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History of quizzes

Quizzes have been a popular form of entertainment for centuries. In fact, the history of quizzes dates back to ancient civilizations, where they were used as a means of education and entertainment. One of the earliest recorded examples of a quiz was the "sphinx riddle," which was a popular form of entertainment in ancient Egypt. The sphinx riddle was a question posed by the mythical creature, the sphinx, which had the body of a lion, the wings of an eagle, and the head of a human. The sphinx would ask a riddle to travelers, and if they were unable to solve it, the sphinx would devour them.

Quizzes were also a popular form of entertainment in ancient Greece, where they were often used as a means of testing knowledge and wisdom. In fact, the word "quiz" itself is thought to have originated from the Greek word "kyzo," which means "to test or examine."

Throughout the centuries, quizzes have evolved and taken many different forms. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, quiz bowls and trivia contests became popular forms of entertainment. These events were often held in pubs or Taverns, and participants would compete to see who had the most extensive knowledge on a variety of topics.

In the 20th century, quizzes became even more popular with the advent of television. Shows like "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" and "Jeopardy!" have become household names and have helped to popularize quizzes as a form of entertainment.

Today, quizzes can be found in a variety of formats, from online quizzes and trivia games to live trivia events and quiz shows. Quizzes continue to be a popular form of entertainment and a way to test one's knowledge on a wide range of topics.

written by Don Cloedo.


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