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How to answer every Goodreads Trivia question correctly.

In my previous post, I described my glee at writing difficult questions. I've added a few more, and had the pleasure of seeing one rated as "impossible" in difficulty. At least until I gloated about this to my friends, who promptly answered the question and downgraded the rating. You'd think that true friends would take a hit for me, but no, they just wanted to demonstrate how smart they are.

Here, as promised, the answer to success at Goodreads trivia. And no, Discoverylover, this does not involve asking a friend for the answer!

Now, if you take the neverending trivia quiz, you will be presented with a series of literary trivia questions. I suspect that questions are being added faster than any normal person can answer them, so it really is neverending. Or, if one attempted to get to the end, there would be no time for actually reading the books.

Each question gives you three options. You may answer the question - usually because you already have a good idea of the answer. You may guess - an "educated guess" maybe, but a guess nonetheless. Or you may skip the question.

(Or cheat by looking up Wikipedia or something, but cheating is something that only cheats do, and I have no time for that.)

Only the first choice is a good one. Guessing answers is guaranteed failure, and skipping questions destroys your "streak".

But if you take the trivia test, you are bound to get a question on a book you know nothing about, and you must then either guess or skip.

Right?

Wrong!

The key to success at Goodreads trivia is to answer only the questions where you already know the answer. You therefore never have to guess, or skip. Just rack up an impressive score of correct answers and be the envy of your friends, top smirker in the mirror, strutter in library halls etc. etc.

Two ways of doing this. The easiest is to read a book and then find the list of trivia questions for that book. Presumably the answers to all the questions are fresh in your mind. In any case, you may skip those you are unsure about.

For example, trivia about Tom Sawyer. It's years since I read this, but I'm bound to know the answers to most of the questions. Easy way to rack up a good winning streak!

Especially if the questions are as easy as this one!

Two ways to get there. Each trivia question (if correctly marked up) will have a link on the screen, like this:
take other questions about

Book:
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Second way to find a list of questions about a particular title is to go to the book's page, and scroll down until you see a link in the right-hand column marked "trivia about....

Alternatively, (my preferred method) of finding questions to which I already know the answer is to look at someone else's list of answered questions: Somebody such as "Book Pig", who has answered 83 667 questions. (The top rankings are shown on the Trivia Leaderboard and there are some impressive statistics there.)

Just page through the questions, answering only those where you are sure of the answer.

And in no time at all, you'll be up there on the leaderboard and your friends will be wondering why they never see you in real life.

Date: 2010-07-31 11:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] appleshoelace.livejournal.com
Ah, so that's how you have so few skips! I just go through all the questions in order. If I don't know the answer, then I skip it and then it shows the answer so I learn and know for next time (as most questions seem to be repeated!).

I've also found that you have to answer your own questions in order to see how they are rated by others.

And I have found that 'very difficult' isn't the one below 'impossible'. There is also 'really really difficult' in between - a couple of my questions are apparently 'really really difficult'. Although probably no longer since I answered all my own questions, and obviously answered them correctly, so I've made the stats change and the questions seem easier!

Date: 2010-07-31 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] appleshoelace.livejournal.com
Ooh - I see that Book Pig got some of my questions wrong!

Date: 2010-08-01 12:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skyring.livejournal.com
They only have a 53% success rate. I'd steer clear of an amusement park ride with that sort of record.

I might go check if BP answered any of my questions...

Pete, dropping back into the trivia

Date: 2010-08-01 09:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] appleshoelace.livejournal.com
I tried doing your way last night, only answering questions I know, but I found that boring. I don't learn anything that way. I don't care about numbers, because it's not an exam where my grade matters. I'd rather learn new things.

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