Can You Answer These General Knowledge Questions in 5 Minutes?

By: Teresa McGlothlin
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Can You Answer These General Knowledge Questions in 5 Minutes?
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About This Quiz

Consider the next five minutes like a thrill ride for your brain! Do you think you can answer our general knowledge questions in under five minutes? Try to relax, and let your brain do the work. We are sure you'll be able to manage at least most of the questions before your timer runs out. 

When we mentioned that we are going to ask you some general knowledge questions, we want to make sure that you put the emphasis on general. Our questions are quite varied, extremely random, and they will not spend too much time sticking to one particular subject. In order to get through these questions in less than five minutes, you will not have time to hesitate. Instead, you must trust your instincts and choose the first answer that comes to mind. 

While not everything in life is about speed, we have found that giving yourself a 5-minute time limit is a good challenge! There are 35 questions, and you will need to trust yourself to get there with time to spare. Put on your thinking cap, and focus your attention on the screen. The next five minutes are all yours, and we hope you prove something to yourself! 

What is the name of the instrument used to measure wind speed?
Windometer
Antennae
Anemometer
Anemometers are used to measure wind speed. Although there are more modern, electronic versions, traditional anemometers resemble windmills flipped on their side. They measure the wind's speed by the number of rotations the spinning part turns.
Ruler

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Which golf term means one under par?
Birdie
If you are playing a game of golf and you managed to get the ball in the hole one stroke under par, you have a birdie. If you were one over par, you would have a bogie.
Four
Bogie
Wedge

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Which mountain is the world's tallest?
Mount Fuji
Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Everest
With an elevation of 29,029 feet, Mount Everest is the world's tallest mountain. Bordering both China and Nepal, Mount Everest is one of the most popular climbs for thrill seekers from around the world.
Mount Saint Helens

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In what year did the Titanic sink?
1932
1846
1958
1912
During the early-morning hours of April 15, 1912, the unsinkable Titanic ripped a hole in its hull by hitting an iceberg. It is estimated that more than 1,500 passengers and crew members lost their lives.

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Which US state has the highest population?
New York
California
According to the last U.S. census, California is the most populated state in the United States. With a population nearing 40,000,000, California has 11 million more citizens that the next most populated state, Texas.
Florida
Colorado

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Which fruit is the world's most-consumed?
Bananas
Grapes
Apples
Mangos
Grapes, bananas, and apples are amongst the world's most popular fruits. However, the mango outsells bananas three times over and leaves apples in the dust by selling 10 mangos for every apple.

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Which zodiac sign is represented by the bull?
Pisces
Taurus
Those born from April 20 to May 21 are born under the sign of Taurus. Taurus is represented by the bull, and it is associated with the earth element in the zodiac.
Capricorn
Virgo

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Which automaker released the GTO?
Buick
Ford
Chevrolet
Pontiac
In 1964, Pontiac released its brand of muscle car on the world. Built as a competitor to the Ford Mustang, the Pontiac GTO is highly sought after by collectors.

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Which musical instrument belongs in the brass section?
Oboe
Euphonium
Orchestras are divided into four main sections: brass, wind, percussion, and strings. When you look for the euphonium, you will find it in the brass section. Euphoniums resemble small tubas, and they are best known for being part of military ensembles.
Xylophone
Viola

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If you are in Valletta, what country are you visiting?
Greece
Italy
Malta
If you were visiting the capital city of Valletta, you would be visiting Europe's Malta. Malta is an island that rests between Sicily and North Africa. Malta is a fairly young member of the European Union. Full membership was granted in 2004.
Mexico

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Where is the smallest bone in the body located?
Ear
The stapes is one of three bones that make up the inner ear. It is around 3 millimeters long, and is sometimes called the stirrup bone because of its shape and appearance.
Toe
Finger
Pelvis

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Which planet is furthest away from earth?
Mars
Pluto
Pluto was left undiscovered until 1930. Since then, it has been considered to be the furthest planet from Earth with 2.7 billion miles between them.
Jupiter
Uranus

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How many ounces are in a pint?
8
12
32
16
It takes two entire cups of liquid to make a pint. A pint is 16 ounces, and there are 16 cups per gallon. Therefore, there are 8 pints per gallon.

