treat: set out bowls of green and red seedless grapes. You can have green
grapes if you can answer a question, and red grapes if you're stumped.
Here's a trivia quiz you can do
alone or with a partner, to build your vocabulary and thinking skills . . . plus
have fun, and that's NEVER trivial!
- Name the one sport in which
neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader
until the contest ends.
- What famous North American
landmark is constantly moving backward?
- Of all vegetables, only two can
live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other
vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial
- Name the only sport in which
the ball is always in possession of the team on defense, and the offensive
team can score without touching the ball?
- What fruit has its seeds on the
- In many liquor stores, you can
buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and
ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way. How did
the pear get inside the bottle?
- Only three words in standard
English begin with the letters "dw" and they are all common
words. Name two of them.
- There are 14 punctuation marks
in English grammar. Can you name at least half of them?
- Where are the lakes that are
referred to in the Los Angeles Lakers?
- There are 7 ways a baseball
player can legally reach first base without getting a hit. Taking a base
on balls (a walk) is one way. Name the other 6.
- Name the only vegetable or
fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any
other form except fresh.
- Name 6 or more things that you
can wear on your feet beginning with the letter "s."
Answers To Quiz:
- The one sport in which neither
the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the
contest ends . . . boxing
- North American landmark
constantly moving backward . . . Niagara Falls (The rim is worn down about
two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water
that rush over it every minute.)
- Only two vegetables that can
live to produce on their own for several growing seasons . . . asparagus
- The only sport in which the
ball is always in possession of the team on defense, and the offensive
team can score without touching the ball . . . baseball.
- The fruit with its seeds on the
outside . . . strawberry.
- How did the pear get inside the
brandy bottle? . . . It grew inside the bottle. (The bottles are placed
over pear buds when they are small, and are wired in place on the tree.
The bottle is left in place for the entire growing season. When the pears
are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems.)
- Three English words beginning
with dw . . . dwarf, dwell, and dwindle.
- Fourteen punctuation marks in
English grammar . . . period,
comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark,
exclamation point, quotation marks, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and
- The original lakes referred to in
Lakers . . . in Minnesota. (The team was originally known as the
Minneapolis Lakers, and kept the name when they moved west.)
- Seven ways a baseball player
can legally reach first base without getting a hit . . . taking a base on
balls (a walk), batter hit by a pitch, passed ball, catcher interference,
catcher drops third strike, fielder's choice, and being designated as a
- The only vegetable or fruit
never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but
fresh . . . lettuce.
- Six or more things you can wear
on your feet beginning with "s" . . . shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, skates,
snowshoes, stockings, stilts.