Can You Crush This General Knowledge Quiz?

By: Olivia Seitz

Can You Crush This General Knowledge Quiz?
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About This Quiz

Think you can ace this quiz? Are you the one who always wins on trivia night? Do you study trivia in your spare time? Have you cleared all the cards in Trivial Pursuit? Do you eat, sleep, and dream trivia? Then this quiz is for you!

In our world, General Knowledge is all about the fun stuff. You won't find any 2+2=4 here - only what is commonly referred to as "trivia."

And what exactly is trivia? Trivia refers to snippets of information that, in any world other than the How Stuff Works world, mean little to most people. But you're a trivia buff, the go-to gal or guy for all your friends and family's trivia needs. You're the one who knows that the word "trivia" once referred something that was "trivial" or "trite." But no more! Trivia rules!

Here's a warm-up question: Which state is the largest consumer of Jello? Yeah, we know that one is way out there, but hey, you're the trivia buff.

So, if you think you know who was the original King of Rock and Roll, who is the head of the Roman Catholic Church, and the name of the evil wizard in the Harry Potter series, let's roll!

Pssst... Utah is the largest consumer of Jello. Who knew?

Which civil rights activist was famous for refusing to give up her seat on a bus?
Dorothy Day
Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks' bravery in 1955 resulted in a boycott of the bus system in Montgomery, Alabama. City officials were forced to end segregation on buses.
Jane Fonda
Emma Willard

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Which of these letters is not a vowel?
I
O
W
While the letter "y" sometimes behaves like a vowel and other times like a consonant, the letter "w" is a consonant termed a "semivowel." Students often memorize vowels as "a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y."
A

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Who was the original "King" of rock n' roll?
Michael Jackson
Mick Jagger
Elvis Presley
Elvis, the "King," is widely considered to be rock n' roll's first major star. While estimates vary, he's said to have sold over a billion records worldwide.
Steven Tyler

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Agent 007, featured in many movies dating back to 1962, is known as _______ Bond?
John
Benedict
James
Sean Connery was the first actor to portray the suave agent, back in 1962's "Dr. No." The most recent Bond, as of 2015, is Daniel Craig, who debuted in the franchise's 2006 movie, "Casino Royale."
Elizier

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What flightless bird went extinct in the 1660s and has a reputation for stupidity?
The dodo bird.
Many people mistakenly believe that dodos were stupid birds hunted to extinction. In fact, scientists believe that animals brought to their island in the Indian Ocean by the Dutch ate the birds' eggs and competed for their food, dooming the birds to extinction.
The Labrador duck.
The laughing owl.
The passenger pigeon.

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What plant is traditionally the primary ingredient in wine?
Agave
Grape
Traditionally, grapes are crushed and fermented to make wine. Some varieties of wine include flavors from other fruits, such as peaches. Although stories persist of people stomping grapes with their bare feet to extract the juice, this was rarely done throughout history. Instead, some form of press was generally used.
Peach
Plum

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The human brain communicates with the rest of the body through networks of what?
Tendons
Nerves
Nerves propagate signals throughout the body, sending and receiving information. They don't work alone, however. Hormone signals and other chemical messages compliment the electrical information surging through your body.
Muscles
Lipids

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The poster for which film from the 1950s features three skipping characters, all dressed in bright yellow raincoats and swinging umbrellas?
"Singin' in the Rain"
"Singin' in the Rain" is a bubbly musical and love story that debuted in the 1950s. The story is woven around the struggles of filmmakers as they adjust to making movies with sound.
"Sunset Boulevard"
"Vertigo"
"A Streetcar Named Desire"

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What chemical is added to U.S. water supplies in the hopes of improving dental health?
Chlorine
Fluoride
Fluoride is commonly found in U.S. drinking water, toothpaste and other tooth care products. There is data both favoring and disfavoring its use in water, however, and many European countries have opted not to use it.
Bromine
Hydrogen

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The famous "I want YOU for the U.S. Army" poster from WWI features an image of whom?
Abraham Lincoln
Uncle Sam
Uncle Sam is a popular personification of the USA. The poster was designed and drawn by James Montgomery Flagg, a famous American artist who lived from 1877 to 1960.
George Washington
An unnamed soldier

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Which of these was not one of Snow White's seven dwarfs?
Dopey
Sappy
The seven dwarfs from Disney's "Snow White" were Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Happy, Grumpy, Sleepy and Sneezy. These names were invented by Disney writers; in traditional texts, the dwarfs are anonymous or have different culturally significant names.
Sneezy
Grumpy

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Newton is said to have been inspired by what to describe the theory of gravity?
Ladder
Hailstone
Apple
While it's popular to say the apple fell on Isaac Newton's head, there's no real evidence to suggest this is so. He did, however, have the idea in an apple orchard while wondering why apples always fell straight down.
Rock

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What is the head of the Roman Catholic Church called?
Master
Cardinal
Preacher
Pope
The election of Pope Francis - Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio - made headlines because he was the first man from the Americas to be elected, and the first non-European man to become pope in over one thousand years.

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Which U.S. president is thought to have taught himself how to read and write?
Woodrow Wilson
Abraham Lincoln
It might not be accurate to say that Lincoln taught himself how to read and write without any assistance, but it is true that much of his childhood education was self-taught. His parents were probably both illiterate, but his stepmother encouraged his love of learning and helped him get books.
Theodore Roosevelt
John Adams

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Which English king was famous for beheading his wives?
King Henry VIII
Henry the Eighth desperately wanted a male heir, and he was willing to break with the Church to secure a wife who could give him one. Jane Seymour was the only one of his six wives to bear a son.
King Edward I
King James III
King Alfred the Great

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According to the Big Bang Theory, how did the universe begin?
A rain storm.
An explosion.
The theory holds that an infinitesimally small point in space, densely packed with matter, burst outward into the universe as we know it. Interestingly, the universe is still expanding and shows no signs of stopping!
A slow, calm expansion.
A meteor shower.

