100+ of the Best General Knowledge Quiz Questions
Not counting the Earth, which is the only planet whose largest moon is named after a female figure? Which country has coastlines on the Caspian Sea, the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf? See how you fare against these trivia questions!
BBC sports commentator Andrew Cotter has made popular home videos featuring contests between whom?
The 2020 winner of the Oscar for Best Documentary (Short Subject) features Afghan girls performing what sport?
The Oscar-winning doc is titled Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl).
Answer: Scandinavian bodies of water
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According to a 2013 survey, what demographic asks nearly 300 questions per day?
Answer: Young children
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What board game is purportedly not played by the British royal family because it makes the players too vicious?
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Thirty-five per cent of Lush’s products are package-free! “Naked” items include solid shampoo bars, conditioners and bath oils.
After a hiatus in gospel, who returned to rock ’n’ roll in the early 1960s, with The Beatles as his opening act?
Which Canadian province or territory has the highest proportion of elected female legislators?
Answer: The Northwest Territories
Answer: The Navajo Nation
The U.S. supported South Korea during the Korean War—members of the Navajo Nation used their language as an unbreakable code for radio messages.
Who said: “A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true”?
Answer: Martin Luther King Jr.
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In which city can you ski down the sloped roof of an electricity-producing incinerator?
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Which poses a greater threat to undersea fibre-optic cables: sharks or fishing boats?
Answer: Fishing boats
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Which country called its 2019 national budget “The Wellbeing Budget” because it focused on areas such as mental health?
Answer: New Zealand
The budget has also committed billions to tackling child poverty and family violence.
Answer: Mickey Mouse
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Moraines, eskers and drumlins are all landforms that were created by what phenomenon?
What vegetarian product is known for “bleeding” meat-like juices?
Answer: The Impossible Burger
The Impossible Burger first launched in 2016.
Answer: Good Omens
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Henry Dunant shared the first Nobel Peace Prize, in 1901, for founding what life-saving organization?
What lunar event promises to make 2020’s Halloween especially spooky?
Answer: A full moon
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Answer: The Stanley Cup
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Han van Meegeren was a Dutch art forger. One of his successes, The Supper at Emmaus, was proclaimed by scholars to be a masterpiece by whom?
As late as the 1930s, what unwelcome objects were sometimes found in toilet paper?
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Answer: William Shatner
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Misère versions of games such as nim, sprouts and poker have what in common?
What did the graffiti artist Banksy paint on his own bathroom walls during the COVID-19 lockdown?
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Answer: Neon lights
The first neon lights were made in 1911 by French chemist Georges Claude.
A childhood candy-tasting job inspired what book by Roald Dahl?
Hawaii has a statute called the Aloha Spirit law, which encourages public officials to contemplate which character traits?
Answer: Kindness, unity, agreeableness, humility and patience
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Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) is a very sturdy plastic. That’s why it hurts to step on what Danish-designed ABS toys?
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You may know her better as a nurse, but who became the first female member of the U.K.’s Royal Statistical Society in 1858?
Answer: Florence Nightingale
Other famous members included English polymath Charles Babbage and Belgian astronomer Adolphe Quetelet.
Answer: Karl Marx
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What movie star’s first claim to fame was being part of a hip-hop duo called DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince?
Answer: Will Smith
The duo’s most successful single was 1991’s “Summertime,” which peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
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According to peer-reviewed research, wearing what colour might give an advantage to boxers?
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Answer: Leonardo da Vinci
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Greta Thunberg’s mother, Malena Ernman, represented Sweden at what event in 2009?
What former German chancellor gave Angela Merkel her first cabinet position—and the rather patronizing nickname “mein Mädchen” (my girl)?
Answer: Helmut Kohl
Kohl served as Chancellor of Germany from 1982 to 1998.
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Omura’s whale, the Lord Howe stick insect and the New Zealand storm petrel are all examples of what kind of animal?
Although Bea Arthur hated cheesecake, what TV show’s cast ate some 100 of them on camera?
Answer: The Golden Girls
In 2014, the Writers Guild of America ranked The Golden Girls at number 69 on their list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time.”
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By what name is the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences better known?
In early 2020 in Hong Kong, armed men stole 600 of what coveted item?
Answer: Rolls of toilet paper
Answer: Steve Martin
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What’s the only Semitic language that’s also an official European Union language?
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What actor has played friends to Ford Prefect, Gandalf, Sherlock Holmes and the Black Panther?
Answer: Martin Freeman
Freeman first became known to audiences while starring in the UK version of The Office.
Answer: Greta Garbo
The reason? Because he could give a convincing performance.
What novel did James Patterson write about a detective named Jamie Patterson, who tries to solve the murder of a horror writer?
Sometimes called a “good luck sweet cookie” in China, what treat was likely invented in the U.S.?
Answer: The fortune cookie
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The moon is named for the Shakespearean character Titania.
