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[[caption-width:699:[[TheWalrusWasPaul Sample question:]] [[FortyTwo It's 42!]] ]]

-->''"'''''''[[color:red:WRONG!]]''''' ''-1 LIFE"''

How to describe this game? Hrm...well, what ''IWannaBeTheGuy'' is to platformers, ''The Impossible Quiz'' is to quiz games.

You can play the game [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/365143 here]]. Its sequel, ''The Impossible Quiz 2'', is [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/398163 here]]. The first two chapters of the episodic ''Impossible Quiz Book'' can be found [[http://www.e4.com/game/impossible-quiz-book/play.e4 here]] and [[http://www.e4.com/game/impossible-quiz-book-chapter-2/play.e4 here]]. If the finished games are too hard, try the [[http://splapp-me-do.deviantart.com/art/The-Impossible-Quiz-Demo-13162727 prototype version here.]]

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'''This game contains examples of:'''
* AscendedExtra: Chris, who was a nameless cat in [=TIQ1=] used for a single question, gained star status in the sequels.
* AprilFoolsDay: ''TheImpossibleQuiz 3''. Try updating your Flash player.
** [[http://splapp-me-do.deviantart.com/art/Impossible-Quiz-Book-2-Trailer-159104499 The Impossible Quizbook Chapter Two]] trailer. Hope you know how to work a ZXSpectrum.
* CheckPointStarvation: There are ''no'' check points in either game, and one of the questions from the sequel mocks the player for wanting one.
* ChekhovsGun: The gimmick behind the Impossible Quizbook Chapter Two trailer above figures into the actual chapter. If you don't know how to solve it, you won't be able to continue the quiz.
** [[spoiler:Your skips, in the original. If you don't keep them all until the end, you can't win.]] Which is why that (As stated in the instructions from the sequel) they are actually useless.
* DeathByGenreSavviness: After you do some questions and understand how logic works in this game, later questions will appear to have tricks, but are supposed to be taken at complete face value.
** [[spoiler:"[[PressXToDie PRESS THIS BUTTON]] [[GameOver TO KILL YOURSELF]] BEFORE THE BOMB DOES!"]]
* {{Engrish}}
* EverythingsCuterWithKittens: Chris the Cat.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Subverted. They're near-impossible, but seem to be completely so until you master them.
* FacePalm: Chris does this on game over in Impossible Quizbook chapter 2.
* FissionMailed: At least once per quiz.
* GameBreakingBug / GuideDangIt: One of the questions makes you forces you to get your cursor from one island to another without touching the water. At the time the game was made, right clicking will bring up a drop down menu that works as a overlay, as a "bridge" to the other island. However, because of some update to flash that has come since, the dropdown no longer functions as an overlay, meaning that other exploits have to be used meaning the question is impossible to solve the normal way. [[spoiler:It is possible to solve: click your mouse buttons and drag your mouse to the other island with the mouse button still clicked in. Or using alt-tab with plenty of open stuff [at least 10 to make a bridge).]]
* GameplayRoulette: Among the more traditional-style questions, you are frequently thrown into minigames where you have to click on things, navigate a maze, etc.
* GuideDangIt
* HurricaneOfPuns: Some of the correct answers in the quizes are puns.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Some of the tests run on this.
* LuckBasedMission / FinalExamBoss: [[spoiler:The last question on Impossible Quiz 2.]]
* MindScrew: The game frequently switches between three main methods of answering: Yes, Baaah, and [[LargeHam Abandon all hope, ye who enter here!]] It also has a few other settings that come up all of once.
* NintendoHard: '''[[color:red:WRONG!]]''' -1 LIFE
* NoFairCheating: Press Tab in any of the games after the prototype.
* NostalgiaLevel: A random question from the first quiz (e.g. the "What flavour is cardboard?" one) is reused in the second quiz, [[{{Retraux}} complete with the exact same button design]].
** Then, on question 117, it reproduces a question from the Impossible Quiz ''prototype'', again with the same graphic design. Considering that at the time few people even knew of the prototype's existence, this threw a lot of people for a loop.
** The Impossible Quiz Book: Chapter 1 features a question from one of the previous quizzes, and one of the possible answers is "Wait a minute... this question is familiar...". [[spoiler:[[DidNotDoTheResearch It's so wrong, isn't it?]]]]
* ObviousRulePatch: In early releases of the first quiz, people would cheat their way through [[ThatOneLevel question 106]] by right-clicking and then waiting until it got to the end. Later versions patched it so that now [[NoFairCheating right-clicking on that question kills you]].
