Quizzes | January 13, 2021

100 of the Best General Knowledge Quiz Questions

Daniel Ndukwu

Whether you’re trying to expand your knowledge, want to have a good time with friends, or are stuck indoors, these general knowledge quiz questions will be helpful (you can also view our general trivia questions).

They’re divided across multiple categories so you can quickly navigate the page and focus on the questions you’re most interested in.

A word of warning, they’re general knowledge which means we got to pick and choose from a wide array of information. Don’t be surprised if you get few correct. It’s all part of the fun.

These are the best general knowledge quiz questions we could come up with – break a leg.

General knowledge quiz questions about science and education

Science is about discovering the physical and natural world through observation and experimentation. It’s inextricably linked with education, which is another word for learning new things by giving or receiving systematic instructions.

Whether a curious child or an intrigued adult, we all tend to learn and explore different branches of science as we go about our daily lives. Here are a few questions to titillate your geek side.

  1. Who was the first person in space?
  • Yuri Gagarin
  1. Some who suffer from Alopecia lacks what?
  • Hair
  1. What is the chemical symbol of Tungsten?
  • W
  1. What do Ombrophobes have a fear of?
  • Rain
  1. What do you use to measure rainfall?
  • Pluviomoter
  1. In archaeology, which scientific method is used to date trees?
  • Dendrochronology
  1. Which is the longest bone in the body?
  • Femur
  1. What does a Geiger counter measure?
  • Radiation
  1. How many Noble Gasses are there?
  • 6
  1. Where in the human body would find the medulla oblongata?
  • The brain
  1. What mineral has the lowest number on the Mohs scale?
  • Talc
  1. What is the only bone in the human body that is not attached to any other bone?
  • Hyoid bone
  1. What does anthropomorphic mean?
  • To display human characteristics
  1. What scientific method is used to date rocks?
  • Radiometric dating
  1. Which is the smallest planet in our solar system?
  • Mercury
  1. How many valves does a heart have?
  • 4
  1. Which metal has the chemical symbol Pb?
  • Lead
  1. Which blood group is called the ‘universal donor’?
  • 0 – negative
  1. How many sides does a decagon have?
  • 10
  1. What is a group of foxes called?
  • Skulk
  1. What’s longer, a nautical mile or a mile?
  • Nautical mile
  1. How many permanent teeth does a dog have?
  • 42
  1. How many hearts does an octopus have?
  • 3
  1. How many sides does a heptadecagon have?
  • 17
  1. What is the study of animal life called?
  • Zoology

General History Questions

History is known as the study of the past. We study the past to get to know more about our present, to learn from the mistakes of our ancestors, and to be a better, wiser version of ourselves. Here are some interesting questions that will make you feel good about dwelling on the past.

  1. Which world leader died in St Helena?
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  1. Who discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb?
  • Howard Carter
  1. Goa was a colony of which country?
  • Portugal
  1. Which year did Interpol begin?
  • 1914
  1. In 1909, who was the first person to fly across the English Channel?
  • Louis Bleriot
  1. Who invented wheels for chairs?
  • Charles Darwin
  1. During which war were the concentration camps invented?
  • Boer war
  1. Who was known as the Little Brown Saint?
  • Gandhi
  1. Which language is recognized as the oldest in the world?
  • Tamil (some say Sumerian)
  1. Who founded the Greek theatre?
  • Thespis
  1. How many countries fought in the Second World War?
  • 30
  1. In which year was Pearl Harbor attacked?
  • 1941
  1. In which year did the Indian Rebellion take place?
  • 1857
  1. In which year did Bangladesh gain independence from Pakistan?
  • 1971
  1. In which year was slavery abolished in the USA?
  • 1865
  1. Which is the oldest known civilization?
  • Sumerian Civilization
  1. Who designed the Eiffel Tower?
  • Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel
  1. Which King of England was crowned on Christmas Day?
  • William I “the Conqueror”
  1. Which country has the oldest flag in the world?
  • Denmark

In which year did the Mongols first conquer China?

  • 1205
  1. Who painted the Mona Lisa?
  • Leonardo De Vinci
  1. Who discovered penicillin?
  • Alexander Fleming
  1. Name of the first Chinese dynasty?
  • Xia Dynasty
  1. In which year was the first Mercedes Benz car manufactured?
  • 1926
  1. Who gave the speech ‘I have a dream’?
  • Martin Luther King Jr.

General language and literature trivia

 

Language and literature together cover all the spoken and written aspects of communication. It is how we express our opinions and feelings. It is something we grow up with and pick up almost instinctively. Literature is the craft of using language to make art, to create worlds and people out of pure imagination. Here’s a little trivia about some language and literature.

