Can You Pass This Difficult General Knowledge Test?

By: Heather Cahill
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Can You Pass This Difficult General Knowledge Test?
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About This Quiz

Were you the student who knew all of the answers to every question your teacher asked? Could you spew out fun facts and pieces of information on a whim? If you answered yes to these questions, then this is the quiz for you. Experts in geography, math and life, in general, will have no trouble with this quiz. You're probably known as the trivia master in your friend group.

If you can remember random facts you learned throughout your life, then you can probably ace this quiz. Some of this knowledge can be picked up in school; other knowledge is something you might learn from experience. It can be from books or even common knowledge. This quiz will take you from the sea, to space and around the world to meet some of the most notorious people who have ever lived. There's nothing to be afraid of if you know something about everything, that is.

You're the person that nobody wants to compete against in "Trivial Pursuit." It doesn't matter what subject you're quizzed on, you can ace it with flying colors. So, if you think you are a general knowledge master, then take the quiz to prove it!

Highways are a network that help us to get around easier. What is the longest highway in the world?
Pan American Highway
Interstate 90
Trans-Canada Highway
Stelvio Pass
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The Pan-American Highway stretches through multiple countries in both North and South America, from Argentina to Alaska. If you travel to a certain area on the highway, you can no longer drive and must take a plane or boat to cross!

Most wars last quite a long time. What was the shortest war in history?
Seven Years' War
Crimean War
Second Boer War
Anglo-Zanzibar War
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The Anglo-Zanzibar War is very unique in its own way. After all, it only lasted 38 minutes! It ended in an English victory. In contrast to this short war, the longest war ever recorded was the Iberian Religious Wars which lasted 781 years.

NASA stands for what?
Neutral And Standard Association
New Administration of Sweden Act
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Nifty and Spacious Area
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NASA has many responsibilities which involve flight and space exploration. They are always doing research and learning as much as they can about space. Increasing our knowledge of the universe around us is as important as taking care of our Earth.


Glass sculptures are quite delicate. What word is used for creating them?
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Glassblowing is a mesmerizing activity that takes a lot of skill, patience and concentration. Often the results are quite incredible. After the glassblower gets the air into the molten glass, it is sculpted into a gorgeous creation.

Which actor/actress has been in more than 280 movies/television shows?
Brad Pitt
Meryl Streep
Clint Eastwood
Christopher Lee
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According to the Houston Press, legendary actor Christopher Lee appeared in more than 280 movies. Although it took him a little while to get his foot in the door, once he did, Lee had no shortage of acting jobs. His first film came out in 1947 and it was called "Corridor of Mirrors."

The longest word in the English language, "pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis," means what?
It's a word used for a type of lung disease.
It's a word that means "minuscule."
It is used to describe an emotion.
It's a kind of weather.
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This 45-letter word takes the cake on the longest word in the English language. The lung disease that it is used for is known to be caused through the inhalation of volcanic ash, according to the Oxford Dictionary. That's where the "volcano" part of the word comes from.


Hedy Lamarr is known for being a talented actress, but do you know what she invented?
Frequency hopping
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We have Hedy Lamarr to thank for the fact that we now have WiFi and Bluetooth since frequency hopping was the precursor to both. After giving the invention to the American government, they completely disregarded her.

This sport is similar to the Olympics in its frequency. Which cup is played every four years in soccer/football?
The Stanley Cup
The Wanamaker Trophy
The Beighton Cup
The World Cup
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The World Cup is a prestigious trophy that is awarded to the winning soccer team every four years. The country who has won the World Cup the most times is Brazil, with five wins. A few other countries are pretty close behind.

The largest island in the world is what?
Baffin Island
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We all know Greenland as a country but it's not always remembered as an island. As for other islands, there is not an official total due to the fact that islands are always appearing and disappearing, making it quite difficult to keep the number accurate.


It's time to think back to the Periodic Table. What is the symbol for chlorine?
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The symbol for chlorine comes from the Periodic Table of Elements. People often wonder why certain elements have symbols that aren't reminiscent of their names. One reason is that the symbol is derived from a language other than English.

Which of the following is a type of operating system?
All of the above
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Operating systems are very important to the functioning of things such as our phones and computers. Their purpose is to complete the processes needed for the computer or phone to do as you ask and hold the information that you need.

There are 24 hours in a day, but what do 8,760 hours equal?
14 months
95 days
A year
Two years
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The number of hours in a year is 8,760. To put it into better perspective, someone who works a typical 40-hour week spends approximately 2,080 hours working in a year. That's if you show up every single day and are always on time.


The most expensive painting ever sold is which of the following?
"Las Meninas"
"Girl With A Pearl Earring"
"Salvator Mundi"
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"Salvator Mundi" by Leonardo da Vinci sold for more than $400 million, making it the most expensive painting ever sold. He was well known for making extremely valuable and incredible paintings throughout his life.

Which of the following is not a part of the brain?
Brain stem
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The cuboid is a bone in the human foot. It's almost in the center of the foot and its purpose is to give us stability when moving around. It's a very important part of our body and without it, we would have a little more trouble getting around.

It's not much of a possibility but if you ventured to the center of the Earth, what would you find?
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If you went straight to the Earth's core, you would find a center made of metal. Specifically, it's made out of mostly iron with a little bit of nickel in the mix. Although it can be pretty cold in some places here on the Earth's crust, you would never be cold if you were at its core.


