Can You Pass This 4-Minute General Knowledge Quiz Without Any Mistakes?

By: Heather Cahill
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
Can You Pass This 4-Minute General Knowledge Quiz Without Any Mistakes?
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About This Quiz

General is more than just a position in the military! In this case, you'll need to know a little about everything. This includes all different subject such as history, astronomy, science and more. If you know a little about each topic, you're already well on your way to acing this quiz. So what are you waiting for?

Can you name the largest city on Earth by its population? Do you know how often the famous Halley's Comet passes by the Earth? Given a list, do you know which play was the first that Shakespeare wrote? Do you know which metro system was the first ever to be built? If you could answer these questions, then the rest of the quiz will be a piece of cake!

Do you know which artist painted the famous work, "The Night Watch"? Can you name the fast food restaurant that was founded in 1955? Do you know where in the world chopsticks were invented? Bonus points if you know when they came about! This quiz may be harder than you think!

So, do you think you know a little, about a lot? Well, you'll have to prove it by getting a fantastic score on this quiz!

Which company was founded first?
Apple
Microsoft
IBM
IBM came before all of the other companies listed above, being founded in 1911. Logitech was founded in 1981. Did you know that Microsoft and Apple were founded one year apart from each other?
Logitech

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Where would you find the city of Medicine Hat?
Turkey
Brazil
United States
Canada
Medicine Hat is a city in Canada, and you'd find it in the province of Alberta. Did you know that there are many more weird names in the country as well? Take Eyebrow, Saskatchewan for example!

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Which of the following was Shakespeare's first play?
"The Tempest"
"Othello"
"Hamlet"
"Henry VI, Part One"
"Henry VI, Part One" was one of many plays by the legendary Shakespeare. The play is all about the famed king and life after his father's death.

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Where is the Bermuda Triangle located?
Pacific Ocean
Arctic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
The Bermuda Triangle is located in a stretch of the Atlantic Ocean. The famed triangle has had many scratching their heads for years as many unexplained disappearances have taken place in the area.
Indian Ocean

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Is it true or false that the Nobel Prize is given for achievements in film?
true
false
This is false. The Nobel Prize is given to people for their achievements in everything from literature to the sciences. Some famous winners are Marie Curie and Mother Teresa.

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Every continent has a city with what name?
Rome
No matter what continent you visit, you can always find a city named "Rome." Of course, the first "Rome" on the planet is the one in Italy where the ancient Romans lived.
Memphis
Vancouver
Cairo

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What is the longest river in the world?
Nile River
Mississippi River
Amazon River
The Amazon River is the longest in the world, but not by much! Close behind is the famous Nile River that runs through Africa. It's about 100 miles shorter than the Amazon.
Amur River

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What is the largest fish in the world?
whale shark
The whale shark is the largest fish in the world, getting as large as 40 feet. They can also weigh up to 47 thousand pounds!
paddlefish
goldfish
catfish

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Which famous historical figure said the following phrase: "Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom."
Salvador Dali
Albert Einstein
Aristotle
The famous philosopher Aristotle, said this famous phrase. He lived in the 300s BC, and is well-known for his many writings.
Karl Marx

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Is it true or false that George Washington was the first president of the United States?
true
This is true. George Washington became the first president in the 1700s. He was the president for almost eight years until his death in 1799.
false

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What is the largest city by population on Earth?
Beijing
London
Tel Aviv
Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan is one of the most vibrant cities on Earth. The 38 million people who live there experience the city like no one else in the world.

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Where is the Metropolitan Museum of Art?
New York City
New York City is the home of the incredible Metropolitan Museum of Art. The museum has works such as paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder and artefacts from ancient civilizations.
Paris
Anchorage
Los Angeles

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Which of the following is a stone and a toy?
basalt
quartz
granite
marble
This is marble, which is a stone as well as a popular toy. While the stone may seem suitable for creating the toy, it is actually not made from it at all!

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What is the national sport of Sri Lanka?
volleyball
The national sport of Sri Lanka is volleyball. It is quite a recent addition as the sport only became official in the country in 1991.
hockey
baseball
soccer

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Is it true or false that a unicorn is the national animal of Scotland?
true
This is true. Although it may be hard to believe, this mythical creature represents the country. If only unicorns we're real, they could prance around Scotland as they like!
false

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Who painted "The Night Watch"?
Claude Monet
Leonardo da Vinci
Grant Wood
Rembrandt
Rembrandt created this masterpiece in the 1600s. It depicts a group of men who were part of an organization. Did you know that this painting is very, very large?

