Introduction: How to Play the "Questions" Game.

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Many of you have not seen the movie Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead, so you may not know what I'm talking about. Questions is a simple game that requires no no equipment, just and imaginative mind.

Step 1: Scoring, Rules and Fouls.

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Scoring is done by foul. Fouls can be called for:

Statement: Player fails to reply with an actual question.
Hesitation: Player takes too long to reply or grunts or makes a false start.
Repetition: Player asks a question identical to or synonymous with one already asked this game.
Rhetoric: Player asks a rhetorical question.
Non-Sequiur: Player responds with an unrelated question.

R: We could play at questions.
G: What good would that do?
R: Practice!
G: Statement! One - love.
R: Cheating!
G: How?
R: I hadn't started yet.
G: Statement. Two - love.
R: Are you counting that?
G: What?
R: Are you counting that?
G: Foul! No repetitions. Three - love. First game to...

Step 2: Winning.

Picture of Winning.

When a foul is called on a player, his opponent is awarded one point. first player to get three points wins a game. Matches are played best out of 3 games.

Step 3: Other Things You Can Do.

In one multilayer variant, the game is played with two lines facing each other. The two opponents at the heads of the lines play each other and go to the back of the line (or the other line) when they foul. Scoring can be however you like.

In another multilayer variant, players are simply removed from the round for a foul.


asteadman (author)2014-08-20

Is it surprising that this is the first Instructable that made me grin from the opening pic to the end of the comments?

fzumrk (author)asteadman2014-08-21

That's a foul. Rhetorical question.

sobeit42 (author)2014-08-21

Haven't seen the film read the play one of my favourites

amandagrrl (author)2014-08-20

I love love love this movie. Question Tennis is a great game, especially when your opponent doesn't know you're playing.

LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-07-02

You should add this to the upcoming game contest

Jake-off (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-07-02

theres a game contest coming up?

Jake-off (author)nagutron2008-07-02

oh, cool thank you

Ageless Kronos (author)Jake-off2014-08-20

is it finally over?

snoyes (author)nagutron2008-07-03


nagutron (author)snoyes2008-07-03


I lol'd.

watchmeflyy (author)2014-08-20

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead -- I loved it! Nice tutorial. :3

pleabargain (author)2009-07-18

I use this in my classes with my HS students. Fabulous way to get them to slow down, think and stop reacting.

pdub77 (author)2009-04-11

a friend and i did this scene in an acting class i took in college. fantastic movie! one of my favorites. statements, i know, but i know which way the wind is blowing.

Jake-off (author)2008-07-03


snoyes (author)Jake-off2008-07-03

How do you play?

Jake-off (author)snoyes2008-07-03

Didn't you read the instructable?

snoyes (author)Jake-off2008-07-03

Is that important to the game?

Jake-off (author)snoyes2008-07-03

don't you think so?

snoyes (author)Jake-off2008-07-04

Hadn't you told me to think "la"?

Jake-off (author)snoyes2008-07-04

i'm sorry, what did you say?

snoyes (author)Jake-off2008-07-04

Comma splice. Statement.

Jake-off (author)snoyes2008-07-05

Cheating! not one of the rules

masterochicken (author)Jake-off2008-07-05

Are you sure?

Jake-off (author)masterochicken2008-07-05

did no one read the rules?

masterochicken (author)Jake-off2008-07-06

Who reads?

Jake-off (author)masterochicken2008-07-07

don't you?

masterochicken (author)Jake-off2008-07-07

Isn't it obvious?

Jake-off (author)masterochicken2008-07-07

isn't what obvious?

masterochicken (author)Jake-off2008-07-08

Isn't it all?

Jake-off (author)masterochicken2008-07-08

what are you playing at?

pdub77 (author)Jake-off2009-04-11

words. they're all we have to go on.

masterochicken (author)Jake-off2008-07-08

Weren't we playing a game?

Jake-off (author)masterochicken2008-07-09

what game?

masterochicken (author)Jake-off2008-07-10

Isn't it all a game?

Jake-off (author)masterochicken2008-07-10

what do you mean by that?

masterochicken (author)Jake-off2008-07-11

What does any of it mean?

Jake-off (author)masterochicken2008-07-13

what do you mean by that?

snoyes (author)Jake-off2008-07-13

Repetition! 2-love.

masterochicken (author)snoyes2008-07-14

Isn't that kind of cheating?

Jake-off (author)masterochicken2008-07-14

who's cheating?

snoyes (author)Jake-off2008-07-14

Do you think a deep enough comment nesting level will crash the Instructables server?

Jake-off (author)snoyes2008-07-15


snoyes (author)Jake-off2008-07-15

Where do you see 'irrelevant' on the list of fouls?

masterochicken (author)snoyes2008-07-15

Why didn't you read the rules?

snoyes (author)masterochicken2008-07-15

Are the rules important to the game?

masterochicken (author)snoyes2008-07-15

Are you serious?

snoyes (author)masterochicken2008-07-15

Who else is bored and wants to quit?

bthadon1 (author)snoyes2008-07-15

Are you people serious?

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