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How to Create a Power Point Jeopardy Quiz

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 select their category and 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

  1. 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 created --> select Table.
  2. When the table slide is created, type the name of the slide show in the "click to add title" box.
  3. screen shot of PowerPoint slide showing what the jeopardy quiz looks likeDouble 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
  4. 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 table with 4 categories and 3 levels (so my table has 4 columns and 4 rows).

  5. 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 problem slide.

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).

  1. Decide on the type of slides you will use and how many slides of each kind you will need.
  2. From the insert menu (or tool bar) select Insert New Slide --> select the format for your first slide (e.g. Title Only).
  3. 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].
  4. 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:

  1. Make a duplicate of each of the question/problem slides (by selecting the original slide and then Edit --> duplicate)
  2. 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 of the slide title).

Creating Hyperlinks

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 solution slide.

(a) Linking from the table to the corresponding question/problem slides:

  1. On the table, highlight the first item (item for 100 points under the first category).
  2. From the "Slide Show" menu --> select "Action settings"
  3. In the Action settings dialog box for Mouse Click --> select "Hyperlink to" --> this show a pull-down menu of choices --> choose either "Slide..."
  4. 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 to make 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.
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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

  1. 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:
  2. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. 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.

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.

  1. 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 slide).
  2. Name this button "answer" and position it in the desired position (usually bottom or top right corner).
  3. 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

  1. 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.
  2. When contestants answer the question correctly, click on the "answer" button so they can confirm the correct answer.


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