Mah Jongg Fun Time Trivia Quiz
Many thanks to our member Alan who submitted these Trivia questions and gave us permission for their use.
- When did Mah Jongg start in the USA?
- How many members are in the National Mah Jongg League?
- If you refer to Mah Jongg with one word, which is correct?
- Name 6 charities supported by the National Mah Jongg League?
- When may you declare yourself “dead”?
- When you know that the hand you were attempting to make is impossible
- Only after you verify that given the exposure(s) and tiles played there is no hand that is “makeable”
- Only when challenged and verified that no hand is “makeable”.
- How do you play 2 handed Mah Jongg?
- Same as 4 handed but incoming passed and drawn tiles for the dummy positions are fed to the left side of the rack while outgoing tiles are taken from the right
- No dummy hands are dealt and no Charleston played
- Same as 4 handed but Charleston is not played.
- Player incorrectly names a tile that is called for Mah Jongg. What happens?
- The tile is replaced and play continues as if no call were made
- Discarder pays declarer 4 times the value of the hand and the game ends
- Discarder pays declarer double of the hands value while others pay the hands value and the hand ends.
- A tile is called and that player then exchanges for a joker and then declares Mah Jongg. Who pays double?
- The last discarder
- Player whose rack provided the joker.
- A player challenges a hand. The Challenged says “I am not dead” and continues to play. It turns out to be a wall game and the Challenger was correct – the hand was dead. What happens?
- The Challenged pays everyone at the table the amount associated with the hand said to be being played
- The Challenged pays the Challenger $.25
- The Challenged must be the next host
- What is “Chow” in Mah Jongg?
- Nosh served when playing
- Set of 3 consecutive tiles of the same suit
- A Charleston pass that includes a joker
- Who wrote the first set of rules for American style Mah Jongg?
- Ruth Unger
- Joseph Babcock
- Marilyn Starr
- Dorthy Meyerson
- How many members started the National Mah Jongg League?
- A player has 3 flowers and a Joker exposed (Kong of flowers). Another player exchanges for the Joker but errors by replacing the Joker with a 1 Bam. Several turns later a player discovers the error. Which if any players are “dead”?
- Player that got the Joker
- Player with the exposure
- If a player calls for a tile and does not touch it but exposes the tiles to go with it, is it okay to say “never mind” and put the tiles back in the rack?
- If you call for a tile and put up a joker, the called tile and two tiles from your rack to make a kong, may you change your mind and put one of the tiles back in your rack?
- Can an exchange for an exposed joker be made before you pick your 14th tile?
- When playing a concealed hand, can you exchange a joker?
- Yes, if it is for Mah Jongg.
- A player announces a discard but has not put it on the table. Can the player change their mind?
- As long as no one has called it or racked a tile.
- Must one call or pick before an exchange?
Answers to quiz:
- (these are just a few)
American Cancer Society
American Diabetes Association
American Heart association
American Red Cross
City of Hope
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Habitat For Humanity
Hackensack University Medical Center
Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital
Make A Wish Foundation
Meals on Wheels
Muscular Dystrophy Association
Ronald McDonald House
St. Judes Children’s Hospital
Susan G. Komen Foundation
- Only when challenged and verified that no hand is “makeable”
- No dummy hands are dealt and no Charleston played.
- Miscaller pays declarer 4 times the value of the hand and the game ends.
- Everyone (It is considered self-picked.)
- Challengee pays the Challenger .25
- Set of 3 tiles
- Joseph Babcock
- The Player with the exposure is “dead”.
- NO Exposure is a commitment to make the call and expose.
- YES Up until you have discarded.
- NO (You must pick your 14th tile first or call for an exposure.