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    Hi all,

    Am trying to make a trivia quiz for tomorrow's ichi-nensei senior high class and was wondering if you lot could help me out with some (really) simple questions that the students will be able to answer. The theme of the lesson is sort of on landmarks and things about a person's country so it'd be great if the questions could focus on aspects of Japan like that, or very simple questions about other countries.

    So far I have:

    What is the biggest lake in Japan? (Biwa)
    What is the biggest mountain in Japan? (Mt Fuji)
    Where in Japan is Sapporo? (Hokkaido)
    Where in Japan is Namba train station? (Osaka)
    In which Japanese sport do 2 fat men wrestle? (Sumo)
    Who is the Prime Minister of Japan (Fukuda)
    How many people are in the band SMAP? (5)
    What country does Tempura come from originally? (Portugal)
    What is the capital of Japan? (Tokyo)
    What is the longest river in Japan? (Shinano River)

    Can anyone think of some good ones? Thanking you in advance!

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    That sounds pretty easy. I say have some back up questions that are more difficult. If it is too difficult, just give them options to choose from or play Hangman with the word till they guess
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    Quote Originally Posted by Narniaru
    That sounds pretty easy. I say have some back up questions that are more difficult. If it is too difficult, just give them options to choose from or play Hangman with the word till they guess
    Well they've only just started OC classes and it's a non-academic school so they're a bit nervous and the standard of English isn't great. They'll be in teams, which makes it easier, but last week I asked them what the capital of Japan was and it took 5 minutes before I gave up and told them (having rephrased the question a dozen times - including asking "what is the biggest city in Japan?" and giving them choices)! I'll definitely have a few harder ones but I was hoping ITIL could use its experience to give me a decent base of easy questions first!

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    My suggestion would be to branch out and ask some questions about the world.

    There are really easy things you could ask, like where the Statue of Liberty is, where you would find the pyramids, or how many sheep there are in the Waikato region of New Zealand. Simple stuff, ya know?

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    I'd be willing to bet mo that the kids won't get the tempura question right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dombay
    I'd be willing to bet mo that the kids won't get the tempura question right.
    Haha - I agree. I thought it might be an interesting one for them though.

    And yeah Kiwis - I've been concentrating on the "Japan round" thus far!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying_Kiwis
    My suggestion would be to branch out and ask some questions about the world.

    There are really easy things you could ask, like where the Statue of Liberty is, where you would find the pyramids, or how many sheep there are in the Waikato region of New Zealand. Simple stuff, ya know?
    Hahahahaha! FK, you have so not met my san-nenseis. Even with pictures they did not know those answers.
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    Yes, I'm not entirely sure my lot will know about outside Japan. It's going to be things like "arrange the countries by size" (which they probably won't be able to do right, but at least they can argue in their team!) and "what country is spaghetti from"? I'm not sure many will know where the pyramids are though :cry:

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    Which country's soilders committed acts of cannibalism agaisnt POWs in WW2?

    Which country performed vivisections on civilian children in the Philippines?

    Which world leader was responsible for more deaths than Hitler and Stalin combined?
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    Well, they're at least questions I suppose

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    If you're working on comparatives and superlatives I'd change "biggest mountain" to "tallest mountain".
    You could have some more difficult questions but make them multiple choice.

    Which prefecture has the highest standard of living in Japan? (Toyama)
    In which city would you find Japan's largest buddha? (Nara)
    What is the largest city on Okinawa? (Naha)
    Where should I go if I want to see the Nebuta festival? (Aomori)
    Which part of Kyoto should I go to if I want to see Maiko? (Gion)
    What is the name of the train line that circles Tokyo?
    (Yamanote)
    How long does it take to get from Tokyo to Osaka by shinkansen? (About 2 and a half hours)
    Where is Yoyogi koen? (Harajuku/Shibuya, Tokyo)
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    Quote Originally Posted by wicket
    If you're working on comparatives and superlatives I'd change "biggest mountain" to "tallest mountain".
    You could have some more difficult questions but make them multiple choice.

    Which prefecture has the highest standard of living in Japan? (Toyama)
    In which city would you find Japan's largest buddha? (Nara)
    What is the largest city on Okinawa? (Naha)
    Where should I go if I want to see the Nebuta festival? (Aomori)
    Which part of Kyoto should I go to if I want to see Maiko? (Gion)
    What is the name of the train line that circles Tokyo?
    (Yamanote)
    How long does it take to get from Tokyo to Osaka by shinkansen? (About 2 and a half hours)
    Where is Yoyogi koen? (Harajuku/Shibuya, Tokyo)
    Cheers Wicket - that's just the sort of thing I was looking for!

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    helps if the know the correct answers....

    the largest buddha is in Ibaraki, some 100m meters taller than the nara one
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeCarter
    helps if the know the correct answers....
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    no more than usual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wicket
    Which prefecture has the highest standard of living in Japan? (Toyama)
    Really? I went to Takaoka a couple of weeks ago and, though it was lovely, it seemed to be quite poor there.
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    Oh yeah - I forgot the Ibaraki one. But it's pretty new.
    The standard of living is assessed on a number of factors - percentage of home ownership, access to good drinking water, cheap food, public transport, clean air, entertainment, tourism spots, average wage, unemployment figures etc.
    Takaoka is a hole compared to most of Toyama prefecture. But it's Brazilian restaurant rocks.
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    The city's main road is kinda ugly but I wouldn't go so far as to say it's a hole!

    Did you go to Zuiryuji? They also have a great park in the middle of the city, a giant Buddha (on par in size with the one in Nara) and lots of nice backstreets. I found endearing that it wasn't so rich, because it escaped a lot of the crass commercialism and tacky architecture which plagues a lot of the wealthier and larger cities in Japan (... well with a few exceptions).
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    Yeah. Takaoka was my nearest city when I lived in Toyama, so I spent a reasonable amount of time there. But I'd rather tour the backstreets of Kanazawa. Agree with you on the lack of tourists, though; and the park is gorgeous in Autumn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeCarter
    helps if the know the correct answers....

    the largest buddha is in Ibaraki, some 100m meters taller than the nara one
    Naras is the biggest, indoor, seated buddha
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