クイズ (kuizu) does not mean what you think!

The katakana word クイズ kuizu definitely comes from the English word "quiz", but did you know that クイズ kuizu and "quiz" don't really mean the same thing?

In English, we call a quick informal test given to students in a class "a quiz". The Japanese クイズ kuizu does not have this usage. Instead we call such a test 小テスト shoutesuto, which literally means, "small test".

Then what does クイズ kuizu mean? We use it to refer to something like a trivia quiz; the type of questions you hear at a televised quiz show.

So if I ask you, "What's the tallest mountain in the world?", that's クイズ kuizu. But a short kanji test that you take at the beginning of every class is 小テスト shoutesuto.
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