Ping Pong Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

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1: In what century was table tennis first played?

A: 16th century

B: 17th century

C: 18th century

D: 19th century

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: Table tennis was first played in the 19th century in England.

2: What is the highest governing body for table tennis?

A: ITF

B: ITTF

C: FIFA

D: IOC

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) is the highest governing body for table tennis.

3: In which year did table tennis become an Olympic sport?

A: 1976

B: 1984

C: 1988

D: 1992

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: Table tennis has been an Olympic sport since 1988.

4: What material are modern table tennis balls made of?

A: Celluloid

B: Polystyrene

C: Rubber

D: Polymer

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: As of 2015, table tennis balls are made of a polymer material.

5: What is the standard diameter of a table tennis ball?

A: 38 mm

B: 40 mm

C: 42 mm

D: 44 mm

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The standard diameter of a table tennis ball is 40 mm.

6: How much does an official table tennis ball weigh?

A: 2.5 g

B: 2.7 g

C: 3.0 g

D: 3.2 g

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: An official table tennis ball weighs 2.7 grams.

7: How high must a table tennis ball bounce when dropped from a height of 30.5 cm?

A: 15-20 cm

B: 20-22 cm

C: 24-26 cm

D: 28-30 cm

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The ball must bounce between 24–26 cm when dropped from a height of 30.5 cm.

8: Which table tennis association was founded in 1926?

A: The International Tennis Federation

B: USA Table Tennis

C: The International Table Tennis Federation

D: The German Table Tennis Association

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) was founded in 1926.

9: How is the “handover” of service determined at the start of a table tennis game?

A: Rock-paper-scissors

B: Coin toss

C: Referee decision

D: Highest score in practice rallies

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The first service is decided by a coin toss or similar lot.

10: What is the purpose of the line painted along the long axis of the table in doubles games?

A: To mark the service area

B: To enhance visibility

C: To separate playing zones

D: To facilitate the doubles service rule

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: The line helps in doubles service by showing the correct service boxes.

11: How many points must a player score to win a standard game of table tennis?

A: 9

B: 11

C: 15

D: 21

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: A player must score 11 points to win a standard game unless both players score 10 points each, requiring a 2-point lead.

12: What type of grip is commonly referred to as “penhold”?

A: Western grip

B: Seemiller grip

C: Penhold grip

D: Eastern grip

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The penhold grip involves holding the paddle similarly to how one holds a pen.

13: What rule was changed after the 2000 Olympics to make table tennis more viable as a televised sport?

A: Increase in ball size

B: Change in net height

C: Shortened match duration

D: Introduction of new rubber materials

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: The ball size was increased from 38 mm to 40 mm to slow down the game, aiding television viewership.

14: When executing a “push” stroke, what kind of spin is imparted on the ball?

A: Topspin

B: Sidespin

C: Backspin

D: Corkspin

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: A push stroke imparts backspin on the ball.

15: Who first discovered the celluloid balls ideal for table tennis in 1901?

A: E.C. Goode

B: James W. Gibb

C: Parker Brothers

D: J. Jaques & Son Ltd

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: James W. Gibb, a British table tennis enthusiast, discovered celluloid balls.

16: What does the “ready position” in table tennis involve?

A: Standing on one leg

B: Feet spaced wider than shoulder width

C: Leaning backward

D: Holding the racket tightly

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The ready position involves feet spaced wider than shoulder width and a partial crouch.

17: How many official member associations are included in the ITTF as of now?

A: 100

B: 150

C: 200

D: 226

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: The ITTF includes 226 member associations worldwide.

18: What term is used for shutting off a rally where the result is not scored?

A: Net

B: Let

C: Fault

D: Out

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: A rally where the result is not scored is called a “let.”

19: In competitive table tennis, how often does service alternate between players in a standard game?

A: Every point

B: Every 2 points

C: Every 3 points

D: Every 4 points

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Service alternates every 2 points in a standard game.

20: How many returns must a receiver complete under the expedite system before scoring a point?

A: 10

B: 11

C: 12

D: 13

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: The receiver must complete 13 returns in a rally under the expedite system before scoring a point.

21: Who invented the modern version of the table tennis racket in 1901?

A: James W. Gibb

B: Parker Brothers

C: E.C. Goode

D: J. Jaques & Son Ltd

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: E.C. Goode invented the modern version of the racket by attaching a sheet of pimpled rubber to the blade.

22: What is the term for a type of stroke involving a direct hit that propels the ball forward?

A: Loop

B: Flip

C: Hit

D: Smash

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: A “hit” is a direct stroke that propels the ball forward.

