Can You Pass This General Trivia Quiz?

By: Lauren Lubas
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Can You Pass This General Trivia Quiz?
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About This Quiz

Why do people like general trivia games? Well, first of all, they help us show off our skills and fact retention. Most importantly, however, general trivia games teach us quite a bit. When we get the questions wrong, we learn the right answer, and when we get the questions right, we learn a little bit more about the subject. 

If you're a trivia expert, you are probably used to being called a human encyclopedia. You may have some information that others don't have, but you don't consider yourself an expert on any one topic (when it comes to general trivia, that is). You probably love documentaries and watch them over "Real Housewives of [place with rich people]" any day of the week. You love to know a little bit about a lot, and you take pride in your trivia knowledge. 

For those of you who think you have what it takes to beat any trivia game out there, we have the perfect quiz for you. These 40 questions are sampled from pretty much every topic that you'd find in a general trivia game. It may seem random, but that's what will make this quiz challenging. Are you up for the challenge? Take this quiz to find out if you're the general trivia champion.

William F. Cody
Not to be confused with Wild Bill Hickock, Buffalo Bill Cody was a bison hunter and showman who lived until 1917. He lived in many areas across the American midwest, and in Toronto, Canada as a child.
Bill Williams
Willy Barnes
Jesse James

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Harper Lee Who wrote the book, "To Kill a Mockingbird"?
Michael Chabon
Toni Morrison
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Harper Lee
While there is speculation that Harper Lee had a ghostwriter for this book, it is still in publication and highly sought after. It was initially published in 1960 and is considered a modern American classic that was featured in a movie by the same name, starring Gregory Peck and Robert Duvall, amongst others.

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Math Thinking Which of these is a prime number?
18
25
97
To answer this question correctly, it is important to remember that prime numbers can only be divided by themselves and one to create a product that is a whole number. In this case, 97 is the only prime number, and it is the highest two-digit prime number.
40

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Decathlon If someone who know is participating for a decathlon, for how many events will they have to train?
15
10
There are 10 events in a decathlon, and they generally take place over two or more days (athletes get tired too). These events include: 100-meter dash, broad jump, shot put, high jump, and 110-meter hurdles.
Eight
Five

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Thinking Math Do you know the product of 12 and 12?
144
The product of two numbers is the number you get when you multiply those two numbers; 12 times 12 is 144. While several mathematical formulas can be confusing, the product of two numbers shouldn't be one of them.
24
0
1

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California What U.S. state boasts the highest population?
New York
Rhode Island
Canada
California
While Alaska is the largest state in the United States (by square miles), California boasts the largest population with 39.5 million people (over 10% of the U.S. population). Who could blame people for wanting to live there? The entire state has an ocean on one border.

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Dwayne Johnson Dwayne Johnson was an American wrestler. Do you remember his catchphrase?
"I loooove you!"
"And that's an order"
"If you smell what The Rock is cookin'"
While Dwayne Johnson transitioned from "The Rock" to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to Dwayne Johnson over the last 15 years, we've watched him grow as an actor and hilarious Twitter commenter.
"Business is about to pick up"

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Botany Can you define 'botany'?
The study of animals
The study of plants
Zoology is the study of animals, and botany is the study of plants. Both of these subsciences fall under the realm of biology. Everyone should know a little bit about biology to get by, for example, how reproduction works.
The study of robots
The study of clouds

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Bacterial Cells Compared to human cells, how many bacterial cells are in the human body?
10 times as many
We know that it's gross to think about, but the human body needs bacterial cells to eat the things that attack us. There are such things as good bacteria, which is why you may feel a little extra icky if you're on antibiotics ... they kill good bacteria and bad bacteria.
100 times as many
Half as many
75 times as many

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Prince How many instruments did Prince play in his debut album?
27
Prince wasn't just a showman, he was an incredibly talented artist. He could play any instrument handed to him, and he loved what he did. His career made it through four decades of cultural change.
None
Seven
Two

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George Washington Who was the first president of the United States?
Abraham Lincoln
George Washington
Pretty much everything in the United States is named after its first president. George Washington has schools, libraries, monuments and roads named after him. You'd think he founded the country or something.
John F. Kennedy
George W. Bush

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The Chicago Bulls Which professional basketball team won six titles in seven years?
The L.A. Lakers
The Washington Wizards
The Chicago Bulls
If you grew up in the 1990s, you knew the Chicago Bulls like the back of your hand. If you grew up in the Midwest during that decade, you couldn't help but be in love with Michael Jordan and his magical ways.
The New York Knicks

