Friday, January 06, 2006


Actually, this isn't an annoucement for a new EuroQuest EuroQuiz as much as a callout for ideas for a new quiz. What should it be? A geography quiz? History? Something a little racier?
Why not get the old gray matter going and post a few ideas here at the EuroBlog. I look forward to reading what you come up with.


At 7:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geography quiz should be fun.

At 8:25 PM, Blogger Jonathan Groubert said...

Great! Could you give an example of what type of question you would ask?

At 1:16 AM, Blogger Adam Daniel Mezei said...

JG -- I'd like to see more of the following, for this is what I've noticed from my sojourn in Prague:

1) Cultural-type questions about the 25 members states. This city now qualifies as an international destination. As such, there are at any time over 15 or more ethnicities/cultural communities here, and I'd like to have a quiz which tests people on what they might expect to find once they touch down in Prague. To wit, which culture in Central Europe shares a deadpan wit and humour with the British...time's up?...the...drumroll please!...THE CZECHS!

2) Geography quizzes are easy. Most people can snag 'em, and if they can't find the answer, there's always Google (hate saying that word...why? There used to be a search engine smorgasbord -- now the delicate art of trolling the web has been reduced to a brand -- more on that soon enough). Besides, how hard can it be -- the only toughie is the newest EU state -- Slovakia/Bratislava.

3) Perhaps historical. Do most people know that Italy used to be a federation of duchies? Do most people know that Bohemia/Moravia/and Slovakia used to be welled up inside the former Austria-Hungarian Dual Monarchy? Do people know how many times Poland was conquered, disbanded, and reconfigured? I don't know...but a quiz might surely help.

4) Language -- major barrier here in Prague. Why are British people so reluctant to speak any other language other than English. At least we Americans and Canadian try -- the British don't, over here. They just pub crawl, puke on the beautiful cobbles, and make lewd remarks at people, like my sweet little lady. Oh well...teach those Angles and Saxons some language (and some manners, while we're at it! D'oh!)

5) How 'bout a quiz from the recent past? I mean, are people going to remember the zloty, the crown, the D-Mark, the guilder, the franc, the lire, the peseta, the schilling, etc. I think it's akin to Communist kitsch, Generation Z (???) will want to know about these things. They'll inhabit the nations which once used these noble currencies as legal tender.


Hope that helps, brother.

At 12:19 PM, Blogger Hana said...

Jonathan, like quizzes - always learn new things from them.

I think a quiz about details on all the 25 member states would be fun - we are all joined together in one Union, yet, I think there is so much we don't know about each other's nations.

At 1:50 PM, Blogger Jonathan Groubert said...


Humor. Well, that's a little too subjective for a factual quiz. And the zloty is still around for the moment.

Yeah, a geo quiz is too easily found in a seach engine so...

Something historical and surprising.
That's where I'm leaning.

Possibly combined with an interview of some sort.

The ball is still up in the air.
Feel free to bang it about.


At 4:24 PM, Blogger Adam Daniel Mezei said...

How about the sort of conversations they had at "Vox Humana" the series of John Adam's arrival in The Low Countries -- and the snippets, excerpts, and factoids which were revealed about his stay there at that time.


Perhaps you can interview people like Adenauer (I love his views, especially on how young people "...don't read real paper books anymore, they're too interested in their cellphones!"), or former leaders from the Union -- perhaps taking more from the newer states -- and, oho! -- perhaps even dipping into the Bulgarian and Romanian pools since these are the prospective entrants.

Imagine you with Adenauer -- JG, I think our friend Stefan would second the motion that you'd have to be on your best behaviour, yes?

In terms of the zloty, too true, too true -- but not for long -- I had my 'future-thinking' cap on.

How 'bout them apples?

At 6:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, perhaps you should make it more than one question, perhaps little facts about broadcasts over the last few years. Perhaps make the first letter of each answer spell out a word... you know like Euro or something.

Or maybe what was the highest rerun segment...yodelahehoo

Should definitely be related to Euroquest broadcasts.

Edmonton, Canada

At 8:23 PM, Blogger Adam Daniel Mezei said...

Janet -- seriously...I think you're onto something big there...


JG, let's try this on for size -- it's like I used to hear on these radio broadcasts when I was a kid in Toronto. They'd play two beats of a choon (tune) then ask the morning audience to phone in and tell the DJ what it was.

We modify this for our contest concept and for Janet's idea. Goes like so: feature ten seconds of an important section from some of the best interviews and such that JG and/or SJ have done for EQ. Then get listeners/readers to send in their answers -- getting a pretty accurate read of:

a) who's loyal.
b) (moreover) who's listening.
c) who's got great retentive memory, of the long-term kind?

In any event, we just have to remember this: it's theme-and-variations. If it ain't 'A+' by the time we put it out there, you betta' beeleeve it's going to be when we're done with the puppy.

Good idea?

Seconds, thirds?

At 1:25 PM, Blogger Jonathan Groubert said...

Well, I certainly wouldn't want to do a loyalty test. Seems a little onanistic. But perhaps the idea of playing a bit of something a making people figure out what it is isn't a bad idea. A few differnt things giving various clues that need to be puzzled together to get the answer. I think we may be on to something here. Will go back and have a good think.


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