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Which continent is home to Guyana?
Australia
South America
The South American country of Guyana is full of rich history. Bordering both Venezuela and the Atlantic coast, Guyana is one of the few English-speaking nations in the region.
Africa
Asia

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How are the eggs in Eggs Benedict cooked?
Poached
Eggs Benedict is a popular American breakfast item found on menus all over the world. The recipe varies, but the traditional version involves two poached eggs served atop two halves of an English muffin with bacon and Hollandaise sauce.
Scrambled
Boiled
Over easy

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In American football, how many points is a field goal worth?
3
When a football team cannot quite make it into touchdown range, a field goal will often be attempted. Worth 3 points, the longest field goal ever made was kicked from 64 yards away by Matt Prater in 2013.
1
7
6

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In the following equation, what is the variable: %0D3x +1 = 7
2
6
x
When speaking about math, a variable is a letter that stands in place of an unknown value. In this instance, the variable is the letter x.
3

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Which biblical apostle was filled with doubt?
Judas
Peter
Thomas
When Thomas was told of the resurrection of Christ, he did not believe what he was hearing. In the New Testament, he was referred to as "Doubting Thomas," coining the popular phrase.
Paul

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What do Pandas eat the most?
Bamboo
Despite their cubby appearance, Pandas love eating bamboo. They are not against the occasional fish or small game, but 99 percent of their diet is comprised of bamboo shoots, stems, and leaves.
Eucalyptus
Oranges
Ants

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What do we call sodium bicarbonate in the kitchen?
Vinegar
Cream of Tartar
Baking Soda
In the kitchen, we refer to sodium bicarbonate as baking soda. Baking soda is acidic and forces the chemical reaction necessary for leavening during the baking process.
Salt

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Who was narrating "How I Met Your Mother"?
Ted
Running for eight seasons, "How I Met Your Mother" told the love stories and wild antics of a group of young friends. During the series finale, it was revealed that Ted was the person narrating the story.
Marshall
Barney
Alex Trebek

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In which state did "The Golden Girls" live?
Montana
California
Georgia
Florida
The hit series, "The Golden Girls," was set in Florida. Popular with an older population and full of warm weather, Florida make for the perfect setting for Blanche and the girls to live.

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Which gemstone was featured in Princess Diana's engagement ring?
Ruby
Sapphire
When Prince Charles asked Lady Dianna to marry him in 1981, he did it in grand style. The engagement ring featured a 12-carat sapphire surrounded by 18 individual diamonds. It was eventually resized to fit Kate Middleton's finger.
Emerald
Garnet

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Which dog breed was named England's favorite in 2018?
Labrador retriever
The Kennel Club of the U.K. announced that the most-loved dog in England is the Labrador retriever. Although the French bulldog kept the race close, the Labrador retriever ended up winning with the popular vote.
English springer spaniel
French bulldog
German shepherd

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What is the word that describes a noun called?
Adverb
Modifier
Adjective
Nouns would be mind-numbingly boring without the help of their friend the adjective! An adjective is a word that describes or modifies a person, place, or thing.
Plural

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Who invented Facebook?
Steve Jobs
Mark Zuckerberg
In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook in his Harvard dorm room. It was originally created for Harvard students to socialize.
Tom Anderson
Bill Gates

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Which legendary guitarist played in Led Zeppelin?
Eric Clapton
Jimi Hendrix
Jimmy Page
Formed in 1968, Led Zeppelin is often credited for bringing heavy metal to the world. With Jimmy Page on guitar, the group played together until 1980, shortly after the death of drummer John Bonham.
Kurt Cobain

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What is another name for the Ten-Gallon hat?
Tom Mix
Another name for the Ten-Gallon hat is the Tom Mix. However, the Tom Mix is simply a bigger version of the Gus. Both feature a large dome-shaped crown with three dimples on it.
Gambler
Cattleman
Brick

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Which animal is not an apex predator?
Gray wolf
Polar bear
Gorilla
Gorillas can be quite aggressive, but they are not apex predators. In order to be an apex predator, an animal must not be hunted by others. Although gorillas have few natural enemies, it seems that leopards have been known to attack them.
Sea lion

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What is the main ingredient in Doritos?
Vegetable oil
Whole corn
In spite of their extra cheesy taste, the main ingredient in all of the Doritos flavors is whole corn. Doritos actually contain more vegetable oils than cheese.
Cheddar cheese
Salt

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Which city is home to the Tate Museum of Modern Art?
New York
San Fransicso
London
The Tate Museum of Modern Art was opened in May 2000. At any given time, the Tate Modern exhibits more than 1,500 artists from around the world.
Paris

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Which language is primarily spoken in Brazil?
Portuguese
The primary language spoken in Brazil is Portuguese. While French used to be the nation's secondary language, it has recently been changed to English.
Spanish
English
French

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Which fast food restaurant's menu contains The Hulk?
KFC
McDonald's
Wendy's
Taco Bell
If you were craving The Hulk, you would head to Taco Bell. The Hulk is all about the green stuff - the guacamole! In fact, the only other ingredients in The Hulk are beans and cheese.

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What instrument does Elton John play?
Bass
Guitar
Piano
During a time of loud guitars, Elton John stood out with his rock 'n roll style piano. Since then, he has gone on to become one of the world's most celebrated musicians. His hits are known and loved all over the world.
Drums

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Which supermodel hosts "Project Runway"?
Heidi Klum
Since her first Sports Illustrated cover in 1999, Heidi Klum has taken the world of fashion by storm. She was the first German model to become a Victoria's Secret model, and she runs multiple fashion-related businesses.
Kate Moss
Janice Dickenson
Cindy Crawford

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