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.

Rules

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.

History

In its debut during The Amazon, Rob Cesternino won this challenge, the only time it appeared as an Immunity Challenge.

Rupert Boneham won the challenge when it reappeared in All-Stars.

Cirie Fields won this challenge in Panama.

Cassandra Franklin won this challenge in Fiji.

Alexis Jones won this challenge in Micronesia.

Stephen Fishbach won this challenge in Tocantins.

Kim Spradlin won this challenge most recently in One World.

Winners

Episode Challenge Type Winners
The Amazon
"Q and A"
Individual Immunity S6 rob t.png
Rob Cesternino
All-Stars
"Stupid People, Stupid, Stupid People"
Individual Reward S8 rupert t.png
Rupert Boneham
Panama
"Medical Emergency"
Individual Reward S12 cirie t.png
Cirie Fields
Fiji
"It's a Turtle?!"
Individual Reward S14 cassandra t.png
Cassandra Franklin
Micronesia
"I'm Gonna Fix Her!"
Individual Reward
(Family Visit)
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Alexis Jones
Tocantins
"They Both Went Bananas"
Individual Reward S18 stephen t.png
Stephen Fishbach
One World
"Never Say Die"
Individual Reward S24 kim t.png
Kim Spradlin

Most Common Answer

Question Most Common Answer Question Most Common Answer
Who do you trust with
your life?
S6 butch t.pngS8 robm t.pngS12 cirie t.png
S14 earl t.pngS18 jt t.pngS24 kim t.png
Who is the most honest? S6 matthew t.pngS8 rupert t.png
S16 alexis t.png
Who never shuts up? S8 jennal t.pngS12 courtney t.png
S16 parvati t.png
Who could never survive
on their own?
S6 jenna t.pngS12 cirie t.png
S18 debbie t.png
Who mistakenly thinks they're
running this game?
S12 shane t.pngS14 alex t.png
S16 parvati t.png
Who uses sex appeal
as a weapon?
S6 jenna t.pngS8 amber t.png
Who doesn't deserve to
be an All-Star?
S8 alicia t.pngS8 shiiann t.png Who is the biggest poser? S12 courtney t.pngS24 troyzan t.png
Who does the least for
the tribe?
S12 danielle t.pngS24 sabrina t.png Who is most likely to stab
you in the back?
S12 terry t.pngS18 sierra t.png
Who would you most like
to be stranded with?
S14 yauman t.pngS24 kim t.png Who would you not invite
to a family dinner?
S14 boo t.pngS16 james t.png
Who do you hope to never
see again?
S14 stacy t.pngS24 troyzan t.png Who needs therapy? S6 matthew t.png
Who do you have a
crush on?
S6 heidi t.png Who would you want to see
pose nude?
S6 heidi t.png
Who mistakenly thinks they're
smart?
S8 alicia t.png Who is the moodiest? S12 shane t.png
Who is the most annoying? S12 courtney t.png Who most easily succumbs
to intimidation?
S12 courtney t.png
Who smells the worst? S14 dreamz t.png Who has the biggest
sense of entitlement?
S14 alex t.png
Who has wasted this
great opportunity?
S14 stacy t.png Who has surprised you
the most athletically?
S14 yauman t.png
Who does the most
for the tribe?
S16 james t.png Who has not lived up to
their potential?
S18 coach t.png
Who is most likely to
squander the million?
S18 sierra t.png Who would you least like
to see win?
S18 sierra t.png
Who most needs a wakeup
call in life?
S24 kat t.png Who does not deserve to
still be here?
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Gallery

Trivia

  • 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.
    • Despite this, she has only been the collective answer twice.
    • She has also participated in the reward both times, winning the challenge in Panama and being chosen by Alexis Jones to go on reward in Micronesia.
  • 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.

References

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