Creating a quiz: Adding questions

When adding questions to Absurd Trivia, there are five different types of questions you can choose from, the three basic types are "multiple-choice", "true or false" and "yes or no", and the two advanced types are "type in questions" and "ordered lists". We strongly recommend that beginners stick to the basic types, as incorrect use of the advanced types will prevent players from being able to correctly answer your questions.

Before you begin adding questions there are a number of do's and don'ts which should be followed to ensure you produce a high quality quiz which players will be happy to play.

Do
  • Always use correct capitalisation in your questions and answers.
  • Always use correct grammar in your questions and answers.
  • Always use correct spelling in your questions and answers.
  • Only ever create a question when you are 100% sure of the correct answer.
  • Be original with your questions, and try to think of questions which do not appear in other quizzes.
Don't
  • Type your questions in all capital letters
  • Don't use abbreviations or text-speak like 'u' when you mean you, or 'gr8' when you mean great etc.
  • Don't create questions where the answer is likely to change in the future.

Creating a multiple choice question

Multiple choice questions are the most common type of question found on Absurd Trivia. The image below shows how a well formatted multiple choice question could be written.

Sample

Notice how the question is well formatted, with a capital letter at the beginning and on the word Frasier, the rest in lowercase and a question mark on the end.

In this example we have provided five possible answers, you must provide at least three possible answers on a multiple choice question but can supply as many as eight.

In your list of possible answers, one and only one answer must be correct. You define the correct answer by placing a tick in the circle to the right of the correct answer. Notice in our example how the correct answer of 'Eddie' is marked.

Finally, you have the optional Answer Explanation, this will only be displayed to the player after they have played the quiz. It is useful to provide extra information on an answer.


Creating a True/False question

True or false questions are created in the same way as multiple choice questions, with a few exceptions. They can only ever contain two possible answers, true or false.

Sample

When you choose this type of question, the answers 'True' and 'False' will automatically be inserted. You must still however remember to tick which answer is the correct answer.


Creating a Yes/No question

Yes or no questions are created in exactly the same way as true or false type questions, except that they will only ever contain yes or no answers.

Sample

Notice that in the example above the correct answer was no, so we provided a detailed explanation of why the answer was no and what the correct answer was.


Creating a type in question

Type in questions are a lot more difficult to use than your standard multiple choice questions, and should only be used once you are fully familiar with how they work.

Sample

Under the list of possible correct answers, you should type any answer which should be considered correct. Multiple answers may be entered if you separate them with comma. Notice in the example above that we entered both Niles and Niles Crane as possible answers, because the question did not specify whether we wanted a full name or just a first name.

When adding your list of possible correct answers, it is extremely important that all of your answers are spelt 100% correctly.

You can also enter a list of acceptable misspellings. These should be entered in the same way as the possible correct answers.

It is important to understand how the system will attempt to match a players answer with your list of possible correct answers and acceptable missspellings. When the question is played, the system will take your list of possible correct answers and possible misspellings, and separate them into each individual answer. So for the example above we'd have "Niles" and "Niles Crane" and "Niels" and "Niels Crane". The system will then convert all answers to lowercase lettering, and remove spaces and punctuation. So the acceptable answers would now be, "niles" and "nilescrane" and "niels" and "nielscrane". When a player plays this question the same process will be applied to their answer.

The table below shows how a selection of answers would be matched by the system.

Players Answer
How it's converted before matching
Match Result
Niles niles Matched with Niles
Niles Crane nilescrane Matched with Niles Crane
niles niles Matched with Niles
niles crane nilescrane Matched with Niles Crane
Nile's niles

Matched with Niles

Niels niels

Matched with Niels

Niel's Crane nielscrane Matched with Niels Crane
Niles Krane nielskrane No match

Creating an ordered list

Ordered lists are used when you have a list of answers which must be rearranged into the correct order.

Sample

In the example above, we have provided a list of five months, and asked the player to place them in the correct order.

Notice that when we entered the answers they are already in the correct order, the system will jumble the answers up for you before presenting this question to a player.

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