Run your own Zoom trivia night


Everything you need, from the questions to the team sheets, is laid out in this article. Have fun!

The Pregame

Step 1: Divide participants into teams of 4–5. Create a Slack/private message/group DM channel for each team a few hours before trivia. Ask the team to choose a team name and hype them up.

  • At this point, familiarize yourself with the questions below as well as the Answer Key.
  • Also, think of a fun prize for the winning teams to create an extra competitive atmosphere.

Step 2: Right before you start asking questions, distribute blank Team Sheetsto each team in their private group message (it’s a Google Doc…just make as many copies as you need).

Step 3: Get everyone on a Zoom or videoconference and explain the basic rules:

  • Six rounds.
  • Teams should discuss their answers in their private message groups.
  • Teams will grade themselves when answers are announced every two rounds. The host will record scores in their role as Official Scorekeeper.

Step 4: Ask the questions below. As for timing, feel it out—if most teams seem like they’ve written down their answers you can move on and ask the next question. At the end of each round, ask the group if they want any questions repeated.

  • Pro tip: Have some music ready to play on Spotify while teams are debating answers to add some energy and avoid awkward silence.

🚨Important documents:🚨 Answer Key (for your eyes only) and Team Sheets (make as many copies as you need and distribute one to each team).

Let’s get to the questions!

Round 1: The Streaming Wars

How it works: Participants must guess the U.S. streaming platform each of the following shows appears on. Each correct answer is worth 1 point.

  1. The Queen’s Gambit
  2. Fleabag
  3. The Simpsons
  4. South Park
  5. Ramy
  6. Ted Lasso
  7. Emily in Paris
  8. The Boys  

Round 2: Nutritional Facts

How it works: We’ll give you the complete list of ingredients for something; you have to name that something. Each correct answer is worth 1 point.

Example: Sugar, bitters, water, bourbon, orange peel = Old Fashioned (the cocktail)

  1. Water, soybeans, wheat, and salt
  2. Water, pea protein isolate, expeller-pressed canola oil, refined coconut oil, rice protein, natural flavors, cocoa butter, mung bean protein, methylcellulose, potato starch, apple extract, salt, potassium chloride, vinegar, lemon juice concentrate, sunflower lecithin, pomegranate fruit powder, beet juice extract (for color).
  3. Athos, Porthos, and Aramis
  4. England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland
  5. Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook
  6. Red, orange, yellow, green, and purple
  7. St. James Place, New York Avenue, and Tennessee Avenue
  8. Mel Brooks, John Gielgud, Whoopi Goldberg, Marvin Hamlisch, Helen Hayes, Audrey Hepburn, Robert Lopez, Rita Moreno, Mike Nichols, Richard Rodgers, Scott Rudin, Jonathan Tunick, John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, and Alan Menken

[Pause to read off answers and have a representative from each team announce the points they earned in Rounds 1+2. Record the point totals on your own.]

Round 3: Name the Logo

Here is a Google Slides presentation that displays the word “Quarantine” using letters extracted from famous corporate logos. Share your screen with the participants and click through the slides one by one. Can they name the companies? Each correct answer is worth 1 point.

Round 4: Point A to Point B

No single journey is alike. We’ll give you a particular journey, and you must write down the beginning point and endpoint of that route. Participants get .5 points for each beginning/end (so 8 points total for this section). However, they do not need to distinguish whether their answers mark the beginning or end.

  1. U.S. Interstate 90 (we’re looking for the cities)
  2. NYC Marathon route (boroughs)
  3. Appalachian Trail (states)
  4. Mississippi River (states)
  5. 2020 Tour de France (cities)
  6. Odysseus’s route in the Odyssey (cities)
  7. The Great Gatsby (the first and last words)
  8. Bill Parcells head coaching career (NFL teams)

[Pause to read off answers and have a representative from each team announce the points they earned in Rounds 3+4. Record the point totals on your own.]

Round 5: Before and After

We’ll read off a clue in which the answer is a two-part phrase that is connected by a shared, middle term. Each correct answer is worth 1 point.

Example: A pump-action shooting arcade game played by a country star = Big Buck Hunter Hayes

  1. What Dorothy says when she wants to repair the deck
  2. A luxury laptop plays a golf tournament with a non-professional
  3. Favorite fast food spot for a Shakespearean title character
  4. A TV shark finds himself on the brink of nuclear armageddon
  5. Pasta dish made by a funky smelling Looney Tunes character
  6. Neil Patrick Harris crosses paths with a saint
  7. A Tyra Banks/Elon Musk crossover episode
  8. A Sesame Street character gets addicted to a massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

Round 6: Lightning Round

Put three minutes on the timer.

Write down the top 20 free apps in the App Store right now. Each correct answer is worth .5 points.

[Pause to read off answers and have a representative from each team announce the points they earned in Rounds 5+6. Tally the total scores and declare the winning teams.]

The Final Step

Share your experience on social media. Post a screenshot of your Trivia Night on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #BrewTrivia. Let us know which team won, so we can sing their praises, and who got last, so we can roast them.

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