Update 2: The break in question-setting was broken by COVID lockdown, with ~weekly quizzes happening over that period. I’ve published the first 25 as one webpage – explore / copy at will (more will be added as lockdown continues!)

Update: After 4 years of posting quizzes we’ve taken a break, but I’ve amalgamated all 1001 questions into one giant quiz. Now onto the original article of generating random, but good, quizzes from that bank of question…

I’ve been going to the same pub quiz since 2005 or so, going through a number of team iterations. The most-recent group have been setting each other a weekly quiz for the past couple of years, and we’ve amassed a decent bank of questions. Each week, one person from the team sets everyone else a quiz, and due to the online nature of the quiz, this allows questions with pictures, videos, music clips etc as well. With various distractions, the enthusiasm for setting these quizzes eventually dwindled, so we decided to stop at 1001 questions – an impressive resource though! Some info on the game-plan below:

Pub Quiz Generator

Hundreds of questions at your disposal!

I thought it would be good to post each quiz online, but also create a way to generate a good quiz from the varied array of questions on offer. Ideally, each generated quiz would:

– Be 10 questions long
– Have a nice mix of topics
– Have a range of difficulty / points per question
– Contain at least one picture / music / video question

The last one being mostly as they’re presented online, this fit the medium and offers a nice distraction. On top of this, each generated quiz would need to be unique, so repeated iterations (aka pressing the ‘New Quiz’ button) don’t share any questions. It would also be good to have a permalink to the quiz you’ve generated in case it’s good enough to save.

So I set about creating a script to handle all of this as well as showing each weekly quiz in its raw format. It was quite fun putting it together, and hopefully you’ll enjoy answering them. If you like a particular question, you can click the grey name / date link after it to see the whole quiz it came from, as well as all other quizzes by that person.

Pub Quiz Generator
Generate! ยป

Hit the generate button above and see what quiz you get, then hit the new quiz button to get another… There are now enough questions that you can create a decent amount of random quizzes in a row without repetition. You can also take a look at my last quiz at time of writing as well as exploring the longest countries made of elements.

Happy Quizzing!

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