 

  1. Who wrote Gone with the wind?
  • Margaret Mitchell
  1. Who wrote Mystery of Edwin Drood?
  • Charles Dickens
  1. Which is the most spoken language in the world?
  • Mandarin
  1. Who wrote Les Miserable?
  • Victor Hugo
  1. Paakantyi is spoken by which group of people?
  • The Australian Aboriginal people
  1. The word ”hieroglyphics” belongs to which language?
  • Greek
  1. Which Shakespeare character kills Tybalt and Paris
  • Romeo
  1. Who wrote the Lord of the Flies?
  • William Golding
  1. Who was the author of the last of the Mohican?
  • James Fenimore Cooper
  1. Who wrote ‘The Canterbury Tales’?
  • Geoffrey Chaucer
  1. What was Sherlock Holmes’s London address?
  • 22b Baker Street, London

General quiz questions about arts and sports

When physical activity turns into friendly competition, it creates sports that we all love and enjoy. Some see it as pure entertainment while others see it as a means to better themselves physically and mentally. Art on the other hand is almost entirely free of competition. It’s the expression of human imagination and creativity in its purest form. Here are some intriguing questions about arts and sports.

  1. How many rings are on the Olympic flag?
  • 5
  1. In which 1993 movie did Robin Williams dress like a drag?
  • Doubtfire
  1. What is Chandler Bing’s middle name?
  • Muriel
  1. What is Rihanna’s real name?
  • Robyn Fenty
  1. In which year did cricket start?
  • 1909
  1. How many keys does a classic piano have?
  • 88 keys
  1. Which film actor has been given the nickname ‘the muscles from Brussels’?
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme
  1. Who wrote the opera Madam Butterfly?
  • Puccini
  1. In what year did The Beatles split up?
  • 1970

General knowledge questions about land and food

They say food and land are inseparably linked. The cuisine is as much a part of a person’s identity as their language and nationality. It’s a part of the collective human culture to love the land they come from and the food they ate growing up. Here are a few questions for some foodies and geography buffs.

 

  1. What are the Munroes?
  • Mountains in Scotland
  1. What is the Capital of Nigeria?
  • Abuja
  1. Which is the hottest chili pepper in the world?
  • Carolina Reaper (though another one is in development)
  1. Which animal are the Canary Islands named after?
  • Dog
  1. Which agreement was signed by the largest number of countries in 1 day?
  • Climate change agreement
  1. Which 3 countries in the world do not use the metric system?
  • Liberia, Myanmar, and the USA.
  1. Which country is the world’s most earthquake-prone country?
  • Japan
  1. Albion is the alternative name for which country?
  • Britain
  1. Which vegetable is an Edzell Blue?
  • Potato
  1. What is the name of the capital city of Samoa?
  • Apia
  1. In which city can you find the largest bazaar in the world?
  • Istanbul
  1. Which country does geometry originate from?
  • Egypt
  1. Which country is the two-humped Bactrian camel native to?
  • Mongolia
  1. What is the capital of Ghana called?
  • Accra
  1. Ilha da Queimada Grande Island is dominantly inhabited by which species of animal?
  • Snakes
  1. Kosciusko is the highest mountain in which country?
  • Australia
  1. The Gobi Desert lies in which continent?
  • Asia
  1. Manila is the capital of which country?
  • Philippines
  1. What is the currency in Vietnam?
  • Vietnamese Dong
  1. Volga river is found in which continent?
  • Europe

General quiz questions about religion and mythology

Throughout history, humans have had different belief systems. It has been a way for us to try and understand the world around us. To understand and justify why we should or shouldn’t do something. To make sense of how we got to where we are and where we are going afterward.

Religion and mythology are also interesting subjects for a quiz and general knowledge. Here are some questions to test yourselves with.

 

  1. In which religion would you celebrate Holi?
  • Hinduism
  1. What is the name of the Greek goddess of love?
  • Aphrodite
  1. What is the Roman counterpart to the Greek Goddess of love?
  • Venus
  1. What kind of tree was sacred to Apollo?
  • laurel tree
  1. In Hindu Mythology, who was Sati married to?
  • Shiva
  1. In the Chinese calendar, which year comes after the year of the snakes
  • Horse
  1. Which religion was founded by Guru Nanak?
  • Sikhism
  1. In the Bible, which is the longest book?
  • Jeremiah
  1. In Greek mythology, which King was the son of Laius and Jocasta?
  • Oedipus
  1. Who assigned Hercules the 12 labors?
  • King Eurystheus of Tiryns
  1. Why did Odysseus wander for 20 years after the Trojan war?
  • He attacked and blinded one of Poseidon’s sons. As retribution, he was forced to wander for decades.

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed our little foray into general knowledge quiz questions. If you have any to add, notice any mistakes, or want to share how many you got right – let us know in the comments.

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