I’m not a huge fan of trivia questions as a part of reading instruction or assessment — but as part of fun —- count me in. Trivia can be a huge source of fun and a way of playing games and working cooperatively on a subject. It can also be a way of documenting surface knowledge — or monitoring that reading actually occurred.
Personally, I take the Crickler News Puzzle quiz at least a few times a week. It keeps me honest about how well I’m keeping up with the major news stories in the world. I know in a quick snapshot if I’m falling behind in my reading of the news.
In thinking about trivia questions in that light, I came across a fun kiddie lit trivia site. They have many, many categories and titles of children’s books — and a trivia quiz for each of them. Click here to take a look at it.
To try it out, I took the quiz on the Little House on the Prairie series. This was a huge favorite of mine as a child (I devoured them, along with the silly television series of the day). I wondered how much I’d still remember from the reading all those years ago. I only answered the first 30 questions — the rest were from some other added on Little House books (the Martha and Caroline books??? — I’d never read them and had absolutely no idea. The first 30 questions were about the original Little House books and about Laura Ingalls Wilder herself. I did okay…… I answered 22/30 correctly. Not bad for 30 years later.