This is a very enjoyable romp through the history of Quiz. Alan Connor is the question editor for the marvellous Only Connection and writes in a very fun but in-depth way starting with the beginning of Quiz just before the WW2, evolving from the American ‘bees’ up to today’s Pointless and Only Connect.
Tracing the origin of the word quiz (no one really knows) The first exams (probably the ancient Chinese) The troubled beginning and end of Trivial Pursuits and everything in between. Focusing mainly on the TV quizes but with plenty about Radio, Pub, and board games as well. The dark side of Quiz is also covered with the $64000 question and the Millionaire ‘coughing Major’ scandals.
Also what makes a ‘good’ question, why they don’t give away speedboats anymore and what techniques will help you win.
And included in the narrative are 300 quiz questions so you play along as the history unfolds which adds greatly to the enjoyment of the book.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Any historys of TV, quiz books.
One thing you’ve learned
That the first question ever asked on Mastermind was wrong