How To Host A Virtual Quiz
29 May 2020 / Families /
Virtual quizzes are a great way to get together with your friends and family from afar. Whether it’s a special occasion or just a bit of fun, enjoying some friendly competition with your loved ones is a perfect way to pass the time. The best part of hosting a virtual quiz is anyone can do it! While we wait to welcome you back to The Grove to enjoy our fantastic family activities, follow our tips below for the ultimate quiz night!
Choose a platform
First things first, you need to choose your video platform. The good news is there’s no shortage of options, but each has its own pros and cons. Zoom has become a household name in recent weeks and allows you to host a video chat with up to 100 participants – that’s one big family! However, the free plan only allows you to meet for 40 minutes. An easy way to work around this is to take the opportunity for a break, then start another call, or you could use a different platform altogether.
Google Hangouts is completely free to use, but you’ll need a Google account to set up a call. You can then invite up to 9 other people and anyone can join the call without an account. Skype allows you to host up to 50 people at once and Microsoft Teams allows up to 200, but both require a download. Jumping on the bandwagon, Facebook has newly launched Messenger Rooms that are free to use and can host up to 50 people per call with no time limit.
Create your quiz
Next, it’s time to put your quiz together. You can choose whether to use pre-made quiz questions or come up with your own entirely. If you’re struggling for ideas, you can’t go wrong with choosing a theme for each round. We recommend sticking to five rounds per quiz with 5-10 questions each and a short break in between.
Family quiz questions
To help you create a fun family quiz, we’ve pulled together some sample questions below.
With 300 acres to explore at The Grove, there’s no shortage of nature to enjoy. Try these nature questions in your next quiz:
Q: What is a group of crows called? (A: Murder)
Q: Which is the only venomous snake native to the UK? (A: Adder)
Q: Traditionally, how many colours appear in a rainbow? (A: Seven)
Q: Which leaves can be used to soothe the pain of nettles? (A: Dock leaves)
Q: What are baby goats called? (A: Kids)
Food & Drink
Our restaurants offer a range of dining options to tantalise your tastebuds. Here’s our selection of food and drink questions:
Q: What is the British name for zucchini? (A: Courgette)
Q: What is the most expensive spice in the world by weight? (A: Saffron)
Q: Which nut do you find in pesto? (A: Pinenut)
Q: Which type of flower does a vanilla pod come from? (A: Orchid)
Q: What is the most famous soft drink in the world? (A: Coca-Cola)
The Grove is steeped in history from its inception in the 1500s up to its renovation in the 1990s. We’ve curated some British history questions below:
Q: How many wives did Henry VIII have? (A: Six)
Q: Who was caught trying to blow up parliament in 1605? (A: Guy Fawkes)
Q: What year was the Battle of Hastings? (A: 1066)
Q: Who discovered penicillin? (A: Alexander Fleming)
Q: What did the Romans call Scotland? (A: Caledonia)
From the World Golf Championships to the British Masters, we’ve played host to all manner of sporting events. Give these sports questions a go:
Q: In what game is the word “love” used? (A: Tennis)
Q: What does the “birdie” mean in a game of golf? (A: One under par)
Q: How many players are there in a rugby league team? (A: Thirteen)
Q: Which sport takes place in a velodrome? (A: Cycling)
Q: Which chess piece can only move diagonally? (A: The Bishop)
Our sister hotel, The Athenaeum, is based in the heart of the capital and inspired us to include some questions on the iconic city:
Q: In which park is London Zoo located? (A: Regents Park)
Q: What is London’s oldest department store? (A: Fortnum & Mason)
Q: Which birds can be found in the Tower of London? (A: Ravens)
Q: Whose statue can be seen in Trafalgar Square? (A: Lord Nelson)
Q: What street does Sherlock Holmes live on? (A: Baker Street)
If you really want to host a virtual quiz to remember, try putting a slideshow together in Microsoft Powerpoint or Google Slides. This allows you to share your screen and really enjoy your hosting duties. For something a bit more interactive, try AhaSlides which allows participants to answer multiple choice questions in real-time. You can also set up a Google Form for teams to submit their answers, which makes marking easier and unbiased! Of course, you can always keep things traditional by simply reading out the questions and going over the answers at the end.
Host the quiz
Now for the best part! The easiest way to organise teams is to have each household work together – just make sure everyone is muted while discussing their answers and keep cameras on throughout to stop any cheating. If you have participants across different locations, then you have a couple of options. Firstly, they could enter solo and wow everyone with their knowledge. Or they can use multiple devices to communicate with their team. Just set the quiz up on a computer or laptop and they can use their mobile to call or text their teammates.
The most important part of hosting a virtual quiz is to have fun! Make sure there’s a good mix of questions, so everyone has a chance to contribute, and don’t take it too seriously. You can even award a bonus point for the funniest answer of the night. Get creative and mix up the rounds or better yet, take it in turns to host the family quiz each week.