Kids these days…

March 14, 2011 in Culture, Quizzes

The Irish League of Credit Unions has held a nationwide quiz for primary school teams for the last 20 years.

The quiz takes place over three rounds.  Individual Credit Unions hold a local quiz for the schools in their catchment area with the winners of this going on to take part in the ‘Chapter’ round.  There are 25 credit union chapters in Ireland, regions basically, and the winners and runners-up from these qualify for an All-Ireland final in Dublin in April.  Furthermore, the quiz is divided into two sections: Competition A (for children up to 11 years) and Competition B (children aged 11-13).

This is clearly a very well-run event.  The questions are provided centrally and are preceded by a lengthy foreword advising local quiz masters as to how to carry out their duties:

  • Each question is read out twice
  • All six questions are repeated at the end of each round
  • Answer sheets are to be collected after two minutes
  • The answers to round 1 are given when round 2 has been collected, and so on
  • It is recommended that there should be one corrector per 10 teams
  • When the answer is a person’s name, accept the surname
  • Exact spelling of words is relevant only for spelling questions

Now, that’s a useful list for all quiz masters and organisers, not just those involving primary school children.

As mentioned already, rounds consist of six questions.  These are divided into two ‘easy’, two ‘moderate’ and two ‘difficult’ questions.  For example, here’s a sample round:

  1. Complete the title of the animated cartoon TV series: Spongebob Square…. what?
  2. The male is called a stag, the female a hind or doe, the young is called a fawn.  What animal is it?
  3. A sultana or a raisin is a dried what?
  4. Buongiorno means “good day” in which language?
  5. Which insect transmits the disease malaria?
  6. Which capital city is built on the river Spree?

That’s a nice spread of questions, isn’t it?

Now, seeing as I don’t think many primary school children read this blog, I’m going to give you all a test by collating a bunch of the ‘difficult’ questions from the local and chapter rounds and publishing them here.

Difficult questions:

  1. What three letter word, ending in ‘i’, is used for the sash or belt worm worn in Japanese martial arts?
  2. How many wings has a wasp?
  3. How many hoops are used in a game of Association or Golf Croquet?
  4. Which animal group, found in every continent except Antartica, has members called Goliath, Paradoxical and Edible?
  5. Complete the title of the second book in R.L. Stine’s original Goosebumps series, featuring Dr Brewer and his children Margaret and Casey: ‘Stay out of the ….
  6. In which country did the sport of Taekwondo originate?
  7. Known in Libya by the Arabic word ‘Ghibli’, by what Italian name is this hot, dry, Mediterranean wind known?
  8. The largest city square in the world is in China.  What is it called?
  9. Starting with the letter ‘r’, what name is given to birds of prey that hunt for food mainly on the wing, using their keen senses, especially vision?
  10. What country was crossed from south to north for the first time by Burke and Wills in 1860-61?
  11. Which country won the most gold medals at the 2008 Olympics?
  12. A Rhode Island Red is a breed of what? *
  13. Name the Scottish poet who wrote the words for Aul Lang Syne.
  14. Kara Tointon, who played Dawn Swann in Eastenders, was the 2010 winner of which BBC television series?
  15. The world’s largest tree, by volume, is a Giant Sequioa in California.  In 1879 it was named after which American Civil War general?
  16. What is the name given to the four large veins that return blood to the heart from the head and neck?
  17. Who did Nicolas Sarkozy succeed as President of France?
  18. The ‘Tsar Kolokol’ is on display in the grounds of the Kremlin in Moscow.  What is it?
  19. What country provides 97% of the world’s Opal production?
  20. The largest moon in the Solar System orbits Jupiter.  What is its name?

Give them a go.  See how you compare to a bunch of under-13s!

Update: answers here.

* Seriously, what are the chances?!

10 responses to Kids these days…

  1. Wow they’re really well pitched! Quite a few I have no clue of. The son of a girl I work with did one of the Mayo rounds.

    Were these on the go when we were that age?

    • Definitely not for me. It’s their 20th anniversary this year so they must have started in 1991.

      I was no longer a primary school pupil at that point… 🙁

  2. What are the chances indeed?! So has the Credit Union table quiz replaced the pioneer table quiz in national schools?

    • I think those blasted Rhode Island Reds are going to haunt me until the day I die! Even when it was mentioned in the Irish Independent, the journalist managed to mangle it…

  3. Whatever about YOUR school days, Michelle, I definitely took part in this in 6th class. There was this one, and one in Irish around the same time, and I definitely won one of them. I remember cos it was approaching Easter, and I got a KitKat easter egg.

  4. Re q1, “belt worm”, sounds like an evolved tapeworm.

  5. I have seen the tree mentioned in number 15 in person.

  6. ill be there partisipating

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