While we’re on the subject of the conversation I had with my quiz friend last night, I think that I might mention an interesting discussion that we had about multiple questions in General knowledge rounds. It was Keith’s turn to set the quiz on Sunday night, and although Keith does a much straighter , less gimmicky quiz than the other setters at the Dyffryn Arms, he does often put multiples into his rounds. Most of the time these will be worth a maximum of five points. However, on Sunday night one of the questions in one of the rounds was worth 10 points.
Now, in the interests of fairness I think I should say that these weren’t all extremely difficult points to get – we managed 8 of them ourselves. Keith quoted 5 lines from different pop songs – all from the 60s unless I’m very much mistaken. All you had to do was name the song for a point, and the singer for another point. I think that the one we missed was a Kinks song.
As I say, I’m not complaining , since we certainly didn’t lose much ground on that question even if we didn’t gain any, but I do know that some people have quite strong opinions about a multiple question being worth more than 4 or 5 points in any one round, and in a way I can see where they are coming from. In a way, with ten points available it’s really a round within a round. There is a body of opinion that says that it’s wrong to have so much riding on just one question. Well, I don’t know about that. However, had the question been on one of those subjects where John and I would only have been able to scrape 2 or 3 points between us, then knowing me I’d be singing to a very different hymn sheet.
I guess that I stand pretty much in the middle of the debate here. Of course you can ask questions worth ten points on a single topic if you want to. But on the other hand I do think that if you’re going to do it, then go the whole hog and make it a separate specialist round. On a purely personal level I think a maximum of five points is best for a single multiple question. That’s just my opinion, and as always, feel free to disagree.