Are some questions designed to be so difficult that almost nobody is expected to get the correct answer?
No. Clearly, if you know nothing about basketball any questions about that sport may be impossible for you but easy for people who are fans of that sport. However, some questions are designed to provide interesting information that you may not have previously known or thought about. For example "In what two states of the continuous 48 states are the points that are furthest apart?" and "The name of this company is taken from the nickname of founder Adolf Adi Dassler."
Are some questions repeated? Although some questions may be similar, we have tried to avoid duplicate questions. Nevertheless, there is some built-in redundancy. E.g. What is the capital city of Canada? Ans. Ottawa. There may be a similar "bonus question". What is the capital of Canada? (6) OT
Although this may appear to be a duplicate the bonus question provides you with the number of letters in the answer and the first 2 letters of the answer making it an easier question and consequently is awarded only 1 point.
“Super Quiz” tests your level of “Cultural Literacy”. The questions reveal your command of the culture of America. Recent immigrants and people from other cultures will find the questions very challenging but individuals who have grown up in America will be able to answer a large percentage of the questions. It is expected that the response to many of the questions will be, “I knew that”.
Like “Jeopardy” and “Trivial Pursuit” there are no “Multiple Choice” questions. This means that not only must you know the answer but you must be able to recall it within the time limit. Challenging but fun and educational.
1. There is already a plethora of “multiple choice” sites and apps available.
2. Ask yourself if “Jeopardy” and/or “Trivial Pursuit” would have been so successful if the questions had been “Multiple Choice”. The answer is, “No” because they are neither as challenging nor as much fun.
3. Having written a multitude of Q&A for books, CD’s, and newspaper syndication the challenge was to bring the same excitement to a website. The site at https://superquiz.ca is the only website or app providing open-ended questions, at three levels of difficulty and covering a myriad of categories.
The site is competitive. If players were allowed to select categories in which they have the most expertise it would skew the test of “Cultural Literacy” and would not challenge players to expand their horizons to other fields of knowledge. If you are not interested in “Sports” those questions may be very difficult for you but easy for many others.
Conversely, sports enthusiasts may find questions in the “Music” category beyond them. The variety of categories is so wide that it covers all fields of the cultural landscape.
The term refers to the dominant culture at a particular point in time. The “pop culture” of the 1960s is far different from that of the 21st century and much of it is either forgotten or only remembered by those who experienced it. The pop culture of any particular period of time is only relevant if it has the staying power to become part of the overall culture of the society. Consequently, questions related to the current pop culture are generally not found in “Super Quiz”.
A large percentage of the questions fall into the list below but there are many sub-groupings within each category and some questions that do not fit into any of the categories.
Art & Culture...Business...Dates...Film...Geography...History...Language Literature...Music...People...Science...Sports & Games...TV
The main reason for the 3-month session is to provide new players an opportunity to win versus longtime competitors. When a new session begins players all begin with zero points and winners are declared at the conclusion of the 3-month session.
The “Leaderboard” provides the player’s Regular points, Ranking, Level, and Super Points accumulated.
Regular Points: Points received for answering the daily questions correctly. If you attain 100 regular points during a 3-month session they are converted into 1 Super Point.
Super Points: These points are permanent points and accumulate over time. They are won by placing in the top 5 of a 3-month session and/or by converting regular points as mentioned above.
Ranking: Placement is based on the number of Super Points attained.
Levels: The 3 levels are (1) Freshman (2) Graduate (3) Ph.D.
The 2 sections are “News” and “Sessions”.
In the “News” section any new developments or relevant information about “Super Quiz” is provided.
The “Sessions” section provides the names of the top 5 players for each 3-month session and the Super Points allotted for that session.
"Trivia" is defined as "Insignificant or inessential matters; trifles."
Super Quiz does not ask trivial questions.
We might ask who was first to set foot on the moon. We would not ask which foot, left or right was first to touch the moon because that is trivial.
If you successfully answer the first 3 questions you gain access to the Golden Gate questions.
They are not rated for difficulty and are randomly selected from questions not in the previous 3 levels. Each answer is a single word and you are provided with the first 2 letters of the answer and the exact number of letters in the answer. Each correct answer scores a regular point with a maximum of 10 of these extra questions per day. An incorrect answer does not end your turn so you have an opportunity to answer all 10 questions. The series of 10 questions is a "lightning round" so you only have 15 seconds to answer each question. (See RULES for more details)
You may think your brain is somehow beyond your control or influence However, the reality is your brain needs just as much—if not more—exercise and attention than the rest of your body to keep it sharp, healthy, and functioning at its very best throughout your lifetime
1. Boosts mental capacity.
If you exercise your brain correctly, you enhance connective tissue between the neurons in your brain to help them function better and faster
2. Improves memory.
Challenging your brain to learn new things forces your brain to work harder, increasing memory capacity.
3. Postpones cognitive decline.
While there may be very little we can do to actually prevent cognitive decline, engaging in stimulating activities can help you live longer before the onset of symptoms.
The “Super Quiz” website continues the popular 3-level format found in the 3 original“Super Quiz” board games and the syndicated “Super Quiz” column. There are over 15,000 questions in a variety of categories.
“Play is divided into 3-month sessions. “Super Points” are awarded for excellent play at the conclusion of each 3-month session.
(SP = Super Points Awarded to session winners
Click on "Rankings" to see all scores.
SP is the total of Super Points won in the Top 5 of each session + SP won for every 100 reg pts won