Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Monopoly Quiz Questions

 Monopoly Board Game

Greetings fellow quizzer. The worlds biggest selling board game and the worlds most popular board game by far which sells in over 100 countries and translated into 43 different languages is Monopoly.
So why am I talking about Monopoly when I make quizzes for living? Easy, you can literally make hundreds of quiz questions if you study the game and the good thing is that everybody has played it.

I make fun quizzes for Pubs and Quiz Masters every week and questions like "how many bars are on the jail in Monopoly?" are fun and easy questions that the quiz teams just love to bits. So in this weeks article I'm going to give you some of my favourite Monopoly Quiz Questions and provide you with some extra knowledge so that you can create more of your own.

The Monopoly Board

A picture of a Monopoly Board
Just by studying the board you can get a plethora of questions to quiz your teams. Immediately by looking at the corners I can see that the FREE PARKING car is red, the policeman is blowing a whistle, there are three bars on the IN JAIL picture and the GO arrow is red. Here's some quiz questions I just grabbed from the board in 5 minutes.

Monopoly Questions

1. How many "Chance" squares are there on a Monopoly board?
2. How many Community Chest squares are there on a Monopoly board?
3. How many utility properties are there in Monopoly?
4. In Monopoly, a picture of what is used for Super Tax?
5. Can you name the four Monopoly train stations?
6. What symbol is used for Chance in the board game of Monopoly?
7. How many properties are there on a Monopoly board?
8. On a Monopoly board, what colour is Pall Mall?

Easy questions when you are looking at a picture of the board but not so easy when you are in a pub playing a quiz. There are many more quiz questions you can preen from the picture if you use your imagination.
Let's move onto making more interesting questions by studying the history of Monopoly.

The History of Monopoly

The game has been on sale since 1935 in the US by the Parker Brothers and  later in 1941 in the UK by Waddingtons. It was invented initially by an American woman named Elizabeth (Lizzie) J. Maggie Phillips back in 1903 who made it to teach people about the single tax theory of Henry George. Later Charles Darrow took the idea and created what we now know as Monopoly although it had to go through many updates up to the 1970's before it became what we play today.

Initially, Parker Brothers rejected the game as they said it had 3 major flaws which included the games lengthy game play and complexity. Note: I have seen a quiz question that states that the game had 52 fundamental errors, it is incorrect. When a number of department stores were placing large orders from Charles Darrow for the game the Parker Brothers got wind of it and changed their mind. They bought the copyright from Charles and within a year they were making 20,000 sets a week making Charles the worlds first millionaire game designer in history.

Interesting Facts about Monopoly

The longest ever game of Monopoly lasted for 70 days but other world records include 45 days underwater, 8 days on a balance beam, 11 days in a tree house, 16 days in a moving elevator and 36 hours upside down!

The most expensive set ever made had a price tag of $2 million, the board was made of solid 23 carat gold and the dice were diamond studded.

Jake the Jailbird is the name of the man in jail and the police officer's name is Edgar Mallory.

More than 1 billion people have played the game since 1935.

The name of the mascot, the man in the centre of the board, is Rich Uncle Pennybags.

The game was used to smuggle escape plans into German POW camps during WWII and they even hid real money inside the games play money.

The game has even featured on a US postage stamp.

Tokens from the game have even been flown into space aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis!

Well I hope you enjoyed this article and I hope it has inspired you to create some of your own quiz questions for your pub quizzes just like I do every week. If you would like to play one of my fun quizzes then follow this link to take a look.