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Which of the following is known as the first metro system in the world?
Shanghai Metro
New York Subway
Guangzhou Metro
The London Underground
The London Underground was the first metro system in the world to be established. It opened to the public for the first time in 1890! We have it to thank for the quick transportation that we have access to today.

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Who discovered penicillin?
Marie Curie
John Boyd Dunlop
Alessandro Volta
Sir Alexander Fleming
We have Sir Alexander Fleming to thank for penicillin. The drug was revolutionary and was used for fighting off bacteria in the body.

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Which movie was turned down by Disney?
"The Jungle Book"
"Ghostbusters"
"Back to the Future"
Disney turned down the iconic film "Back to the Future." Imagine how the movie would have been with a Disney touch to it!
"Rambo"

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Is it true or false that a guitar was the first instrument ever invented?
true
false
This is false. Flutes were the first instrument, being used thousands of years ago. The guitar is thought to have been invented in the 15th century.

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Which planet was discovered first?
Pluto
Mercury
Mars
Uranus
Uranus was the first to be discovered in 1781. Sir William Herschel was the astronomer who discovered it, and he also had many other important theories about of galaxy.

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Which of the following books are written by J.K. Rowling?
the "Hunger Games" series
the "Mortal Instruments" series
the "Percy Jackson" series
the "Harry Potter" series
J.K. Rowling is the author of the famous "Harry Potter" series. Her books are among some of the best-selling books of all time.

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How often does Halley's Comet pass by the Earth?
every 75 years
Halley's Comet only passes by the Earth every 75 years. The comet is expected to pass by the Earth once again in 2061.
every day
every 100 years
every month

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What are the planets named after?
cities
rulers
stars
gods
The planets are named after mythological gods such as Venus, the Roman goddess of love. However, there is one planet that isn't named after a god. Do you know which one it is?

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Is it true or false that Michael Jackson is one of the best-selling artists of all time?
true
This is true. Michael Jackson is an icon that left a large legacy behind him. He is up there with the likes of Elton John and Elvis as the best-selling artists of all time.
false

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Which fast food restaurant was founded in 1955?
Subway
Arby's
Wendy's
McDonald's
In order to get a McDonald's burger after it was founded in 1955, you'd have to travel to Illinois! Ray Kroc was the founder of the now iconic food chain.

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What is Buenos Aires the capital city of?
Argentina
Buenos Aires is the capital city of Argentina. The city is known for its beauty and incredible architecture like no other place in the world.
Brazil
Colombia
Mexico

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In order to taste what you're eating, what do you need?
saliva
Saliva is an important factor in helping you to taste your food. Without it, everything would be quite bland and not flavorful!
teeth
smell
nothing

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Which country uses the national anthem "Une Seule Nuit"?
France
Jamaica
Marshall Islands
Burkina Faso
This is national anthem of Burkina Faso, which considers French an official language. Did you know that the capital city of the country is Ouagadougou?

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Is it true or false that the Carter family is known as the first family of country music?
true
This is true. The Carter Family was well know for recording some of the first country music in the late 1920s. One of the most famous Carter's is June Carter Cash.
false

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What part of the human body is thought to disappear in the future?
hair
cartilage
finger nails
wisdom teeth
Wisdom teeth are thought to disappear in the future. Even now, there are people who are born without them. How lucky is that?!

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Who was the first person in space?
Scott Kelly
Chris Hadfield
Neil Armstrong
Yuri Gagarin
Yuri Gagarin achieved a previously unbelievable accomplishment when he was the first person in space in 1961. That would have been an incredible ice breaker at parties!

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Is it true or false that chopsticks were invented in Indonesia?
true
false
This is false. Chopsticks were invented in China and have a long history there. They were invented in 1766 BC, after all!

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Which of the following is one of the main ingredients in chocolate?
cocoa
One of the main ingredients in chocolate is cocoa. It is made from seeds that are ground up into the powder which is used in many other food and drinks as well.
whole wheat
tallow
onion salt

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What is the correct order of the keys on your computer's keyboard?
QWPOAI
QNAUFY
NMXKLP
QWERTY
You'll probably recognize the sequence "QWERTY"! This is used in reference to keyboards in which this design stems back to the 1800s. Although it may be hard to believe, there were keyboards back then!

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