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Photo quiz 2016

Fingers on the buzzer, it's the 2016 Newsthink photo quiz. News photographs and enticing questions reveal knowledge and stimulate opinion.

The format encourages critical engagement with national and international news stories, open discussion and debate.

Run the quiz in one go, or choose one or two photos to explore in tutor time and spread the learning across several sessions.

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How to run the quiz

One suggested way to use the quiz is to divide a group into teams, each with a ‘captain’. Groups can create a team name for themselves too if they wish.

For the picture round and ‘right the wrong’ questions, allow short conferring within teams before accepting an answer from the captain.

Ask the team captain to nominate a team member to answer the opinion question. Encourage them to nominate a different speaker for each question.

Award points for the response, for example: 0 for a wrong answer; one point for a partly right answer and two points for a full answer. Alternatively you could ask the opposing team to do the scoring and to judge, fairly, how well their competitors answered the question. Ask students to bear in mind that a thoughtful and well-argued reply can be worth points, even if they don't agree with it.

Do the same with the discussion questions, beginning with the team and then opening up the discussion to the whole group.

Be competitive with the scoring, but remember that the discussion and exploration is the main point. If the group gets interested in a particular statement, make time to follow it up and find out more.

Important note: This quiz takes a light-hearted approach. It is meant to be fun as well as educational. However, because it is news-related it refers to events that have affected many people, so try to keep in mind the people and stories behind the photos.

Round 1

Picture round

Alistair Brownlee helps his brother Jonathan Brownlee cross the finish line at the Triathlon World Series© Info

Which sporting event is this?

Why is the man on the right being supported?

What happened next?


The man on the right is Jonny Brownlee, an elite athlete competing in the gruelling Triathlon World Series in Cozumel, Mexico. He is being helped by his brother Alistair after suffering heat exhaustion at the final stages of the 10km race. Alistair helped Jonny over the line, denying himself the chance of winning the race.

Right the wrong

One of these four statements is false, the other three are true. Select the one that's wrong.

  1. Heat exhaustion happens when someone becomes overheated and dehydrated.
  2. A good response to heat exhaustion is to lie down in a cool shady place, sipping plenty of water.
  3. Heat exhaustion only occurs in seriously hot countries such as Mexico.
  4. After the race, Alistair Brownlee jokingly criticised his brother for not pacing the race right.

The false statement is 3. Heat exhaustion can happen in cooler countries too, particularly on hot, humid days.

Opinion round

Alistair helped his brother Jonny to finish the race. Would he have helped an unrelated competitor in the same way? Give your opinion and explain why.

Discussion round

In the interest of athletes’ health, race officials should disqualify any athlete who has heat exhaustion and provide immediate medical attention. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

Download the quiz to access more thought provoking photographs on stories from natural disasters to migration to the Zika virus.


This quiz was written by PJ White of alt62 and published in December 2016.