Knowing the order of our planets it important. The fourth planet from the sun is what?
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Mars is known as the hot planet, which may seem weird because Earth is even closer to the sun. One thing that many people have started to look forward to is the colonization of the red planet, although it's not set in stone when we might make it there.

The most popular video game in the world by sales is what?
"Super Mario 64"
"Grand Theft Auto V"
"Dark Souls"
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Ever since its release, "Tetris" has become a huge hit all around the world. More than 100 million copies have been sold worldwide and the game is remembered for its iconic colored blocks that have to be placed just right.

Part of playing sports is wearing the proper equipment. Which of the following equipment is not used in rugby?
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In rugby, there are no sticks used. Instead, the ball is kicked or passed to other players. The teams are quite large as they are made up of 15 players on each side. Did you know that at one point, it was an Olympic sport?


The smallest known mammal in the world is what?
Etruscan Shrew
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The Etruscan Shrew only grows to be around 1.6 inches, so it's easy to miss. Despite their very tiny size, their weight is what makes them the smallest known mammal on Earth at only a little more than one gram.

There's a lot that goes on in a few minutes. How does a microwave heat things up?
By emitting hot air
By the heat from the sides of the unit
Through radiation
With light
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The radiation in a microwave is what heats up our meals. Although it can be quite the helpful appliance, don't put a spoon in there with your meal. It's possible that you might break your microwave if you do that.

When traveling to other countries it is important to be prepared. Which emergency service does the number 119 call in China?
It doesn't call any emergency service.
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When traveling to other countries, it's important to know emergency numbers to call in times of need as they are not always the same. While in China, the firefighters can be called by 119 and the police are 110.


What makes a 3-pointer in basketball?
Shoot from the three-point line
Shoot from underneath the basket
Throw the ball backwards into the basket
Throw the ball into the basket from the bleachers
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A three-pointer is thrown from the three-point line and the ball must make it into the basket to be counted. One of the first three-pointers​ was scored by Jerry Harkness in the '60s, setting a precedent for the basketball world.

Now with a company named after him, what did Alexander Graham Bell invent?
The lightbulb
The car
The television
The telephone
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Alexander Graham Bell is the inventor of the telephone, an invention which has changed the world. Bell Telephone System, now AT&T, was named after the legendary inventor.

Which of the following is said to be the deadliest animal in the world?
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Mosquitoes may seem pretty harmless other than the fact that they can suck your blood. Unfortunately, they can be deadly due to the diseases they can carry and transmit. Malaria is one of the biggest diseases they can carry.


You'll have to look up to get this one right. What is the tallest tree in the world?
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These incredible trees might hurt your neck to look at! They can stand almost 400 feet tall and just like their expansive height, they also have quite the long lifespan. They can stand tall for around 2,000 years.

What is used to measure the power of an earthquake?
Richter Scale
Angle Gauge
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The Richter Scale measures the size and magnitude of earthquakes. Did you know there has never been an earthquake that has hit a magnitude of 10 on the scale?

All sweet stuff has to come from somewhere. What plant does molasses come from?
Sugar cane
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Molasses is one sweet and yummy substance that we have the luxury of enjoying. One form comes from sugar cane, which is most often used in food flavoring.


We don't really know all of the secrets that the ocean has to offer, but we know it's pretty deep down there. What is the deepest part of the ocean?
Marianas Trench
The Coral Reef
The Challenger Deep
Gulf of Mexico
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The Challenger Deep is an area in the Marianas Trench which is around 11,000 meters deep. It's part of the Pacific Ocean. The Challenger Deep often experiences earthquakes due to the plates that touch and hit each other there.

What kind of galaxy do we live in?
A spiral galaxy
An irregular galaxy
An elliptical galaxy
None of the above
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Our Milky Way galaxy is a spiral galaxy. The qualifications for something to be considered a galaxy is that it must have more than 1 billion stars. Maybe one day we'll be able to visit the distant galaxies in our universe.

Water often surrounds many of the countries throughout the world. Which country has the longest coastline?
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Although Russia is the biggest country in the world, its coastline length doesn't come close to​ that of Canada's. In fact, the country with the second-largest coastline is Norway. There's around a 143,000-kilometer difference between the two coastline totals.


Eating healthy is made a little easier with the food groups. How many food groups are there in the United States?
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The five food groups help to educate people on nutrition and what they need to eat for a healthy diet. The five groups are dairy, grains, protein, fruits and vegetables. Eating the right food is something that is encouraged and taught in school with the help of these groups, which are guidelines the U.S. government approves.

What are humans said to go through at one point in their lives?
Mid-life crisis
Early growth
Late power trips
A period where they lie
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A mid-life crisis is something that humans are said to get when they hit their middle age years. It can be a little different for each person but common signs include fear of getting older and other existential worries.

A comet is made of what?
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A comet is made of several materials, including dust and many other gasses. One of the most famous comets, Halley's Comet, passes by the Earth every 75 years. it's definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see it!


Sometimes areas of the Earth can get pretty warm. Where was the hottest temperature ever recorded on our planet?
The Sahara Desert
Cape Town
Death Valley
Tirat Zvi
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Death Valley is located in California and the record temperature was 134 degrees Fahrenheit. This was recorded in 1913 and has not been surpassed since. Death Valley is very often referred to as the hottest place on Earth.

Who invented the internet?
Mark Zuckerberg
Jeff Bezos
Elon Musk
Tim Berners-Lee
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Tim Berners-Lee is the creator of what eventually became the World Wide Web, or the internet as we now know it. Despite his amazing invention, today he works as a professor in England.

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