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Snape In the 'Harry Potter' series, which teacher does Harry blame for everything?
Snape
Harry constantly falsely accuses Severus Snape of all of the bad things that happen around Hogwarts. Until Snape actually kills Dumbledore (spoiler alert ... sorry), Snape doesn't do anything bad, and even killing Dumbledore wasn't bad, we later find out.
Dumbledore
McGonagall
Sprout

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Rainbow Which color of the rainbow is missing from this list? Red, orange, green, blue, violet
Black
White
Red
Yellow
The standard rainbow has six colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. However, some people believe that the color indigo should be shoved in there, but the creator of ROY G BIV just wanted there to be seven letters, and it indigo isn't considered.

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Canada What is the national emblem of Canada?
Beaver
Just because there's a maple leaf on Canada's flag doesn't mean the beaver isn't important too. In 1975, Canada chose this emblem to represent the country. It symbolizes the country's sovereignty.
Dragon
Moose
Pine Tree

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Baseball / Wacky Baseball Trivia Quiz 1 In a baseball game, how many defensive players can be on the field at one time?
10
Eight
Six
Nine
The bare minimum number of players that a baseball team needs is nine. However, most teams have several backup players for each position. Players can only play once, and when they are taken out of a game, they can't come back to that same game.

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Mr Spock Mr. Spock always said what on the 'Star Trek' series?
"May the force be with you"
"I don't know him"
"Live long and prosper"
Hold up your hand. Separate your index and middle finger from your ring and pinky finger. This is the hand gesture that Spock always gave when he blessed those with this saying. Trekkies everywhere still use it.
"You're a gem"

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Alfred In the 'Batman' series, who is Alfred?
Bruce Wayne's brother
Bruce Wayne's butler
Every attempt at making a "Batman" movie includes an attempt at creating the Alfred character. No matter what, Alfred is always witty, down to earth, and helpful toward Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, Batman.
Bruce Wayne's dad
Bruce Wayne's uncle

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Jim Morrison Do you remember where Jim Morrison is buried?
New York
Paris
Although Jim Morrison was born in Melbourne, Florida, when he died at the young age of 27, he was buried in Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France. He died in 1971 of congestive heart failure or a drug overdose, depending on who you believe. There are new theories out there.
L.A.
Chicago

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Friends TV Show Who has the last name Bing on the show, 'Friends'?
Chandler
Everyone knows Chandler as the funny guy on "Friends." He uses his humor to block the fact that he doesn't do so well in the love department (until he gets married). However, when people find out his last name is Bing, they think it's a joke.
Monica
Rachel
Joey

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Peanut What is another name for a peanut?
Sheller
Dirter
Groundnut
Peanuts are grown in the ground. These little guys with big shells are also known as groundnuts, monkey nuts and goobers. That's right. Jimmy Carter was a goober farmer. Now you know.
Forester

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Forrest Gump Which actor played Forrest Gump in the hit movie by the same name?
George Clooney
Tom Hanks
If you see a single white feather fall from the sky, you probably think fondly of the first time you saw "Forrest Gump" (1994). This movie touched audiences with its intricate storyline and exceptional characters.
Dennis Hopper
Keanu Reeves

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Las Vegas, Nevada Do you know Las Vegas, Nevada's, nickname?
Metropolis
The Metro
Sin City
Las Vegas, Nevada, has many nicknames and quite the reputation. So much so that it's easy to forget that people live there, go to church and raise their families there. It's a city, both like every other and unlike any other.
Los Lobos

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Sodium This element has the symbol 'Na' on the periodic table of elements. What is it?
Barium
Oxygen
Nitrogen
Sodium
Sodium is a chemical element that has many uses. For example, it helps create table salt and various nutritional elements. Sodium has only one electron in its outer shell, which makes it delicious on French fries.

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Ice Cube If you're going by Fahrenheit, at what temperature does water freeze?
0 degrees
20 degrees
15 degrees
32 degrees
Remember that the air doesn't have to reach 32 degrees to make the water freeze, but the water itself has to reach 32 degrees. That's why it can be 32 degrees outside, but large bodies of water aren't frozen. It takes longer to cool them down.

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Statue of Liberty Can you name the country that gave America the Statue of Liberty?
Canada
England
Mexico
France
Standing at 305 feet high, the Statue of Liberty is an iconic American symbol. It is found on a small island called Liberty Island in New York Harbor. It was constructed in 1875 and originally made out of copper.

