BGSU Trivia Game Rules & Study Guide
BGSU Trivia was created for the 75th Anniversary of Bowling Green State University in 1985. Similar in play to the popular game, "Trivial Pursuit", questions were organized into six categories-people, sports, places, odds-n-ends, campus life, and history. To mark the Centennial celebration of the University, the Center for Archival Collections will present a quiz each month, featuring two questions from each of the categories. Test your knowledge and have fun!
Object: To correctly answer BGSU Trivia questions earning 3 credits for each correct answer. The first team to accumulate 120 credits and then answer correctly a "Final Exam" 2-credit question wins the game and has 122 credits for a Bachelor of Trivia (BT) degree
Categories: There are six BGSU Trivia categories-each designated by a different card color.
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Cards: Each card contains two questions-one on each side. Each side of a card is distinguished by different artwork and contains one complete multiple choice question. The correct answer is printed on the same side as the question and is located in the lower right corner of the card.
Begin at Pre-Registration and follow through to Graduation rules one to ten.
1. Divide into two teams.
2. Line up the cards corresponding to the one-to-six list under "Categories."
3. Select a team "professor" to read the questions to the opposing team.
4. Determine which Team goes first by a flip of a coin.
5. Each team begins its first turn with a question from the first "required course," PEOPLE. After each correct answer, the same team continues play through each of the six "required course" categories in the order listed.
6. Play passes to the other team following an incorrect answer OR six correct answers-one from each category.
7. When play returns to the other team, a question is drawn from the category last answered incorrectly. If six correct answers were given on the previous turn, the team selects a category to begin its turn.
8. Scores are kept for each team. Three (3) credits are recorded for each correct answer. On a single turn, the maximum credits a team can earn are 18 for six correct answers.
When play passes on an incorrect answer, the category or color may be noted to indicate the card to be drawn on the team's next turn.
A total of 122 credits is required for graduation which includes forty 3-credit questions answered correctly and a final exam question for 2 credits.
9. When a team accumulates 120 credits, the team "declares a major" in one of the six card categories. A final 2-credit question is given from that category. If answered incorrectly, play passes. On its next turn, the team is given another "final exam" question from the same category (you may not change majors at this point in the game).
10. When the "Final Exam" question is answered correctly, the team wins and all team members are granted Bachelor of Trivia (BT) degrees.
Honors Program: In the Honors Program, a team has the option of answering the question before the multiple choices are given. Five credits are awarded for each question a team answers correctly before the choices are read. Three credits are awarded for questions answered correctly after the multiple choices are given.
A 5-credit question answered incorrectly cannot be taken for 3 credits. (Honor students, please note, some questions are only possible to answer with the multiple choices given.) In the Honors Program, there is no six question limit. A team continues to play after each correct answer; play passes when an incorrect answer is given.
Master's Degree Program: To earn a Master of Trivia (MT) degree, follow the "honors Program," accumulate 150 credits (30 credits beyond the BT degree) and answer a Master's Thesis question from a category selected by the opposing team.
Doctor's Degree Program: To earn a Doctor of Trivia (DTD) degree, follow the "Masters Degree Program," accumulate 210 credits (90 credits beyond the BT degree) and complete a Dissertation. The Dissertation requires answering six questions correctly-one question from each category. The Dissertation questions are not part of the 210 credits required.
Professor's Choice Option: One person, not a team member, is designated "professor." The professor selects questions from the same category for each team. Play passes alternately between each team whether a correct answer is given or not. The professor reads the questions and records the scores for each team.
Dropout Option: For shorter games, teams may want to "dropout" after the freshman, sophomore, or junior year. Total credits of 30, 60, or 90 are agreed upon before play begins. A "Final Exam" question must be answered correctly for a team to win the game.
Die or Game Board Option: To play with a die (not included) or game board from other trivia games, use the BGSU TRIVIA cards. Each of the six color-coded card categories correspond to the six numbers on a die or six color spaces on a trivia game board.
Game Makers' Comments
BGSU TRIVIA is an original game made for students, staff, faculty, alumni, family and friends of Bowling Green State University. We hope you enjoy playing the game.
BGSU TRIVIA would not have been possible if it were not for the help of a lot of people and a lot of help from a few people.
The game is by no means inclusive. Every attempt was made to represent each fact as accurately as possible even though sources sometimes varied.
Even long-time alumni and faculty may be scratching their heads over some of the questions in BGSU Trivia. To get some of the background information you need, consult some of these sources:
Overman, James. The History of Bowling Green State University. Bowling Green, Ohio: BGSU, 1967.--Written in honor of the Golden Anniversary.
Givens, Stuart. The Falcon Soars: Bowling Green State University--The Years of Growing Distinction, 1963-1985. Bowling Green, Ohio: Popular Press, 1986.--Written in honor of the 75th Anniversary.
Archival Chronicle - occasional articles and photographs on BGSU history
BG News Index - searchable online index of the student newspaper. Microfilm copies of the newspaper are available in Jerome Library microforms on first floor and at the CAC.
BGSU History links: