Mike White Hall, and Steven Knight

They were the original creators of the show “Who wants to be a Millionaire”.

Chris Tarrant was the host of the debut season of “Who wants to be a Millionaire” that was telecasted on 4th September 1998.


#5. Who is the "Father of Indian Television Quizzing"?

The right ANSWER is Siddarth Basu

He is widely regarded as the father of Indian television quizzing. He is known for hosting shows such as Quiz Time, University Challenge, and Mastermind India. He is also a producer-director of shows such as Kaun Banega Crorepati, India’s Got Talent, and Dus Ka Dum.


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After taking this Quiz, I am sure most of you will remember these facts about Quiz for a long long time.

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