How to Host a Virtual Trivia Night in 7 Easy Steps

Patrick Mabilog

by Patrick Mabilog · Updated Aug 31, 2022

Virtual games grew in popularity during the pandemic and still continue to be a popular entertainment choice for many. One such game is virtual trivia nights, and no wonder!

Virtual trivia can be played with family members when you’re bored, with friends from different parts of the world, or with colleagues and employees as a virtual team-building activity.

As you can see, they’re great for a wide range of contexts!

So, if you’re considering hosting a virtual trivia night, you’ve clicked on the right article! We’ll give you advice on how to prepare so that the process is not only easier and less challenging for you, but also fun and entertaining, resulting in a successful virtual trivia night.

Without further ado, let’s get started.

What Does a Virtual Trivia Night Look Like?

What Does a Virtual Trivia Night Look Like?

Virtual trivia nights are very much like regular pub quizzes - only the players aren’t in a pub, they’re in front of their screens, and the contestants aren’t physically grouped together, they’re placed into breakout rooms on Zoom (or a similar app).

The players can be accompanied by drinks and snacks, socialize with each other, and consult the players in their group during the game. In essence, virtual trivia nights are all about both learning and having fun from the comfort of your home, regardless of whether you’re playing with friends, colleagues, employees, family members, and so on.

That being said, the fact that the event is held virtually doesn’t mean that it doesn’t require organization; it still involves planning, making decisions, and hosting the game, just like pub quizmasters do.

To learn more about what virtual trivia nights look like and get deeper insights, read on.

Why You Might Want to Do a Virtual Trivia Night

Why You Might Want to Do a Virtual Trivia Night

There are many reasons why you might want to organize a virtual trivia night, but once you truly understand the benefits that come with such events, you can add those to your already existing list of reasons.

Trivia events have benefits regardless of who you’re playing with, and that’s what the next section is all about.

Benefits for friends and family

Virtual trivia nights come with many benefits for friends and family members. First and foremost, they help people strengthen their social bonds. A game of trivia is a great reason to reunite with cousins you may not have seen for a while, your high school friends who haven’t been going out that much lately, or other family members who may have been social distancing since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

Moreover, trivia game nights help you and your friends/family members not only show your general knowledge, but expand it too. Trivia games usually have memorable contexts, and that makes them a great way for people to upgrade their knowledge.

That being said, virtual trivia nights don’t just revolve around learning, but having fun too. Engaging in trivia games is exciting; people cheer on their teammates, observe the score closely, unwind, show their competitive spirit, and enjoy themselves.

Trivia games also help you observe your friends and family members in a different light. You’ll see how much they know about certain topics, like geography, history, or music, how they behave when they are unable to recall an answer, how they celebrate a win or mull over a loss, and so on. This can boost everyone’s empathy levels and help you connect even deeper than before.

Benefits for teams

Virtual trivia nights for corporate purposes have similar benefits as the ones we just discussed, in addition to a few more.

Let’s briefly cover the most important ones.

First of all, such virtual events help remote teams remain connected, especially when they might feel more isolated than usual (during social distancing periods, winter months when nothing dynamic seems to be happening, and so on). Virtual games also help teams who go to the office stay connected too. In fact, those who work in the office might even find it refreshing to connect with their colleagues on an app such as Zoom for team-building purposes or for a random virtual trivia night.

Second, virtual trivia is great for breaking the ice before an important event, meeting, launch, or gathering. This also goes for tense situations or moments where there’s unnecessary friction among colleagues.

Moreover, they’re great for new hires. Virtual events such as these allow employees to mingle with new colleagues in a very informal and fun way. Everyone can participate in them, and even if someone struggles with the game’s rules or isn’t that tech-savvy, they have a team to rely on for assistance.

Next, trivia games are a great reason for teams to socialize. Colleagues can catch up with peers they don’t communicate with on a daily basis (especially if you create teams with employees from different departments, for instance). They also allow employees to collaborate and come up with suggestions together. Their decision-making skills are joined, which is not only helpful during virtual trivia nights, but for the work they do in the company as well.

