7 questions on board games

7 questions on board games

Monopoly celebrates its 75th birthday this week. But how well do you know the nation's favourite board games? Test your knowledge in our midweek quiz.


1.) 7 questions on board games

Monopoly is sold in 103 countries and produced in 37 different languages, but which city was the original version of the game based on?

  1. London
  2. Atlantic City, New Jersey
  3. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2.) 7 questions on board games

More than 250 million sets of Monopoly have been sold worldwide, but how many little green houses - which are bought as part of the game - have been produced since its launch?

Green house
  1. 5,120 million
  2. 10,120 million
  3. 15,120 million

3.) 7 questions on board games

What name was the general knowledge board game Trivial Pursuit originally called?

Trivial Pursuit
  1. Six Thousand Questions
  2. Trivia Pursuit
  3. Face the facts

4.) 7 questions on board games

How many ways are there to end an untimed chess game?

Chess board
  1. 2
  2. 3
  3. 4

5.) 7 questions on board games

Board games have inspired novels, computer games and films. Which of the following board games is not the centrepiece of a musical?

Computer game
  1. Chess
  2. Cluedo
  3. Battleships


Cluedo inspired the musical Clue, which ran off Broadway from 1997 to 1999. The audience selected cards to determine the ending. There were 216 possible conclusions. Chess is a musical about top players at a world chess championship. Its score was written by Tim Rice and Benny and Bjorn from Abba.

Game pieces

6.) 7 questions on board games

Near the beginning of the film A Beautiful Mind, which board game is John Nash (played by Russell Crowe) challenged to play?

Russell Crowe
  1. Go
  2. Chess
  3. Backgammon

7.) 7 questions on board games

Snakes and Ladders was invented in India and dates back to the 16th Century. In the modern version, how many ladders are there in relation to snakes?

Snake and a ladder
  1. More
  2. The same
  3. Fewer


  1. It's Atlantic City, according to makers of the game Hasbro. On its release, Monopoly became the best-selling board game - and game in general - in the US, beating the staggeringly popular blackjack and roulette. It was invented by Charles Darrow, of Pennsylvania.
  2. It's 5,120 million, according to Hasbro. More than 20 different tokens (such as horse, dog, and car) have been designed since Monopoly's introduction in 1935.
  3. It's Six Thousand Questions, because there are 6,000 questions in each set. It was developed under this name before co-creator Chris Hanley named it Trivia Pursuit. His wife then suggested adding the "I". Hanley, who died in June aged 59, came up with the idea for the game with fellow Canadian Scott Abbott.
  4. It's three. An untimed game of chess can end with a checkmate, with a resignation by either player, or in a draw.
  5. It's Battleships. Universal Studios is making a science fiction film based on the game. It will be released in 2012.
  6. It's Go. The game originated in ancient China up to 4,000 years ago, according to the British Go Association. It is a strategy board games, where black and white counters are used to map out territory.
  7. It's fewer. In the original Indian game snakes outnumbered ladders, according to The Guide to Traditional Games. When it became popular in Victorian Britain they were made equal. The modern-day version is a lot easier because the ladders outnumber the snakes.

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