Quiz me this!

Quiz_kids_1940s_cardThis month I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, drawing from my “Grab Bag of Delectable and Occasionally Edifying Interwebby Wonderments.”

It’s back-to-work Monday, so a perfect time for a bit of brain-stretching fun and games. Yes, that’s right. We’ve reached the letter “Q,” and what better way to reward ourselves for making it this far than by diving into a few quizzes–after we’ve finished our posting and commenting, of course.

There are a bazillion quiz sites out there, most of them utter crap, but never fear. Because I don’t want you to have to endure the same profound irritation I experienced, I scoured the interwebs to come up with this enticing selection of quizzy tastiness just for you.

Encyclopedia Britannica: There’s no subscription required for the quizzes, which is a big yay, because they have bucketloads. You can test your knowledge of cheese facts, world foods, vocabulary, baroque art, world foods, spelling—you name it, they have a quiz. Go on. Clicky click and go get smarter.

The Guardian’s quizzes are often way more difficult than I think they’re going to be, possibly because I’m Canadian and a lot of their content is UK-focused, but equally possibly because I’m not nearly as well informed as I like to think I am. They recently put their Daily Quiz on hiatus, but there are masses of archived quizzes, so all is not lost.

Another favourite quiz is Merriam-Webster’s How Strong is Your Vocabulary? They also have a “Name That Thing” and a “True or False” quiz, which are also fun.

Competitions and Quizzes section of the Oxford Dictionaries site has all kinds of goodies archived for your delectation: What kind of a poem are you? or Are you a nOOb or a netizen? or How well do you know the language of beer? (For the record, I apparently do not speak beer at all.)

How about you? Do you have any favourite quiz sites? Please share the bounty in the comments, because clearly it’s only going to take me a hundred years to get through these links, and I hate being bored.

A to Z Challenge: Quidditch, Quizzes and Queen

During the 2013 Blogging from A to Z Challenge I’m posting what I like to describe as “semi-useful” procrastination strategies for writers and others who may need a little break from the task at hand from time to time.

I have four links of time-wastey wonderment for your clicking pleasure today.

First up, why not get your wizard on and try your hand at blocking a bludger or tossing a quaffle in the online Quidditch Tryouts over at the Harry Potter site. I tried these and was horrifically awful, but you may be more skilled than I am. You could hardly be less. If you’re big on Quidditch, there’s another game on the Puff Game website. It might be better. It might be worse. I’m not a reliable judge, since I sucked equally at both.

Slightly more suited to my talents are the lovely collection of Quizzes from The Guardian. There are new quizzes every week and a hefty collection of archived quizzes, all on a diverse collection of topics, including “Margaret Thatcher in Literature,” “Test Your Easter Bunny Brain Power,” and “Football Quiz: Infamous Manager Quotes.” Okay, I sucked at this one too, but it was hilarious anyway. Hilarious. Even if you ignore the others you have to check this one out.

But maybe you’re being kept awake nights wondering about your chances of survival should your city or town or rural paradise be overrun by the undead. Well, the Zombie Apocalypse Quiz will help you figure that out. My chances, should you care, are not terribly good. In fact, they’re so not good that I’m telling you here and now that if you’ve been thinking I’m someone you’d like to invite onto your zombie-quelling team, you might want to have a little re-think on that one.

And, finally, let me leave you with a tasty helping of Queen, with a side dish of David Bowie, performing the classic Under Pressure (which is a pretty apt description of my online Quidditch experience).

There are some terrific bloggers participating in the challenge this year. Check them out over here.