23: What is the main aim of a smash in table tennis?

A: To create spin

B: To slow down the game

C: To apply speed

D: To confuse the opponent

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The main aim of a smash is to impart as much speed on the ball as possible to make it difficult for the opponent to react.

24: Which continent governs table tennis through the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU)?

A: Asia

B: Africa

C: Europe

D: South America

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) governs table tennis in Europe.

25: What technique in table tennis is referred to as “counter-hit”?

A: Attacking a serve

B: Returning a high loop drive

C: Executing a backspin stroke

D: Blocking a smash

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: A counter-hit often involves countering a high loop drive close to the bounce.

26: What is the primary reason for increasing the ball size from 38 mm to 40 mm in 2000?

A: To make the game faster

B: To slow the game down

C: To increase difficulty

D: To change equipment appearance

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Increasing the ball size to 40 mm slowed the game down, making it more suitable for television broadcasting.

27: Which grip style involves holding the paddle similar to shaking hands?

A: Tennis grip

B: Shakehand grip

C: Backhand grip

D: Overhead grip

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The shakehand grip involves holding the paddle as if you were shaking hands.

28: When did table tennis become a sport in the Paralympics?

A: 1960

B: 1964

C: 1968

D: 1972

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: Table tennis has been a sport in the Paralympics since the 1960 Summer Paralympics.

29: What is the main characteristic of “topspin” in table tennis?

A: The ball rotates backward

B: The ball floats slowly

C: The ball accelerates upon bouncing

D: The ball has no spin

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: Topspin causes the ball to dip after the apex and accelerate upon bouncing on the table.

30: Which stroke in table tennis is predominantly a defensive technique to keep the ball low?

A: Smash

B: Loop

C: Counter-hit

D: Chop

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: A chop is a defensive stroke used to create backspin and keep the ball low and difficult to attack.

31: Which organization is the main governing body for table tennis in the United States?

A: ITTF

B: ETTU

C: USATT

D: FIFA

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: USA Table Tennis (USATT) is the national governing body for table tennis in the United States.

32: What key advantage does a “block” stroke offer in table tennis?

A: Increased spin

B: Slower ball speed

C: Effective counter to offensive strokes

D: Increased accuracy

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: A block stroke allows a player to counter nearly as much energy as an opponent’s offensive stroke and return the ball back quickly.

33: Who holds the record for the first male table tennis player to complete a Grand Slam?

A: Ma Long

B: Kong Linghui

C: Jan-Ove Waldner

D: Zhang Jike

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: Jan-Ove Waldner of Sweden first completed the Grand Slam in table tennis at the 1992 Olympic Games.

34: What is the newest material used for table tennis balls since July 2014?

A: Celluloid

B: Plastic

C: Poly

D: Rubber

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) mandates that all events after July 2014 are played using poly material balls.

35: What is the minimum playing space required for a standard table tennis match according to ITTF regulations?

A: 10 m x 5 m

B: 12 m x 6 m

C: 14 m x 7 m

D: 16 m x 8 m

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The minimum playing space required is 14 m (length) x 7 m (width) with at least 5 m height clearance.

36: What notable event in table tennis history took place in the 1950s?

A: Introduction of sponge rubber paddles

B: Celluloid balls were discovered

C: Table tennis became an Olympic sport

D: Establishment of ITTF

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: In the 1950s, the introduction of paddles with sponge rubber layers dramatically changed the game.

37: Which term describes the strategic wrist movement compressed into a quick action during a fast attack in close quarters?

A: Loop

B: Flip

C: Chop

D: Smash

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The flip is a quick wrist action used to attack balls that haven’t bounced beyond the table’s edge.

38: How high is the net on a table tennis table?

A: 10 cm

B: 12.5 cm

C: 15.25 cm

D: 20 cm

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The net on a table tennis table is 15.25 cm high.

39: Which spin makes it difficult for the ball to be returned with high speed due to its angular precision requirements?

A: Topspin

B: Sidespin

C: Corkspin

D: Backspin

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: Backspin makes it harder for the opponent to return the ball with great speed due to the required angular precision of the return.

40: What role does the “glue” used in mid-1980s paddles serve?

A: Increase ball size

B: Increase spin and speed

C: Reduce reflexes

D: Increase durability

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The use of speed glue increased the spin and speed of the ball, revolutionizing table tennis play.

41: When playing doubles, the server must serve from which side to which side on the table?

A: Left box to left box

B: Left box to right box

C: Right box to left box

D: Right box to right box

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: In doubles, service must originate from the right-hand box and land in the opponent’s right-hand box.

42: What is a modified form of traditional table tennis involving a wooden paddle with no sponge called?

