This article is about the challenge. For the episode of the same name, see "Q and A".
Q and A (also known as Face Off, Voo Doo, Getting Smashed Q & A, Body Slam, Jala-Powed, and Touchy Subjects) is a recurring challenge that originated in Survivor: The Amazon as an Immunity Challenge and was used in later seasons as a Reward Challenge.
The challenge always starts the same: each of the castaways would fill out a questionnaire about the tribe in private, then the results would be tallied and the challenge would begin. The questions would be posed to the group and the castaways would guess whose name was written most often. Whoever got the question right could strike against another castaway. This is denoted by chopping a rope attached to a battering ram, which would hit the castaway's representative effigy. After 3 strikes, the significant idol/mask/ceramic statue/voodoo doll would be destroyed, eliminating that player from the challenge.
There have been modifications to this challenge over seasons:
In The Amazon, after someone answered 5 questions correctly, they would win.
In All-Stars, each castaway who answers a question correctly would be allowed to cut a section of rope connected to the swinging log of the castaway they wanted eliminated. Three cuts of the rope would send the logs smashing into the mask.
In Panama, after three chops, the rope will release a torch that will in turn send their voodoo dolls up in flames.
In Fiji, towers were smashed. When all three towers are gone, that person is out of the game.
In Micronesia, after three chops of the rope, the statuette would be smashed and that castaway would be eliminated from the challenge.
In Tocantins, after three cut ropes, an idol would be smashed, and that castaway was removed from the challenge.
In One World, three cuts of the rope would send the doll into a fire where it would burn, thus eliminating that player from the challenge.
The last castaway standing wins the challenge.
"Q and A"
"Stupid People, Stupid, Stupid People"
"It's a Turtle?!"
"I'm Gonna Fix Her!"
"They Both Went Bananas"
"Never Say Die"
Most Common Answer
- Despite originating in The Amazon, Tom Buchanan was the first castaway knocked out of this challenge in All-Stars.
- This is due to the fact that in The Amazon, the winner was the first person to answer five questions correctly, not the last person standing.
- Cirie Fields is the only castaway to participate in this challenge twice.
- Kim Spradlin is the only Sole Survivor to also win this challenge.
- Courtney Marit has been the collective answer for the most questions with 4.
- The question "Who would you trust with your life?" has been asked the most times, six of the seven times this challenge has been played.
- All six people who have been the collective answer for this question have made the final four of their season, and three of them have won. In addition, Rob Mariano won a future season after being the collective answer.
- This challenge is almost always used with 7 castaways remaining, with the notable exceptions of Fiji with 9, and One World with 8.