Is Your General Trivia Knowledge As Good As You Think It Is?



By: Robin Tyler

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Do you fancy yourself as a "knower of all things?" See yourself as a general knowledge buff? Then you have come to the right place, that's for sure. Because today, this 35-question quiz is going to test the limits of your general knowledge to the maximum. 

To ace this quiz, you'll have to dig into the recesses of your brain to pull back information you might have heard years and years ago. And what questions can you expect? Well, it would not be a thorough general knowledge quiz if it didn't include topics about just about everything. Sports, world history, music, aviation, wars and much, much more. This quiz certainly covers it all. 

To succeed, you will need to remain calm. And then you will need to take your time. Of course, some questions you will know, others you can probably work out, but for those that really have you stumped, you can always make use of one of our little hints to nudge you in the right direction. 

Are you ready? Take a deep breath and let's see just how much you can accomplish from a general knowledge perspective. 

You got this! Good luck brainiac! 

Can you name the continent that is also a country?

Yes, Australia is considered to be one of the continents of the world. Why? Well, it sits on its own unique continental plate and for that reason, it is a continent.


From the list below, can you tell us the name of the lead singer from the band Queen?

Born Farrokh Bulsara, Freddie Mercury was the charismatic frontman of the rock band Queen. He is widely regarded as one of the best showmen ever. He died of complications from AIDS in 1991.


In tennis, which male player has won the most Grand Slam titles?

Roger Federer has won 20 Grand Slam titles (as of January 2019). This puts him four clear of Rafael Nadal at 16. Federer has won the prestigious Wimbledon tournament eight times!


What is the state capital of Alaska?

Juneau is the capital and home to just over 32,000 Alaskans, even though the far-more-remote city of Anchorage holds a population of close to 300,000 - almost 40 percent of the state's entire population!


True or False? George Washington had false teeth that were made out of wood.

Many people believe that George Washington's dentures were made out of wood. This simply isn't true. Yes, he had dentures, but they were made out of materials such as gold, lead and ivory. Never wood!


Which British Prime Minister was born on May 6, 1953?

Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of Great Britain for 10 years, from May 2, 1997, until June 10, 2007. At 43, Blair was the youngest person to become Prime Minister since 1812. Victories in three general elections also made Blair the longest-serving Labor Party Prime Minister.


The sculpture of the four U.S. presidents on Mount Rushmore is found in which U.S. state?

The four U.S. presidents carved into Mount Rushmore are Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The carving, found in South Dakota, was completed in 1941. It was the brainchild of Gutzon Borglum.


In 1957, which singer had a hit with the song, "All Shook Up?"

The 'King of Rock and Roll' was just starting out his career in the mid-1950s. He quickly had a string of hits, including "All Shook Up," "Jailhouse Rock" and others. He even starred in films at the time.


A basketball hoop is set how high in all levels of the sport?

Since 1891, the year the sport of basketball was invented, the hoop has been placed 10 feet or 3.05 meters high. It takes quite a jump to reach it but many basketball players are 6.5 feet tall and above!


The Democratic party in the United States is represented by which animal?

It is thought the donkey became associated with the Democratic party during the presidential campaign of Andrew Jackson. Why? Well, many of his ​fiercest rivals often called him a jackass. And from there, it naturally moved to donkey.


True or False? The area between your eyebrows is called your glabella.

Yes, indeed. The glabella is the space between your eyebrows. However, there is another area called the glabella and it's in exactly the same area. It doesn't refer to the skin but the bone that is slightly depressed found under the skin.


Which car model has sold the most units in history?

The Volkswagen Beetle (22 million units) and the Model T (15 million) have impressive numbers when it comes to production. But they cannot beat the Toyota Corolla. First introduced in 1966 and still a model today, it had sold more than 40 million units by 2014.


Do you know which is the first element that appears on the Periodic Table of Elements?

The Periodic Table of Elements consists of 118 elements. And the first to appear is hydrogen. It has the atomic number of 1.


What form of currency is used in England?

The pound is the form of currency used in England. There are 100 pennies in a pound and the £ sign is used to denote it. The pound was first used during Anglo-Saxon times where it was a unit of account. In those times, 240 silver pennies equaled a pound.


Of all the states in the United States, which is the smallest?

Known for its coastal vistas and seaside towns, Rhode Island is only 1,212 square miles in size. This makes it the smallest state in the United States.


Do you know the name of Nirvana's debut album?

Many people think that 1991's "Nevermind" was Nirvana's first album. It wasn't. In 1989, the band released their debut, "Bleach."


The first modern Olympic Games were held in what year?

