Readers who like testing their knowledge of trivia will enjoy filling out the two hundred quizzes in this book.
The uncategorized quizzes cover a variety of subjects. A quiz about birds follows another about the solar system. Literature-themed quizzes are based on books from the Harry Potter series to The Canterbury Tales. Geography quizzes test your recall of the Great Lakes, landlocked nations, and the capital cities of Asia.
For every entertainment-related quiz (movies, music, theatre, sports, television, and games), there is one based on more academic topics such as history, math or science. Many have the reader writing a list, but a few contain black-and-white illustrations, asking you to label parts of a picture (organs of the body, parts of the skeleton) or identify what you see (types of trees, semaphore signals, national flags).
The quizzes vary in length (the European capitals quiz has space for fifty answers; the quiz
on space shuttle names has space for five) and complexity (naming the colors of the rainbow is easy compared to, say, identifying the names of peace treaties dating back to 843). One to two quizzes appear per page in spacious, visually appealing composition, and short explanations follow the headings of each quiz.
Some questions may stump you, but the answers are provided in the back of the book; by writing down the answers in the space provided, readers may be more apt to remember this information for later use. Although the book seems to target an adult audience (one quiz covers cocktails), teenaged trivia buffs may enjoy it, too.
Dan Smith is an avid trivia collector and lives in London.