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In the "Iliad," Greek forces besiege the people of what kingdom?
Persia
Troy
The Trojan war was said to have begun over a woman: a young Trojan man named Paris stole away the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen, from her husband, Menelaus. He came to get her back, and the Trojans refused.
Babylon
Paris

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Which American town was famous for its witch trials?
Nashville, TN
Charleston, SC
Salem, MA
The Salem Witch Trials occurred in the late 1600s, resulting in the death of nineteen and imprisonment for many more. The trials occurred after several hundred years of witch hunts in Europe that resulted in the murder of tens of thousands of European women.
Portland, OR

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Yellowstone National Park is in which of the following states?
California
Ohio
Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park spans territory in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. Old Faithful, one of the park's most famous geysers, is located in the Wyoming portion of the park.
Georgia

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Which of the following is not an island in Hawaii?
Maui
Oahu
Kauai
Mauna Loa
Hawaii (the "Big Island"), Maui, Oahu, and Kauai are some of Hawaii's most famous islands. Mauna Loa is a volcano on the big island that is active.

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Which of these foods was invented in Australia?
Vegemite
Having a "Vegemite sandwich" is a very Australian thing to do, and many tourists try the stuff when they visit. It's made of yeast and is said to taste somewhat like beer and somewhat like soy sauce.
Pizza
Hot dogs
Croissant

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What famous comic strip, written by Bill Watterson, centered around a young boy and his stuffed tiger?
"Garfield"
"Get Fuzzy"
"Calvin and Hobbes"
"Calvin and Hobbes" ran from 1985 to 1995. The main characters were named after the famous Protestant theologian, Calvin, and the British philosopher, Hobbes, although Hobbes' personality was modeled after the author's cat named Sprite.
"Lio"

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Digestion typically releases what chemical that makes you happy?
Serotonin
Serotonin is known to have many beneficial effects, including lifting a person's mood, reducing anxiety and even increasing libido. Many pharmaceutical products attempt to increase serotonin for individuals who can't produce enough on their own.
Melatonin
Ghrelin
Aldosterone

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In the Harry Potter series, Harry must battle which evil wizard?
Voldemort
Voldemort (also called He Who Must Not Be Named) is the series' main villain, who Harry must face before the story can come to a close. His real name is Tom Riddle.
Grindelwald
Dumbledore
Sirius Black

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All known elements are organized in something called what?
Index of Elements
Handbook of Chemistry
Periodic Table
The Periodic Table of Elements includes all discovered and manufactured elements known to man. As of 2016, the periodic table displays 118 elements.
None of the above

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Who authored "The Lord of the Rings," "The Hobbit," and the many other books which take place in Middle Earth?
C. S. Lewis
J. R. R. Tolkien
Tolkien is a writer beloved by many, and not just those who gravitate to the fantasy and sci-fi genres. Both "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" were adapted for the big screen by director Peter Jackson.
George Orwell
George Lucas

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Which star doesn't appear to move through the sky over the course of a year?
North Star (Polaris)
The North Star is so named not because it is the brightest star in the sky, but because its position in the night sky doesn't appear to change. This is because it's almost perfectly aligned with the Earth's axis of rotation!
The sun
Proxima Centauri
Betelgeuse

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What animal feeds almost exclusively on bamboo?
Orangutans
Koalas
Kangaroos
Pandas
Pandas were classified as endangered for a long time because they mainly feed on bamboo shoots, leaves, and stalks, so changes in their habitat were catastrophic. Occasionally, pandas will also eat small rodents and a few other select plants.

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Why was the Boston Tea Party so named?
American revolutionaries threw tea off British ships.
The Sons of Liberty, a group of revolutionaries that included Samuel Adams, threw tea overboard in protest of Britain's tariffs. The tea lost was worth about one million U.S. dollars in today's currency.
British colonials threw a massive tea party in Boston.
The drawn-out battle was sparked over an argument during tea.
All of the above.

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Where is Mount Kilimanjaro?
Argentina
Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest of all African mountains, is actually a volcano. Two of its three peaks are extinct, but its main peak, Kibo, is only dormant, meaning it could (in theory) erupt sometime in the future.
Russia
Japan

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Which language is spoken by the most people on the continent of Africa?
Arabic
English
Approximately 700 million people in Africa speak English. Arabic is the second most common language on the continent, spoken by more than 100 million people.
Spanish
French

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The cardinal is the official bird of which of the following states?
Ohio
North Carolina
Illinois
All of the above
The bright red bird known as a cardinal is a popular choice for state bird: seven states (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia) claim it as their official state bird!

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What is the Taj Mahal?
A large business center.
A monument to learning.
A mausoleum.
The Taj Mahal was built under the orders of Emperor Shah Jahan after the most beloved of his three queens, Mumtaz Mahal, passed away. Its immense size and exquisite beauty draw millions of visitors each year.
A royal palace.

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Where do penguins live?
Greenland
Nova Scotia
Antarctica only
Various locales in the Southern Hemisphere
New Zealand, Antarctica, Australia, and South America are just some of the places penguins call home. They rarely travel north and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures.

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Which of the following foods is properly considered a nut - not a legume or a seed?
Cashew
Hazelnut
Peanuts are actually legumes - think beans and lentils. Pistachios and cashews are both technically seeds, but are commonly grouped with real nuts for cooking purposes.
Pistachio
Peanut

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