Problems With Trivial Pursuit Questions

My wife and I were playing Trivial Pursuit on her iPad last night and I have to say that I have problems with a few of the questions.  I don’t know if the iPad version does not have the same standards as the physical edition, but some of the questions were not phrased as carefully as I thought they might have been.

For example, one question asked: Which is the largest wine-producing country?  Spain, France, or Australia.  At the same time that I know what is meant by this question, I do not think that it is phrased precisely to ask such.

It seems to me that the question might have been better phrased as: Which of these countries produces the most wine?  Perhaps a time period might even be stated, such as annually, since a time restriction might change the answer.

Still, I’m sure this is what the question meant.  To support this, the answer was France.  After all, according to Wikipedia, France produces between 50 and 60 million hectolitre of wine per year, or 7–8 billion bottles, while Spain produces somewhere closer to around 34 million hectolitres and Australia produces closer to 10 million (I could not quickly find exact figures for these two countries).

However, which is the largest wine-producing country?  The question looks more like: which country (that produces wine) is the largest?  That would be Australia since Australia has an area of approximately 2,969,907 square miles whereas France has an area of approximately 260,558 square miles and Spain has an area of approximately 195,364 square miles.

Further, the question could have been a trick.  For example, a country could have been included in the list that had the largest total area but did not produce wine.  As such, it would have been the wrong choice because it was not the largest “wine-producing” country.

Regardless, I do not think this question is phrased to ask what it intends to ask.  I know what it meant, but that wasn’t what it said.  I guess I just want more carefully phrased questions for any game of Trivial Pursuit I play.

About David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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