* PressXToNotDie: Press Tab 50 times! [[spoiler:On second thought, [[JustIgnoreIt don't do it]], [[PressXToDie you'll DIE]]!]]
* {{Retraux}}: Questions 61-70 of The Impossible Quizbook are loaded and styled like a ZXSpectrum program.
* RevengeOfTheSequel: One of several ''unofficial'' [[FanSequel Fan Sequels:]] Save the [[StarWars Death Star]] from [[DoomedByCanon premature destruction]] in the [[http://superslinger2007.jimdo.com/revenge Revenge Against the Impossible Quiz]]. Set in 2007 [[NarniaTime and during the events of]] the 2007 ''DeathStar'' novel, [[CaptainObvious but before]] ''ANewHope''.
* RunningGag:
** [[spoiler:Blue, red, blue, yellow.]] Can you remember it?
** LOL 69 ([[spoiler:actually used as one of the possible last questions to ''The Impossible Quiz 2'']]) In Question 69 of Chapter 2 you literally click the question number 69 times.
*** Lemurs (They were even mentioned 5 times in "The Impossible Quiz 2").
* ScheduleSlip: In the [[YourMileageMayVary worst way, but it depends]]. ''The Impossible Quiz Book'' chapter two was released a year after the developer's intended release date.
* SchmuckBait: One question in ''The Impossible Quiz Book'' has an answer labeled "Please don't press this."
** From the original: "IF YOU PRESS THIS BUTTON, IT'S GAME OVER..." [[spoiler: "Alternatively, Click This Button to carry on"]]
* SeriesMascot: Chris the Cat.
* ShoutOut: To various [[MemeticMutation Internet memes]], [[{{Imageboards}} 4Chan]], and [[MythologyGag Splapp-me-do's own movies]] -- the minigames where you help [[BigBad Dr. Eggman]] break SonicTheHedgehog's leg (in the first quiz) and help [[ClingyJealousGirl Amy Rose]] commit suicide (in the second) come from the Flash movie [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/297089 Sonic Breaks his Neck]], for example.
** Question 108 of the original is also a ShoutOut to ''{{Lost}}'', as it requires you to enter [[ArcNumber the numbers]] into the hatch computer before the time runs out. If you fail, you get a NonStandardGameOver which is very similar to what happened when the characters actually failed to enter the numbers.
** The intro of The Impossible Quizbook Chapter 2 informs you that you can press S to skip or [[HeavyRain press X to Jason]].
* SurrealHumour
* ThisISSparta: One of the answers in the second game. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome King Leonidas even comes out and says it.]]
* TimedMission: Bomb questions; run out of time and it's an immediate GameOver regardless of how many lives you have.
* TrialAndErrorGameplay
* UnwinnableByDesign: [[spoiler:Using '''''EVEN ONE SKIP''''' makes you unable to pass the final question in the first game.]]
* VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: The last 10 questions of the first quiz and the last 20 of the second have different music and presentation than the questions that preceded them. They are more difficult and [[TimedMission all timed]].
* ViolationOfCommonSense: Several questions require you to disregard common sense to pass, such as [[spoiler:a question that reads "Press this button to kill you before the bomb does." It was referring to the words "this button" in the question. [[PressXToDie If you click "this button", YOU DIE.]] The actual correct answer is to push the threatening-looking button.]]
* VisualPun: In one question the screen tells you, "if only you had a bridge". (The idea is to right-click and bring up the browser's context menu, so you can mouse over to the target area without touching the borders)
* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: Leads to many correct answers in the early game, and then it gets ZigZagged.
* WordOfGod: According to Splapp, the next impossible quiz ''will'' be the last one.
** Chris the cat was based on his neighbor's cat.
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'''''[[color:red:GAME OVER]]''' [[TheImpossibleQuiz Try again?]]'' / ''[[HomePage I Give Up]]''

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http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/TheImpossibleQuiz.jpg
[[caption-width:699:[[TheWalrusWasPaul Sample question:]] [[FortyTwo It's 42!]] ]]

-->''"'''''''[[color:red:WRONG!]]''''' ''-1 LIFE"''

How to describe this game? Hrm...well, what ''IWannaBeTheGuy'' is to platformers, ''The Impossible Quiz'' is to quiz games.