Another thing trivia games are good for is helping teams destress and chill, especially after a hard day at work, a challenging meeting on Zoom, or an exhausting call with a demanding client.

These virtual events are also great for awakening the competitive vibes within the workforce. This will make employees feel more competitive about their work-related undertakings, taking action, pitching new ideas, and finishing their tasks. Of course, this shouldn’t turn into rivalry, so don’t overfocus on the competitive vibes bit.

Finally, as we already explained in the previous section, virtual trivia nights help teams show their general knowledge and further improve it.

Now that you know more about virtual trivia nights and their benefits, let’s see how you can host a successful and entertaining event.

How To Host a Virtual Trivia Night?

How To Host a Virtual Trivia Night?

Below, we provide a step-by-step guide on how to host a virtual trivia night. Some steps are easier than others, but all of them are necessary to provide your trivia attendees with the best possible trivia experience.

With that said, you can always skip some of them in case you feel like they don’t resonate with you or a specific virtual trivia event you may be hosting. Of course, if you feel like it, you can also expand on them too.

1) Create a plan and mechanics

First things first, consider who you’re organizing the event for, how many players you expect to attend, how much time you think you’d need to plan everything, etc. Creating a solid plan and going through the mechanics of what’s necessary for your upcoming virtual trivia night event is key.

That being said, depending on the setting and the players, each event requires a different level of preparation and engagement. For instance, organizing a random informal gathering with a few family members is different than planning a large trivia night for the whole office.

With that said, there are certain commonalities within each virtual trivia event, so the more you organize and host them, the easier it will get.

2) Pick your software

You can’t host a virtual trivia night without picking a suitable video conferencing software. You can use apps such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, and a few others.

We recommend that you opt for the one you’re most comfortable using. Therefore, if you’re using Zoom in the office, stick to Zoom. There’s no reason to complicate things and add another app in the mix.

After all, the focus is meant to be on the trivia game itself, and not the app, so people shouldn’t have to worry about technology-related issues at all during the actual event.

3) Choose your theme and categories

Pick trivia themes and categories. Then you can choose the trivia questions.

We have some specific ideas in the FAQ section, so make sure you read till the end.

Here, we’ll just mention this: if you’re organizing a virtual trivia night for your employees, it’s very useful to run a brief survey and allow your teams to vote for their preferred theme/category. Go with what the majority seems to resonate with.

In case you’re running a more informal virtual trivia night event (such as with several friends or a few family members), feel free to settle on the theme in a much more informal way.

4) Pick a time and date

Next comes choosing a time and date for the virtual trivia event.

We approve of the survey suggestion for this bit too, so feel free to stick to it.

Also, keep in mind that it’d be impossible to pick a time and date that’s going to work for everyone (especially if you're dealing with a large group). But the whole idea is to choose a time that will allow for the majority to attend.

5) Choose a host

You can’t host a virtual trivia night without an actual host.

And whether that’s you or you find someone else (such as a professional moderator or someone else from the trivia team members) is entirely flexible and depends on several things.

First of all, can you afford a professional host? Secondly, do you need a professional trivia host at all? For instance, if you’re playing trivia games with your friends, you probably don’t need one. However, if you’re hosting a game for your company’s employees, it’d be good to consider a professional host, unless you’re eager to host it.

And if you can’t afford one and you’d rather not host it yourself, you can always ask someone from your HR team or another department for help.

6) Create teams

No matter who the players are, we highly recommend grouping people who don’t know each other that well or don’t hang out together as much. This way, you’ll not only challenge them, but you might pave the way for some new acquaintances and friendships in the long run. Moreover, you’ll allow them to be exposed to different suggestions, approaches to providing answers, and collaboration strategies.

Of course, you can always decide on a random draw, which sometimes is a good idea as well.

7) Quiz participants and keep score

Once the time comes for the virtual trivia night event to take place, prepare to quiz participants and make sure to keep score.

But before you actually do any of these, ensure everyone’s clear on the trivia game rules.