The first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. They were officially known as the Games of the I Olympiad and were held in Greece to honor the ancient games on which they were based. Winners of events received a silver medal and those in second received a copper medal. There was no third place.


True or False? Australia's Great Barrier Reef can be seen from space.

Yes, indeed. The Great Barrier Reef covers an area of 348 700 km² and therefore is easily seen from space. It is the only living structure that is seen from space.


In which city does Batman live?

A product of DC comics, Batman (by night) and Bruce Wayne (by day) lives in the Gotham City. It is also home to many villains who are Batman's adversaries, including the Joker, the Penguin and Catwoman.


What does the N in NATO stand for?

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation or NATO as it is known, formed on April 4, 1949. The original members, which included Great Britain, the USA, Canada and a host of other European nations formed the alliance due to the ever-growing threat of the U.S.S.R.


True or False? The Earth is 80 percent covered by clouds at any time.

No, that statement is false. Eighty percent is a little too high, but the figure is not far from that. In fact, the earth has about 60 percent cloud cover at any given time. And it sounds about right. There certainly aren't many days that are totally cloud free, are there?


A soccer player who has scored three goals in a match has scored a ______.

The term hat-trick means three and is applied to many sports, not only soccer. For instance, in cricket, if a bowler takes three wickets off successive balls, he is said to have taken a hat-trick.


In 2016, the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to which musician?

Bob Dylan is one of the world's greatest singer/songwriters and has recorded since the early 1960s. Known for his incredible lyrics, Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016 for his contribution to music and literature.


A "shuttlecock" is associated with which of the sports listed below?

In badminton, players use a shuttlecock which they hit back and forth over a net, trying to score points. This racquet sport was first played in the 19th Century.


Can you tell us which major war ended on June 27, 1953?

The active combat portion of the Korean War lasted from June 25, 1950, until July 27, 1953, when hostilities ended after an armistice was signed. This created a demilitarized zone between North and South Korea along the 38th Parallel. More than 2.5 million civilians perished during the war.


What was the name of Dorothy's dog in "The Wizard of Oz"?

"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." That's a famous quote from "The Wizard of Oz." In the 1939 film version, Toto was played by Terry, a Cairn Terrier.


Which professional wrestler and sometimes actor uses the catchphrase​, "You can't see me"?

John Felix Anthony Cena Jr. is a professional wrestler, actor and sometimes rapper! He is known for his time with the WWE and was the WWE Champion from 2005 to 2007. His catchphrase is "You can't see me."


Who voiced Dory in the animated movies, "Finding Nemo" and "Finding Dory"?

American comedian and TV host Ellen DeGeneres provided the voice for Dory in both 2003's "Finding Nemo" and 2016's "Finding Dory."


"Ice, Ice Baby," a hit for Vanilla Ice in 1990, sampled which song by Queen and David Bowie?

"Ice, Ice Baby!" was a huge hit for Vanilla Ice in 1990 and launched his musical career around the world. It was found on the album, "To the Extreme," which sold 15 million copies worldwide. The song samples the 1981 Queen hit, "Under Pressure," which featured David Bowie.


Where would you find the ancient ruin of the Great Sphinx?

The Great Sphinx is found in the African country of Egypt. It is estimated to have been built by the old Egyptians between 2558–2532 BC. This was during the reign of Pharaoh Khafre. The Sphinx is a mythical creature with a human head and the body of a lion.


Milk chocolate M&M's come in which colors?

Yes, milk chocolate M&M's come in brown, yellow, red, orange, green and blue. The breakdown of colors in a packet average​ out at 30 percent brown, 20 percent yellow, 20 percent red, 10 percent orange, 10 percent green and 10 percent blue. OK, who counts this stuff?


Do you know the first explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everest?

The quest to summit Everest gained steam in the early 1950s. On May 29, 1953, New Zealand mountaineer and explorer Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa companion, Tenzing Norgay, were the first to reach the summit of the world's tallest mountain.


True or False? The Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket became the first aircraft to reach Mach 2 in the early 1950s.

On Nov. 20, 1953, the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket, piloted by Scott Crossfield, reached the speed of Mach 2, the first aircraft to do so. The aircraft's fuselage was waxed to help reduce drag.


In which U.S. prison did Johnny Cash record a live album in 1969?

Johnny Cash's 31st solo album was recorded live at San Quentin in 1969. It followed his earlier recording at Folsom Prison.


Can you name the American couple who were executed in 1953 for spying on the United States for the Soviet Union?

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were arrested in 1950 and were accused of spying for the Soviet Union. After they were tried, the two were found guilty and on June 19, 1953, were executed by electric chair despite maintaining their innocence.


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