I’ve decided to take on a pretty large (but fun) project for KMA. Basically, it will be a quiz based off a large database of questions. People would register a username, then use that account to take the quiz on one of three difficulty levels. Their high scores would be saved in their account, and the best overall high scores would be displayed for everyone. If they beat a high score for a certain difficulty, their account high score would be updated. Both accuracy and speed would be factored in when determining the final score.
The project is already well under development (in fact, the quiz functionality is nearly complete). There’s a few small bugs to work out and some testing to do, and the task of linking it all to a database, automating the addition of questions, and creating the interface all remain to be done, but it could be around sooner than later.
Why post now?
I need questions of course! The more people who send questions my way, the more variety there will be to the test (e.g. the ‘easy’ difficulty may contain over a hundred questions, but only twenty will be offered on any given run of the test).
Easy questions should be things that someone who is fairly familiar with the novel and reading at KMA should have a decent chance of knowing, but nothing too easy. Naming Sima Yi’s two powerful children (Sima Zhao and Sima Shi) might be one, but it will not be something like “What is the name of Guan Yu’s sword?”
Moderate questions will be things that require some pretty specific knowledge and experience. The sort of stuff that most people would have to look up, and may include items that are very find to hard on the Internet, but that an alert person would have picked up on their way through the book. This could include something like picking the correct list of the 10 regular attendants, or knowing who the five Wu ‘tigers’ were (what were they called, the Tigers of Jiang Dong? I forget…)
Advanced questions are the sort of thing that would be a challenge for even people like Lady Wu, Great Deer (Transformer A), Han Xin, Cai Yan (Transformer B), Mengdez New Book, etc (all our good old knows-all-sorts-of-stuff friends). Feel free to go all out on these ones, but at least make them possible to learn. This should be a chance for people who have been enjoying the era their whole lives to stumble across questions they don’t know the answer to so they can look them up and learn.
Why do it? Because it would be fun to inspire people to learn more about the era, and one of the best ways to pull that off is with some friendly competition.
Submitting (Automated): You can use the form below to submit questions for the quiz. It automates the process and sends it directly to my email under the proper subject so it isn't lost in the inbox.
Quiz Submission Form
Submitting (Manually): You can also complete a submission or submissions manually. If so, please use the template below and send it/them to me using the form at http://kongming.net/email/ (please do your best to word questions and answers so they are as clear as possible, I’m fully expecting to see many questions I do not know the answer to at all).
_DIFFICULTY[Easy, Moderate, Advanced]
_QUESTION_NAME[Type out question]
_QUESTION_ANSWER[a, b, c, d, e, f]
_QUESTION_CHOICE_A[First of six multiple choice answers]
_QUESTION_CHOICE_B[Second of six multiple choice answers]
_QUESTION_CHOICE_C[Third of six multiple choice answers]
_QUESTION_CHOICE_D[Fourth of six multiple choice answers]
_QUESTION_CHOICE_E[Fifth of six multiple choice answers]
_QUESTION_CHOICE_F[Sixth of six multiple choice answers]
Make the subject line something like ‘Three Kingdoms Quiz’.
Here’s an example:
Who were the Five Tiger Generals of Shu?
Zhuge Liang, Zhao Yun, Pang Tong, Guan Yu, Zhang Fei
Guan Yu, Zhao Yun, Zhang Fei, Liu Bei, Ma Chao
Zhao Yun, Zhuge Liang, Ma Chao, Guan Yu, Zhang Fei
Huang Zhong, Guan Yu, Zhao Yun, Zhang Fei, Wei Yan
Zhang Fei, Huang Zhong, Zhao Yun, Ma Chao, Guan Yu
Guan Yu, Zhang Fei, Zhao Yun, Ma Chao, Wei Yan
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Please feel free to use this thread to discuss the idea itself, related ideas to improve it, suggestions, and also, I don’t mind if you toss around your ideas for questions in this thread if you’d like feedback, just don’t post the question answers publicly here or it might disqualify them from the quiz (nice to make them look at least a little).