Quick Quiz

Overview

 

Quizzes that decide things like your DJ name based on personal information are very popular with children and something they are familiar with from magazines and websites. This activity uses that idea to generate some story ideas. The fun and familiar format of this sort of quiz will really engage children in the creative writing process.

 

Intro

This activity uses things such as birthday month, first or surname initial, and favourite colour or animal, to create a variety of characters and ideas for a setting. Children can use these ideas to write descriptions and/or a short story.

You can use the quizzes provided below as they are, or adapt them however you like. Children can also try making up their own quiz to use on friends and family.

 

What you need

  • Access to the quiz or quizzes you are going to use
  • Paper to note results on

 

What to do

Step 1: Choose any or all of the quizzes below for children to complete. 
Step 2: Children can then complete one or more of the follow on activity ideas.

 

Step 1: Complete quizzes

 

Children answer the quiz questions to generate ideas for characters and settings. All the quizzes can be found below the follow on activity ideas section. Make notes of results as you go.

 

Step 2: Follow on activities

Choose one or more of the following activity ideas to complete. You could complete all of them in separate sessions. If your child doesn’t have much confidence, start with just talking about possible story ideas or drawing a character. Build up over time to attempting writing a description or short story through this and other fun, non-threatening Wid Literacy activities.

 

Follow on activity ideas:

  • Children draw their favourite results and write a short description of the characters.
  • Children write or draw a scene involving the character(s).
  • If you have multiple children and/or you join in, put together a family/group book of different heroes and villains involving pictures and short descriptions.
  • Use the quiz results as a springboard for writing a piece of ‘flash fiction’ (a piece of fiction, generally around 100-1000 words in length, sometimes as short as 50 words).
  • Write a longer, more complete story using the results of the quizzes.
  • Adapt any of the quizzes to make new ones, or create one from scratch, Try them on friends and family.

 

 

The Quizzes

In this section you will find all the quizzes.

Section 1: A basic quiz for main character and setting

Generate ideas for main characters and setting.  Children answer the three parts of the quiz and use their results to make up a simple story or another of the follow on activity ideas.

    Section 2: Quizzes for more detailed characters

    In the first quiz, generate ideas to build a more detailed villain character. and in the second a detailed hero. Children can complete one or both and use the results to describe and/or draw their character or use for one of the follow on activity ideas.

     

    Section 1: Quiz for main characters and setting

    Baddy

    Your date of birth:

    1st-5th Clever and evil witch
    6th-10th Eccentric and power-hungry scientist
    11th-15th Giant who doesn’t think much and is very violent
    16th-20th A wizard who hates everyone and everything and just wants to destroy things
    21st-25th A robot who was made to serve a clever inventor but turned evil and got a mind of its own
    26th-31st A fire-breathing dragon

    Goody

    Your birthday month:

    Jan/Feb A superhero with the power of invisibility
    Mar/Apr A brave and cunning mouse
    May/Jun A grandparent with a secret agent past and they still have all the gadgets
    Jul/Aug An ordinary-looking pet dog who secretly has great intelligence and martial art skills
    Sept/Oct A group of friends who get superpowers after their science teacher’s experiment goes wrong– these superpowers could be strength/flying/teleporting
    Nov/Dec A person who gets hit by lightening in a storm and transported to another world where they have to fight the baddy to get back home

    Setting

    The initial of your first name:

    A-D Jungle
    E-H Park
    I-L Woods
    M-P Beach
    Q-U Farm
    V-Z Fairground

     

     

     

     

    Section 2: Quizzes to create more detailed characters

    Build a villain

    The date of your birthday is their personality:

    1st-5th Blood-thirsty
    6th-10th Evil
    11th-15th Cruel
    16th-20th Wicked
    21st-25th Vicious
    26th-31st Wild

     

    Your favourite colour is their secret weapon:

    Red Wrestling
    Blue Flying
    Green Ice-blasting
    Yellow Flame-throwing
    Orange Ninja
    Pink Bone-crushing
    Purple Lightening-striking

     

    Your favourite animal is their evil villain job:

    Dog Clown
    Cat Monster
    Monkey Inventor
    Mouse Teacher
    Fish Doctor
    Elephant Spaceship pilot
    Bird Troll

     

    Build a hero

    Hero’s name/title (three parts)

    Your first name initial is the first part of their name:

    A-C The Brilliant
    D-G The Awesome
    H-K The Epic
    L-O The Amazing
    P-S The Great
    T-V The Fantastic
    W-Z The Magnificent

     

    Your surname initial is the second part of their name:

    A-D Fiery
    E-H Crafty
    I-L Brave
    M-P Cool
    Q-T Wild
    U-Z Bonkers

     

    Your birthday month is the third part of their name:

    Jan/Feb Rock star
    Mar/Apr Tiger-man
    May/Jun Lion-woman
    Jul/Aug Wonder-kid
    Sept/Oct Knight
    Nov/Dec Warrior

     

    Your middle initial is their crime-fighting gadget:

    A-F Helicopter hat
    G-L Rocket boots
    M-R Super-fast car
    S-Z Invisibility suit
    None Sticky shoes to walk up walls

     

    Your favourite food is their side-kick:

    Chocolate Super-smart talking parrot
    Pizza Ninja cat
    Chips Brave dog
    Strawberries Speedy cheetah
    Ice cream Acrobatic monkey
    Crisps Fire-breathing dragon