Golfer Annika Sörenstam hails from what Nordic country?
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Whose unsolved 1913 death prompted headlines such as “Murdered by Agents From Big Oil Trusts,” because he’d invented a more fuel-efficient engine?
Answer: Rudolf Diesel
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Answer: Sara Bareilles
Her 2007 hit single, “Love Song,” reached fourth on the Billboard Hot 100.
What African kingdom lists Coca-Cola concentrate among its main exports?
In 2010, the last panel of what long-running comic strip saw the title character kidnapped by a war criminal?
Answer: Little Orphan Annie
Created by cartoonist Harold Gray, the comic made its debut on August 5, 1924.
Answer: Scarlett Johansson
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W and Z are worth a lot in many versions of Scrabble, but in which language are they worth only a single point each?
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Klaus Teuber was a dental technician until he created which blockbuster board game?
Answer: The Settlers of Catan
First published in 1995, the multiplayer game had sold more than 22 million copies by 2015.
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While her brothers were inventing the airplane, Katharine kept their bicycle shop afloat. What was their surname?
Which layer of the earth, normally found between the crust and core, occasionally pushes up to the surface?
Answer: The mantle
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Answer: Annie Oakley
Can you guess in which decade these iconic photos were taken?
In Louise Fitzhugh’s classic 1964 novel, who was the titular spy?
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What city’s historic Imperial Hotel is on its Ringstrasse (ring road)?
Have you heard of these little-known natural wonders?
Answer: The Netherlands
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The title character in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou was likely modelled on what real French oceanographer?
Answer: Jacques Cousteau
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Since 2016, the letters A, B and O are sometimes missing from various signs and company logos around the world. Why?
Answer: To promote blood donation
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Answer: Ozzy Osbourne
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Conch, helix, tragus and rook are all ways of piercing which body part?
Answer: The ear
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What person’s last words, uttered on August 31, 1997, were purportedly, “My God, what’s happened?”
Answer: Princess Diana
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The Cervantes Prize is awarded to people writing in what language?
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Which country has been experiencing a tourism boom because of the Frozen movies?
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According to Tennis365, the switch to yellow tennis balls was the idea of David Attenborough, who was a controller at BBC2 in the 1960s.
Kannada is a language with at least 43 million native speakers, most of whom live in which Asian country?
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Now very rare, thanks to vaccines, what infectious disease is the reason why Spain remembers 1613 as “the year of the strangulations”?
Late blight, the plant disease that caused Ireland’s Great Famine, no longer threatens potato crops. True or false?
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On average, Danes cycle 1.6 kilometres per day. Roughly what percentage of them own a bike?
Answer: 90 per cent
According to the Cycling Embassy of Denmark, approximately half of all children aged 11 to 15 also cycle to school.
Answer: Actor Wu Jing
Wu starred in the 2019 film The Wandering Earth—China’s third highest-grossing film ever.
In what resort can one race in a Star Wars-themed half marathon?
Answer: Disney World
Who wrote the following? “Is there meaning to music? … Yes. And can you state in so many words what the meaning is? … No.”
Answer: The composer Aaron Copland
Born in Brooklyn, New York on November 14, 1900, Copland was referred to as “the Dean of American Composers” during his lifetime.
Answer: 15 years old
The record for the fastest non-tornado wind gust was set during tropical cyclone Olivia in which country?
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In 2019, Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan taped what item of fruit to a wall and sold it for US$120,000?
Answer: A banana
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Answer: Road accidents
Road accidents are to blame for around one in 40 human deaths.
The person who was born Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark would now be the queen of which country had it not abolished its monarchy in 1973?
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What sport, invented in Amsterdam in 1901, requires four men and four women on each team?
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Answer: A scarab beetle
What plant is a symbol of nuclear disarmament because it can absorb radioactive cesium?
In 2019, what Canadian singer released her first Billboard No. 1 album in more than 17 years?
Answer: Céline Dion
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Answer: San Marino and Vatican City
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In Peanuts, what character was fiercely dedicated to Beethoven?
Which is the only country to have won both the women’s and the men’s FIFA World Cups?
Answer: Vincent van Gogh
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Which “timely” Nicole Kidman film was based on the novel that won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction?
Answer: The Hours
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What Disney movie features a castle inspired by the Chateau de Chambord in France?
Answer: Beauty and the Beast
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Japan’s southernmost prefecture is the birthplace of karate and is called what?
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What American actor goes by the stage name “Childish Gambino” when he’s performing music?
Answer: Donald Glover
Glover also created and stars in the Emmy Award-winning comedy-drama, Atlanta.
Iran is the second-largest country in the Middle East, after Saudi Arabia.
Until he passed away at age 98 in 2018, Jerry Maren was the last survivor of the 124 actors who played Munchkins in what movie?
Answer: The Wizard of Oz
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According to Nigella Lawson, what’s the “best meal in the world”?
Answer: Bread and cheese
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Answer: Justin Rose
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