You can play the game [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/365143 here]]. Its sequel, ''The Impossible Quiz 2'', is [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/398163 here]]. The first two chapters of the episodic ''Impossible Quiz Book'' can be found [[http://www.e4.com/game/impossible-quiz-book/play.e4 here]] and [[http://www.e4.com/game/impossible-quiz-book-chapter-2/play.e4 here]]. If the finished games are too hard, try the [[http://splapp-me-do.deviantart.com/art/The-Impossible-Quiz-Demo-13162727 prototype version here.]]

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'''This game contains examples of:'''
* AscendedExtra: Chris, who was a nameless cat in [=TIQ1=] used for a single question, gained star status in the sequels.
* AprilFoolsDay: ''TheImpossibleQuiz 3''. Try updating your Flash player.
** [[http://splapp-me-do.deviantart.com/art/Impossible-Quiz-Book-2-Trailer-159104499 The Impossible Quizbook Chapter Two]] trailer. Hope you know how to work a ZXSpectrum.
* CheckPointStarvation: There are ''no'' check points in either game, and one of the questions from the sequel mocks the player for wanting one.
* ChekhovsGun: The gimmick behind the Impossible Quizbook Chapter Two trailer above figures into the actual chapter. If you don't know how to solve it, you won't be able to continue the quiz.
** [[spoiler:Your skips, in the original. If you don't keep them all until the end, you can't win.]] Which is why that (As stated in the instructions from the sequel) they are actually useless.
* DeathByGenreSavviness: After you do some questions and understand how logic works in this game, later questions will appear to have tricks, but are supposed to be taken at complete face value.
** [[spoiler:"[[PressXToDie PRESS THIS BUTTON]] [[GameOver TO KILL YOURSELF]] BEFORE THE BOMB DOES!"]]
* {{Engrish}}
* EverythingsCuterWithKittens: Chris the Cat.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Subverted. They're near-impossible, but seem to be completely so until you master them.
* FacePalm: Chris does this on game over in Impossible Quizbook chapter 2.
* FissionMailed: At least once per quiz.
* GameBreakingBug / GuideDangIt: One of the questions makes you forces you to get your cursor from one island to another without touching the water. At the time the game was made, right clicking will bring up a drop down menu that works as a overlay, as a "bridge" to the other island. However, because of some update to flash that has come since, the dropdown no longer functions as an overlay, meaning that other exploits have to be used meaning the question is impossible to solve the normal way. [[spoiler:It is possible to solve: click your mouse buttons and drag your mouse to the other island with the mouse button still clicked in. Or using alt-tab with plenty of open stuff [at least 10 to make a bridge).]]
* GameplayRoulette: Among the more traditional-style questions, you are frequently thrown into minigames where you have to click on things, navigate a maze, etc.
* GuideDangIt
* HurricaneOfPuns: Some of the correct answers in the quizes are puns.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Some of the tests run on this.
* LuckBasedMission / FinalExamBoss: [[spoiler:The last question on Impossible Quiz 2.]]
* MindScrew: The game frequently switches between three main methods of answering: Yes, Baaah, and [[LargeHam Abandon all hope, ye who enter here!]] It also has a few other settings that come up all of once.
* NintendoHard: '''[[color:red:WRONG!]]''' -1 LIFE
* NoFairCheating: Press Tab in any of the games after the prototype.
* NostalgiaLevel: A random question from the first quiz (e.g. the "What flavour is cardboard?" one) is reused in the second quiz, [[{{Retraux}} complete with the exact same button design]].
** Then, on question 117, it reproduces a question from the Impossible Quiz ''prototype'', again with the same graphic design. Considering that at the time few people even knew of the prototype's existence, this threw a lot of people for a loop.
** The Impossible Quiz Book: Chapter 1 features a question from one of the previous quizzes, and one of the possible answers is "Wait a minute... this question is familiar...". [[spoiler:[[DidNotDoTheResearch It's so wrong, isn't it?]]]]
* ObviousRulePatch: In early releases of the first quiz, people would cheat their way through [[ThatOneLevel question 106]] by right-clicking and then waiting until it got to the end. Later versions patched it so that now [[NoFairCheating right-clicking on that question kills you]].
* PressXToNotDie: Press Tab 50 times! [[spoiler:On second thought, [[JustIgnoreIt don't do it]], [[PressXToDie you'll DIE]]!]]
