WorldQuest Trivia Contest Will Test Students' Global Knowledge

For immediate release:
Nov. 13, 2007

Contact: Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. –What is the capital of Peru? What are the colors of the German flag? On Sunday, Nov. 18, Wellesley students can expect to encounter questions like these when they participate in WorldQuest 2007, a trivia game on global knowledge taking place from 1-3 pm in Tishman Commons in the Wang Campus Center.

Sponsored by Wellesley’s Model UN Club, the game will be played by teams of five to seven people, each competing to answer trivia questions in topics such as International Holidays, Current Affairs, 20th Century Treaties and Famous Places. Play will be divided into 10 rounds consisting of 10 questions each, with teams vying to earn the highest number of correct answers.

According to Mary Mei, a Model UN member and organizer of WorldQuest, Sunday’s game will be the second in what Model UN hopes to make an annual tradition.

“I think that the most fun part about this competition for students will be working together with their friends to answer the questions posed by this game. Last year’s participants had a really great time and this year we hope they will too,” Mei said.

Wellesley’s event takes place in conjunction with a wider WorldQuest intercollegiate trivia competition involving faculty and students from Boston-area colleges and universities. The program is a modified version of Academic WorldQuest, a similar competition run for high school students by the World Affairs Council of America.

The contest, which asks for a $5 entry fee from each team, will also serve as a fundraiser to help Model UN members attend conferences next semester at places like the University of Chicago and Princeton.

“MUN conferences are quite expensive, as we must cover fees for the conference, travel and hotel for all delegates, so we are really looking forward to a good turnout this year,” Mei said.

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries.