Can You Answer These General Knowledge Questions in 5 Minutes?


By: Teresa McGlothlin

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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?

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.


Which golf term means one under par?

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.


Which mountain is the world's tallest?

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.


In what year did the Titanic sink?

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.


Which US state has the highest population?

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.


Which fruit is the world's most-consumed?

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.


Which zodiac sign is represented by the bull?

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.


Which automaker released the GTO?

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.


Which musical instrument belongs in the brass section?

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.


If you are in Valletta, what country are you visiting?

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.


Where is the smallest bone in the body located?

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.


Which planet is furthest away from earth?

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.


How many ounces are in a pint?

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.


Which continent is home to Guyana?

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.


How are the eggs in Eggs Benedict cooked?

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.


In American football, how many points is a field goal worth?

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.


In the following equation, what is the variable: %0D3x +1 = 7

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.


Which biblical apostle was filled with doubt?

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.


What do Pandas eat the most?

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.


What do we call sodium bicarbonate in the kitchen?

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.


Who was narrating "How I Met Your Mother"?

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.


In which state did "The Golden Girls" live?

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.


Which gemstone was featured in Princess Diana's engagement ring?

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.


Which dog breed was named England's favorite in 2018?

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.


What is the word that describes a noun called?

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.


Who invented Facebook?

In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook in his Harvard dorm room. It was originally created for Harvard students to socialize.


Which legendary guitarist played in Led Zeppelin?

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.


What is another name for the Ten-Gallon hat?

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.


Which animal is not an apex predator?

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.


What is the main ingredient in Doritos?

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.


Which city is home to the Tate Museum of Modern Art?

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.


Which language is primarily spoken in Brazil?

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.


Which fast food restaurant's menu contains The Hulk?

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.


What instrument does Elton John play?

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.


Which supermodel hosts "Project Runway"?

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.


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