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How to Create a Power Point Jeopardy
By Helen Mongan-Rallis
[Last updated on
December 9, 2003
Power Point can be used to create a quiz in the form of a Jeopardy quiz show.
This is done by using hyperlinks from home slide -- the slide from which contestants
the value under each category. Each item in the different categories is linked
to a slide that poses the question or problem. On each problem slide there
is another hyperlink that shows the solution to the question. To see examples
of what this looks like:
Create table with different categories
- Once in PowerPoint, from the insert menu (or tool bar) select Insert
New Slide --> This will bring up a dialog box showing
the different slides that can be
- When the table slide is created, type the name of the slide show in the
"click to add title" box.
- Double click on the box that says "double click to add table." This will
bring up a box asking you how many rows and columns you would like. Under
columns enter the number of categories you wish to create (usually 3 or 4).
Under rows enter the number of levels
you would like for your quiz (usually 3 or 4) plus one extra row for the
category headings. Example: In the diagram to the right, I have created a
4 categories and 3 levels (so my table has 4 columns and 4 rows).
- Later on you will come back to this slide and create links from each of
the numbers (100, 200, 300 etc under each category) to the corresponding
Create question/problem slides
The next step is to create a slide for each question/problem. The format of
this slide will depend on your topic and subject area. In my example of an
African Wildlife quiz, each question slide shows a photograph of an animal
or bird. Thus I chose "Title Only" slides -- ones that have a space
for the slide title and then the rest of the slide is blank. Important
tip: Avoid choosing "Blank" slides whenever
you want to make links among your slides, because even if you type text onto
these blank slides, the text will not show
up in outline view of your slides or in the list of slides, so you won't know
what is on the slide unless you actually open it. This reason will
become more clear below (see section on creating hyperlinks).
- Decide on the type of slides you will use and how many slides of each
kind you will need.
- From the insert menu (or tool bar) select Insert New Slide --> select
the format for your first slide (e.g. Title Only).
- If you will be using the same slide format for many or all of your slides,
once you have created one new slide in your chosen format, you can duplicate
it (make as many duplicates as you need by click once on the slide (either
in outline view, slide sorter view, or slide view) and then under the Edit
menu select "Duplicate" or use short cut keys control + D (windows)/
Apple + D (Mac).
[tip: you may want to insert
the action buttons described below in Step
(b) under Creating HyperLinks onto this new slide, and then duplicate this slide with the action buttons
already on it. This will save you having to insert the action buttons as
a separate step onto each slide].
- Once you have created the number of slides that you need, enter the problem
or question on the slide. Make sure that each slide does have a title that
clearly indicates what is on the slide.
Creating answer/solution slides
Although it isn't essential, it is useful to create slides that show the correct
answer to each of the problems/questions (so that contestants can see the correct
answer once they have responded). To do this:
- Make a duplicate of each of the question/problem slides (by selecting the
original slide and then Edit --> duplicate)
- In place of or in additional to the original title on the question/problem
slide, insert the answer/solution in the title (if the answer is too long,
then have key words related to the answer as part
To make your quiz interactive, you need to create links (a) from the table
to the corresponding question/problem slides (b) from the question/problem
slide back to the table (c) from each question/problem slide to the corresponding
(a) Linking from the table to the corresponding question/problem slides:
- On the table, highlight the first item (item for 100 points under the first
- From the "Slide Show" menu --> select "Action settings"
- In the Action settings dialog box for Mouse Click --> select "Hyperlink
to" --> this show a pull-down menu of choices --> choose either "Slide..."
- This will bring up another dialog box that lists all the slides in your
presentation according to the title of each slide (that is why it is so important
sure every slide had a title that indicates clearly what is on the slide) -->
click on the slide that shows the question/problem corresponding to item you
have highlighted in your table.
- Click the "OK" button --> this will show you the Actions Settings dialog
box again, but this time under the "Hyperlink to" menu the slide you have
chosen will be listed.
If this is correct, click the "OK" button (if it isn't correct, repeat step
4 but make the correct slide selection).
- Your first item on your table will show up as a hyperlink (it will be underlined
and in a different color). To check that it works, display your Power Point
table in Slide Show view and click on the hyperlinked word. It should take
you to the corresponding question/problem slide.
- Repeat the above steps until all of the items in the quiz table are linked
to their corresponding question/problem.
(b) from the question/problem and answer slides back to the table
- On the question/problem slide, from the "Slide Show" menu --> select
"Action button" --> this show a pull-down menu of choices --> You
may select different options here, depending on your preference:
Reposition and resize the radio button (click and drag on border handlebars
to resize, or click in the center of the box and drag the box to reposition
it). Position the home button on the same place on all question slides (usually
bottom left hand corner).
To name the button (example: "home" to indicate that the button takes you
to the home card or quiz table), from the drawing tool bar --> select the
text box tool --> click this in the center of your action button and type
in the name of the button (you may need to resize the box or the font in
order to have your text fit in the box).
Once you have created this button once, copy it (click on it and from "Edit"
menu --> select "Copy") and paste it onto the same place on all question
and answer slides.
- Option 1: choose "home" --> this will
turn the cursor into a cross which is a drawing tool. Use
this to draw a button the desired size (so this by clicking and dragging
from top left corner of the box you are drawing down to the bottom right
of the box). The box will be filled with the default color and show a picture
of a house within the box. You can change the fill color later . You can
also resize and reposition
- Once you have drawn the box and release the mouse, a dialog box opens
and shows you that this button will automatically link to the first
slide--> --> click
the OK button. [note: there are other preset choices too if you don't
want to select "home" -- take a look and see what meets your needs]
- Option 2: choose "Custom" --> as in Option 1 above, this
will turn the cursor into a cross which is a drawing tool. Use this to
draw a button the desired size (so this by clicking and dragging diagonally
from top left corner of the box you are drawing down to the bottom right
of the box). The box will be filled with the default color. You can change
this later (by changing fill color). You can also resize and reposition
- Once you have drawn the box and release the mouse, a dialog box
opens asking what action you want this button to perform --> select
to" radio button, and from the drop-down menu select "Slide.." --> this
opens a box showing you the slides in your presentation --> select the
one that shows the quiz table --> when you do the name of this slide
will show up in the dialog box next to "Hyperlink to" --> click
the OK button.
Note: If you use answer slides, you may prefer not to have a "home" button
on the question/problem slides since you will usually go from the question/problem
slide to the answer slide and only then back to the quiz table. However,
I have found it useful to be able to connect back to the quiz slide from the
question/problem slide to give you the option not to have to go to the solution
slide (saves time if you find it unnecessary to display the answer each time).
(c) from each question/problem slide to the corresponding solution slide.
- Repeat the the steps in section (b), but when you create the hyperlink,
select "next slide" to take you to the solution slide (for each question/problem
- Name this button "answer" and position it in the desired position (usually
bottom or top right corner).
- Repeat this on all question/problem slides by copying the button and pasting
it in the same place on each question/problem slides.
To use the jeopardy quiz
- Open the quiz table and switch to slide show view.
When contestants make their selection of category and level, click on the
hyperlink that corresponds to their choice --> this takes you to the question
under that category.
- When contestants answer the question correctly, click on the "answer" button
so they can confirm the correct answer.
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