You Don't Have To Be Famous To Pass
A Movie Quiz
by Brian Fong
Q. I run a movie review web site and I'm thinking about
putting up a movie quiz. Do you have any tips for me?
A. What a great idea! What better place for a movie quiz
than a movie review site. When you are thinking about
what type of movie quiz to develop, try to think a bit
outside of the box. While the temptation is strong to
take the easy way out by asking the "no brainer"
questions like "Which movie won best Picture in 2003?",
you're likely to find that you won't draw very many quiz
A good movie quiz is challenging in the same way that
a good crossword puzzle is. Opt for questions that will
make people think hard, or actually have to search the
Internet for the answer. For example, how many people
would know the answer to this question off the top of
"What famous rock star was paid to come and watch
the Beatles perform when he was a young boy?"
The answer? I'm not going to tell you. But I'll tell you
this, you can find out on the Internet.
Now if you can come up with killer movie quiz questions
like that one, and maybe offer a cash prize to each month's
winner (be sure to change the questions each month), then
your movie review site is going to get a great reputation
as a butt-kicking movie quiz site as well.
I guess you could consider having a different movie quiz
for different skill levels. You could take it all the
way down to simple kid's movie quiz for the youngsters
in your audience. Be careful about collecting names and
addresses of children 13 and younger though, th U.S. Government
frowns on that practice even if it's for something as
innocent as a movie quiz.
I hope that I've given you a start in the right direction.
If you put some thought into it, I'm sure you'll come
up with a movie quiz that could win an Oscar!
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