Can You Pass This AP Level General Knowledge Quiz?

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About This Quiz

There are millions of people around the world who have dedicated more than a dozen years of their lives to education. From elementary school to high school, students spend their time honing in on grammar skills and math concepts. Semesters are dedicated to the different eras in history from the American Revolution to World War II. Science starts off simple with earth science before branching out into the different subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. Most of this knowledge will prepare you for higher education, but what about general knowledge?

Let's use the example of math. Knowing the derivative for the natural log of a function wouldn't be considered general knowledge, but knowing how many degrees in a triangle would be! While you might find general knowledge facts within all of your curriculum courses, what about the knowledge you're not graded on? Outside the classroom, you'd find a world of current events, technology, sports, entertainment, and more. Without the help of a textbook or the Internet, could you ace this quiz on general knowledge? 

Who is the founder of PayPal? What event took place on December 7, 1941? Where would you find the painting of the Mona Lisa? If you can answer these questions, you're ready to ace this quiz! Put away those textbooks and click out of Google Chrome or Safari. Let's go!

On average, how many teeth do adults have?

On average, most adults have 32 teeth. This includes 4 canines, 8 incisors, 8 premolars and 12 molars which include the 4 wisdom teeth.

Who is the chancellor of Germany?

Angela Merkel has been the German Chancellor since 2005. While Germany does have a president, it is the Chancellor who controls most of the political decisions.

What color is the cue ball in pool?

In pool (or billiards), the colors of the balls are always decided. While the 8-ball is always black, the cue ball is always white.

California got the nickname "Golden State" because of what?

California was the site of the biggest gold strike west of the Rockies in the 19th century, and drew tens of thousands of settlers hoping to strike it rich.

Which of the following is one of the founders of PayPal?

Elon Musk is one of the most successful businessmen in the world. Not only is he a co-founder of PayPal through X.com, he is also the CEO and co-founder of Tesla, Inc. He also serves as the CEO to other companies.

What chemical used to be used in thermometers?

Mercury used to be used in thermometers, but due to its toxicity, it was replaced with alcohol.

What is the most spoken language in South America?

While you'll find all of these languages spoken in South America, the most spoken language is Portuguese. Due to Brazil's entire population being more than the rest of the continent, this puts Portuguese in first place and Spanish is second.

Which of the following doctors is a skin specialist?

While all of these professions are doctors, only a dermatologist is specialized in the skin.

Sting was the lead singer of which group?

Born Gordon Sumner, Sting was the lead singer for the English rock band, The Police. The group formed in 1977.

What is the world's largest animal?

The blue whale is the largest animal in the world. It can be up to 100 feet long and weigh as much as 300,000 pounds.

What city is unofficially known as "the city that never sleeps?"

New York City has unofficially been known as "The City That Never Sleeps" for decades. This is due to many locations in the city staying open late.

How many time zones are in the United States?

In the United States, you'll find 6 times. Four time zones, Eastern, Central, Mountain, and Pacific Time Zones cover the contiguous states. Alaska and Hawaii both have their own time zones.

In which country would you find the painting of the Mona Lisa?

The Mona Lisa is the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci. The painting currently resides at the Louvre Museum in Paris.

What is the most populous country in the world?

China is the most populous country in the world with over 1.37 billion people.

Who is the author of the "Game of Thrones" series?

George R. R. Martin is the author of the famous book series "A Song of Ice and Fire." The first novel in the series was "Game of Thrones," and the series was turned into an HBO series in 2011.

Pi (3.14...) is most associated with what shape?

Pi is a mathematical symbol that is often used when determining the circumference or area of a circle. The symbol has such significance in math that many people regard March 14 as Pi Day.

Sodium has to combine with what other element to make table salt?

The chemical formula for table salt is NaCl. This is the reaction of sodium and chlorine to make sodium chloride (salt).

Which of the following was not one of Christopher Columbus's ship names?

When Christopher Columbus left for his expedition, he took three ships with him: Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria.

Over 50% of the world's population has what color eyes?

Over 50% of the world's population has brown eyes. This is followed by hazel, blue and green eyes.

Which is the only country in the world to have three capitals?

South Africa is the only country in the world that has three capitals. They are Bloemfontein, Pretoria and Cape Town.

What war ended in 1975?

The Vietnam War was a 20-year-long struggle that began in 1955 and ended on April 30, 1975.

Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are cars from which country?

Germany is well known for their cars. In fact, it was a German inventor, Karl Benz, who is credited with the first automobile.

James Bond was also known as what agent number?

James Bond is the popular fictional character who is a spy. The character was also known as Agent 007.

Which football team won the 2018 Super Bowl?

Super Bowl LII took place on February 4, 2018. The Philadelphia Eagles won against the New England Patriots to claim their first Super Bowl win.

How many degrees are in a circle?

Measurements of shapes is just something you'd have to memorize! A triangle has 180 degrees while circles and parallelograms have 360.

What is the capital of Vatican City?

Vatican City is a small city-state located within the borders of Italy. Its own country, the capital of Vatican City is Vatican City.

On which continent would you find the capitals of the largest and smallest countries?

The smallest country in the world is Vatican City and the largest is Russia. While Vatican City is easily within the European border, Moscow, Russia's capital is actually in the European region of the country.

Which of the following countries is not found on the island of Borneo?

Borneo is one of the world's largest islands. It is made up of three countries, Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia.

What does the T in EGOT stand for?

EGOT is actually a title reserved to people who have won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards.

Chocolate mousse is a dessert created in which country?

The French are known for many popular desserts. In addition to chocolate mousse, they are credited with creme brulee, crepes, madeleines, macarons and eclairs.

What does the R in CPR stand for?

CPR is a technique that is used on someone when their breathing or heart has stopped. The acronym stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Cardio meaning heart and pulmonary for the lungs.

How many branches of the U.S. military are there?

There are 5 branches of the U.S. military. They are: the U.S. Army, the Marine Corps, the Navy, the Air Force and the Coast Guard.

What is the name of the Dark Lord in Harry Potter?

"Harry Potter" is a book series by British author, J. K. Rowling. She released the first novel in 1997 and in the series, her character, Harry Potter, must go against a dark wizard named Voldemort.

In a game of beach volleyball, the third game is meant to end at how many points?

In beach volleyball, the first two games are played to 21. The third game ends at whichever team reaches 15 points first.

The capital of Greece is named after which Greek god or goddess?

The capital of Greece is Athens. It is named after the Greek goddess, Athena, who is the goddess of wisdom.

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