* {{Retraux}}: Questions 61-70 of The Impossible Quizbook are loaded and styled like a ZXSpectrum program.
* RevengeOfTheSequel: One of several ''unofficial'' [[FanSequel Fan Sequels:]] Save the [[StarWars Death Star]] from [[DoomedByCanon premature destruction]] in the [[http://superslinger2007.jimdo.com/revenge Revenge Against the Impossible Quiz]]. Set in 2007 [[NarniaTime and during the events of]] the 2007 ''DeathStar'' novel, [[CaptainObvious but before]] ''ANewHope''.
* RunningGag:
** [[spoiler:Blue, red, blue, yellow.]] Can you remember it?
** LOL 69 ([[spoiler:actually used as one of the possible last questions to ''The Impossible Quiz 2'']]) In Question 69 of Chapter 2 you literally click the question number 69 times.
*** Lemurs (They were even mentioned 5 times in "The Impossible Quiz 2").
* ScheduleSlip: In the [[YourMileageMayVary worst way, but it depends]]. ''The Impossible Quiz Book'' chapter two was released a year after the developer's intended release date.
* SchmuckBait: One question in ''The Impossible Quiz Book'' has an answer labeled "Please don't press this."
** From the original: "IF YOU PRESS THIS BUTTON, IT'S GAME OVER..." [[spoiler: "Alternatively, Click This Button to carry on"]]
* SeriesMascot: Chris the Cat.
* ShoutOut: To various [[MemeticMutation Internet memes]], [[{{Imageboards}} 4Chan]], and [[MythologyGag Splapp-me-do's own movies]] -- the minigames where you help [[BigBad Dr. Eggman]] break SonicTheHedgehog's leg (in the first quiz) and help [[ClingyJealousGirl Amy Rose]] commit suicide (in the second) come from the Flash movie [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/297089 Sonic Breaks his Neck]], for example.
** Question 108 of the original is also a ShoutOut to ''{{Lost}}'', as it requires you to enter [[ArcNumber the numbers]] into the hatch computer before the time runs out. If you fail, you get a NonStandardGameOver which is very similar to what happened when the characters actually failed to enter the numbers.
** The intro of The Impossible Quizbook Chapter 2 informs you that you can press S to skip or [[HeavyRain press X to Jason]].
* SurrealHumour
* ThisISSparta: One of the answers in the second game. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome King Leonidas even comes out and says it.]]
* TimedMission: Bomb questions; run out of time and it's an immediate GameOver regardless of how many lives you have.
* TrialAndErrorGameplay
* UnwinnableByDesign: [[spoiler:Using '''''EVEN ONE SKIP''''' makes you unable to pass the final question in the first game.]]
* VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: The last 10 questions of the first quiz and the last 20 of the second have different music and presentation than the questions that preceded them. They are more difficult and [[TimedMission all timed]].
* ViolationOfCommonSense: Several questions require you to disregard common sense to pass, such as [[spoiler:a question that reads "Press this button to kill you before the bomb does." It was referring to the words "this button" in the question. [[PressXToDie If you click "this button", YOU DIE.]] The actual correct answer is to push the threatening-looking button.]]
* VisualPun: In one question the screen tells you, "if only you had a bridge". (The idea is to right-click and bring up the browser's context menu, so you can mouse over to the target area without touching the borders)
* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: Leads to many correct answers in the early game, and then it gets ZigZagged.
* WordOfGod: According to Splapp, the next impossible quiz ''will'' be the last one.
** Chris the cat was based on his neighbor's cat.
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'''''[[color:red:GAME OVER]]''' [[TheImpossibleQuiz Try again?]]'' / ''[[HomePage I Give Up]]''
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30th Mar '12 8:23:50 PM videogmer314
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* GameBreakingBug / GuideDangIt: One of the questions makes you forces you to get your cursor from one island to another without touching the water. At the time the game was made, right clicking will bring up a drop down menu that works as a overlay, as a "bridge" to the other island. However, because of some update to flash that has come since, the dropdown no longer functions as an overlay, meaning that other exploits have to be used meaning the question is impossible to solve the normal way. [[spoiler:It is possible to solve: click your mouse buttons and drag your mouse to the other island with the mouse button still clicked in. Or using the tab button. with plenty of open stuff [at least 10 to make a bridge).]]