How many rounds are they playing? How many points do people get for a right answer? What happens if a team gives an answer and it’s not their turn? Are there any breaks in between? What counts as cheating?

Moreover, you need to make these rules known well before the actual game. With that said, it’d be convenient if you could find a way to display the rules all throughout the game too. That way, if team members have any issues or can’t seem to recall something, they can take a glance at the rules instead of asking questions during the game.

8) Name and award the winners

Each trivia game ends with announcing the trivia champion(s). And to make things way more exciting, you can give the winners rewards they’ll appreciate.

This doesn’t have to be anything expensive or extra special, but something memorable and fun.

You can buy them a voucher, a free lunch, a random gift card, and so on. It all depends on how much you can spend. For instance, if it’s a corporate virtual trivia night and the company's paying for it, you might opt for something a bit more sophisticated (you might even end up offering some goody bags). And if the budget is low, you can always give the winners an extra day off.

Finally, if you’re running a virtual trivia event with your family members or friends, feel free to opt for much more personalized gifts.

9) Get feedback

Getting feedback after a virtual trivia night will help you plan the next one even better!

The best and most professional way to gather feedback is by running a brief online survey. That said, when it comes to asking for feedback from your friends or family members, you can always just ask them directly.

Here are some questions you may consider asking to gather some insights:

  1. On a scale of 1-10 (1 being the lowest and 10 the highest), how happy were you with the host?

  2. On a scale of 1-10 (1 being the lowest and 10 the highest), how happy were you with the overall virtual trivia night event?

  3. On a scale of 1-10 (1 being the lowest and 10 the highest), how would you assess the collaboration in your team?

  4. On a scale of 1-10 (1 being the lowest and 10 the highest), how would you rate the rules and the instructions you received before the game?

  5. Was there anything that really bothered you? If yes, what was it?

  6. What surprised you?

  7. Would you consider attending another similar virtual trivia night event in the future? Why? Why not?

  8. How do you feel about the trivia questions you and your team members got? Were they easier or harder than expected? Or perhaps they lived up to your expectations?

  9. Do you feel like you learned new useful pieces of information during this trivia night?

Tips for Great Virtual Trivia Nights

Tips for Great Virtual Trivia Nights

Apart from knowing the steps that go into planning a proper virtual trivia night, you need some additional advice to really make it awesome!

Here are our top tips for an awesome virtual trivia night with your teammates.

1) Don’t be afraid to joke around

Virtual trivia events are meant to be fun and enjoyable. Therefore, don’t be afraid to crack jokes, be spontaneous, and laugh as much as you wish. This will encourage others to relax and unwind, and be more positive.

2) Test your tech

No one likes testing their tech, but everyone realizes how necessary it is - especially if things go south during virtual events.

Therefore, checking your software, device, and all other tech-related equipment is more than recommended. You should make it a routine before each virtual event.

When it comes to how “deep” you should go with checking your tech, we recommend listening to your gut and reflecting on previous tech issues you may have had. For instance, if you struggled with placing your employees into breakout rooms during a work meeting last week, it goes without saying, you should check the breakout rooms feature on your Zoom app before this event.

Some people go in so far that they simulate a whole trivia game before the event to see if anything needs fixing.

Of course, if you end up running a virtual trivia event for your friends or family members, you can always be more spontaneous as it won’t be a big issue if things go wrong. However, you still need to show great organizational skills, so we still recommend testing your tech, regardless of who your trivia attendees are.

3) Be versatile

Versatility during a virtual trivia night event can show up in many ways - the trivia questions you’ve chosen, the overall theme, the trivia names your attendees picked, and so on.

And if it’s a themed event, you might even include costumes in the mix.

For instance, if you’re running a Harry Potter trivia game, you can ask the attendees to dress up in costumes inspired by the Harry Potter franchise and choose Harry Potter-related team names. Just don’t forget to include questions that deal with different characters, books, seasons, houses, curses, and so on, instead of only focusing on one character or house.

