Multiple choice questions provide players with a list of possible answers, one of which is correct.
It should be noted that good questions may limit the answer space to a finite number of answers. For example, a question with the phrase "this U.S. President" narrows down the number of possible correct answers to 46. Nevertheless, because the player is not given a list of possible answers to choose from, such scope-narrowing phrases do not make a question multiple choice.
Because they allow for a team with zero knowledge to earn points simply by guessing, multiple choice questions are generally considered a part of bad quizbowl. This is especially true for multiple-choice tossups due to their inherent lack of pyramidality.
Formats that use multiple choice questions
- Bay Area Quiz Kids during the spring 2013 season (Season 14), for all tossups in the "Three-for-all" rounds
- WRAL Brain Game
- It's Academic (often during the team rounds, and generally the science questions in both the fourth round and the grab bag are multiple choice)
- High School Quiz Show (WGBH Boston)
- Challenge (New York metropolitan area)
- Questions Unlimited
- Commissioner's Academic Challenge (and formerly NTAE/Panasonic Academic Challenge)
- National Science Bowl
- National Ocean Sciences Bowl