1. True or false: Nine Men’s Morris is an English version of a medieval game and is mentioned in the works of Shakespeare.Flag3
  2. Match each of the following games with their area of origin.
    A. Pente 1. Canada
    B. Tablero de Jesus 2. Greece
    C. Trivial Pursuit 3. Spain
  3. Kriegspiel began as a complex game of military strategy in Germany. Which of the following is correct about the modern, chess-based version of Kriegspiel?
    A. It is played with three chessboards.
    B. It requires two players and an umpire.
    C. The two players do not see their opponent’s chesspieces.
    D. All of the above
  4. The game LAP was invented by Polish game expert Lech Pijanowski. True or false: The word LAP is Polish for “extremely difficult pastime.”
  5. In the 19th century, Faro (or Pharaoh) was one of the most popular card games in the US and Europe. Faro’s origins are obscure, but in which country was it given its name?
    A. France
    B. Italy
    C. The Netherlands
  6. Mancala is often called “the national game of Africa.” True or false: Mancala dates back at least 3,000 years.
  7. Bezique is a card game which is considered a forerunner of Pinochle. Bezique’s invention is credited to a schoolmaster by the name of Gustav Flaker. Which country was he from?
    A. Belgium
    B. Scotland
    C. Sweden
  8. True or false: The Asian game known as Shogi is often referred to as “Japanese chess.”
  9. Which of the following games is not believed to have been invented in China?
    A. Go
    B. Mah Jong
    C. Othello
  10. Bridge is one of the world’s most popular card games. True or false: The first recognized world championship contract bridge match was held in Bermuda in 1950.

Answers

  1. True, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  2. A,2; B,3; C,1
  3. D.
  4. False. The name LAP came from the inventor’s initials.
  5. A. In the court of Louis XIV, to be exact.
  6. True. Mancala boards have been found in ancient Egyptian temples.
  7. C. The name of the game is French, but the inventor was a Swede.
  8. True
  9. C. The game marketed in the US and Europe as “Othello” was invented in Japan.
  10. True. This contest is still called the Bermuda Cup.