4) Have a backup host

This is self-explanatory. If you believe it’s necessary, find a backup host, and brief them on everything.

They need to be aware of all the details, questions, rewards, rules, and instructions.

That way, in case something happens, they can jump in right away, without any delays, mistakes, or insecurities.

Trust us on this one - it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

5) Ask for help

Whenever you feel like you’re struggling with any aspect of the overall trivia game organization, ask for assistance.

You may struggle to find the right trivia questions, you could be on the fence about whether to include some challenging ones, you may not be sure about what software to use, and so on.

If you’re running a corporate trivia game, ask your HR team, or even better, your IT team for technology-related issues. And if you’re doing it with friends/family members, you can always ask them for advice and see how they’d approach your problem.

6) Remember tiebreakers

Another important thing is having enough tiebreakers in case the final score is a tie. After all, it’s always better to have more questions, even if you don’t get to use them, rather than to be left without any extra questions and end the trivia without any winners.

7) Record the trivia game

You might want to record the trivia game, but only if everyone agrees first. You can’t record the event if some of your participants feel reluctant about it.

Also, state your reasons for doing so.

For instance, you might want to preserve the recording as a nice trivia souvenir. You can even go back to any fun moments and laugh together.

Moreover, you can use the recording to observe the actual game from a more objective point of view. In other words, you can go back to specific moments, monitor what worked during the game, what didn’t, where you had to improvise, and so on.

This will help you prepare better for future virtual trivia nights.

8) Be ready to improvise

Regardless of how good your organizational skills are, all virtual trivia nights require some level of improvisation.

You might have many latecomers, so you may need to repeat instructions. Some people may not understand a particular trivia question, and you might need to explain it better. A person may suddenly need to leave, so you’ll need to readjust the number of team members per group. You may not be able to share your trivia questions file with your trivia attendees, so you’ll need to make some adjustments on the spot.

Whatever it is, be calm, improvise, and ask for help if needed.

Also, consider some potential delays. For instance, participants may not be able to see what you’re sharing on the screen or they could be hearing the sound with a slight delay.

9) Watch trivia games

To truly become a great virtual trivia games host, you need to watch and observe many trivia games, and even participate in some.

You can do this at pubs and join some pub quizzes, find some on YouTube, do a Google search for local events, and so on.

Whether you join in-person or online, the things you should be on the lookout for are the same.

See how the quizmasters encourage players who are doubting themselves, observe what they say to those who cheat and pay attention to the tone of voice they use. Also, check the rules they state - are they similar to yours? What happens when something doesn’t quite go to plan - how does the host behave?

We suggest that you make a list of the things you think are useful to monitor.

Finally, keep in mind that every virtual trivia night event is unique and that you shouldn’t copy-paste other games. The whole idea is to get inspired and see how you can make improvements to your way of hosting trivia.

And who knows? You might even come across some interesting trivia themes/questions you can plan for your next virtual trivia night.

10) Enjoy the moment

Since the planning process can get overwhelming and challenging for many organizers, we have to remind you to try and have fun when the event takes place. Don’t stress about anything because you’ve done your best and now it’s time to enjoy the time you spend with friends, family members, or coworkers/employees.

Virtual Trivia Games

Virtual Trivia Games

It’s not enough to know how to host virtual trivia nights if you don’t know what trivia games you should play.

And while there are many such trivia games out there, we want to offer you the very best ones.

1) TriviaNerd

TriviaNerd

At TriviaNerd, we take pride in our ever-growing library of trivia questions placed into many broad trivia categories, such as Art, Books, Decades, Business and Tech, Cars, General Knowledge, Geography, History, Math and Spelling, Music, Movies, Politics, and so on.

But to make things even more interesting, once you select one category, you get the option to choose other subcategories. For instance, if you opt for the Music trivia category, subcategories such as Country Music, Drake, Dutch Music, Elvis, Eurovision, Bands from around the World, and others will pop up.

As you can see, we have a little bit of everything.

All our trivia questions come with correct answers and they’re free to access.

