Well, I started to take up the Tall Skinny Challenge at Bible Apps. I succeeded in getting him some “company at the top,” but I have to ask how long it actually took him to amass 27,000 points! I think I’ve got to call it quits rather than work on the extra 23,000 points I’d need to edge him off the top spot. I have no illusions of knocking him off of Technorati, either ;^)
The Bible Apps quiz displays a random verse in the King’s English (King James, that is) and gives you a multiple-choice selection of which book of the Bible it’s from. Once you get past the King James and get in the groove, it’s not too bad… and is actually a little bit addictive at that point. The game gives you stats on how many you’ve managed to answer correctly in a row, your “current streak,” percentage correct, and your average time to answer. I was hitting 83% in an average of 6 seconds with a “best streak” of 36 questions. I was down to a 5-second average at one point and managed to bring my average up from 80% as I went along.
The thing that’s interesting to me is the patterns that I saw emerging not from the game, but from Scripture itself. The key to doing well at the game and responding quickly (assuming you haven’t memorized the entire canon) is knowing the major themes and literary genre of each book. Some of the answers are obvious, but if you only get a piece of genealogy or a sentence fragment, it’s helpful to know that it fits an apocalyptic style or narrative, or a book narrated in the first person.
Well, please remind those who may not have realized it — but you must SIGN IN before you start playing in order to see your statistics. And is there any end? I went on and on for over TWO HOURS before I realised that you had to sign in…and that there was not an end to this quiz.
So, I cannot share my statistics, but they should have been interesting. (Average time was probably 5 sec., and in 140 minutes I only missed 49). Being a former Bible quiz bowl coach for 10 years, this stuff is in my blood. But it ruined my evening last night to have played for so long and not realized the whole sign in thing. :^(
Also, did you note the subliminal attempts to get you to choose an answer — sometimes a letter was highlited or had some other way of drawing your attention to it. It would be correct, say, three times in a row…and then WRONG. Very interesting.
nice to have company.
average time 3 seconds . . . thank you very much
hey – knocking me off technorati should be easier now that technorati only measures links created within 6 months.
history means nothing anymore, nor previous links.
see you there