Can You Pass This Hard General Knowledge Quiz If We Give You Hints?



By: Bambi Turner

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About This Quiz

Did you ace the SATs without even studying? Have you given up watching "Jeopardy!" because the questions are too easy? Do your friends fight over who gets you on your team at trivia night? If so, you might have the knowledge and recall necessary to score high on this super tough trivia quiz.

In every group of friends, there's a fact collector ... someone who has a thirst for information and the astounding ability to store these facts until they're needed -- recalling them instantly when the occasion calls for it. 

Sure, anyone can be an expert on a single subject. You likely know someone who knows everything about sports and can spout of stats about any player in any major league. Others may excel at something like math or science, multiplying three-digit numbers in their head, or reading scientific journals for fun.

But if you want to ace this quiz, you need more than expertise in a single subject; it takes a broad knowledge of things like history, science, geography, pop culture and some of the most famous and iconic figures of the past and present.

Are you confident you've got what it takes? Put on your thinking cap and take our quiz to find out!

You know George Washington was the first U.S. president, but can you name his VP?

John Adams served as the vice president under Washington from 1789 to 1797. He then went on to serve two terms as president. Thomas Jefferson was Adams' VP, and later went on to become the Commander in Chief himself.


Which invention is Philo Farnsworth associated with?

When he was just a teen in the 1920s, Philo Farnsworth invented the first electric television. Oddly enough, he only ever made one TV appearance himself -- on a 1957 episode of "I've Got a Secret."


"Who shot JR?" was a question everyone was asking in the '80s about this classic television series?

The third season finale of "Dallas" ended with J.R. being shot by a mysterious perpetrator. Viewers spent months waiting to find out who pulled the trigger. It was revealed in the season four premiere -- the most-watched TV show in history to that date -- that it was Kristin whodunit.


The Pythagorean Theorem is used with this shape.

Though it probably dates back father than the work of Pythagoras, the Pythagorean Theorem forms the basis for modern geometry. It states that the hypotenuse squared of any right triangle is equal to the sum of the other two sides squared.


What is the first name of the mysterious title character in "The Great Gatsby?"

Often called the Great American Novel, Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" tells the story of a wealthy man named Jay Gatsby who can afford to buy anything he wants -- except for the love of Daisy. The story is a caution on living in excess, and a commentary to the culture of the Roaring Twenties.


First lady Melania Trump hails from this European nation.

Mrs. Trump was born in Solvenia. The European country, whose capital is Ljubljana, is almost entirely landlocked, except for a tiny portion that borders the Adriatic Sea.


Everyone loves Lucy, but do you remember the name of her neighbor and BFF on the classic '50s show?

Lucille Ball may have had top billing on '50s classic "I Love Lucy," but the show wouldn't have been the same without her neighbor and best friend Ethel Mertz. Vivian Vance played Ethel, who often found herself in hot water thanks to Lucy's harebrained schemes.


What is the symbol for silver on the periodic table?

Silver is represented by the symbol Ag on the periodic table. Its shiny cousin, gold, uses the symbol Au.


You know about Neil and Buzz, but who was the third man on the Apollo 11 mission?

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin get a lot of credit for being the first men to walk on the moon, but they didn't pull off that 1969 moon landing alone. Another astronaut, Michael Collins, was also part of that Apollo 11 mission.


Which of these planets is furthest from the sun?

You'll probably have to dig deep in your memory for this one, but many elementary school kids memorize the order of the planets like this -- My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nachos, or Mercury Venus Earth Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus and Neptune -- with Neptune being the farthest from the sun.


How many ounces are in a pound?

Coffee? Chocolate? Cheese? Being able to translate from ounces to pounds is helpful not only when shopping for food favs, but also for tracking calories and preparing recipes. No matter which units you're dealing with, as long as you remember that a pound is equal to 16 ounces, you'll be good to go.


Which of these men is not a Beatle?

John, Paul, George and Ringo took over the world as The Beatles in the early '60s. Mick Jagger made quite a splash of his own, as part of The Rolling Stones.


What should you do if you run into any dihydrogen monoxide?

In the '90s, a student putting together a science fair project came up with the idea to warn people about dihydrogen monoxide. This compound of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom got people riled up -- and continues to do so in online memes -- but it's really something safe and familiar -- water.


Which war ended with the Treaty of Versailles?

World War I saw millions of lives lost around the world between 1914 and 1918. The bloodshed officially ended in 1919, with the signing of The Treaty of Versailles.


What is the longest river in the world?

At 4,365 miles long, the Amazon River in South America is the longest river in the world. It's followed by the Nile in Africa at 4,258. The mighty Mississippi in the U.S. doesn't even crack the top 3, at 3,902 miles.


Which of these bridges opened first?

The Brooklyn Bridge was the earliest of these famous bridges, opening in 1883. The Tower Bridge was next in 1894, while the Golden Gate and Sydney Harbor bridges both opened in the 1930s.


Which novel allowed readers to follow along on the epic relationship between Heathcliff and Catherine?