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Thinking Scared What does it mean to be heliophobic?
Afraid of the sun
Helio means sun and phobia means fear. If you are afraid of the sun, you are heliophobic. While it may seem like an odd thing to be frightened of, vampires understand the pain of being exposed to sunshine.
Afraid of helium
Afraid of spiders
Afraid of hell

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Beatles When did the Beatles release their album, 'Please Please Me'?
1955
1963
The 1963 album, "Please Please Me," by the Beatles featured several of their hit songs, including "I Saw Her Standing There," "Love Me Do" and the title song, "Please Please Me." This was the beginning of the British Invasion.
1974
1959

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Pluto Do you know the name of the planet that is no longer considered a planet?
Mercury
Titan
Pluto
For nearly 100 years, scientists widely agreed that Pluto was a planet. However, in 2006, they decided that it wasn't a planet, but a dwarf planet. It's basically a huge ball of ice and dust, so we understand.
Jupiter

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Ares In Greek mythology, there are many gods that have to do with war, but which god represents fighting and gore in war?
Hera
Zeus
Athena
Ares
It's important to remember that Athena represents strategic military planning and intelligence, whereas Ares represents brute strength and violent death. These two gods put together make one fine war machine.

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Game of Thrones The 'Game of Thrones' series on HBO was great, but what is the name of the book series on which it was based?
"A Song of Ice and Fire"
"A Song of Ice and Fire" was written by George R. R. Martin. Though we don't see a lot of the song of ice and the song of fire in the HBO series, there are hints that the ending of the books will be a little bit different.
"A Game of Thrones"
"A Storm of Swords"
"Jon Snow's Comeuppance"

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Chicago In which United States city would you find O'Hare International Airport?
New York
New Orleans
Los Angeles
Chicago
Once considered the world's busiest airport, Chicago's O'Hare Airport is now the sixth busiest airport in the world. With nearly 1 million flights taking off and landing every year, it's no wonder the city had to build a second airport.

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James Cameron Who was the director of the 1997 film, 'Titanic'?
Steven Spielberg
John Turturro
James Cameron
The 1997 blockbuster film, "Titanic," was what happens when you take a historical event and try to build a love story around it. Fans are still screaming about the fact that Jack clearly would have fit on that door, but they don't take into consideration the fact that his weight would have made it sink.
Will Smith

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Cotton Candy The inventor of the cotton candy machine had which profession?
Doctor
Dentist
You heard it here first, people! One of the inventors of the cotton candy machine was a dentist. Here's a clear example of a super villain. Who else would invent something that destroyed the very thing he fixed?
Surgeon
Professional Athlete

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Space Do you know what space smells like?
Gunpowder and barbecue
Scientists have discovered that space has a very distinct smell. This smell is very close to diesel fumes and gunpowder (with a hint of barbecue, for flavoring). It is theorized that this smell comes from dead stars.
Nothing
Lilac
Cheese

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Baby Carrot Where do baby carrots come from?
Mini carrot seeds
Misshapen carrots
When farmers realized that it was more difficult to sell carrots that had weird shapes, they decided to cut them down and make them pretty. This proves that humans eat with their eyes as much as their tongues.
Peanuts
Oz

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Babe Ruth How did Babe Ruth keep his head cool while he played baseball?
He had people fanning him.
He didn't.
He ran around before the game.
He put a cabbage leaf under his hat.
Yes, it's gross, but Babe Ruth really did do this. Of course, he would have to change it every two innings to ensure he stayed cool and an odd smell of cooking cabbage didn't come from his general direction.

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Golf Ball Can you remember how many dimples a regulation golf ball has?
147
336
In case you needed useless information clogging up your brain, the standard (or regulation) golf ball has 336 dimples. They are not just for show, either. These dimples actually help the ball soar through the air and travel longer distances.
228
575

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Thunderstorm About how many thunderstorms are happening in the Earth's atmosphere right now?
25
1,000
27,000
1,800
Look outside your window. Do you see a thunderstorm? If not, these 1,800 (to 2,000) thunderstorms are happening in other areas of the world. These storms range in size and intensity.

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Sneeze How fast does a sneeze travel?
More than 100 miles per hour
When you sneeze, your body is trying to expel bad stuff that it isn't used to. When it comes to sneezing, mucus travels fast. This is why it's so important to cover your sneezes. Those are some high-speed germs you're packing!
About 50 miles per hour
25 miles per hour
75 miles per hour

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