However, if you want to enjoy more of the features we offer, you can always sign up; the monthly fee is $26, but it costs just $79 if you choose to pay annually. That’s only $6.6 per month! Plus, with a paid hosting account, you’re even allowed to create your own custom trivia games you can share with others.

Another thing trivia enthusiasts like about TriviaNerd is that all of our trivia categories come with questions of different levels of difficulty (easy, medium, and difficult), which you can combine based on who you’re playing with. Due to their versatility, our questions are used by millions of people for team-building purposes, classroom activities, learning, entertaining, and so on.

Other features we provide clients with are as follows:

  • hosting multiplayer trivia games with 100’s participants;
  • more than 5,000 categorized trivia categories;
  • more than 100,000 trivia questions;
  • being able to choose various question types;
  • creating unlimited custom trivia games and quizzes;
  • live score features;
  • multiple choice answers;
  • custom landing pages;
  • useful analytics data for your team, and more.

Finally, one of our best tools is definitely our Random Trivia Generator, absolutely loved by all our clients. As the name itself implies, the generator generates trivia questions together with the right answers from our trivia library. And using it is a piece of cake - all you need to do is click on the “Generate Random Trivia” button, and that’s it. This is meant to be a fun way of testing one’s knowledge and allowing oneself to learn in a “randomized” way - so, yes, it’s great for a solo trivia game too!

2) Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

If you know any trivia enthusiasts who enjoyed watching the famous quiz “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” TV quiz, they might as well get the chance to engage in it. And you can host the quiz.

This virtual game resembles the original quiz in the sense that it allows players to answer multiple choice questions with varying levels of difficulty and make a million dollars, unfortunately, only virtually.

The maximum number of questions is fifteen and each correct answer allows players to move to the next level (question). Questions that belong to the same levels are questions with the same difficulty, and every question is worth a specific amount of money. As players progress through the game and move from one level to another, the questions get more and more difficult and are worth more and more money.

To see how much the virtual “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” resembles the original one, consider this: all players get three so-called Lifelines to assist them when things get tough (exactly like the real game does). Players can use every lifeline just one time.

Here’s what each of the three lifelines entail:

  • 50/50: This option eliminates one correct and one incorrect answer from the multiple-choice section. This leaves players with one correct and another incorrect option they can pick when deciding on their final answer. The 50/50 lifeline means participants have a 50/50 chance of guessing the right answer.

  • Ask the audience: The players can ask the audience for the correct answer. Once the audience is done voting, a poll is displayed with the answers. It’s worth noting that contestants are under no obligation to give the same answer as the audience - they’re free to come up with their own answer at all times.

  • Phone a friend: Finally, the third lifeline allows contestants to phone someone (a family member/friend/colleague, and so on), and ask them for help with a specific question. They’re just allowed to talk with their chosen person for 30 seconds, though.

All in all, what makes “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” such a cool virtual event is not only that the platform itself completely looks like the original, but that it’s completely free to play too.

3) Virtual Trivia Championship

Virtual Trivia Championship

Virtual Trivia Championship is a virtual trivia game that challenges players’ wits, knowledge, and collaboration skills. Players are asked to work divided into teams and awaken their competitive spirits. There’s a list of trivia questions that range from objects and movies, to songs and Jeopardy-inspired challenges.

The game lasts between 30 minutes to 2 hours, and it’s suitable for anywhere between 4-1,000 participants (or even more!). You can choose between a fully virtually hosted game or host the game yourself.

The game has two pricing options: self-hosted and a virtually-hosted version. The self-hosted version is $9-$31 per person, and includes a self-hosted instruction guide, 90 Virtual Trivia Championship challenges, and telephone support. The virtually hosted solution, on the other hand, costs $12-$50 per person, and comes with a virtual event host, 90 Virtual Trivia Championship challenges, pre-event coordination, and a dedicated event manager.

4) QuizBreaker

QuizBreaker

QuizBreaker allows teams to remain connected and engaged at all times with entertaining icebreaker questions. It’s suitable for groups of all sizes, and all that’s needed is for you to invite your team to answer a set of icebreaker questions and the event can begin. You can either use already existing questions or create your own.

