A Monopoly round makes a fun addition to any quiz.
The great thing about these Monopoly quiz questions is that you don’t need to be a Monopoly expert to play. Even if you’ve never played Monopoly, you’ll still have a good chance of guessing some of the answers.
These Monopoly trivia facts are based on the US version of Monopoly. However, if you’re in the UK you may wish to check out the Monopoly quiz questions (UK version).
Q1 – Which one of the four railroads in Monopoly was not a real railroad?
A – Short Line
There are four railroads in Monopoly – Pennsylvania Railroad, B&O Railroad, Reading Railroad, and Short Line. They are all real railroads in the United States, except for Short Line, which has never existed in real life.
It’s believed that the inventor had a small, interurban tram line by the name of Shore Fast Line in mind when he named the Short Line Monopoly railroad.
Q2 – What color are the houses in the classic version of Monopoly?
A – Green
In Classic Monopoly, houses are small, green buildings, while hotels are larger, red buildings.
Other versions of Monopoly may have different colored buildings. For example, in Monopoly Here and Now, the houses are blue and the hotels are silver.
Q3 – In what year was Monopoly invented?
A – 1935
The idea behind the Monopoly game first came from a woman named Elizabeth Magie as early as 1902. She invented a game called ‘The Landlord’s Game’, but it never really caught on.
In 1933, a man by the name of Charles Darrow made his own gameboard at home with handwritten cards. He pitched the idea to Parker Brothers who initially rejected it.
The Monopoly brand’s official birthday is March 19, 1935. This is the date the Parker Brothers acquired rights for the game from Charles Darrow.
Suggested read: When Was Monopoly Invented? A Complete Timeline
Q4 – In the board game Monopoly, which property are you most likely to land on?
A – Illinois Avenue
The most commonly landed on property on the Monopoly board is Illinois Avenue. This is because the most commonly landed on space is Jail, the most common number to roll is a seven, followed by six and eight, and Illinois Avenue is positioned 14 spaces after Jail.
So on average you’ll roll two sevens, or a six and an eight, more often than other dice combinations.
There is also a Chance card that says ‘Advance to Illinois Avenue’. This increases the overall probability of landing on the property.
The probability of ending up on Illinois Avenue in any given turn is 3.19%. [Source]
Q5 – What is the most expensive property on a standard Monopoly board?
A – Boardwalk
The most expensive property on a standard Monopoly board is Boardwalk. This property costs $400 to buy, and the rent starts from $50. With a hotel on Boardwalk, you can claim $2000 in rent.
If you wanted to make this a little harder, you could instead ask:
“Which property is the most expensive in the UK version of Monopoly and is where “Boardwalk” is in the US version?”
The answer to that would be Mayfair.
Q6 – What is the Monopoly guy’s name?
A – Rich Uncle Pennybags
The Monopoly Man’s actual name is Rich Uncle Pennybags. He also goes by the name Mr. Monopoly.
Suggested read: Facts About The Monopoly Man
Q7 – How many Chance cards are in Monopoly?
A – 16
The standard Monopoly game has 16 Chance cards and 16 Community Chest cards.
Q8 – Name one of the three Monopoly playing pieces that were retired in 2017.
A – Thimble, Boot, or Wheelbarrow
In 2017, the public voted on their favorite Monopoly tokens from a list of 64 options. The thimble, boot, and wheelbarrow didn’t get enough votes to stay in the game, so they were replaced by the new and more popular T-Rex, rubber ducky, and penguin.
The thimble is back though!
Q9 – How many squares are there on a Monopoly board?
A – 40
A standard Monopoly board has 40 squares. There are 22 colored streets, 4 railroads, 2 utility spaces, 3 Chance spaces, 3 Community Chest spaces, 2 tax spaces, 1 Go space, 1 Go to Jail space, 1 Jail & Just Visiting space, and 1 Free Parking space.
Q10 – Which city’s streets inspired the Monopoly board game?
A – Atlantic City, NJ
Monopoly creator Charles Darrow loved to vacation in Atlantic City and was inspired by the names of the streets.
Some of the locations on the Monopoly board no longer exist today. For example, Illinois Avenue was renamed as Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in the 1980s.
In the UK version of Monopoly, which was first produced a year after the US version, the properties are named after streets in London.
Q11 – What company makes Monopoly?
A – Hasbro
Hasbro has manufactured Monopoly since 1991 when it acquired the Parker Brothers company and its games.
Q12 – How much money do you receive from each player if it’s your birthday?
A – $10
The game of Monopoly features a Community Chest card with the message: “It’s your birthday. Collect $10 from every player.”
Q13 – What are there 17 of in Monopoly?
A – Avenues
There are 17 Avenues on the standard US Monopoly board.
- Mediterranean Avenue
- Baltic Avenue
- Oriental Avenue
- Vermont Avenue
- Connecticut Avenue
- States Avenue
- Virginia Avenue
- Tennessee Avenue
- New York Avenue
- Kentucky Avenue
- Indiana Avenue
- Illinois Avenue
- Atlantic Avenue
- Ventnor Avenue
- Pacific Avenue
- North Carolina Avenue
- Pennsylvania Avenue
Note: If you’re playing the UK version of Monopoly, there is only one Avenue on the board – Northumberland Avenue.
Q14 – What color is Pennsylvania Avenue on the Monopoly board?
A – Green
Pennsylvania Avenue is one of the three Green Monopoly properties, along with Pacific Avenue and North Carolina Avenue.
Q15 – According to a vote of over 4 million people in 2017, which is the most popular Monopoly token?
A – The dog
In 2017, Hasbro invited people from over 100 countries to vote on their favorite Monopoly token. The Scottie Dog token received the most votes, making it the most popular Monopoly playing piece.
Tie Breaker – How much Monopoly money is in a box?
Answer – $20,580
In the event of a tie, the player or team who guesses the closest to the correct answer is the winner.
So there you go – hopefully, these board game trivia questions about Monopoly prove useful, whether you’re writing your own trivia quiz or you’re cramming in your Monopoly questions and answers before attending a quiz yourself.
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