Emily Bronte completed just one book in her short life. The Gothic classic "Wuthering Heights," released in 1847, tells the story of the tortured Heathcliff and his love Catherine as they lived on the English moors.


What is the Enola Gay?

World War II saw the debut of horrific nuclear bombs, which the U.S. dropped on cities in Japan. The first of these was carried to Hiroshima in 1945 by pilot Colonel Paul Tibbets, aboard his plane the Enola Gay.


Which of these countries is NOT a part of Great Britain?

Great Britain is made up of England, Scotland and Wales. The UK consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. the Republic of Ireland is not part of either one.


Where is Graceland located?

Graceland is a mansion made famous by its hip-swiveling owner. Purchased by Elvis Presley in 1957, it's also where he died 20 years later.


What year was the Great Pyramid of Giza completed?

The oldest known Egyptian pyramids are at Saqqara, and dated back to around 2,630 BC. The Great Pyramid of Giza is around 70 years younger, and was completed around 2,560 BC.


The biggest known animal on Earth is...

The biggest animal on the planet is the blue whale. It can be as long as 105 feet and weigh 200 tons. Just the tongue on this creature weighs about as much as an elephant, while its heart weighs as much as a car.


What is Alexander Fleming's claim to fame?

A century ago, a simple infection could kill you because doctors had no effective way to treat it. In 1928, Alexander Fleming discovered the power of penicillin, earning him the 1945 Nobel Prize in Medicine.


Which state's official nickname is "The Last Frontier?"

Alaska is often called "The Land of the Midnight Sun," though its official nickname is "The Last Frontier." The 49th state -- and the largest by total area -- joined the union in 1959.


Which of these elements is most common in the Earth's crust?

The Earth's crust is made up of about 48 percent oxygen and 28 percent silicon. The rest is a mix of aluminum, iron, calcium, sodium and other elements.


Which team won the very first Super Bowl?

Green Bay not only won the first Super Bowl in 1967 by defeating the Chiefs -- they also won the second the next year by beating the Oakland Raiders. Their streak ended the next year when the Jets played their way to victory against the Colts.


What percentage of the body's bones are in the hands and feet?

An adult human has 206 bones. Each foot includes 26 bones, while each hand includes 27. That means that around half of all of your bones are in your hands or feet!


Which of these clouds is most likely to produce heavy storms?

Cumulus clouds are large and bumpy. They are the most common cloud type for producing heavy precip. Cirrus clouds tends to produce little rain or snow, while stratus clouds sit lower to the earth and can produce some drizzle or light snow.


Which war ended with the Treaty of Paris?

In the 18th century, American colonists engaged in a battle for independence with Great Britain. This American Revolution officially ended on September 3, 1783 with the Treaty of Paris.


If you define Australia as a continent, this becomes the largest island on Earth.

While Australia is larger than Greenland, it's typically defined as a continent, making Greenland the world's largest island. It's followed by New Guinea, Borneo, Madagascar and Canada's Baffin Island.


Which of these was never a Rolling Stone?

He may have had a hit song called "Like a Rolling Stone," but Dylan was never part of The Rolling Stones. In the '10s, the band's touring members include Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts.


Which of these men served as president first?

Andrew Jackson was the first Commander in Chief of those listed, serving from 1829 to 1837. Then came Lincoln, Roosevelt and Hoover.


Which of these shows premiered first?

The tale of a fateful trip, "Gilligan's Island," aired from 1964 to 1967. "MASH" premiered in the '70s, while "Cheers" and "The Golden Girls" came out in the '80s.


Which city is capital of the Bahamas?

The Bahamas consists of 700 islands in the Atlantic Ocean. It's capital is Nassau, located on the island of New Providence. The nation has been independent from Britain since the '70s.


What are those figures on Easter Island called?

Easter Island serves as a source of fascination for people around the world thanks for giant stone figures called Moai. There are more than 880 Moai on the island. They were built by the Rapa Nui between 1250 and 1500 -- and surprisingly, are more than just giant heads. Buried beneath the soil, the Moai actually have bodies.


Which element is most common in the Earth's atmosphere?

Nitrogen makes up around 78 percent of the Earth's atmosphere, followed by oxygen at 21 percent. The rest is argon, carbon dioxide, water and various other gases.


Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Court House in this state.

The American Civil War pitted north against south in a bloody battle that lasted from 1861 to 1865. The horror ended when General Lee surrendered to General Grant at Virginia's Appomattox Court House.


Which island nation is singer Rihanna from?

Robyn Fenty, better known as Rihanna, hails from the island nation of Barbados. Discovered in 2003, she has gone on to have a long career in music and movies.


Which of these states is NOT part of the Four Corners Monument?

There is only one spot in the entire U.S. where four states share a border. This occurs where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah meet in the southwest at the Four Corners National Monument.


Which river carved out the Grand Canyon?

The Colorado River runs from the Rocky Mountains all the way down to Mexico. Over the past 2 billion years, its rushing waters helped to carve out the spectacle known today as the Grand Canyon.


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