Moreover, hosts like that they can schedule an icebreaker quiz and send it to their teams on their chosen schedule. This means hosts have control over the timing, the date, the frequency of such quizzes (how often these quizzes get sent out, for instance), and so on. It’s perfect for those who value their organizational skills.

The platform offers a comment thread along with emoji reactions which enable teams to develop a stronger bond and engage in meaningful discussions. This makes QuizBreaker a platform that goes beyond just providing clients with icebreaker questions.

And there’s more - namely, teams can unlock achievements and levels as they slowly learn new things about each other in every quiz round.

QuizBreaker is also mobile-friendly, so your team can take part in any quiz while on the go.

You can set QuizBreaker in just three minutes and get free onboarding support. There’s a 21-day free trial, and if you decide to continue using it, the cost is $3 per month per user, but if you pay annually, you’ll receive 4 months for absolutely free and the price per user is just $2.

Finally, if you’re on the fence about giving QuizBreaker a chance, take a look at the various testimonials on the website - they might help you make up your mind.

And if you’re on the lookout for great icebreakers but still aren’t sure if QuizBreaker is the right option, check out the blog section to read some of the following articles:

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I recognize great trivia questions?

Great trivia questions are concise and easy to understand. They should always be to the point and shouldn’t trick the players. With that said, sometimes challenging trivia questions are meant to help excellent trivia players stand out and become trivia champions.

To truly comprehend what great trivia questions look like, you need to understand what makes great trivia themes first. After all, your chosen theme will set the tone and the topic for your trivia questions. It can be as general and as specific as you’d like - for instance, you can go with broad themes such as geography, history, music, or movies, or you might opt for specific themes like Disney and Pixar, Modern Family, Eminem, Australia, and so on.

When it comes to deciding which trivia theme to stick with, it’s best to consider your trivia attendees’ interests and preferences and choose a theme the majority likes.

However, there’s a catch to it - you need to actually pick a theme that has a plethora of trivia questions available. Let’s say you choose a new TV show, and everyone seems to approve of it, but you struggle to find enough trivia questions to actually host a trivia game (you need tiebreakers too!).

Apart from finding enough questions (quantity), you also need to make sure there are enough great questions (quality). For instance, you should have questions with different levels of difficulty so that you cater to everyone’s knowledge level and make things more entertaining.

To inspire you, here are some questions to get you started on the pursuit of great trivia questions - they’re by no means an exhaustive list. The same applies to the trivia themes we chose.

1)

The Office trivia questions are great for virtual trivia events with a lot of avid TV show watchers, The Office fans, and people who want to see how much they know about it.

This TV show allows for a wide range of questions, as it has many seasons, characters, quotes, situations, events, and memorable moments. Still, that doesn’t mean each of these accounts for a good trivia question.

However, the ones we share below do.

1 . What’s Jim’s favorite food?

Answer: Soft-shell crab.

2 . Dwight said he’d take which Harry Potter book on a deserted island?

Answer: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

3 . Pam studied what at the Pratt Institute?

Answer: Graphic Design.

4 . What are Kevin, Kelly, Meredith, and Erin’s trivia team called?

Answer: The Einsteins.

5 . Who says the following quote?

“No, Rose, they are not breathing. And they have no arms or legs … Where are they? You know what? If we come across somebody with no arms or legs, do we bother resuscitating them? I mean, what quality of life do we have there?”

Answer: Michael Scott.

6 . Andy was carrying an engagement ring with him for how long before eventually proposing to Angela?

Answer: Six years.

2) Halloween Trivia Questions

If virtual trivia nights are your thing, chances are you’re hosting them all year round. However, certain trivia themes and questions are suitable only for specific times of the year.

One such example is Halloween.

Engaging in virtual trivia games during Halloween with your family across the other side of the world, your coworkers and peers, remote teams, and so on, from the comfort of your home can truly put you in a Halloween state of mind.