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* GameBreakingBug / GuideDangIt: One of the questions makes you forces you to get your cursor from one island to another without touching the water. At the time the game was made, right clicking will bring up a drop down menu that works as a overlay, as a "bridge" to the other island. However, because of some update to flash that has come since, the dropdown no longer functions as an overlay, meaning that other exploits have to be used meaning the question is impossible to solve the normal way. [[spoiler:It is possible to solve: click your mouse buttons and drag your mouse to the other island with the mouse button still clicked in. Or using the tab button. alt-tab with plenty of open stuff [at least 10 to make a bridge).]]
30th Mar '12 1:07:23 AM FordPrefect
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* ViolationOfCommonSense: Several questions require you to disregard common sense to pass, such as [[spoiler:a question that reads "Press this button to kill you before the bomb does." It was referring to the words "this button" in the question. If you click "this button", YOU DIE. The correct answer is to actually push the threatening-looking button.]]

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* ViolationOfCommonSense: Several questions require you to disregard common sense to pass, such as [[spoiler:a question that reads "Press this button to kill you before the bomb does." It was referring to the words "this button" in the question. [[PressXToDie If you click "this button", YOU DIE. DIE.]] The actual correct answer is to actually push the threatening-looking button.]]
30th Mar '12 1:05:00 AM FordPrefect
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** [[spoiler:"PRESS [[GameOver THIS BUTTON]] TO KILL YOURSELF BEFORE THE BOMB DOES!"]]

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** [[spoiler:"PRESS [[GameOver [[spoiler:"[[PressXToDie PRESS THIS BUTTON]] [[GameOver TO KILL YOURSELF YOURSELF]] BEFORE THE BOMB DOES!"]]
9th Mar '12 3:48:45 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* [=~This! Is! SPARTA!~=]: One of the answers in the second game. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome King Leonidas even comes out and says it.]]

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* [=~This! Is! SPARTA!~=]: ThisISSparta: One of the answers in the second game. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome King Leonidas even comes out and says it.]]
9th Mar '12 3:41:22 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* [=~Everything's Cuter With Kittens~=]: Chris the Cat.

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* [=~Everything's Cuter With Kittens~=]: EverythingsCuterWithKittens: Chris the Cat.
1st Mar '12 8:13:00 AM lilyitch622
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** From the original: "IF YOU PRESS THIS BUTTON, IT'S GAME OVER..." [[spoiler: "Alternatively, Press This Button to carry on"]]

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** From the original: "IF YOU PRESS THIS BUTTON, IT'S GAME OVER..." [[spoiler: "Alternatively, Press Click This Button to carry on"]]
18th Feb '12 5:12:34 AM bhl88
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* GameBreakingBug / GuideDangIt: One of the questions makes you forces you to get your cursor from one island to another without touching the water. At the time the game was made, right clicking will bring up a drop down menu that works as a overlay, as a "bridge" to the other island. However, because of some update to flash that has come since, the dropdown no longer functions as an overlay, meaning that other exploits have to be used meaning the question is impossible to solve the normal way. [[spoiler:It is possible to solve: click your mouse buttons and drag your mouse to the other island with the mouse button still clicked in.]]

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* GameBreakingBug / GuideDangIt: One of the questions makes you forces you to get your cursor from one island to another without touching the water. At the time the game was made, right clicking will bring up a drop down menu that works as a overlay, as a "bridge" to the other island. However, because of some update to flash that has come since, the dropdown no longer functions as an overlay, meaning that other exploits have to be used meaning the question is impossible to solve the normal way. [[spoiler:It is possible to solve: click your mouse buttons and drag your mouse to the other island with the mouse button still clicked in. Or using the tab button. with plenty of open stuff [at least 10 to make a bridge).]]
8th Feb '12 5:52:30 AM lilyitch622
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** [[spoiler:Your skips, in the original. If you don't keep them all until the end, you can't win.]] Which is why that they are actually useless.

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** [[spoiler:Your skips, in the original. If you don't keep them all until the end, you can't win.]] Which is why that (As stated in the instructions from the sequel) they are actually useless.
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