A: Softbat

B: Stickbat

C: Hardbat

D: Fastbat

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: Hardbat table tennis uses rackets with short outward “pips” and no sponge.

43: Which player holds the record for most Olympic gold medals in men’s table tennis?

A: Jan-Ove Waldner

B: Zhang Jike

C: Ma Lin

D: Ma Long

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: Ma Long holds the record for most Olympic gold medals in men’s table tennis, with golds in 2016 and 2020.

44: What aspect of play is maximally affected by the Magnus effect in table tennis?

A: Service speed

B: Ball trajectory

C: Racket weight

D: Player stamina

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The Magnus effect greatly affects the trajectory of the ball in table tennis.

45: How many plies of wood can a laminated wooden racket feature according to ITTF regulations?

A: 1 to 3

B: 1 to 5

C: 1 to 7

D: 1 to 9

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The wooden portion of the racket, commonly referred to as the “blade,” can feature anywhere between one and seven plies of wood.

46: When did the name “ping-pong” become trademarked by J. Jaques & Son Ltd?

A: 1885

B: 1901

C: 1921

D: 1933

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: British manufacturer J. Jaques & Son Ltd trademarked “ping-pong” in 1901.

47: What is a “let” in table tennis?

A: Missing a serve

B: A rally with no score

C: Hitting the net

D: Scoring a point

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: A “let” is a rally of which the result is not scored.

48: What is a critical feature of the Seemiller grip used in table tennis?

A: Different rubber types on each side

B: Only one rubber type

C: No rubber used

D: Rubber on both sides is the same

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: The Seemiller grip uses two contrasting rubber types on either side of the racket, allowing players to “twiddle” to produce varied effects.

49: What is the nickname of the table tennis grip where the fingers are curled around the rubber’s back?

A: Eastern grip

B: Western grip

C: Penhold grip

D: Backhand grip

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The penhold grip involves curling the fingers around the back of the racket, resembling holding a pen.

50: Which type of stroke is characterized by propelling the ball to a great height with substantial spin, making it hard for the opponent to return?

A: Block

B: Chop

C: Lob

D: Push

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: A lob is a defensive stroke that propels the ball to a great height with substantial spin.

51: What event marked a significant endorsement of table tennis by the Olympic community in 1988?

A: Inclusion in the Summer Olympics

B: Introduction of women’s teams

C: Establishment of a table tennis museum

D: First televised broadcasts

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: Table tennis was endorsed by the Olympic community in 1988 by including it as an Olympic sport.

52: What year was the International Table Tennis Federation founded?

A: 1901

B: 1921

C: 1926

D: 1933

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) was founded in 1926.

53: What unique spin often only used in serves causes the ball to bounce unexpectedly to the right or left?

A: Backspin

B: Topspin

C: Corkspin

D: Dropspin

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: Corkspin has the axis of spin parallel to the ball’s trajectory, causing the ball to dart right or left upon bouncing.

54: What is the term for a series of events controlled by synchronization between the ITTF and regional federations?

A: Continental Championships

B: ITTF World Tour

C: European Champions League

D: Table Tennis World Cup

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The ITTF World Tour is a series of events controlled by the ITTF and regional federations.

55: When playing doubles, how do players alternate receiving the serve?

A: After each point

B: After each serve

C: After every two points

D: After every game

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: In doubles, players alternate receiving the serve after each serve.

56: What results in a fault during a table tennis game?

A: Server hits the net with the ball

B: Ball hits the edge of the table

C: Player makes a successful return

D: Ball is hit multiple times in a serve

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: A fault is when the server hits the net with the ball, or otherwise fails to deliver a legal serve.

57: Which hand holds the ball during a legal serve in table tennis?

A: Dominant hand

B: Free hand

C: Both hands

D: Opponent’s hand

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The server holds the ball in their free hand.

58: What is the size of a standard table tennis table?

A: 2 m x 1.5 m

B: 2.74 m x 1.525 m

C: 3 m x 2 m

D: 9 m x 7 m

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: A standard table tennis table is 2.74 meters (9 ft) long and 1.525 meters (5 ft) wide.

59: What method was used historically to create an improvised net during the early days of table tennis?

A: Row of books

B: Wooden slats

C: Fishing line

D: Curtain rods

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: Early makeshift versions of table tennis used a row of books stood up along the center of the table as a net.

60: Which player technique involves primarily using the wrist for quick, explosive hits in close table play?

A: Loop

B: Flip

C: Block

D: Counter-hit

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The flip technique compresses the backswing into a quick wrist action for rapid close-quarter hits.

Source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_tennis

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