All you need is amusing questions, a stable internet connection, and the virtual trivia game fun can begin!

1 . Why did people begin dressing up in Halloween costumes?

Answer: Many Europeans believed evil spirits came back to Earth on what we today refer to as Halloween, and so they started dressing up in such costumes in order to repel them.

2 . How are Shakespeare's three witches from Macbeth also known as?

Answer: The Weird Sisters

3 . Which Halloween candy was called “chicken feed" originally? Answer: Candy corn.

4 . Who carved the world's largest jack-o'-lantern? Answer: Scott Cully.

5 . Which country is said to celebrate Obon Festival as its Halloween day?

Answer: Japan.

6 . The following lines are taken from which song?

The zombies were having fun (Wa hoo, tennis shoe) The party had just begun (Wa hoo, tennis shoe) The guests included Wolfman, Dracula and his son The scene was rockin', all were digging the sounds Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds The coffin-bangers were about to arrive With their vocal group, 'The Crypt-Kicker Five'

Answer: “Monster Mash”, by Bobby Pickett.

To explore more about Halloween trivia, make sure to visit our long list of Halloween trivia questions.

3) Books Trivia Questions

If you’re looking for a much more general trivia category, we suggest picking something like Books. You can include trivia questions that deal with different authors, literary genres and periods, quotes, and so on.

Just make sure you don’t end up selecting many questions that focus on your favorite author, or book (we know how tough it is to be objective with trivia themes such as this one!).

1 . The Da Vinci Code opens with a murder in a well-known museum - which one?

Answer: The Louvre.

2 . Who wrote The Book Thief?

Answer: Markus Zusak.

3 . Jane Austen died in which year?

Answer: 1817.

4 . Sir Walter Scott is known for his historical novels about which country?

Answer: Scotland.

5 . What’s the name of the first Chinese writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature?

Answer: Gao Xingjian.

6 . The following quote is taken from which famous book?

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

Answer: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams.

These six Books trivia questions were meant to show you a small fraction of what you could use for any upcoming virtual events. If you’re interested in learning more, do visit our Books trivia questions section on our website. We have a wide range of categories you can choose from such as Romance, Science Fiction, Shakespeare, Dutch Literature, Anne Frank, British Literature, and so on.

How do I pick a cool team trivia name?

Assigning each team with a unique trivia name is such a fun experience that we can’t understand how sometimes people forget about it.

Whatever the reason is, we urge you not to skip this step, which is why below, we provide you with practical pieces of advice when it comes to picking a cool trivia name for your next virtual trivia night.

First and foremost, be clear on what you’re looking for in a name. Is it supposed to be funny, punny, or “normal”? Is it meant to symbolize something or is it meant to be more literal? What exactly do you hope to achieve with the name?

Also, how much freedom do you have in choosing the name? For instance, if your trivia name is meant to be a movie title, a music song, or one of the houses from GOT, you need to look and think within those parameters. Or if you’re playing a Christmas trivia name, it’d make no sense to choose trivia names from a random TV show - it’d make more sense to stick to various Christmas-inspired puns, for example.

This basically means you need to make sure the trivia name corresponds to the trivia game you’re supposed to play.

Talk to your teammates, think of several names, and then vote. Pick the trivia name the majority seems to approve of.

Moreover, it’s a good idea to keep track of all the trivia names you’ve used so far. For instance, if you’re regularly playing trivia with your employees, keep a detailed list of the trivia names you’ve “used” so that you don’t repeat them in the future. The same goes for playing with friends/family members.

Cool team trivia names

Finally, we’re not letting you go without suggesting cool team trivia names you can actually use for your next virtual trivia night. Here they are:

  • Our Drinking Team Has a Trivia Problem;
  • The Brainless Crew;
  • Exquiz Me?;
  • The Quizikipedia.
  • We Thought This Was Speed Dating;
  • The Real Housewives of Quizerly Hills;
  • Ain’t None of Your Quizness;
  • WTF = What The Fact?;
  • Google’s Minions;
  • Please, lettuce win!;
  • It Was the Best of Teams, It Was the Worst of Teams;
  • The Careless Whisperers;
  • The Three Must Get Beers;
  • All Our Knowledge is from the Internet;
  • To Quiz or Not To Quiz, That Is the Question.

Do let us know which team trivia names you and your teammates resonate with the most! Also, feel free to expand on the list.

How do I guess the answers to the trivia questions?

There’s no magical potion that can help you spill the right answers, but there are always some tips and tricks that can help you make the most of the knowledge you already have.

Below, we share the most useful ones, and we suggest that you share them with your trivia attendees before the event starts.

1) Adopt a positive state of mind

Being positive doesn’t mean you’ll automatically get all the answers right. However, developing a positive attitude is far better than being angry, negative, or chaotic in your thinking.

Nurturing positive thoughts also means you can think about the trivia questions you get in a much more relaxed manner. You’ll be stable and remain present in the moment.

Also, if you observe your peers well enough, you’ll notice them catching up on this positivity too.

2) Don’t rush when it’s unnecessary

During trivia events, you’ll notice teams trying to be the first ones to provide the right answer. You can also spot teams trying to answer as many questions as possible so that they can get more points.

While trivia games are in part about who gets things right first, there are certain aspects that require players to think twice and consult their teams before they actually speak up.

This is especially true when being quick turns into being impulsive. For instance, if one of the trivia game rules states that teams may lose points when they provide wrong answers, don’t rush in giving your answers. Sometimes being first to answer something won’t make you a trivia champion. In fact, it may very well do the opposite.

Moreover, sometimes teammates from the same team end up “competing” against one another, trying to see who’s smarter, faster, braver, and so on. While this may sometimes boost everyone’s spirits and awaken other, more passive players in the team, other times it might do more harm. Remember, trivia games are all about collaborative skills and working as a group - not trying to stand out from your team so that you can prove a point.

3) Choose your teammates wisely

Pick your teammates carefully. Always.

This doesn’t mean sticking with your best friends, favorite family members, or the colleagues you spend the day with at work.

On the contrary - it means being as impartial as you can and building a team of individuals with different interests, opinions, and more importantly, versatile knowledge.

So if you’re attending a corporate virtual trivia event, it’d make sense to end up in a team of peers from different departments, and approach the process of answering trivia questions with joint efforts and distinct areas of knowledge.

With that said, oftentimes, the trivia teams will already be created on your behalf, which can also prove to be a great choice.

4) Team up with your teammates

Although trivia players know they’re part of a team during virtual trivia nights, sometimes they end up playing the game more independently rather than as part of a group.

Wanting to solve everything on one’s own can be tempting, but it’s certainly not a winning strategy.

Communicating with your teammates openly, listening to their suggestions, brainstorming, and analyzing different options is the way to go. Of course, there’s always that one person who racks their brains more than the others, and there’s always going someone who’s reluctant to speak up, but it’s important to find balance and allow everyone to participate in the game equally (as much as that’s possible).

Also, you can never know when someone is going to come up with the right answer, provide a suggestion no one considered before, or think of a way to approach answering challenging trivia questions. The whole point is for everyone to feel comfortable enough to share what they think. After all, regardless of how much knowledge one person may have, it can never beat the knowledge of a whole unified trivia team.

5) Stay hydrated

Although virtual trivia nights are meant to be fun and relaxing, they can be stressful - especially during the final stages when each team fights for an extra point or an extra question.

Therefore, players may find themselves slightly panicked and not paying attention to their body’s needs. So, remember to keep your body fueled. Having a glass of water near you can be enough. Of course, you’re free to have snacks or other beverages, but water should always be available to the players.

Final Words

To wrap up, in this article, you have everything you need to organize an awesome virtual trivia night for your friends, family members, or employees.

With that said, we always empower our clients to add their own magic to the trivia equation and do something special for their trivia attendees. “Something” that will make them stand out and make their virtual trivia nights memorable.

That “something”, of course, differs from one host to another one.

And we’re very much looking forward to learning yours first!